Like A Needle In A Haystack

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

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There are so many different housing styles that it takes time to narrow down what a buyer is looking for.

Some buyers know what they want, a one-level or a colonial. But with so many names and styles, finding them with different name types may be challenging. And when searching in the MLS, they usually only list one or two descriptions. It takes more than a simple check to see what's on the market. Ask your buyers many questions to help find the needle in the haystack.

 

Some people are particular about the outside and the curb appeal; others only care if the interior meets their needs. Here are some of the various styles of homes, in no particular order, but I bet you can add to this list.

  • Single Family Home
  • Condominium, Cooperative
  • Townhouse
  • Semi-detached
  • Bungalow
  • Gated community
  • Waterfront
  • Rancher with and without basements
  • Patio home
  • Cottage
  • Log Cabin
  • Chalet
  • Semi-Detached
  • Multi-family 
  • In-law addition
  • Coachhouse
  • Historic
  • Contemporary
  • Mobile
  • Tiny House
  • Castle
  • Villa
  • Manor
  • Colonial
  • Split Level
  • Front-to-back split
  • Split foyer
  • Modular 
  • Mansion
  • Houseboat
  • Yurt
  • Log cabin
  • Converted barn
  • Silo
  • Farm
  • Bunker
  • Cave
  • Container
  • Dome
  • Modular
  • Vacation home
  • 55 plus communities

 

 

With so many names and styles, it may be hard for a buyer to describe what they are looking for. I will suggest they send me pictures of houses that are acceptable.

Forget what you call it.

When ready to buy a home

Call Margaret Rome

Let's find you a house!

 

 

 

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Margaret Rome
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Comments (18)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 excellent report for finding the right house.

Oct 05, 2022 08:40 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Good to see you, John Pusa 

Oct 06, 2022 05:05 AM
John Pusa

Thank you Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, good to see you too!

Oct 06, 2022 02:46 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Margaret.In depth knowledge of the inventory makes looking for the needle in the haystack much easier. Enjoy your day.

Oct 06, 2022 04:41 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

So true, Wayne Martin. Knowing your inventory and how to search is the key. 

Oct 06, 2022 05:07 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 Magaret,
I am one of those people who knows what I like and will know it when I see it. At this point in life, it has become easier to "narrow" my preferences to one-level walk-in living.  My current home meets that need, with upstairs guest quarters. If I were ever to move, it would be to a condo community.

Oct 06, 2022 04:50 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I've found that some real estate agents don't even know what style the house is! haha.

Oct 06, 2022 05:06 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Carol Williams Knowing what you like is the key. Sometimes we have to show many properties before the buyer "knows'' what they like. 

Oct 06, 2022 05:09 AM
Carol Williams

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 
I once had a relocating client who "warned" me she made her last agent show her 60 homes before she made a decision. I "warned" her that I would NOT show her 60 homes, because I would figure out what she wanted and find it long before that. I did! 😊

Oct 06, 2022 05:32 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

But of course, you did because you know how to listen Carol Williams 

Oct 06, 2022 05:38 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Kat Palmiotti ,

And when the agent and the client don't know, it may take a little longer!  🙃

Oct 06, 2022 05:11 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Tiny houses are also becoming popular as well. Great list Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 

Oct 06, 2022 07:54 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Leanne Smith Those tiny houses are popular. Good to see you.

Oct 06, 2022 08:34 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good information to share with prospective home buyers.

Have a productive autumn.

Oct 06, 2022 08:36 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thanks, Roy!

Oct 06, 2022 01:20 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret this is one of the big reasons why Buyers need to be represented by a knowledgeable experienced Realtor who know how to sift through the hay to find the homes that fit their Buyers needs and wants.

Oct 06, 2022 03:59 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

George Souto,  It takes work and creativity to find suitable homes for buyers today.

Oct 06, 2022 09:12 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Margaret- I would also add that what a patio home means to buyers in one area of the country can mean something different in another area. Often buyers can't pinpoint what they want until they begin their search, either online or in person. Having them send you photos of what appeals to them is a good starting point. It's like when you want a different hairstyle but have a hard time describing it. You take a picture!

Oct 06, 2022 05:55 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Kathy Streib Good point about different styles having different names, and until you "see" it...hard to describe it. Your comment would be a good topic for a blog.

Oct 06, 2022 09:14 PM
Kathy Streib

We could both write one. 

Oct 09, 2022 07:04 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We all have buyers that start out thinking they want one style and when offered alternatives, buy something completely different than their first thoughts. Patience does pay off

Oct 07, 2022 06:55 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Ed Silva Yes, I have seen lists made by buyers of all they want in a home. The one they buy has no resemblance to anything on the list. :)

Oct 07, 2022 07:09 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Margaret:

The more we can learn from buyers about what they want and need the better we can help them narrow down their search. Often they need help sorting through the features and amenities that are most important to them...and why.

It's amazing how many housing styles there are, and descriptors we see in the MLS can be confusing.

Jeff

Oct 07, 2022 05:22 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Jeff Dowler, CRS This is so true ..."The more we can learn from buyers about what they want and need the better we can help them narrow down their search."

Oct 07, 2022 07:23 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400  ... oh this is so true!  Buyers usually don't know what they want and so it is our job to help them figure it out.  I usually start with 1 - 2 - 3 story home ... where (what locations) ... and minimum requirements!  That usually helps me to fine tune their search.  Who knew there were so many choices?  Great post! I learned a few new terms that are not common here in the  mid-west!

Oct 13, 2022 04:27 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Diana Dahlberg, It is our job to figure it out. And we do that with lots of questions and watching their reactions closely when visiting homes. The word detective comes to mind.

Thanks for stopping by.

Oct 13, 2022 05:51 PM