Who Would Ever Want To Live Near Railroad Tracks

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

 

An Obstacle For One May Be The Desired Feature For Another

Unique homes are special and attract interesting wanna-be homeowners. 

Tell me what you see as an obstacle, and I will tell you someone who loves that feature.

 

 

  • Home on railroad tracks
  • First-floor condo or rancher. 
  • Front kitchen
  • Back kitchen 
  • Walkout basement
  • The basement has no exit
  • Fireplace a must
  • Fireplace wastes the heat 
  • Home on beltway 
  • No CAC 
  • Oil, gas, heat pump, propane, baseboard, or wood pellet 
  • No basement 
  • Unfinished lower level
  • Walkout lower level
  • No outside access
  • Old cabinets may be vintage 
  • Main road. Snow emergency
  • Shopping center. No car
  • 2 Br Home on a slab. I wish I had more 
  • Balcony vs.: no outside access 
  • No pets or pets not allowed 
  • Old countertops
  • Laminate flooring non-hypoallergenic and perfect for pets
  • Chicken coop. Two of my listings have... and are a positive
  • Animal heads on wall-please warn before showing. 
  • Attached vs. separate garage
  • Baltimore City and Baltimore County with two tax IDs
  • One way street or culdesac
  • As is 
  • Historic, MCM, split, bilevel, colonial, log cabin,
  • Bedrooms all upstairs 
  • Upside down with bedrooms downstairs
  • Throne room yes or no
  • Next to a fire station, school, or a 7-11 
  • Shower vs. tub 
  • Log cabins
  • Indoor pool
  • Above Ground pool
  • Saltwater pool
  • Cemetery 
  • Wooded lot or cleared 
  • Proximity to highways
  • Flat roof 
  • Inside or Outside the beltway 
  • Laundry up/down
  • Condo- HOA-Coop
  • Interior vs. EOG
  • Skylights love then or too much noise in the rain. 

 

Do you embrace or shy away from challenging properties? 

 

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Listen when you hear these words:

"It's not going to sell; it won’t appraise; no one wants a house with _____!"

  Go ahead, fill in the blank.

If you think your home is unusual, unique, funky, or unsalable?  Let’s talk. 

To sell your special home

Call Margaret Rome

Margaret Rome

 

 

 

 

Comments (28)

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Exactly, Michael. A comment worth pondering!

Mar 13, 2021 04:54 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Mar 13, 2021 05:37 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Thank you, Kathy for the feature in your weekly group! 

Mar 14, 2021 05:47 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in German and Real Estate * M.A. ABR ASP

Years ago, clients of mine fell in love with the "outdated" rancher. All other buyers dismissed it as an ugly duckling, not wanting to take on a project while my clients considered it a time-capsule worthy of preservation. And they've been doing just that over the past few years, down to the pink bathroom. Eventually they are planning to sell it with all retro furniture included. 

Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder - but an agent emphasizing the positive helps, too ;)

Mar 13, 2021 06:33 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Andrea, Please let me know when they are ready to sell!


Love this comment: "Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder - but an agent emphasizing the positive helps, too ;)"

Mar 14, 2021 05:49 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Margaret - I guess you could say different strokes for different folks.  It is all good or bad depending on outlook.

Mar 14, 2021 05:44 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Grant, As with everything..."  It is all good or bad depending on the outlook.

Mar 14, 2021 05:51 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I had buyer clients once who purchased a home VERY close to the train tracks. That was one of the selling features for them. I checked with them recently and they're still happy.

So there is a buyer for every home.

Mar 14, 2021 06:44 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Kat, That is the reason we, as professionals, cannot assume what buyers will and will not like. So glad your buyers are still happy their home

Mar 15, 2021 07:32 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Margaret....I can remember having a subdivision that backup to the tracks....the train went to Boston from Franklin every hour until midnight!!! I told the builder "everything sells" but those lots will be last to go!!  they were the first to go.... some people LOVE to see and hear the train.....

"An Obstacle For One May Be The Desired Feature For Another"

Mar 14, 2021 07:08 AM
Barbara Todaro

the homes abutting the track were NOT priced lower....

