Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate )

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I think that Barbara Todaro has the perfect answer.  For us, it is a must.  A

Feb 12, 2016 04:16 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

It can be if it is in a price point where one would expect a garage. For those folks who absolutely will not live without one, then it's a non starter. In our area, though, it is not an expectation until you get to a certain price point. 

Feb 12, 2016 04:07 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

It is streamly detrimental in my area.

Feb 12, 2016 07:05 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

EVERYONE wants a house with a garage.

Some can not afford a house with a garage.

In Florida, uncovered parking is brutal on a car. Many houses with spacious two car garages have the cars in the driveway. 

Moral to the story: They would rather the car sit in the sun than do away with their stuff.

Can they overlook a house without a garage? Depends on how much stuff they have.

Feb 12, 2016 05:02 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Detached vs attached:

Older home the lots were deeper. Right after 1945 or so the developers turned it around. I suspected attached garage were cheaper to built. 

Garage vs carport:

Acceptable so long as location is good.

No garage:

In San Jose many home owners converted to a living or bed room and claimed the additional space as sf.  Harder to sell.


Feb 12, 2016 05:01 AM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

It totally depends on the buyer and the price range. Low budget buyers are usually willing to give it up if they have to thinking they could build a detached garage later.

Feb 12, 2016 04:59 AM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

Very few homes here have garages, but we are up 8 ft on pilings so everybody just parks under the house.

Feb 12, 2016 04:51 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It's definitely an issue in my market.  Except for the lowest price ranges and for some condos.

Feb 12, 2016 04:51 AM
Shannon Thomas
Selling Indy Metro, LLC - Avon, IN
Managing Broker, E-Pro, ABR,SRS, SFR

I believe not having a garage would be a real problem here in selling it at a later date.  I very seldom get a request to show a property without a garage so the resell future would be a problem unless priced much lower. 

Feb 12, 2016 04:38 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Depends on price range and neighborhood.  My 1950's house had one car garage so we built carport next to it for second vehicle.  Guess which one I use!

Feb 12, 2016 04:38 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Lack of a garage is a big issue here. We have severe storms and in the winter hail storms which damage cars. Also for many it is also a question of security.

Feb 12, 2016 04:36 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Newbies want garages


Feb 12, 2016 04:36 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

It some areas a attached garage is a necessity but in many of my areas the garage-less house will be around $15k - $20k cheaper. In Seattle, they want everyone to take public transportation so garages are rare in new construction. 

Feb 12, 2016 04:32 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Not really, but most prefer a garage of some sort.

Feb 12, 2016 04:17 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

In certain areas most of the garages have collapsed or are so old a vehicle will not fit in them. The ones with no garage generally have a shed to put seasonal items away or hold a lawn mower.

In the suburbs except for the towns most expect a garage.

Feb 12, 2016 04:16 AM
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Most buyers in this area expect a two car and many prefer a three car garage.

Feb 12, 2016 04:15 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

first time buyers can overlook it..... 

Feb 12, 2016 04:13 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Stuff happens.  Most people prefer a private garage.   

Feb 12, 2016 10:37 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Newer properties have garages, some older properties have car ports, or just slab

Feb 12, 2016 10:29 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Detriment for sure!

Feb 12, 2016 09:53 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

A garage is one of the 'Wants' for most buyers with the exception of condos on the beach. Those buyers will jump on anything for sale.

Feb 12, 2016 09:52 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Most want a garage.

Feb 12, 2016 06:33 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Parking is extremely important in Los Angeles. Clients always ask how many spaces come with the property and might pass on the property that does not provide any parking at all. 

Feb 12, 2016 04:00 PM
Melissa Jackson
Citiwide Alliance Realty - Weatherford, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Most people want a shed, barn or garage in the country.  In town, depends on the neighborhood and type of buyer.  

Feb 12, 2016 01:21 PM
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

A definite detriment in central Washington State.

Feb 12, 2016 12:40 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Most buyers with cars just want some sort of parking space.  Some insisit on a garage, but most just don't want to drive the streets searching for parking.

Feb 12, 2016 12:26 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

nah, less than 20% of homes here have garages.

Feb 12, 2016 11:34 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Most buyers want a garage. 

Feb 12, 2016 11:07 AM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Most people I work with want a garage.  Most want the garage attached. 

Feb 12, 2016 10:24 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

It really depends on the buyer client.  If they are buying a house on a larger piece of land -- no problem because they can build in the future.  But then there are some lovely Historic Homes in our area that have very small lots -- it's a detriment to a buyer buying in this price range if there is no garage, and so most of those buyers choose to go elsewhere.

Feb 12, 2016 10:08 AM
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

It is a detriment, and sometimes a one car garage is a detriment also.

Feb 12, 2016 09:10 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I have seen carports sell, parking spaces and garages with appropriate price

Feb 12, 2016 08:17 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

For me it is very necessary. Many south Floridians don't care that much since we have awesome weather. I was at a $3.9M property on Tuesday-no garage.

Feb 12, 2016 07:41 AM
Toronto, ON

It depends upon the area and what the buyer is looking for.  For example, many new condo projects in certain neighbourhoods have far fewer parking spaces than there are units in the condo project and those projects are intentionally designed that way.

Feb 12, 2016 07:08 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It's interesting to see all the variation around the country and in different markets and price points, but not surprising. Here's it's pretty desirable - storage is often the issue since we tend not to have attics nor basements. It's not unusual for only 1 car and maybe none to be in the garage since it's full.

Feb 12, 2016 06:47 AM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

not here... no garage no sale. in the downtown its ok, sort of. in the suburbs it would be a no no

Feb 12, 2016 06:37 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Most prefer a garage

Feb 12, 2016 06:08 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jeff Dowler CRS It depends on the price point. Many of the older homes do not have garages.

Feb 12, 2016 05:59 AM
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

Huge detriment in our area.  How do you make it through the winter?  Also, 1 car garages are a big detriment.

Feb 12, 2016 05:49 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Usually around here no garage no sale.  It does happen but not often

Feb 12, 2016 05:34 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Garages are 'YUGE' on the Beautiful Colorado River. 3:) Where a boat can cost more than the house. And it gets to 120+ in Summer. If a buyer overlooks it, they need to be prepared for a lower resale value down the line. RV garages add big desirability to homes, esp. in HOA subdivisions that don't allow street parking.

Feb 12, 2016 05:24 AM
Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!

It really depends on the area, and the Buyer. 

Feb 12, 2016 05:12 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

It does add value.

May 17, 2019 11:28 PM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Garages are very important in our area.

Sep 18, 2016 02:08 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

We have enough cold, snow and wind that an attached garage is a must.

Feb 18, 2016 05:17 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Jeff - Most newer homes are built with garages, but homes built prior to 1990 may only have a carport, are less expensive, and can be overlooked by the buyer.

Feb 14, 2016 01:46 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Out here you have to have some form of covered parking (building code).  Me, I hate parking outside so a garage is paramount.  I'm "security minded" so I don't like taking EVERYTHING out of my car when I park outside (and I have a lot of stuff in my car!).

Feb 13, 2016 11:43 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

It really is unless buyers are committed to specific parts of town where houses were built at a time when garages were not the norm. Increasingly we see more and more demand for 3-car garages versus 2-car even in more modestly priced homes. We have very few basements in our area, so garages are critical for storage not just car parking.

Feb 12, 2016 11:06 PM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

I don't think anything is a detriment, if you have the right buyer. Some first time buyers can overlook things like that, (as I did), but I think once you are older, you are more demanding of what you want in a house. Any house can sell, if you have the right buyer for it.

Feb 12, 2016 07:30 AM