There is No Perfect House

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Bent NailsThere is No Perfect House. I hear agents profess to be able to find the buyers the perfect house. Hogwash! IMHO there is no perfect house.

There are houses that have many features that will appeal to the buyer. There are houses that will suit the lifestyle of the buyer. There are house in the buyer's "right" neighborhood. But there are no perfect houses because even after the buyer moves in. they will wish it had something a little different. Buyer's need to accept compromise as part of the buying and selection process.

I speak from past experience. My husband built our dream house. It was not perfect and we had tons of input and even had hands-on control of materials used and subcontractors. We knew it backwards and forwards and it was not perfect.

It so happened we had to sell and relocate and we had the chance to build it again, this time it would be perfect. Not! We did make some of the changes that bugged us in the first house. It came closer to the mark but it still wasn't perfect. We still had to compromise for a great house but not a perfect house.

There is No Perfect House. Why are houses not perfect? Because they are made with men's hands and Mother Nature's products. These two components have tendencies to mess up from time to time. The other reason it won't be perfect is that we are constantly changing. So if it meets the needs today we are likely to think about some other little bell and whistle we wished it had or wished we had left something out that we really didn't need. Our families change and sometimes that can happen overnight, so the perfect or not so perfect house isn't the right size anymore.

So when you tell your buyers that you will help them find the Perfect House, you are setting expectations that can't be met. It may be a great house, one that they love, one that meets their today's needs, one that fits the budget and one they can be proud to live it but it will not be perfect. Something will go wrong sometime and usually sooner than later. Set up the buyers expectations to compromise and get as many of their desired features as they can. They will find a house a whole lot quicker.

There is No Perfect House. There are great, wonderful, fantastic houses for the buyer that they can be pleased with and happy to purchase. Be open-minded to compromise.



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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Debbie, you sure hit the nail on the head with this post. People who are looking for the perfect house never seem to make a buying decision. They always think the next one will be better.

Jun 02, 2013 11:30 PM #89
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Buyers know the home they wish to purchase when they see it. We need to keep educating and showing homes that meet their criteria.

Jun 02, 2013 11:33 PM #90
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

This should be the number 1 thought in a buyers mind when looking to purchase. You're right, they'll just be setting themselves up for failure if they look for the perfect house.

Jun 02, 2013 11:38 PM #91
Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

Absolutely True and correct.  We settle for things that make us happy and we get things that make us feel good about ourselves, so there's always room for improvement, and just like buying a home, there's certain things about certain rooms or you have this feeling about a home and we buy it, but like anything else we buy, we add to it or we take away and change things.  We make room for improvement and we see change as good.

Thanks for sharing - Great article.

Jun 02, 2013 11:41 PM #92
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Most excellent discussion on what we can or cannot live with literally here...That's why remodeling is so popular.

Jun 03, 2013 12:16 AM #93
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Yes there is a perfect house. Like mates, not of us are perfect but there is one perfect for you, for them.

Jun 03, 2013 12:23 AM #95
Daniela Schmidt
Keller Williams Lifestyles Realty, Brokerage - London, ON
Daniela Schmidt, Sales Rep, Keller Williams Realty

Great blog! That thought was on my mind while working on a blog that I will post this week. Is the perfect house an 8/10 dream list features? That works in most neighbourhoods in my area with some exceptions.

Jun 03, 2013 12:47 AM #96
Rosie Moore
Serving Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Missouri City - Sugar Land, TX
This is a rest reality check for buyers and renters. I always tell my clients: "There is no such thing as a perfect house. There is no such thing as a perfect spouse."
Jun 03, 2013 01:02 AM #97
Steve Laird
Anderson Real Estate Sales - Chico, CA
Steve Sells Chico Real Estate
I agree, there is no perfect house. Setting buyer expectations up front is a good thing - I like to list things the buyer wants and desires prior to viewing homes - if we can get to 90% or better on desired wants and features I would consider that a good house. Let buyers know up front that there is No such thing as a perfect house.
Jun 03, 2013 01:06 AM #98
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

For those of you that have had a home built or helped a client get one built you know these are not perfect either. The comments about getting close and finding the right one for the buyer are just right and convey the right message.

Buyers will use the perfect home or perfect piece of proeprty as an excuse to delay the buying decision thinking something better is always going to come along. We need to set realistic expectations.

Jun 03, 2013 01:39 AM #99
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Debbie - One can search forever for perfection and never find it.  I've had to wish a few buyers the best and send them on their continued search.  ;)

Jun 03, 2013 01:47 AM #100
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Debbie - but there are perfect matches. Or are there?  Lol.  Congrats on another star - and happy Monday.

Jun 03, 2013 01:50 AM #101
Edward & Celia Maddox
The Celtic Connection Realty - Queen Creek, AZ

I always cringe when my buyer says we are looking for that perfect home.

Jun 03, 2013 02:31 AM #102
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Norma, Sometimes it just isn't going to work and we need to cut the tie.

Debb, There are homes that really really work.

Edward and Celia, It makes me cringe too because I know I have a lot of explaining to do.

Jun 03, 2013 02:40 AM #103
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Debbie, I believe there is a perfect house for any given buyer, but agree there is no perfect house.  I learned a long time ago to simply declare everything “perfect” and accept things for what they are … and are not!

Jun 03, 2013 04:31 AM #104
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey, Debbie!  I included this post in today’s Last Week’s Favorites.  Please drop by and check it out, and and have a terrific week!


Jun 08, 2013 11:22 PM #105
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I saw this post from Patricias last weeks favorites/wrap up....glad I didn't miss it!  Thanks for sharing!

Jun 09, 2013 12:28 AM #106
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Debbie, you're right! The house might be "perfect" when it was bought of built, but as our needs change/grow, it becomes less than perfect.

Jun 09, 2013 08:06 AM #107
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

The prefect may only be for a moment or we may never achieve it. Being prepared to compromise is what keeps us real and from being disappointed. Thanks for all the comments and to Pat for being include din Last Week's Favorites.

Jun 09, 2013 08:20 AM #108
Debbie Cook
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc - Silver Spring, MD
Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate

This post is right on - I find people end up buying a house that has no relation to what they started out thinking was the "perfect house" they must have.

Jun 09, 2013 12:11 PM #109
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