Shouldn't House Hunting Be Classified As A Sport?

Real Estate Agent with Reece & Nichols

... The thrill of victory... and the agony of defeat.  I mean, shouldn't house hunting be classified as a sport?  Recently, I spent three weekends hunting with the same buyers.  We went deep into the country to hunt for the ideal home.  I typically work in the more populated areas of my county.  But, this house hunting excursion really felt like a "hunt" and I had so much fun venturing into new and unfamiliar territory.   

On second thought, maybe those winding roads through the upstate NY countryside were not really all that fun to navigate after all.  See, climbing those hills and meandoring the curvy and very treacherous narrow roads - made me a little car sick at times.  In the past, I've occasionally gotten car sick - but this time, it was ME doing the driving.  And, my poor car probably will need a front-end alignment now, after all those bumpy dirt roads.  Even on the paved roads, I was sure my SUV might possibly be swallowed up by ominous pot-holes.  But this didn't stop me.

So, what exactly made it fun?  Well, these buyers were just so delightful to work with.  They are first time buyers and they started out not so sure of what they were looking for or where they would settle.  A remote walkable village?  A country setting with a generous slice of land?  Older home?  A newer, but unique home?  One thing was for sure, they did not want a cookie cutter house in a cookie cutter neighborhood.  No, these were not the typical buyers and that's what made it fun.  I LOVE the not so ordinary and very unique properties!  But, the challenge is finding one - in almost move-in condition too.  

By the third time out, I was finally in their mindset.  I was starting to get a feel for what they wanted.  On the final day of our search we looked at 6 houses.  The first one was really nice, and then each property after that got better.  I felt like we were getting real close to finding THE home and it was hard to surpress that little voice in me saying "whoo hoooo - this is THE day".  I could just feel it. 

As we drove through rough terrain, we would wonder where the road would lead us and what we would find when we arrived at the next property.  It was adventourous.  At one point, as I was rounding a bend and making my way uphill, I turned to the husband and said "I just love the hunt."  He looked at me and laughed, as if I took the words right out of his mouth.  We were getting warmer and warmer, and hotter and hotter.  It was like being on a safari!  Our hunting expedition involved finding the perfect home - out in the middle of no where.  Boy, it sure felt like a game of some sort.  Why isn't house hunting a sport?

At the next house ...Eureka! We found it! THE home! ...And, speaking of hunting - attached to the family room wall was a great big moose head staring right down at us.  The hunt was over - we not only found THE house, but we found a moose inside the house and we didn't even need a gun for this hunitng expedition! 

...Ah! The thrill of victory!  I consider myself an avid hunter who doesn't even own a gun.  House hunting - it sure feels like a sport! 


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Carol Culkin ABR, SRES, Associate Broker (913) 333-8310

Licensed in Kansas, Missouri and New York

Carol Culkin - Associate Broker for Reece & Nichols, is your source for real estate in Overland Park and the bordering cities of Leawood, Olathe, Mission, Miriam, Lenexa and Shawnee, Stillwell and Spring Hill. Carol has been ranked as an award winning agent and offers her clients over 10 years of real estate experience.


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Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Carol... Congrats on the gold star!  House Hinting could definitely be a sport.  I know several competitive house hunters and agents who need a penalty box (like in hockey) when they are working on a deal!

Mar 30, 2009 01:01 PM #27
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

What a delight to read!  Should we petition the Olympics for entry at the next games?

Mar 30, 2009 01:01 PM #28
Daren Krause
Keller Williams Realty - Austin, TX

Fun article and creative use of metaphor.  Entertaining, indeed.  I encourage you to try to find a real estate magazine to publish the piece.  I think most readers would enjoy the truth behind your humor.

Mar 30, 2009 01:06 PM #29
Daren Krause
Keller Williams Realty - Austin, TX

Fun article and creative use of metaphor.  Entertaining, indeed.  I encourage you to try to find a real estate magazine to publish the piece.  I think most readers would enjoy the truth behind your humor.

