As a transplanted Scotsman, I was reading the BBC news this morning when I came across an article about a beautiful, rural fisherman's cottage which was recently put up for sale in Kent, on the English coast. Think rustic, think peaceful, think fresh air and the sound of gulls. If you are having a hard time imagining it, here is a picture from the listing. By the way, this little three bedroom gem, with half an acre of land, is going for a touch under US$400,000.
Great you think. Perfect for me and the family. Let's go take a look. I'm ready for some rustic, rural living. And then you arrive:
Yes. That is a gargantuan nuclear power station. I hope you like catching three-eyed fish.
So, I am curious what realtors on active rain think. Have you ever 'omitted' something from a listing to get people out there, at which point they will realize it's not such a big deal. ("It's okay, with prevailing winds you are upwind of the garbage dump.") Or do you think it is best to be upfront and honest and see what happens.
Or do you have any good stories about listings you have been to where there were some hidden surprises?
As always, if I can help you or your clients in any way with, just give me a call (unless you are trying to sell me the above cottage.)
Simon Smart, your Tucson and Arizona loan officer