Thursday, May 29, 2008

Lessons Learned on the House Hunt

For those of you who have not picked up on a small detail in my life...I am looking into capitalizing on the extremely sad housing market here. I spoke with a realtor a couple of weeks ago and he sent me my first set of listings. On Monday I saw four homes. I received a second set of listings (condos this time) yesterday and tonight sent a list of both condos and homes I would like to see.

This is what I have learned from a whopping two weeks of looking at homes:
  • You shouldn't take pictures of a dirty house and post those for potential buyers to see. This includes, but is not limited to: dirty dishes in the sink, wet towels on the back of the office chair, beds not made, "gifts" from any pets on the floor, and laundry in the floor.
  • Pictures listed can cover a multitude of "sins". While a picture may be worth a thousand words, they also lie.
  • When it says that there is a washer and dryer hook up and a shed that is code for the washer and dryer hook up is actually in the shed.
  • Diamond in the rough is code for "needs TLC" which is also code for prepare for some back breaking work.
  • "Quaint home in charming neighborhood," "older home in mature neighborhood," and "located in the historic district" can mean that this house is in the ghetto.
  • Located in Central Tampa with easy access to 275 and downtown also means located in the ghetto.
  • It doesn't matter if a home has hardwood floors, ceramic tile, wood burning fireplace, granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances, if it is painted lime green, it's in the ghetto. Trust me, I drove by just to make sure because I decided the outside could always be painted.
Out of the four homes I saw, two had some potential. One was too small and the other backed up to a major road. This next set seem to have some potential, but I've already learned that the truth comes out when you walk through the front door! I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens...I'll keep you all posted!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Now being in our 4th house-we totally understand the house lingo. We were constantly floored by how people would leave their houses for others to look at and expect them to sell looking like that!

Good luck!