Mar 30, 2009 01:06 PM #30
Charlene Hammontree
616 Realty LLC - Rockford, MI
Meeting the needs of Buyers and Sellers in MICH

I agree, the hunt is fun with fun buyers....But you do have the cold, rainy, nothing but bugs and poision ivy kind of hunting too.... when they bring the parents! lol great post! I agree to see if you can get it published!

Mar 30, 2009 01:29 PM #31
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~

Yes I have had some buyers crash through the fence like the old commercial about agony about defeat.

Mar 30, 2009 01:46 PM #32
Simon Mills
Mills Realty - Toluca Lake, CA

That was a great read.  The throll of victory the agony of defeat.  I love it!

Mar 30, 2009 01:53 PM #33
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Carol - Well written I too felt as if I was along for the ride.  Congratulations on being a successful hunter without a gun. :)

Mar 30, 2009 02:04 PM #34
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Sometimes that is for sure the way it feels. All the best.

Mar 30, 2009 03:17 PM #35
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Very Interesting indeed. It is all in the game isn't. Thanks for the hunt and thrill of the ride.

Mar 30, 2009 03:25 PM #36
Kelly Young
The Platinum Group Realtors - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Real Estate ~ 719-226-0126

Carol, how fun.  I loved you sharing your adventure.  I believe this is what real estate should be.  I have sold a lot of real estate in rural Colorado and covered many, many miles of dirt roads.  The people we are with on those journeys are the gift.

Mar 30, 2009 03:27 PM #37
Roland Woodworth
Q Realty - Clarksville, TN
Q Realty - Power In Real Estate

Carol: Some days it seems as if it is a sport.. Some times it seems as if our own client is trying to win single handed..

Great post

Mar 30, 2009 04:03 PM #38
Harrison Painter
GoGladiator Media - Carmel, IN
New Media Consultant

I always say that real esate is not a sprint, but a marathon!

You are a fantastic writer, I agree with the folks here, the title grabbed me right away, and the story was awesome!

Keep up the great work!

Harrison Painter

Harrison Painter - Gladiator Real Estate Investments

Mar 30, 2009 04:54 PM #39
Linda Greco Rich, ABR, SRES
Exit Preferred Realty - Bel Air, MD
Harford County Specialist

Great analogy! In our PC world,  I think you need one of those disclaimers 'no animals were injured in the making of this sale.'

Mar 31, 2009 12:32 AM #40
Carla Rocha - RochaTeam
United Realty Group - Sunrise, FL
Talk To Us

It should definitely be classified as a sport.  What a witty and fun way to describe the process and the feeling involved.

Mar 31, 2009 01:26 AM #41
Mike Hendren
Mike Hendren Photography - Cloudcroft, NM

What a GREAT story, Carol - very entertaining!

I gotta know, though - - - di your buyers get to keep the moose?  :-)

Mar 31, 2009 01:29 AM #42
Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate
RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. - Windsor, ON

Hi Carol, Thanks for sharing.

Best - Sash

Mar 31, 2009 02:06 AM #43
Bruce & Mary Smith
Savannah Lakes Homes - McCormick, SC
REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC

Thanks Carol!  We know the feeling of that 'victory' of having done what we have trained for and having done it well!  Good post!  Thanks.

Mar 31, 2009 02:21 AM #44
Bettina Settles
Greenwood, IN
Your Indiana Connection

Carol I thing you are so right and great post. It feels great when you and a buyer/seller accomplish the sell/buy and as Bruce& Mary put it, it feels like victory.



Mar 31, 2009 02:43 AM #45
Jessica Bigger
Bigger Communications - Reston, VA
Freelance Real Estate Business Writer

Carol - What a great perspective!  I think more than anything else it's the people that make the search fun!  You might as well choose who you work for and with when you can, because you end up spending quite a bit of time with those buyers and vice versa.

Mar 31, 2009 03:01 AM #46
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