Rainy Days Are Perfect For House Hunting

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Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty
Tomorrow it will rain, actually there is a 90% chance but I am not betting against those odds.  A rainy Saturday could really be a real downer but I am showing houses tomorrow and I love to show houses in the rain.  Sure we might get a little damp running in and out of the car to the houses but a rainy day will reveal many secrets about a house.  Is the basement dry?  Does the roof leak?  Does the backyard turn into a swamp or worse does that quaint little stream turn into a raging river?  How was the roadway to the house?  The list goes on and on.  

So although the rain will be a bummer for those of you planning to enjoy some of the great outdoor activities that the Greater Hudson Valley has available for you and I feel bad for you, i will enjoy the opportunity to see the houses on this tour with clients in all their damp glory.  My advice to those of you searching for houses right now is to call your agent up and ask if she still has time to take you out on this rainy Saturday.  It could save you osme heartache later on by knowing how your house withstands the wet weather.

So to all you potential homebuyer's out there, what are you waiting for?  The market is great for buyers! Don't let fear of getting soaked stop you from searching, just find an agent you can trust to help you.  If you would like to start a search for a permanent residence or vacation home in the Greater Hudson Valley of New York, I would love to help you.  Working with an experienced buyer's agent can help you to choose what is best for you.  I work in Orange, Ulster, or Sullivan County NY and I would love to be your Buyer's Agent. If you are looking elsewhere I would love to find someone in your chosen location to help you.  Give me a call or send an email today.

I'm Paddy Pizappi - Work with Me and You'll be Happy!
845-800-7086

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James Wexler
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sounds strange here in AZ, however, when we do have rain, people actually go house hunting versus enjoying the outdoors

Oct 24, 2008 03:18 AM #4
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Michael Wayne Jackson
Coldwell Banker - Novato, CA
Realtor - Seniors Real Estate Specialist Novato

I have not tried this yet accept for a few open houses I did in the rain. It would be good to know if there are any leaks in the home.

Oct 24, 2008 04:02 AM #5
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Cristal Drake
Prudential California Realty - Fullerton, CA
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Paddy, I wish it would rain here!  It is so hot and dry and it smells like fire!  You are right, the time to buy is great.  Why wait for the upswing when you have to fight with all the other buyers that are all going for the same property!?

Oct 24, 2008 04:12 AM #6
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Jamie Williams
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Paddy- I agree. We don't get rain often as we should. It is nice to know what will happen when it does though.

Oct 24, 2008 05:21 AM #7
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Kara Casamassina
International Property Management Group, LLC - Aiken, SC
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Hey Paddy - I totally agree.  I love showing houses in the rain for the exact reasons you mentioned.  Have a good weekend :)

Oct 24, 2008 07:30 AM #8
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Jennifer Fivelsdal
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Paddy you gave some good reasons for house hunting in the rain, I personally don't like it because some clients don't want to remove their shoes and don't want to fuss with a shoe cover. 

Here is hoping your client will find the perfect home tomorrow.

Oct 24, 2008 08:16 AM #9
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Paddy, It may be a great day to do house hunting, but a bad day to do house inspecting... Had 2 yesterday. Difficult to do a great job while hunkered under an umbrella...

Oct 24, 2008 09:55 PM #10
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Harold "Hal" Place
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL

Morning Paddy,

We had an overcast day with some rain yesterday and it looks like more of the same for today. Here in Paradise, that is an unusual happening.

Homes take on an entirely different look on rainy days. On a sunny day, a home vibrates with warmth. On rainy or gray cloudy, snow filled days the bare home stands to be evaluated with none of the positive distractions of nature to get in the way.

Have fun, hope you land a sale.

Oct 24, 2008 11:27 PM #11
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Gene Mock
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Hello Paddy, it is good for looking - not the best for an open house though.  Seems people won't venture out in the rain as much as they do on a sunny day.

Oct 24, 2008 11:55 PM #12
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Craig Rutman
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There's no better way to reveal the secrets of a house than when it's raining outside. Even an inspector might not discover a small leak if it's sunny outside at the time of inspection.

Have fun in the rain!

Oct 25, 2008 02:31 AM #13
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Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
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Interesting perspective Paddy. We don't have basements and people (sellers) pefer not to have showings when it's raining sideways outside. I can certainly see your wanting to see the results from the rain though. Great attitude and thought! :)

Oct 25, 2008 04:15 AM #14
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Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
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Hope the home tour went well.  I'm sure your positive attitude helped to make your Saturday a success.

Oct 26, 2008 12:26 AM #15
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Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Pine Bush, NY
Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY

Thanks for the comments all.  The tour went well and I have an offer in from it.  Keep you fingers crossed.  BTW, when I tour in the rain I do take shoes off at the door.

Oct 29, 2008 10:27 PM #16
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Jessica Bigger
Bigger Communications - Reston, VA
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Paddy - You know these are good points.  Better to have our buyers see all the potential problems in a house and you are so right.  They usually show up during the rainy season. 

Nov 04, 2008 09:10 AM #17
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Jennifer Mallory
Keller Williams Hudson Valley Realty - Nyack, NY
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I like selling houses in inclement weather because it gives me an excuse not to wear high heeled shoes. :)

Nice perspective in your post. I know that problems show up when there is rain, but I've never thought to point out that positive for prospective buyers.

Nov 08, 2008 10:37 PM #18
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Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Pine Bush, NY
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thanks Jessica.  The problems are much more apparent in the rain. 

LOL Jennifer.  Sometimes I forget and end up sunk in mud.

Nov 10, 2008 09:23 PM #19
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Jessica Bigger
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Jennifer - I'm with Paddy - I like that too - thankfully I live in an area where you actually look weird if you where heels.  I feel for you though.

Nov 12, 2008 04:12 PM #20
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Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
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The burdens of living near to NYC, LOL

Nov 12, 2008 10:08 PM #21
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Jessica Bigger
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Paddy - Awe but that's what makes it such a special place - I'd move to NY in a heartbeat, if I could just convince my husband to go back to the snow.  That's a tough one.

Nov 13, 2008 08:07 AM #22
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Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Pine Bush, NY
Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY

I am not a big fan of the White Stuff Jessica.  It is a necessary evil if you live here.  Some of my freinds love it though.  It takes all kinds to make the world go round

Nov 14, 2008 12:27 AM #23
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