Should I "name" my home?

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Real Estate Agent with Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty

high pointI often see homes with special signs besides the address, that calls out a "name" for the home. Some are personal or may refer to something special about the property, like "FOX HILL"(a home on a hill where a fox is often spotted) or  "Hill Top"(also a home that sits on a hill). There are also historic or period homes with creative names that refer to them. For instance a very decorated 1888 Victorian in Sea Cliff, NY, is called "The Greatest Painted Lady".

 

 

 

                                                                                        Giving your home a "name" could be a positive way for others to recall your home or a means to point it out to someone. Of course, homes have names like, "The Colonial" "The Split", The Ranch" etc... but giving it an original name sets it apart from the pact.

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There are also negative ways to have a "name", especially one you don't give yourself. This kind of name you want to avoid, especially if your home is for sale. A home may be named by the neighbors, for example, a home where the couple always is fighting and screaming, may be called "Scream House" or a couple divorcing, "The Divorce Couple house", the one with shady people going in and out, "Drug dealer house" a home with an indoor pool "Pool House" etc.....

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Then there are homes the Realtors may label, like a home with cats "The Cat House", a smokers house "Smoke House", a person who obsessively collects things, like dolls, "Doll House", or nick nacks "Junk House". Strange colors or finishes on the inside or outside could also form names "Rainbow House, "The White House", a stone home "Stone House" (not all that are negative) etc...

In summary, having a name could be a positive way to stand out, and that might be an added selling feature. Consider how valuable and well known "Graceland" is. However, if you don't have a name, and want to avoid being named, make sure before you list your home you remove or correct any thing that can cause negative names.

Do you have a home or a listing with a name?

If so, post it in the comments for all to see!

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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
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Yes. I named my house... It's called "home" to me.  My safe haven and my sanctuary. 

Mar 21, 2016 01:48 AM #2
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Ellen Caruso
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Christina, that's a beautiful home, well deserving of a special name!
I'll post mine later....we didn't name it but others did! Lol

Mar 21, 2016 02:05 AM #3
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Dick Greenberg
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Hi Ellen - Many of our buyers name homes they see as a way to help remember them, and some of them are very good at coming up with funny ones. It's usually the most or least desirable feature that gets the tag.

Mar 21, 2016 02:08 AM #4
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I have a listing that is next door to "The Cat House." Realtors often call and say, "We just looked at The Cat House. Can we look at yours while we're in the neighborhood?"

The divorcing owners of The Cat House had 13 cats. They didn't clean up when they moved out. Ugh . . . 

Mar 21, 2016 02:18 AM #5
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Hello, Ellen! This is an interesting read. Thanks for sharing this and I hope you have a pleasant day ahead!

Mar 21, 2016 02:51 AM #6
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Nina Hollander
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H Ellen... well, my clients and I "name" houses we see to better remembet them later. But there are very few officially "named" homes in my market... and to start naming them now would probably sound very pretentious!

Mar 21, 2016 02:55 AM #7
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Susan Laxson CRS
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Ellen, this is great and I see lots of homes in Naples with names on them. I helped my friend name hers when she wanted to rent parts of it out and we call it the "Beach Retreat" and now it's a local landmark in Encinitas, California. Thanks for your post!

Mar 21, 2016 04:06 AM #8
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Allie Angeloni
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Great Blog Ellen Caruso - I can remember names on homes in New England that were very elegant, i.e., names by the ocean in Newport, RI for example, that belonged to millionaires.  The homes in our community are not named, except by us to distinguish them from another of the same model - not necessarily 'names to share'. 

Mar 21, 2016 05:07 AM #9
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Sheila Anderson
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Hello Ellen. I always wanted a home with a name but never did it. Now I will think about it again.

Mar 21, 2016 06:23 AM #10
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Ellen,

I see it as valid for homes with a high profile.  Yes, realtors often label houses, and they usually are not flattering.  We have the  El Encanto hotel, and the views are enchanted.  It fits the place.  Good food for thought.  A

Mar 21, 2016 07:35 AM #11
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Hello Ellen ...

I think it's a great idea, adds more character vs just a number & street! Your post has been featured to the group:

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Mar 21, 2016 09:18 AM #12
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Ellen when I'm out showing homes to buyers we always come up wiht names for the homes to help them remember.  As for my house - I know our name very well. Entertaining Home! We really enjoy having friends and family over!

Mar 21, 2016 10:54 AM #13
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Hi, Ellen...I love The Greatest Painted Lady. Now that is my kind of home. I just love Victorians. 

Mar 22, 2016 08:08 AM #14
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Larry Johnston
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Hi Ellen Caruso ,  When we lived in Georgia, there were many homes that had names, but, like you say, they were positive names like "Roselawn", or "Valley View".  I can see where a negative name would be a problem, trying to make a sale, just like some of the names of the Streets, they're sitting on, like "Cemetery Lane" .  Buyers pay attention to names and numbers of homes.

Mar 22, 2016 08:14 AM #15
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Good Thursday morning Ellen Caruso -

We just call our home.....home.  We do refer other homes we've had in the past the name of the street they were on.   

Mar 24, 2016 01:23 AM #16
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We have never named our home but I know others that have names for their homes. It makes it special to them.

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Hi ELlen

Some buyer name homes as we tour them - some names are pretty funny while others are not very complimentary. It's not unusual to see high end homes names. And of course everything on HGTV seems to have a name!

Jeff

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