This weekend I was out with some West Salem Oregon buyers looking at homes. After looking at the 70 choices that met their criteria, we narrowed it down to 13 that they most wanted to see The last house that we looked at was built by a fairly large local builder, who often has unusual floor plans. This house was no exception: it was essentially on 4 levels as there were 4 staircases in the home with about a 1/2 staircase each. Not sure what the architect and builder were thinking on this one.
As all good agents do, the listing agent called me today for feedback about the showing. He hesitantly asked me the question, as if he knew exactly what words were going to come out of my mouth.
“The buyers didn’t like the floor plan. It was odd that it had so many levels.” I offered.
“Yeah, I get that a lot. I’m not sure how to sell a house that has something like that, which I can’t do anything about.” He replied.
“It will be hard to sell in this market.” I agreed, “I wish I could help you.” I was feeling his pain over this listing.
“Well…if you know a mountain goat that needs a house, keep me in mind.” He replied.
About an hour after I got off the phone with that agent, one of my current clients called me with a referral for a friend of his. His house was also built by the same builder. After my client went into detail about how great the house was, I asked him if there was anything funky about it.
“Why?’ he asked.
“Well,” I sighed “because I don’t know a mountain goat that needs a house…”
When purchasing a home, make sure you are making a sound investment for any kind of market.