The Value of Sunlight to Buyers & Sellers

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Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509

by Patricia Feager 6/27/2018

 

Photo by Patricia Feager

 

 

"Organic buildings are the strength and lightness of the 

spiders' spinning, buildings qualified by light,

bred by native character to environment

married to the ground."

--- Frank Lloyd Wright 

 

 

When I ask sellers what they like best about their home to use in marketing their listing, the number one answer is the light. Then, the seller moves towards the light and shows me what he or she enjoyed most about living in their dwelling. As I stand next to the seller, whether it's a bright and sunny kitchen, breakfast area, or whatever room they picked, I feel the warmth of their smile. Sunlight radiates strength and courage to let go. Stress seems to dissipate.  

 

If I ask a buyer what they are looking for when buying a home, ironically light is also in the top ten things they want in a home. The experience of the spider in the web after the rain with the sun shining brightly on it in my photograph illustrates how much value can come from listening to home owners and buyers. As a real estate agent, it is my job to see what is important to them, through their eyes and understand their needs. 

 

Franklin Lloyd Wright was a gifted Architect. It is my responsibility as buyer and/or seller's agent to offer services that covers everything they need. My goal is to draw my clients to the light of their dreams, the center of their hope, and help them achieve their goals. If you're looking for someone to represent you in the sale or purchase of your home, I will focus on your needs.

 

Patricia Feager - Real Estate Agent serving areas surrounding DFW International Airport.

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Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Brian England - I find most buyers don't like houses chopped up. They want open spaces, lots of natural light, and when there is less clutter, they are happiest. 

I hope you are very happy today!

Jun 28, 2018 01:25 PM #26
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Sharon Tara - Light and bright and clean all over! It is the perfect recipe!!!

May you always be happy and continue to satisfy all your clients! I feel certain you do!

Jun 28, 2018 01:26 PM #27
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The spider remains without ego but contributes so much in its life to others.....

Jun 28, 2018 02:25 PM #28
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Richie Alan Naggar - And now that I think about it, there are many creative geniuses who see and use the value of spiders. Franklin Lloyd Wright of course, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, creators of Spider Man!!!

Jun 28, 2018 02:36 PM #29
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Light is important and is often expressed in they love their windows. I too like a light and bright home.The windows are the eyes of the home. Open them up.

Jun 28, 2018 06:42 PM #30
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debbie Reynolds that is the most beautiful thing I ever heard. Thank you, so much. I will never forget your worldly wisdom. There is so much truth in it too.

Jun 28, 2018 09:09 PM #31
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Natural light is a biggie around here in the often cloudy winter days of the Northwest lifestyle. High ceilings and natural light - they go hand-in-hand in selling homes. Congratulations on the feature - Let There Be Light! :) 

Jun 29, 2018 08:27 AM #32
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John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

When I show houses to buyers, I am often amazed when I first enter the house, how dark it is.

All the blinds are drawn. I wish listing agents would prep the seller on this point.

I don't mind turning on lights, but the buyer follows me in and I don't get the opportunity to open blinds before they start looking. So the first impression is a dark one.

I much prefer the light.

Jun 29, 2018 08:59 AM #33
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Patricia Feager,

Congratulations on the well deserved featured post! I love Franklin Lloyd Wright's quote. Natural light is sought after in homes and always desired over a home that is dark and dreary!  You are laser focused on your clients needs which is why they love to work with you!

Jun 29, 2018 07:17 PM #34
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I hear that too... especially from women, they want 'lots of natural light' Of course, they also want a mature neighborhood with tall trees ...so... that's a puzzle!

Jun 29, 2018 09:21 PM #35
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - Light is a gift that needs to keep on shining. There are so many benefits to light. Sunlight seems to bring out the smiles. It reminds me of sitting on my front porch, under the red and white canopy (Chicago) with my friends during the summer when we were home after school let out for summer vacation. None of us had family vacations but we were glad for each other. After the rain, when the sum came out, we'd get so happy! We ran off the porch and into the sun, splashing in puddles, running around, laughing, smiling, forgetting about the dreary cloudy morning and just seize the day!

I wonder how many people have memories like that as children and is that why unanimously buyers chose the light over the darkness? Is it subconscious?

Jun 30, 2018 07:31 AM #36
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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John Wiley - I have the same problem. Unfortunately, before I can get all the blinds and/or curtains open in a dark house, buyers already made up their mind and are exiting the house. What a bummer it is to have to go back and close the window treatments and lock up because buyers were turned off and didn't even give it a chance. All that could have been avoided if they were open from the start. 

Jun 30, 2018 07:34 AM #37
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Dorie Dillard - Just like what happens when the sun comes out from behind a cloud, you put a big smile on my face. I so appreciate you!

Thanks!

Jun 30, 2018 07:35 AM #38
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR - I got a chuckle from your comment. So, so true! 

There's something about light that's just so energizing! It a happy feeling that can't be denied!

May the sun shine on you brightly!

Jun 30, 2018 07:37 AM #39
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - Cathertic is correct! So spiritually healthy too! Something is missing when there isn't enough light. Everything makes sense when you can see and think clearly. The presence of light is a healing touch. It would be fun to go on a retreat to study and talk about the effects of sunlight and/or natural light on the psyche. If you find one, let me know!

Jun 30, 2018 07:47 AM #40
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Patricia Feager,  

I have always admired Frank Lloyd Wright's inspiration in design. He was ahead of his time. 

Jun 30, 2018 08:32 AM #41
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Selling Homes Changing Lives

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - Wright got it right when he selected light for his inspiration! I'm a huge fan of his since childhood. His dwelling in Oak Park, IL wasn't far away from where I lived.  

He continues to draw people into his fan club!

Jun 30, 2018 10:18 AM #42
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Love your post and shocked you don'thave more comments.  Light is a very important aspect of a building.  Orientation, windows, ceiings all play a very big roll in allowing light to pass through.  And of course since Taliesen West is here in Scottsdale, ask anyone who lives here how important that is!   Here's a bit of trivia for you about FLW: 

https://www.curbed.com/2016/4/14/11413022/frank-lloyd-wright-arizona-capitol-oasis-design-spire

Jul 02, 2018 02:59 PM #43
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Great points and very well stated too.  Congratulation on getting featured.  Light is very important isn't it!?  We need it for health, both physical and mental.

Jul 03, 2018 12:06 AM #44
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John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

ah light....


"Natural light and natural ventilation"... these two topics, believe it or not, had to be taught to us at TAMU!

Sun orientation is important.  Assuming a rectangular house, the longest parts should face north and south.  In the South, front porches and generous overhangs help shield heat in summer and when the sun dips in the winter you get the rays and more heat.  More critical in the North to get sun into your house!  Orienting that rectangular footprint in the opposite manner allows extra heat and cold to come in at the worst times.

Of course in our typical subdivisions there isn't enough land to rotate a house properly to take advantage of the movement of the sun.

So enter forced mechanical Air Conditioning and heating!!

Houses built in the 1800s had tall ceilings with high windows and transoms to let the air come in low from outside and escape high, creating a current of air that flowed naturally.

So we saved a lot of money by taking 14-18 ft ceilings down to 8 feet, insulating them so we could keep windows closed all the time and then adding freon powered air conditioning.

We've come a long way... but don't get me started.

Thanks for the nice thoughts on light, Patricia!!  Oh, we also get vitamin D from light, so get out there!

Jul 27, 2018 04:49 AM #45
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