Overrated Home Features - Top 5

Real Estate Agent with Carolina One Real Estate

                                                                 Overrated Home Features - Top 5

Times change - People change!  We can all look back on our lives and point to a few things seemed like a good idea at the time, but now seem just plain silly or unattractive.  How about parachute pants from the 80's or MC Hammer pants from the early 90's?  It is no different when we look at housing.

Yes, there actually was a time when that ugly green stove and that unattractive yellow tile that we still see in homes built in the late 70's and early 80's was a desirable.  The trend of popcorn ceilings that we saw with every new home built until the turn of the century is now out of style. 

Every buyer is different and each have different taste.  Here is a list of what I perceive are the 5 most overrated items that people have paid for in the past but from which buyers today are largely less interested in paying for.

5.  Marsh View - although not an item of interest in most of the country because of geography, this has been a big item for those along the southern Atlantic Coast.  Now, if you have a tidal creek or body of water associated with the marsh that will allow you access to a lake or "deep water," this can be a huge selling point.  But, many people just have the marsh and expect it to add a lot of value to the home.  Buyers have gotten wise to the fact that having a marsh view sometimes just means enjoying the sometime rotten smell of bluff mud.

4.  Garden Tub - back in the day, a home with a garden tub in the master bath was a luxury that many people (mostly women) had to have.  Today, most buyers have come to realize that they never use that wonderful big tub and it just takes up too much space.  When building a new home, many buyers have opted for the enlarged shower with several nozzels for water to shoot out from everywhere, which they feel is much more practical.  

3.  Pool - This use to be a big item for home owners.  Now don't get me wrong there is still a good portion of the population that likes having a pool.  But, a growing number of people either do not want to pay more for the home because it has a pool, or they are not interested in the pool at all.  Why?  Liability!  The changes in tort lawsuits over the last 20 years has caused many to believe the liability and insurance costs of owning a pool is simply not worth it.

2.  More Square Footage - who wouldn't want a bigger house?  It's the American Dream!    Over the last 50 years our family sizes in America have decreased but our homes have gradually gotten bigger.  But, more and more home buyers are learning the hard truth that bigger is not always better.  Home buyers are now taking into account the utility of the home (how it is used), the quality of home build, and how much the home will cost to run on a day to day basis (electricity, water, ..etc).  Green initiatives that make a home energy efficient are also becoming a bigger concern with each passing year. 

1.  Golf Course View - I love golf!  I'm not very good but I love to play.  Because I'm not very good, every time I play I loose about 5 -10 balls (depends on the course).  These MIA (missing in action) golf balls usually hit a house or fly into the yards of the people living right on the golf course.  I am not alone in my level of play.  Golf courses are filled with people like me!  Living on a golf course seems like a cool idea but I know a number of people that live on a course that will never do it again because of bad golfers like me. Unless the home is situated in such as way on the golf course as not to get hit, just being on a golf course is losing its draw. 


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If you have a home anywhere in the Charleston Metro Area and would like to get more information about selling your home, please contact me for a free home evaluation. 

I also work with buyers.  If you are interested in more information about buying a home please contact me and I would be glad to meet with you or email you a list of homes.


Michael J. Johnson, Realtor, ABR




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Comments (10)

Bruce Parker
Best Realty - Highland Park, NJ
You Deserve The Best

A lot of my buyers do not like fireplaces anymore. Also who in the world likes totally paved yards.

Jun 25, 2011 07:24 AM
Patrick Harvey
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
We make it right for you!

people still like pools in Phoenix. It is 110 here today. Fireplaces, not so much. Scottsdale AZ homes for sale

Jun 25, 2011 07:25 AM
Sarasota & Manatee Counties FL
SaraMana Properties - QuickFreeMLS.com - Bradenton, FL
QuickFreeMLS.com - Listings In Paradise

An interesting post that I enjoyed reading! Thank you for sharing it!

Jun 25, 2011 07:30 AM
Kim Gero
Verani Realty - Center Ossipee, NH
Associate Broker, REALTOR®

Michael, I'm with you on 4 out of 5.  The marsh view means more mosquitos and bugs. Golf view means lack of privacy and being pegged off the head with golf balls while relaxing in your pool. Garden tub? Who has time to take a bath? More square footage means more house to clean - not a fun task.  The pool however, is a MUST have, in my opinion....

Jun 25, 2011 07:37 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Michael,  Some on your list  ( View, tub, pool ) are still quite popular here on Fort Myers Beach.  I'm sure it is a regional thing.

Jun 25, 2011 07:48 AM
Michael Johnson
Carolina One Real Estate - Goose Creek, SC
Metro Charleston SC

Bruce - fireplaces are becoming less popular around Charleston as well.

Patrick - people still like pools around here for the most part, but the pool alone is not adding value the way it use too. 

Kim - lol.  You made me laugh with your comments.

Bill - a view is still a premium in the Charleston area but many people are becoming less likely to pay a premium for the hassels of am "only Marsh view" or golf course view.  You are right when you say it is a regional thing.

Jun 25, 2011 08:38 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

You are so, so right...or how about those sellers who hired a decorator in the 80s and still LOVE, LOVE their decor...LOL

Jun 25, 2011 03:11 PM
Michael Johnson
Carolina One Real Estate - Goose Creek, SC
Metro Charleston SC

To each their own Susan....to each their own!

Jun 25, 2011 10:20 PM
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

In the area where I specialize, there are three golf courses. Those condos with a view of those golf courses command higher prices, and there are people fighting for those condos, even in this bad economy of the last five years. I do think the golf course view is much better than the view of the building next door, especially if the view is directly into another condo's kitchen or bedroom.

Oct 06, 2011 10:34 AM