We Want to Buy the Ugly Dog in the Neighborhood

Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 141871

We Want to Buy the Ugly Dog in the Neighborhood


The phone rings.


I pick up. 


"Integrity Real Estate Services, this is Judi Barrett."


Caller: "This is Tonya Weppler.  What is the nicest neighborhood that you have listings in?"


I answer her question with the name of the neighborhood that is the newest one in our area that has newer homes that are in the upper price range.


Tonya:  "Describe the lowest price house that you have listed in that neighborhood, please."


Me:   "It's an open floor plan for living areas, split bedrooms, rear garage, vaulted ceiling, 3 bed 2 bath, double garage, with large storage building, privacy fence, in-ground pool, in a cul-de-sac sited as far back from the street as possible. 2800 sq ft of living space plus the garage."


Tonya:  "Closet sizes and storage?"


Me:  "Walk-ins in all bedrooms, large pantry, standard entry coat closet, standard linen in the hallway and linen in the bathrooms, cabinets and hanging storage in the laundry.  Have you looked at the photos on our wesite?"


Tonya:  "Not yet.  What's the price of the house?"


Me:  "It is listed at $268,000". 


Tonya:  "Well, that won't work! My dad said to buy the dog in the neighborhood and we want in the nicest neighborhood, but we can't afford that."


Me: I was a little taken back.... "Excuse me..... dog?"


Tonya:  "Yes, you know kinda' like the ugly dog contest where the ugliest dog is usually the sweetest..  The ugliest or cheapest house in a really nice neighborhood will allow us to put sweat equity into the house to make it more like the houses around it and those houses will help bring the value of our ugly dog house up, after we make it pretty."


Me:  "Oh...  I see.. (hmmm  ... I think we need to find a better word for these home... maybe one already in use.... maybe "flipper")  Well, this one is not "the ugly dog" in the neighborhood.  It just happens to be what's for sale.  I'm not sure there is an ugly one in this neighborhood.  You, know what they say about beauty being in the eye of the beholder. BUT let me tell you about some other listings that I have that might interest you."


Tonya:  "Do they have potential to increase in value?" 


Me:  "Well, let's take a look at them and you make that decision."

Me:  "Oh by the way, do you have pets?"


As a comment here from me...  please don't take the use of the word "dog" in reference to an ugly house that needs work, the wrong way... I love my puppy dogs too! From dictionary.com


  1. something worthless or of extremely poor quality:
    That used car you bought is a dog.
  2. an utter failure; flop:
    Critics say his new play is a dog.


 The above post is a work of fiction to characterize a real concept.  It has been posted in the new group: Fictional Blog Posts Written to Illustrate Real Scenarios or Concepts




Comments (7)

Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Judi. I get the story but dos...to me are all beautiful. Enjoy.

Mar 12, 2018 06:00 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this story.

That prospect needs to look at some foreclosures.

Mar 12, 2018 06:38 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

That potential buyer is BARKING up the WRONG TREE Judi! 

Mar 12, 2018 11:00 AM
1~Judi Barrett

Love this response... I may borrow it.

Mar 12, 2018 11:01 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!



Mar 12, 2018 02:21 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jodi, well at least this Buyer did not ask you if it barks 

Mar 12, 2018 12:18 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

There is no question that for homebuyers who are handy, buying the ugly "dog" in the neighborhood, can pay dividends.

Mar 12, 2018 12:56 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Always need to clarify what people mean by what they say, I have to do it all the time with my wife to make sure I understand.

Mar 13, 2018 10:24 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Judy:    I guess you could say these buyers might want to put "the dog in the DOG house"????

Interesting story .. interesting concept of how to buy a home too ...


Mar 14, 2018 09:21 AM