Dichotomy – Noun

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Encarta Dictionary defines this as a separation of different or contradictory things.

This word popped into my head today after thinking about the West Coast fires. What a catastrophe they are. Thousands of people fleeing the flames, leaving homesteads to burn to the ground. In some cases even dying while trying to flee.

While all this is going on out West, here in the East we are dealing with torrential rains and cool weather. Parts of the county south of me had to close roads due to high water. Back in 2009 we had the mother of all rain storms that lasted all day. I remember it taking me hours to get home because so many roads were inundated.

A true Dichotomy between the West and the East in weather. One tinder dry and one soggy.

But how, you may be asking, does all this relate to Real Estate? There is a very real connection to your immediate surroundings and issues you may face as a homeowner.

For instance, when you are looking for just that perfect home, it might be easy to get carried away with the “Perfect Home” and forget to look around. I tell my buyers that not only are they potentially buying the home, they are also buying the neighborhood. Look at the homes next door and across the street. Are they in good repair? Have the yards been taken care of? These are indicators of what the neighbors will be like.

What about the yard your potential new home sets upon? Is it sloped in a manner that water will run off away from the home? If not, you could be in for a surprise during the next heavy rain. Water intrusion into a home causes rot, mildew, and mold.

Further afield, what does the community look like? Are there grocery stores close by or will you need to pack a lunch for a shopping trip? How about the geographic area? Are you near enough to water to worry about being in a flood zone? Did you ask the current owners about past flooding issues? Or for our friends in the West, are you in a fire zone? Are you comfortable that should a fire happen you can safely get away?

All of these issues should be thought about when looking for a home. Not just about finding the Perfect Home.

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Peter den Boer, Associate Broker, Realtor

Atlanta Communities Real estate Brokerage


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I write about daily life as a Realtor in the Towne Lake Community in Woodstock Georgia.


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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Peter den Boer - the dichotomy example is a good lead in to doing research before buying.  There are so many factors.

Nov 13, 2018 05:35 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Peter. This is thoughtful and specific. Both good and valuable.

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