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I have worked with many buyers on finding them just the right house. Ive gone through questioning, interviews, looked at different types of style and construction, but I would have to say in my experience, buyers are looking for homes that are similar to where they experienced their childhood. 

There is something innate in all of us that draws to that special place where we grew up. Whether it be an aunts house, a great grandmothers house, or the house that you grew up in, we are all looking for that place where we felt most secure as a child. Don't get me wrong, some people do not want to purchase anything that reminds them of their parents house, but a house that gives them that warm familiar feeling of home. 

I remember the place where I grew up. I grew up on 26 acres in the heart of a smaller city. I always felt like I grew up on a farm in the city. We had many different animals including ducks, chickens, pigs, rabbits, and I remember even having a pet skunk. It was the simple life indeed. We had a 3 acre pond in our backyard which was great for a growing boy and his dog. I always considered myself having a "Huck Finn" or Tom Sawyer" childhood with so many adventures behind me and so many ahead of me.

I remember the sound that the bullfrogs made in the evenings just before sunset, and the sound of the blackbirds that would roost in the nearby bamboo that grew along side of the lake and fishing with my cousins. I remember my Grandfather came to the lake as a daily routine to feed the ducks, and check on the flow and level of the pond. I remember the beavers who would dam up the creek and how they would slap their tail on the water when sensing danger.

Wow thinking of it now really takes me back....


Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

Hi Brandon,

Aren't those childhood memories great!  People like to surround themselves with familiarity.  Nice post.  Have a nice weekend.  Michael A. Caruso

Apr 06, 2008 11:23 AM
That's weird,  When I did a majority of Residential, almost every one of my "younger" clients  were always looking for home styles / areas that were not even close to where they grew up or similar to a style of home that they grew up in.  They all wanted something completely different.  I guess it just depends on the area.  Good topic..  
Apr 06, 2008 11:29 AM
Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC
Yes good topic
Apr 06, 2008 11:30 AM
Brian Luce
HomeStarr Realty Inc. - New Hope, PA
Associate Broker
Weird... My comment above showed by my name did not...  Hmmmm.. Anyway.  That was me who commented that my residential buyers always seemed to be looking for something totally different than where they grew up.  
Apr 06, 2008 11:34 AM
Pam Joffe
Solaris Realty - Tampa, FL
Brandon - I haven't found that true down in Florida, most of my buyers are from out of state and the type of construction here is very different from up north.
Apr 06, 2008 11:55 AM
Tracey Wibbenmeyer
Re/Max Best Choice - Bonne Terre, MO
The Wibbenmeyer Team
Here is one for you.  When I became single again and was going for my first home on my own I said I wanted a ranch brick with no maintenance, but I bought a 2 story cedar sided home with lots of maintanance.  I was not an agent back then and what sold me on the home was how I felt in it.  It felt like home.  Now that I am an agent and married to my new husband we went for the brick ranch with not a lot of maintenances and again it was the feel of the home when we looked at it.  It is a home that needs some work, but we could see past that and what it could be with a little hard work.  Thanks for the Blog Tracey
Apr 06, 2008 11:57 AM
Brandon C. Peters
Keller Williams Realty - Peachtree City, GA
Thanks for all of your responses, they are all true. This is one of the reasons why I love what I do.....
Apr 06, 2008 12:02 PM
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor
Awaiting your next post!  Sorry I didn't get back to you again with the e-mail....I just wanted you to know I enjoyed your posts.......and I could visualize the 'photos' that might go with some of those memories...:-)
Apr 11, 2008 07:05 PM