What Was the Owner Thinking?

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Real Estate Broker Owner with MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC NC# 218097

 

As REALTORS, everyone of us at one time or another has wondered “What Was The Owner Thinking?”. We’ve all got our particular real estate irritants when out showing…mine is unreachable homes by normal modes of transportation…yet the advertising “come hither” shows jaw dropping outstanding views with only casual reference as to the access.

No doubt there are REALTORS in Florida, Ohio, Illinois and Louisiana wondering what I’m talking about. They have their own irritants that I’m not be familiar with. REALTORS in Colorado, New Mexico, Virginia and other mountainous states know exactly what I mean. During the building boom, people were putting houses where nothing living had been except perhaps goats and eagles. Sometimes it worked out. Ethical builders recommended long roads with switchbacks. Often it didn’t work out so well…as a resale. Sure, the original seller could arrive in a beefy 4 wheel drive vehicle and never gave a thought that at some point an emergency vehicle might need to reach the house.

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NEWS FLASH ! ! ! Buyers are intensely more practical. They are buying a new house and don’t want to buy a new vehicle to be able to reach their new house. They are considering things like the cost of insurance, or if a fire truck, rescue squad or the police can access this house located at the top of a 12 to 15% grade.

Don’t you think it’s poor planning when buying or building a house to not consider the reality of selling the house at a later date?

This isn’t a rant…it’s not like the only houses for sale are perched at the top of a precipice. This is more a lament for sellers who just weren’t thinking about the future when they built these houses. The buyers I worked with last weekend were game to try anything to find what they wanted. We drove on some incredibly difficult approaches and Mr. Buyer did perfectly with his driving. They wanted to see the modestly priced beautiful house with the jaw dropping view but we could only get within 500 feet of the house. We valiantly climbed the rest of the way. The buyers good humouredly pointed out how far other buyers had made it. I expected to see bleached bones and rusted vehicles of those who didn’t make it at all.

Gorgeous house or so my oxygen deprived brain interpreted it and the view definitely fabulous. List price approximately $200,000. If it had been located even 500 feet down the driveway the sellers might have been able to list for $350-400,000. There are so many “what ifs” but the main thing with this house was “so what”. Our buyers would never have felt relaxed there, every trip in and out would’ve been an ordeal. Friends and family wouldn’t have visited and God forbid there would ever be a disaster because rescue would be delayed.

Avoid the “What Was The Owner Thinking” syndrome … you or your heirs will have to sell sometime.

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Fascinating story & even with public roads, there are places I've seen in New Mexico which seem just as isolated. Good points

March 25, 2012 07:51 AM
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NE TN would totally have those kinds of drives, Marilyn.  It is pretty funny what some people consider to be too isolated.

Tina, thanks for your comment.  I lived in NM as a teenager and I think since I wasn't a driver then I wasn't really concerned with it.  It would be so different now.

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Our hilly area of the peninsula between San Francisco and San Jose has many houses perched on hillsides with impossibly steep driveways, and houses with many steps. They certainly present challenges when selling, but when priced properly, they find buyers. In areas like these, average price/sq.ft. is meaningless.

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Mona,

I have enjoyed reading the posts from fellow realtors. I didn't realize that such a small minority of practitioners are comfortable with "handling" remote listings. I live forty-five minutes from the nearest stop light. If the house starts on fire, burn baby burn, it will be approximately one hour before the volunteer fire department arrives. Same for a response from the local county sheriff's deputy. As a consequence, we learned how to prepare ourselves for living in remote territory. We made a decision to balance potential risk versus reward. We regularly service and run the generator, (used at least once a year for extended periods during power outages) check the condition of numerous fire extinguisher units, practice our firearm marksmanship skills and last, remain ever vigilant for those who might perpetrate a crime against our fellow country folk. While there are drawbacks to living in a remote area of this country, there are numerous benefits - too many to mention here. What's great about America, each and everyone one of us can live almost anywhere without interference from others. It all boils down to how we look at a particular situation. I wouldn't feel comfortable having a veternarian examine me for back pains, therefore why would I enlist the services of a realtor who sells tract homes show me secluded rural properties? Realtors - continually practice keeping an open mind, it's good for business.  

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Lottie, thanks for commenting.  I forget that San Francisco has those hilly areas too.  Pricing properly is a good point.

Sharon, interesting contribution.  People would need to keep certain skillsets honed if they choose to live remotely.  thanks.

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