Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors)

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John McCormack, CRS
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Garages.  Basements are are very rare in Albuquerque.  Garages are a must have by most including me.

Apr 18, 2015 11:35 PM
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Always a garage

Apr 18, 2015 11:08 PM
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Garage...without a doubt. We don't generally have basements in San Diego. Homes with converted garages don't sell as well.

Apr 19, 2015 01:08 AM
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Always one of my favorite South Florida questions Gita Bantwal

Apr 19, 2015 12:46 AM
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Larry Johnston
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They would pick the basement.  They can always build a garage.  Also, with the bad storms we have on occasion, it's nice to have a place to go besides the garage.

Apr 19, 2015 01:50 PM
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Gita Bantwal home with garage is preferred over home with basement - if there is a choice. The reason is obvious - we are in New England and we have lots of snow! Lots of it!

Apr 19, 2015 01:26 PM
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Brenda J. Andrew
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It would definitely be a garage here.  We do not have basements.

Apr 19, 2015 12:13 PM
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Debbie Laity
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Basements aren't a common feature in my area. I think buyers around here prefer a garage...especially one that is extra large so they can have a workshop area. 

Apr 19, 2015 11:42 AM
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Renee Paray
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It all depends on the buyer and where they place value. I am currently selling a home without either. Some potential buyers remark about not having a garage is not an option for them. Others remark and say their husband will never live in a home without a basement. 

Apr 19, 2015 07:05 AM
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Joan Cox
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Gita, I think a garage around here.  We have snow and hail, and homeowners like their cars to be protected.

Apr 19, 2015 05:21 AM
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Gabe Sanders
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It will most likely be a garage here in Florida as we don't have basements.  The water table is so high here. that basements would need to be above ground.  With some very few areas being exceptions.

Apr 19, 2015 04:57 AM
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Barbara Todaro
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all homes in our area have garages.....the question would be do they prefer a one, two or three car garage....

Apr 19, 2015 03:58 AM
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Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
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Garage by default as we do not have basements in Tucson,AZ.  They are very rare, like I have seen maybe 6-8 in the 8 years showing real estate.  Garages are hard to come by as well in Central Tucson for first time home buyers in that price range too.

Apr 19, 2015 02:53 AM
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Roy Kelley
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A garage would be preferred by most buyers when looking at single family homes. When looking at townhouses, a basement might be the typical preference.

Apr 19, 2015 02:10 AM
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Garage no doubt Gita.

Apr 19, 2015 02:03 AM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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Definitely a basement around here. Our winters typically are not that bad so you can do without a garage but most houses have basements so buyers expect them

Apr 19, 2015 01:53 AM
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Anna Hatridge
Goodson Realty - Farmington, MO
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In our area the basement rules!  We have tornado's occasionally, so it can be a safety factor. A garage can usually be added at less cost than a basement, so therefore it is a cost factor as well as practical.

Apr 19, 2015 01:52 AM
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Hi Gita - basements are rare in our market and a home without a garage would be a detriment.  A garage will win here.

Apr 19, 2015 01:36 AM
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Debbie Gartner
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Most houses here have both, but I can't imagine living through the winter/snow here wo/ a garage.  Also, most 1st time buyers don't have that much stuff so they don't need the extra storage space.

Apr 18, 2015 11:53 PM
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There are NO basements here in my area of the Oregon coast. Garages are a necessity!

Apr 18, 2015 11:51 PM
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Karen Hurst
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In Rhode Island, a full basement has always been a must and then a garage. However, we recently purchased a home in Florida with a slab and a garage and find it very appealing. 

Apr 18, 2015 11:42 PM
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It's easier to add a garage than a basement!

Apr 18, 2015 11:35 PM
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Good morning Gita. In most areas, the answer would always be the garage.

Apr 18, 2015 11:33 PM
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Gita Bantwal In the new homes I think home buyers would want both. However, we have a lot of homes with basements and no garages in my area.

Apr 18, 2015 11:05 PM
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Hands down the garage.  

Apr 18, 2015 10:59 PM
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It's a toss-up Gita. Both are so popular and are on most buyers check-list!

Apr 18, 2015 10:55 PM
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The men like the basements and the women want the garage  to park in. Truthfully, they want both.

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Evelyn M Epperson
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Basements!  As Ga has tornatos!

Apr 20, 2015 06:47 AM
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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Gita, depending on the price range it would be the garage most of the time.

Apr 20, 2015 03:40 AM
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A garage is preferable! We do not see very many basements in San Antonio!

Apr 20, 2015 01:04 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for all your comments. It is interesting to read about real estate in other parts of the country.

Apr 19, 2015 09:22 PM
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Gita - I guess the answer depends on where you live. In Arizona, almost all buyers would prefer a garage, and the bigger the better in most instances. We do have some basement homes, but not a lot to choose from, and they are usually on the higher end. So, any home with a basement here will typically have at least a 2-car garage. I think all homes build after the 80's in my area have garages.

Apr 19, 2015 02:29 PM
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Gita, in our area, we don't have many basements so the choice is more often between a garage and an additional bedroom. 

Apr 19, 2015 10:04 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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Both are important in my area so it is a toss up.

Apr 19, 2015 06:39 AM