Peter Mohylsky, Let me help you find your path to the beach.  (PrimeSouth Properties)

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

I like that yellow shirt!

Yeah I do look under the sink, but not for a disposal - for a reverse osmosis system. We have quite a few properties with septic systems that really should not have garbage disposals, so not super uncommon for even a new/er home to not have one. RO systems are popular here, our water is very mineral rich and needs softening and filtering.

OH! As an aside, I just had one of those super deep composite granite farmhouse sinks put in and with it, a new disposal. Fits fine. BUT my counters are not low. What a difference 2 inches makes, huh?

Jul 08, 2019 02:37 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I can't imagine a sink w/o a disposal out here, unless it was a prep sink.

Jul 08, 2019 03:07 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

There are no garbage disposals in homes in our area that are on septic tanks. So, that would not be something we would look for - we just don't expect them to be present if on a septic.

As for the center island - if buyers didn't notice it on the first walk-through, it may not be something others would notice? I sold one recently that was built for a homeowner in a wheelchair and those two inches were all he needed to easily utilize the center island. 

Jul 08, 2019 09:09 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Strange the island would be a different height (?). Plumbers say that you are better off without a garbage disposal, especially when on a septic tank. They fail often because people do not understand how to properly use them.

Jul 08, 2019 06:48 PM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

I don't look underneath for a garbage disposal but I've flipped the switch by mistake before!

Jul 08, 2019 06:27 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

If it was important to my Buyer I'd look in the bathroom, the attic, and the garage for one Peter Mohylsky, SoWal Is HOME. 

Jul 08, 2019 05:27 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

If a client specifically talks about the importance of a disposal system/device I would be more aware.  I think my current awareness on the subject is acceptable.  My memory in box with its semi-built-in delete function as a method to dispose of unwanted information is working properly.  For me.  

Jul 08, 2019 03:50 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Don't need to, I can tell by looking at the flange and strainer assembly up top.

Jul 08, 2019 05:50 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Yes I do look under the sink. Garbage disposals have been banned in Kelowna. The homes that do have them can keep them put once they breakdown they can't be repaired or replaced.

Jul 08, 2019 05:20 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

I've not seen that height on an island....unless they wanted table height....

Jul 08, 2019 04:03 PM
Byron K . Jones
Coatesville, PA
List Today - Sold Tomorrow!

Was the sink/island designed for Wheelchair/Ada person? Seeing more of that now adays....we also have septic and public so not seeing disposal is not that important

Jul 08, 2019 04:03 PM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I've never "looked" for a garbage disposal as such. I rarely see a house without one and whether there is one or not in a house is usually noted in MLS. I've always had a deep single bowl sink myself in a standard height cabinet, but don't see them often. Have not seen "shorter" islands as yet.

Jul 09, 2019 04:38 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I do not look under the sink.

Jul 08, 2019 08:25 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I rarely see a home that does not have a garbage disposal. I rarely see a home that has a septic tank.

Jul 08, 2019 04:32 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

In our area, every sink has a disposal.

Jul 08, 2019 04:29 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

No except if they have a deep sink. I still am not sure what you mean. Wish you had taken a photo.

Jul 08, 2019 04:23 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

A new photo too!

I wouldnt know if this is a new trend or if it is an ommission.

Of course not all expensive homes deserve to be expensive, some just stuck the tag on to see if anyone would bite.

Jul 08, 2019 03:06 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Have not encountered a home with a lower center island. Interesting!

Jul 08, 2019 02:44 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I love them but in our rual homes with septic systems, they should not have disposals. 

Jul 09, 2019 05:14 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL 305-931-6931

No picture? Intersting.

Jul 08, 2019 09:02 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty

Can you share picture?

Jul 08, 2019 03:12 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Definitely always something new, I have not seen that.  A

Jul 08, 2019 03:10 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

No. Most of the small towns around us are septic system towns where garbage disposals are not allowed

Jul 09, 2019 07:14 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Yes, that is one of my 'Hot Buttons', i.e., to peer under the sink to verify the disposal existence and check for cleanliness and water leaks, or at least evidence of.  I would want the island to be higher to provide a more comfortable working height

Jul 09, 2019 07:05 AM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

Short people sometimes have short cabinets for obvious reasons. Tall people sometimes build with tall cabinets. Retires somtimes build with just 2 bedrooms. Some people take the custom aspect too far without considering future resale.

Jul 09, 2019 05:22 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

I owned a home many year ago with a section of lower countertop. I loved it for food prep and I'm not a particularly short person.

Jul 09, 2019 04:54 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

If the lack of a disposal was the DEAL BREAKER, I would find a way to solve it.

However, if the design made the installation problematic or cost prohibitive, I would advise buyer of the realities of life without a disposal.

"Why are you moving?" asks the buyer.
"Can't get the kitchen sink to drain," responds the seller.
Disclosure complete.

Do I look under the sink? Only if the buyer has expressed more than a passing interest.

On a listing I look behind every door and beneath every area rug, climb ladders, investigate electricity, measure radiation and confirm quality of life concerns.

Jul 09, 2019 04:49 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

Sounds interesting. Do you have a picture? If a home is on a septic system here, you may not have a sink. Is it possibly a DIY job?

Jul 09, 2019 04:25 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Most homes here do not have garbage disposals (many on septic systems). I don't remember any buyers saying they wanted a garbage disposal, either. 

Jul 09, 2019 03:05 AM
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Must have been something built custom for the current owner.

Jul 08, 2019 11:16 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Some Older homes don't have them...a newer one? Why wouldnt they? 

Jul 08, 2019 07:35 PM
Ken Jones, Realtor
Realty ONE Group Central - Freehold, NJ
There's no substitute for Experience.

Peter Mohylsky, SoWal Is HOME. I've also noticed the lower center islands in some new homes, of late.

However, none that I saw contained very deep farmhouse sinks; most didn't have any sink.

And, yes. I usually do look under the sink to see what type of disposal is installed. This is a habit I developed after buying my own new home in 2009 and had the choice of sink disposals.

Jul 08, 2019 02:29 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Demand having one installed as condition of offer.

Jul 09, 2019 06:45 AM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I do not look under the sink, I do look in the sink though.

Jul 09, 2019 01:26 PM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I do not look for disposals - yet with a sink that deep - I wonder if the concept was thought all the way through to the end of the garbage disposal line which would not fit after the sink was installed. 

I like your new photo - you were yellow and the smile so well. 

Jul 09, 2019 11:37 AM
Libby Cousins
Extraordinary Processing - Spokane, WA
Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA

It is quite common to NOT have a disposal if the property is on septic. I wonder if there are compact disposal systems that you can buy and install. Admittedly, I don't look under the sinks either unless I am looking at space. 

Jul 09, 2019 08:54 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

We have septics here; don't see many disposals; not recommended.

Jul 09, 2019 07:47 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

WOW, no disposal?   Will have to be sure to look when I see deep sinks.

Jul 27, 2019 01:36 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow that is something new.

Jul 12, 2019 11:51 AM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

No I don't look for garbage disposals.  But in that price point you would think it should have one.

Jul 10, 2019 08:56 AM