When you're looking for a home, you're hoping to find that perfect fit. All the right features at the right price in the right neighborhood and in the right condition. In a buyer's market there may be multiple homes that fit that need.
But in a seller's market the pendulum swings in the other direction, with minimal selection and often a lot of competition of those homes.
The buyers that become home owners are the ones that understand when to say NO and when to say YES.
Let's start with a real estate term: convey.
Convey basically means "what will transfer with the house". Obviously the house itself and most things that are attached to the home.
What doesn't convey?
The seller's personal property.
The dirty litter box.
Other things that might get in your way of seeing the home itself.
In a perfect world, every home for sale is spotless and presented in its best possible light.
But selling a home is rarely perfect.
The cat barfs up a hairball out of site or the dog "marks" the rug in front of the dishwasher.
The babysitter calls in sick and your whole day's schedule just changed.
Saturday has back to back games for the kids and no time to straighten up before the 3 p.m. showing.
Or there are tenants that don't have the motivation to let the home be seen in the best possible light knowing within 30 days of a contract they'll have to have a new place to live. Yeah, maybe they won't clean the litter box or toss the empty beer bottles.
There are plenty of legit reasons a home may not present its best side to buyers.
Can you look past the things that don't convey to see the home as you would have it when it's yours?
If the answer to that question is NO, finding a home is going to be much more challenging than it is for the buyer that understands that maybe some of those things are just minor annoyances that go POOF when you get the keys to the home.
Don't let a litter box be the difference that stops you from buying an otherwise perfect home.
Don't say NO too soon.
Serving Greater Cincinnati home buyers and sellers,
Bill & Liz aka BLiz