Warmth is relative -- in life and real estate

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Warmth is relative!

 

The other day I was walking our dog and the temperatures were in the single digits with a frigid wind blowing.  I hurried Halo along as my face was seriously freezing and my nose was numb but Halo loves the cold and was bouncing around, investigating and sniffing everything in sight.  I eventually opened the door of the house and Halo and I went inside, and the house temperature of 66 degrees felt balmy. My coat and hat and gloves and sweater came off, and I settled down to work.  The funny thing is, within a half hour, I was freezing. My 98.6 degree body didn't find that 66 degrees to be warm at all, so once again my sweater was on and I shiveringly started a fire in our wood stove.  A while later, I was able to get the house temperature up to a whopping 79, which was way too hot, and I pulled the sweater off and stopped feeding the fire until the temperature reached a comfortable 72.  Comfortable for me, that is. Halo glanced at me and wandered to the other end of the house where it was cooler, which was much more acceptable to her.

 

So what does this have to do with real estate? 

 

Simply, what is warm to one person might not be warm to another, and what one person finds warm at one time in their life, won't feel that way at another time. That burnt sienna on the den walls that a seller finds to be inviting as they curl up on their couch in front of a fire reading a book, might freeze that buyer out who thinks, "Ick, brown, that would look horrible with my furniture."  The strong colors of any room might appeal to one buyer but not another.  Reds, yellows and oranges might be classified as "warm" colors but not everyone "warms" to them. And of course while paint is easy to change, buyers often cannot see past what they can see.

 

Also, what a buyer might find attractive at one point in their life, simply won't work at another.  Another Kat story -- when I was a tween, apparently I loved the color purple, which is my parent's explanation when I asked them why the heck I had lavender walls in my bedroom. "Well, it was your favorite color!" I won't go anywhere near purple now; I don't want any shade in my clothes or home.   Had I been in the market for a house forty years ago and it had lavender walls, it would have invited me to make an offer! Now? Not so much.

 

So my point is two-fold. What a seller thought looked warm and comfortable when they designed it, might not attract buyers now.  When getting a home ready to sell, the seller should attempt to attract as many people as possible, and that might mean changing paint colors to something muted. And for buyers, agents need to find out what truly attracts them at this point in their life, and help them find a home that will make them say, "Aaaaaah, that's perfect!".

 

Warmth is relative, in life and real estate.

 

 

 

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Associate Broker, CBR®

Grand Lux Realty, Inc.

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Rainer
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Conrad Allen
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Hi Kat.  It is so hard to regulate a wood stove.  Great analogy.

Jan 16, 2015 08:21 PM #7
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Ron Marshall
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What a wonderful analogy, Kat....and it is so true.  Passing fancies are just that.  Finding a home that works is so important!

Jan 16, 2015 08:22 PM #8
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
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You make excellent points with your analogy to what warmth means to a buyer, Kat.

Jan 16, 2015 09:07 PM #9
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for sharing this analogy. When selling a home, try to see it through the eyes of others.

On the subject of heat, it is a good time to be able to tell if heating systems will keep the homes warm.

Jan 16, 2015 09:43 PM #10
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Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
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Sellers need to get their home to that comfortable "72 degrees" so that it will attract as many buyers as possible, however, still not being neutral enough for Halo. 

Jan 16, 2015 10:47 PM #11
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Conrad - It sure is!!!  I just want heat; I'm not too concerned with how much...

Ron - It has to work right at the time you're looking!

Gabe - Thank you!

Roy - Yes,this is when we want those heating systems to work!

Nicole - Haha, yes, Halo likes those cooler temperatures - she's a little outside the "norm"

Jan 17, 2015 08:10 AM #12
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kath loved the analogy and the wisdom behind it, so true...on a side note Brrrrr! to your temperatures, Endre

Jan 17, 2015 04:09 PM #13
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Endre - Thank you!  Yes, it's been very chilly; but that's winter!

Jan 17, 2015 07:48 PM #14
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Kathy Streib
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Kat- very well said.  Years ago the wall of mirrors was the thing to do.  Now it just screams dated.  Our tastes change and times change. 

Jan 18, 2015 05:20 AM #15
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Kat Palmiotti
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The House Kat

Kathy - Thank you, I remember those mirrors!!!

Jan 18, 2015 07:38 AM #16
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Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
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I always have the problem of putting on and taking off, too.  So, the point of your post is well-taken.  And, this was a great analogy.

PS - I am now following you on the recommendation of a friend!

Jan 18, 2015 07:50 AM #17
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
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My husband is always yelling put on a sweater when I turn up the heat, but I even sleep with an electric blanket. Fortunately they make them with dual controls so my husband can leave his off.

Jan 18, 2015 11:53 AM #18
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Suzanne - Thank you for the follow!  At the beginning of last night, I was all bundled up and by the end of the night, my slippers were off and all was well.

Elizabeth - Haha - I think I need to buy one of those.

Jan 18, 2015 08:25 PM #19
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Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Kat-That is a great way of expressing that thought. We don't all see or feel the same about things we see or hear.

 

Jan 23, 2015 03:05 AM #20
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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Howdy Kat.  I seem to be changing my preferences as well.  The cold no longer interests me as it used to.  Thirty are done and layering up is standard.  Thank for the post.  I believe Miss Galley and Halo are on common ground.  Mark

Jan 23, 2015 03:55 PM #21
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Wayne - We experience everything differently!

Mark - Howdy...That cold weather is for the "dogs!"

Jan 24, 2015 03:57 AM #22
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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I really enjoyed reading your post this morning Kat Palmiotti. It was a fascinating and true read with compelling evidence that color does make an impact on people's emotions. Choosing the right color for the purpose of selling is very different than what makes us feel comfortable at any given point in time but as the times change, we do do, as was illustrated with the color purple.

I remember those cold mornings walking the dog and wanting to get back inside; yet the dog wasn't ready. You really captivated me with your story Kat. You're a great writer!!!

Jan 24, 2015 06:37 PM #23
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Patricia - Thank you for your comment and your compliment!  You made me grin this morning.  :-)

Jan 24, 2015 07:32 PM #24
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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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Good morning Kat. Each of us have a different thermostat, so it can be a challenge to get the heat just right. It will be a challenge for the next few says.

Make it a great week!

Jan 25, 2015 09:53 PM #25
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Kat Palmiotti
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The House Kat

Joe - Getting the heat right is definitely a challenge!

Jan 26, 2015 12:25 AM #26
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