Some just don’t think pink

At times sellers are confused when their unique home decor or color scheme does not register with prospective buyers. Sometimes in these situations a seller does not see that their unusual taste is complicating the sale of their home. Neutral colors are preferred because they appeal to a larger pool of buyers.


In lieu of a man cave…

Many buyers want basements. Sometimes buyers will describe this feature as a “Man Cave”. This is widely understood as a basement that is either fully or partially finished where a person could conceivably spend time on a voluntary or involuntary basis.

The problem is that not all homes have a basement, or a home might have one that doesn’t qualify due to having a four foot high ceiling, a dirt floor, and a continuous water problem. Ironically, that is exactly the kind of basement one unfamiliar with the term Man Cave might expect upon hearing this term for the very first time. People without HGTV or the Internet, that is.

Regardless, many people are creative and when a home does not have a suitable basement, they come up with alternatives to the traditional Man Cave. Other people may not immediately recognize the alternative as such and so it may present challenges when one puts their home on the market.


No, No, and…NO

When realtors first begin working with a buyer it is important to find out what aspects or features of a home are most important to the person or people. This is a necessary part of the process so that as an agent assists in identifying suitable homes for their client, he or she does not select ones without the minimum mandatory requirements. This is frustrating to the buyers and can result in a lot of wasted time spent looking for and at homes that just don’t quite measure up.


It doesn’t hurt to ask

In Southern New Hampshire the rental market is competitive right now. Some find it hard to find suitable rentals for an affordable price and so they approach listing agents to see if sellers would be willing to rent instead of sell. Often this is not the case, but the longer a house has been on the market without any promising activity, the more open to the idea sellers might become. Asking this of realtors the first week the home is on the market may not elicit a positive response, however. This is especially true when they propose paying a very low and unrealistic amount per month.