Mar 15, 2021 07:51 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Barbara, Our experience tells us not to make decisions for the buyers. Who would have thought the lots closer to the tracks would sell faster. Were they priced significantly lower?

Mar 15, 2021 07:34 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Good morning Margaret,
This reminded me of a listing of a beautiful Victorian home I had many years ago. It sat on a hill just above the railroad tracks that ran through town. I knew people would want to know how often the train went by each day so I asked the sellers. They said "a couple of times a day".  To verify I called the railroad main office and asked. They said 12 times per day!  When I told the sellers, they were shocked.  The reticular activating system is a complex set of neurons in our brain that filters out unnecessary noises (among other things).

We get what we focus on so we choose a home that has the features we want and accept those we don't.

Mar 14, 2021 08:00 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Carol, What a great comment. What they perceived as a couple of times was really a dozen. And this would make a good stand alone blog!

Mar 15, 2021 07:37 AM
MaryKay Shumway
The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948) - Sister Bay, WI
Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert

Margaret, I liked this.  I remember when another local broker wrote "conveninently located near Gun Club" on a listing and I shuddered.  The joke was on my when it sold very quickly! 

Mar 14, 2021 10:05 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

MaryKay, Now that's full disclosure and brilliant marketing.

Mar 15, 2021 07:38 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Diane's parents lived next to the "tracks" in all fairness they were second generation in the house and the Orange Line was built after it next to them at least they were on the other side of the street:)) not directly next to it... in all Fairness  Ron and Alexandra are right Malibu Billionaire's row is next to PCH:)) Endre

Mar 14, 2021 11:35 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Endre, Interesting that the Orange Line was built after the house. Hmmm...what kind of disclosures would that require today?

Mar 15, 2021 07:50 AM
Linda Metallo DiBenardo
RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

Exactly right, there is a buyer for every house!

Mar 16, 2021 02:16 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Thanks for stopping by inda

Mar 18, 2021 10:00 PM
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

There will always be a buyer for a property regardless of it's location or other negative issues or challenges. It may take a little longer to sell or could sell quickly; it just depends on the seller, doesn't it? 

Mar 17, 2021 12:03 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Yes, Kimo...  "There will always be a buyer for a property regardless of ..location or other negative issues or challenges.

Mar 18, 2021 10:02 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Margaret, I grew up on the corner of two highways in the flight path of La Guardia.  Living near those tracks would bother some but not me!

Mar 17, 2021 02:59 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Elyse,  The train would be quiet in comparison to the flight path and highway noise!

Mar 18, 2021 10:04 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Everybody has their likes and dislikes and it's not for us to pre-determine someone elses' choices.  Every chair is set for a bottom

Mar 17, 2021 05:33 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Yes, Ed! A seat for every bottom!

Mar 18, 2021 10:05 PM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

A year or so ago I sold a couple a house that backed up to railroad tracks.  The home had sat on the market for over six months due to that fact.  It didn't bother them..and I explained it would be an issue when they decided to sell the home. So far they love it!

Mar 17, 2021 10:42 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Mary, Glad to hear they still love the house!

Mar 18, 2021 10:06 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Bring them on.  I'll take a challenge any day.

Mar 17, 2021 07:22 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Yes Chris Ann, Bring on the challenge every day!

Mar 18, 2021 10:06 PM
Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, JPAR Stellar Living - Bethesda, MD
REALTOR * Broker * Coach

What a great list. I'm always up for the challenge. We see so manny vanilla and gray boxes, it's great when something is a bit different. 

Mar 18, 2021 09:56 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Dana,


Vanilla and grey boxes...I call them cloneonials.

Mar 18, 2021 10:08 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

My Mom used to say "There's a Jack for every Jill." In the same vein - there's an enthusiastic homeowner for every house.

Mar 18, 2021 03:33 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Marte, Love this comment    ''...there's an enthusiastic homeowner for every house.''

Mar 18, 2021 10:09 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So true!  One man's junk....  That's one reason I try to stay quiet about a home's features. I could blow it!

Mar 23, 2021 07:40 PM