Admin

What is a rocking chair front porch?

By
Services for Real Estate Pros with RE/MAX Town & Country
Here are two photographs of houses I recently inspected. The one with the small front porch is being marketed by the listing agent as having a rocking chair front porch.

But as you can see, the first picture shows that you really can't fit a rocking chair on that porch.

So does rocking chair front porch refer to the way it looks from the street view, as it cute front porch, regardless of size?

The second picture is a real rocking chair front porch!

Is this really a rocking chair front porch?
Is this really a rocking chair front porch?

Large rocking chair front porch.
This porch is large enough to earn the title Rocking Chair Front Porch
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

John:

But the first porch can accommodate a nice wicker chair and side table.  Realtors don't lie they just stretch the truth.

Aug 31, 2011 10:56 AM
John Marion
RE/MAX Town & Country - Canton, GA

It has been an interesting experience for me to hear different agents talking about the rocking chair front porch. One strongly feels that the first should not be called a rocking chair front porch because it is not big enough. Another agent feels that the term has nothing to do with the size of the porch but it is all about the appearance of the porch from a distance..

Aug 31, 2011 06:53 PM
Karen Rice Keller Williams Real Est
Keller Williams Real Estate - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales

#1 is NOT a rocking chair front porch. I am sick and tired of realtors "Stretching the truth" to the point where buyers can't believe a damn thing any realtor says about anything.   That is hardly even a porch.  It's like calling those furniture store cardboard forms with bedspreads on them "beds."

Puffery is one thing, this is ridiciulous.

Sep 01, 2011 06:29 AM
John Marion
RE/MAX Town & Country - Canton, GA

Hi Karen. Yes, it seems bizarre to me to call the small porch a rocking chair front porch. i don't see any advantage in using that description to lure buyers to come take a look at the house. I think the term is being used loosely to describe a cute looking porch from the street view. I don't know.

Sep 01, 2011 12:59 PM
Karen Rice Keller Williams Real Est
Keller Williams Real Estate - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales

It would make more sense to be honest about the porch in a positive way.

"Compact porch that's big on style but only a fraction of of the maintenance" or something.

Sep 01, 2011 03:20 PM