Sunday, 17 August 2014

Waiting For Mr./Mrs. Goodbuy

When we bought our home, there was no question that it was a "fixer-upper." It needed new siding, new windows, new flooring, eavestroughing, a new back deck, a paved driveway, landscaping, and more. The old home was in a bad state, thanks to years of disrepair. We bought it anyway.

That's why I find it so strange that a whole generation of young home buyers, weaned on HGTV shows that preach the joys of home renovating, are so quick to dismiss a deal based on the effort of having to make cosmetic changes to suit their personal tastes. I always assumed that part of the fun in buying a home was to add your style to the mix of past owners, to create something unique and indicative of your personality. If things like an out-of-the-box dream kitchen is a prerequisite to attract buyers these days, perhaps they should be moving into one of the demos at their local Home Depot store.

Has negotiating become such a lost art that buyers will no longer entertain the notion of using the cost of home customization as a sticking point to help lower the selling price of the home? Buyers, just so you know, there isn't a home seller out there who expects to receive their original asking price. We'd rather haggle than miss out on a sale.

Real estate is a buyer's market. They have all the opportunities in the world to keep searching for their dream home with the perfect combination of style, location, size, and price to fit their needs. Having been there myself once, I know how stressful it can be to hunt for needles in haystacks. 

However, on behalf of every home seller trying to get on with their lives, let me just say this: don't be so quick to overlook the rough that you miss the diamond. If everything in life was perfect, what's the point of living?