Why Sacramento Home Buyers Won't Buy Average Homes

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The olden days of selling short sales can change an agent. Why, I know some agents who would not step foot into a short sale property, especially if it wasn't maintained. They did not want to climb over piles of toys, clothes, papers strewn all over the floors. And the attitude hasn't much changed.

Buyers aren't any better with their expectations. They would look at a house like that and typically spin around and leave. Today's Sacramento home buyers don't want home improvement projects. If they look at a home without updates, it's like being buying a new car with flat tires and no steering wheel. They don't want to replace the tires and buy a steering wheel. Better to simply buy a different car with all the parts working.

And real estate in Sacramento is no different. You can read more in my personal blog today at about this topic at this link: Home Buyers Not Looking for Home Improvement Projects.

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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

RIGHT! Working parts in order, please!
This is ALSO applying in my area to commercial properties. If it is a disaster, no one wants it FOR ANY PRICE. Investors are counting the cost of  [esp deferred] maintenance very heavily, even when the cash flow is excellent.
Everyone's far more conscious of the costs down the line these days. Which I think is a good thing!


Sep 29, 2018 10:38 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning,  Elizabeth- - -whether said or not, I find most buyers want a "wow" factor. Finding it usually involves compromise. 

Sep 29, 2018 10:57 AM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Elizabeth- chalk it up to HGTV. Unless people are flippers or just like fixing up things, buyers today don't want to have to do that. And, while houses are appreciating, they aren't skyrocketing as in the past. So buyers don't want to put in more than they may be able to fetch when they sell it. 

Sep 29, 2018 03:38 PM #3
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

The same holds true in my areas, Elizabeth. Buyers want a move-in ready house, and you'd think for 1.8M - 2M or more that's not too much to expect.

The other end--a house in a good location that needs a complete re-do attracts plenty of contractors and flippers.

It's that middle segment that sits and waits.

Sep 29, 2018 06:08 PM #4
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elizabeth, I still won't step foot into a short sale!   I am finding even the updated and turn-key home, the buyers are trying to lowball them!

Oct 01, 2018 06:42 AM #5
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