Is There a Buyer For Every Home?

By
Real Estate Agent

Earlier today, I read a blog post from Margaret Rome, titled, “Don’t Assume.” Margaret addressed things Realtors shouldn’t assume about home buyers and their wants/needs.

Margaret's words brought to mind similar thoughts I had on this topic a few weeks ago, while attending my high school class reunion.

The reunion was hosted on the 8+ acre estate of a classmate and her husband.  The stately 4,000 square foot home came with every amenity imagined.  It also was cradled in one of Greater Sacramento’s more upscale communities.

As I entered the front doors that day, I immediately became aware there was a big game hunter who dwelled within.  The large room where we gathered had a wonderful fireplace at one end, and a bar at the other.  On the massive stately walls, taxidermied remains of many large animals were exhibited.

There have been other blogs written about marketing homes with hunting trophies hung on walls.  Most have suggested it might be best to remove these prior to promoting them for sale.

While driving home, I wondered what might occur should this estate ever become available for sale.  However, moments later, I drove by our local Bass Pro Shop. On that very hot Saturday afternoon, the parking lot was full.  It was a testament that nearly every home marketed will have a buyer who may be interested - Even if there are elements within the home that may not appeal to a broader market.

One thing for certain, if I were ever to market a home like this one, I would make certain to distribute flyers on the windshields of customers parked in the Bass Pro parking lot!


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Comments (29)

Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Myrl, for sharing your observations.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

Aug 15, 2021 05:35 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Myrl... love that picture of you and the bear! When I was starting out in real estate, I remember the president of my brokerage saying there's a lid for every pot... and that this was true for real estate, as well. He'd say price it right, market it right, stage it right and you'd find your lid.

Aug 15, 2021 05:52 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

There is definitely a buyer for every home, even those with animals on the wall.

 

PS - great photo with you and the bear!

 

Enjoy your day!

Aug 15, 2021 05:59 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

If I were an agent showing such a home and my clients didn't like what was on the wall, I would remind them that the sellers would likely be taking them with them.

Aug 15, 2021 06:02 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Myrl,

We had a very large store for lease, and was owned by a great white hunter.  The hunter  had a large freezer in the space full of meat he had stored from his hunting.  Over the weekend, the freezer had died, and the smelll of rotting meat took over.  We opened the door to show...managed to reach the owner...It took months before the smell was gone.  A

Aug 15, 2021 06:30 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Myrl, for a minute I figure you were up in Yellowstone area where they have lots of bears like that also.  Yes big game hunter for sure.   Thanks for sharing.

 

Aug 15, 2021 07:24 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

Hi Myrl,
I agree. There IS a buyer for every home. That said, I believe in staging a property to appeal to the broadest demographic possible. But to each their own. 

Aug 15, 2021 09:38 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for sharing and allowing me to ponder the question Myrl Jeffcoat 

Aug 15, 2021 06:53 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Myrl.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Aug 16, 2021 04:12 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Myrl I find there is a buyer for every home, land etc. just need to expand the the playing area and remove the limiting sources,, just sayin, Endre

Aug 16, 2021 10:17 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - I love that photograph of you and the bear and I'm glad he was stuffed! I remember walking into a few houses and wondering how long a home with heads on walls would stay on the market. I never looked at it from your perspective. You're absolutely right! There is a home for every buyer! 

Aug 17, 2021 03:27 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

It only takes one buyer to love it, right?  Not every home seller will be committed to de-personalizing a home, so it is likely a home buyer of like mind (hunter in this case) was like to fall in love with it.

Aug 17, 2021 10:51 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Thursday morning, Myrl.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Aug 19, 2021 07:51 AM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

Mryl

Does this make you one bear of a babe, please not PC but just a bit of my ribald humor. Nice post. This reminds me a bit of Foster's Big Horn in Rio Vista. cheers cvc

Aug 20, 2021 08:15 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - Love that pic of you and the bear!

There is a buyer for every home, but I would gently remind the seller that we want to reach a broad audience that will bring you the best return.  

This was 18 years ago in Skagway AK.  My husband wanted to show the size and needed me to stand in front of the brown bear.  I don't think I really wanted to do this.  Can you tell?  LOL!

Skagway Brown Bear

Aug 23, 2021 03:32 PM
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN
SpousesSellingHousesTM

What a differen place to host a high school reunion. Thanks goodness we all have different tastes otherwise the wold would be boring :) 

Great points in your post Myrl - thanks for sharing!

Sincerely,

Grace 

Aug 28, 2021 10:40 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I don't assume anything except that you have it well in hand. Good luck with everything

Sep 02, 2021 11:38 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Interesting place for a school reunion, and I hope you all had a good time among the trophies.

Sep 05, 2021 06:08 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I really don't know the whole story I think but this could be useful down the road most definitely

Sep 12, 2021 11:57 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I do believe there IS a buyer for every home, but it's based ona combination of the property, the target buyer, and the price. Finding the RIGHT buyer for a unique home certainly can take time, and some creative marketing. I thnk your suggestion is a good one, Myrl.

Jeff

Sep 15, 2021 08:03 PM