If You Aren't Finding the Right House - Maybe it is Time to Think Outside the Box

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786

Buyers get stuck in a rut when they are focusing on a small area for their new home.    I know you LOVE that neighborhood, but there are a few others that are similar, with the same school district you may enjoy.

 

I had one Buyer earlier this year that actually gave up and stopped looking when NOT ONE house came up in the neighborhood they wanted.    I tried and tried to get them to look at another that had a community pool that they said was important, and the school district was the same.  But, no way.

 

That is where we come into play --- we CAN think out of the box a bit, maybe not have as many "must haves" in the criteria.    Some things can be changed once you are in your new home.   Location and layout, not so much.   Those granite counters can be added later, and so can the hardwood floors.

 

Bottom line, reduce the criteria to the absolute items you cannot live without, and go from there.   You will get much better results!

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Joan Cox
Broker/Owner, REALTOR®
House to Home, Inc.

Serving the Denver Metro area including all suburbs


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Comments (20)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Joan... I've had clients who were focused on a specific neighborhood and would wait out the market for the right home in that neighborhood. For people like that, it just doesn't matter what you say... or put in front of them.

Jun 20, 2022 06:23 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Joan - great to have that discussion.  Some people will wait for their must haves and that has to do with their urgency.

Jun 20, 2022 06:48 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Joan,

Excellent advice..expand your search and it can be amazing what you can find. It all depends on their urgency to buy.

Jun 20, 2022 06:58 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nina Hollander, Broker I think with some buyers, you are right.  I had one couple years ago that were DEAD SET on a ranch, and ended up buying a tri-level with a basement.   They didn't want a dark basement.

Jun 20, 2022 07:02 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Joan Cox hi Joan... I've had a few of those, too!

Jun 20, 2022 08:22 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, I do believe that is true.

Jun 20, 2022 07:02 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dorie, timing is everything.

Jun 20, 2022 07:03 AM
Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs

Joan, Great Morning. Glad you did this one after I looked at 8 am. Have a great week..

Jun 20, 2022 07:25 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Eric, actually slept past 5:30 this morning!

Jun 20, 2022 07:35 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

The market is in the process of easing up. I think it will be good for both buyers and sellers. 

Jun 20, 2022 08:16 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I think so too Jeff.

Jun 20, 2022 08:32 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Sometimes the expectations of clients can never be satisfied.

Jun 20, 2022 08:57 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Prospective home buyers are in very good hands when they seek your professional real estate advice and assistance.

Jun 20, 2022 10:10 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Joan - real estate can test limits which can stretch any "box" which participants might face.  

Jun 20, 2022 11:44 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Joan- I know of a couple who have been looking for a few months but are insisting on a single story home. Their agent has been trying to get them to consider a two-story (they're young, so stairs aren't the issue). Sometimes you need to think outside the box. 

Jun 20, 2022 07:46 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

If I  can score and 80 and 90% likability, I am astounded. Unless you build a house you will not find everything you’re looking for in my humble opinion Joan 🙂

Jun 20, 2022 08:01 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Leanne, have had a few of those buyers too, never bought.

Jun 21, 2022 07:08 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Thanks Roy.

Jun 21, 2022 07:09 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, just hope there is a box for some buyers that have wild expectations.

Jun 21, 2022 07:09 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, that is my point with this post, that "one-story" may not be the only option out there.

Jun 21, 2022 07:11 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Paul, you are a correct man! 

Jun 21, 2022 07:11 AM