My buyers would love a five bedroom home. They absolutely must have four bedrooms to accomodate their small children and a mom in law.
Imagine our delight when a search of their preferred area and price range garnered two listings with five bedrooms. The first one we toured was a valid five bedroom home. The second, not so much.
The second home had a flex room near the front door that the sellers were counting as a bedroom. Okay, it has french doors...but it also had a small closet and a nice bright window. The space was probably designed as an office or even a formal living area. You COULD use it as a bedroom, but it would need work.
So...we traipse upstairs to the large bonus room. The listing says a bedroom and full bath were finished up there. What we find is the large game room--no windows. And the room they say is a bedroom has no windows at all. The full bath was there as described. The young mom buyer was so miffed. No mom would risk having a family member trapped up there in case of fire. There are no windows at all on that level.
This was not a five bedroom house, it was a three bedroom with two flex spaces. Most builders design the upstairs as a game room and a media room.
Agents and sellers, let's practice truth in listing. It will save everyone time and trouble.
Meanwhile...my buyers are still looking...