The differently abled niche in real estate in Sandy UT

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The differently abled niche in real estate in Sandy UT

                                                                   my dream chair


I am in a position to offer expert advice to differently abled home buyers in the Salt Lake Valley UT. I have skin in the game.


Being a double above knee amputee, to my own home in Sandy UT I have installed a lift in the garage to get me to house height, a stair glide to get me to my basement (walkout with stairs) office and work rooms and storage, and have modified my bathroom. Outdoors I use a power chair in combination with my van or the nearby TRAX (light rail). Indoors I have standard wheel chairs, one up one down. My choice of home, its location and modifications, suits me. I choose to be very active.

I am always on the lookout for truly accessible homes.Never just accepting advertising hype.

For example a home might be described as wheelchair accesible. OK ~ a visitor in a wheelchair might be able to get in through the garage to the first floor. What of a potential owner who wants to get to the bedrooms and bathrooms on the second floor? On a regular basis? What about door widths on bedrooms? Barriers to furniture type and placement?

Approaching a search with the right mindset reduces stress.

If you are differently abled, and are searching, give me a call


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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Hey Larry.  I'm glad you called this one out.  I get so tired of those claims to be handicap accessible when they really aren't  Oh only if you can pop a wheelie in your wheel chair and land up two steps.  Love the beard.  Did you just grow that?

Nov 17, 2013 03:37 AM #1
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Wheelchair accessible in my area, with the exception of some senior communities, usually means the presence of a ramp to the front door. 

Nov 17, 2013 03:56 AM #2
Bill Reddington
Re/max Southern Realty - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Understand it can certainly be a challenge. Haven't worked a differently abled customer in a while.

Nov 17, 2013 05:30 AM #3
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Belinda - photo was supposed to say "my dream chair". It climbs some steps at appropriate angles. Grew my beard for Pioneer Day in July, but it has hung on comfortably. It's working well as an ice breaker so it might survive to Christmas.

Lenn - so not the same in all places. I could have lived easily in the club house of one of the developments, but was informed that they were not selling those (even on my own land).

Bill - it's a niche market that goes well with word of mouth.

Nov 17, 2013 07:16 AM #4
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Well, you have a unique perspective on that niche for sure.  I think it's great that you "choose to be active."  That might be a lot of things, but to you it means showing homes that are not handicap accessible.

Nov 17, 2013 07:37 AM #5
Jay & Michelle Lieberman
Keller Williams World Class - Agoura Hills, CA
Creating Calm in the Buying and Selling Chaos

Perfect niche Larry.  I know an agent out here in southern California that focuses on housing for disabled veterans, as that is his skin in the game.  People really respond to that. Well done.

Nov 17, 2013 07:56 AM #6
Kelly Young
The Platinum Group Realtors - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Real Estate ~ 719-226-0126

Larry, the distinctions you make here for someone living in a home vs. accessible for "visitors" is a great reminder on how to keep my mind open to what is really being asked for (and/or needed). 

Nov 17, 2013 08:44 AM #7
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

This is a great post and one that is very instructive.  You are a great resource for those who are differently abled..

Nov 17, 2013 11:05 AM #8
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Margaret - by being active I know I'm alive. Find a way or make a way is much of my philosophy.

Jay & Michelle - Sounds like a worthwhile and satisfying project.

Kelly - my "other" button says "possibility thinker". I am all for independence and self sufficiency.

Joan - thanks for your kind comments. I am known to be very vocal in winter about community disability access ~ not adverse to getting blunders fixed immediately.

Nov 17, 2013 11:32 AM #9
Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

You would definitely be qualified to very any claims made about a home being accessible.

Nov 17, 2013 02:00 PM #10
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Great picture, Larry. That is so incredibly perfect for you to work as a niche. Now, we have to get the word out.

Nov 17, 2013 09:59 PM #11
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Stay with this niche. Also, being truly able to access a home with a wheelchair and trying to do it are two different things. I have seen homes built specifically for a wheelchair and there is no mistaking it or doubting it. It just is

Nov 17, 2013 10:17 PM #12
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Gerard - necessity is a good teacher. Once I tried a wheelchair of a user who had legs - for me it operated like a two wheeled unicycle. to the unsuspecting it should have been appropriate for me.

Jill - thanks. when I get the dollars together... The Action Trackstander is designed for off road use, bush bashing. It is a very liberating vehicle.

Richie - my unit in Australia was purpose built - 3 external entrances, 6' corridors, low benches in kitchen, internal sliding doors. 18' x 12' bathroom, utility room for appliances with extra charging points, covered external areas etc. It can be done.

Nov 18, 2013 12:28 AM #13
Kim Boekholder Utah Real Estate
Results Real Estate 801.580.5624 - Draper, UT
Broker, Results Real Estate

Hi Larry~ Happy to see you and to have caught your blog.  You are amazing thats for sure.  Keep up the great work.  See ya around.


Nov 18, 2013 04:21 AM #14
The Niche Agent
The Niche Agent
Your Niche Is Our Niche

If you are interested, I wrote an ebook called "101 Real Estate Niche Markets" its right up this alley. Lots of great information if you are interested in niches. 


Let me know what you think.



Happy Niche'ing,


The Niche Agent

Jan 20, 2014 02:32 PM #15
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