Your Forever Home - Is It Love At First Sight?
With zero interest in moving and even less interest in becoming a landlord, I never saw it coming, but I was captivated by this house. It wasn't the biggest, the fanciest or even in the most elegant part of the neighborhood, but none of that mattered. As soon as I walked into the Broker's Open, I fell in love.
I have to tell you that this never happens to me. As an agent, of course I preview houses constantly. Big or small, expensive or not, I rarely have a reaction one way or the other. But this one was visceral. All rational thought went out the window. I was mesmerized by this residence.
Who's to say what details are important when making a purchase of this magnitude? It's just a feeling that you get. Something that washes over you and that you sense the minute you walk through the door. Crucial information like bedrooms, baths etc. will be clear soon enough. But way before you've seen the entire house, you already know. They say it's only a matter of seconds.
It's a subtle, gravitational pull.
A home that's been treasured and loved just gives off a certain aura. I know of no science behind it, but buyers will be able to sense the pleasure the owners have experienced there throughout the years and desire it for themselves.
For home sellers already forming the rebuttal, "Good, then I need not try so hard." Remember that good "vibes" don't necessarily come from dirty, crowded, worn, ill-kept or grossly overpriced properties, so it's still worth your time and effort to present it well and market it fairly.
Alas, there is no new residence in my forseeable future as it doesn't fit neatly into our plans. At my feeble attempts to describe what came over me, my husband just laughed.
It will be someone else's forever home.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Graduate REALTOR Institute
Jill Sackler, NYS Real Estate Broker Associate based on Long Island's South Shore
Specializing in Lifecycle Real Estate Transitions
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