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Sound Off Bobbi Markowitz Is your style, traditional, unconventional or quirky?

August 25, 2018

As Realtors, once we establish our buyers’ budgets and wish list, we determine if they have a preference for a particular home style. For some, there’s no special style. It may be more about their price range and proximity to work or family. For others, there is a definite set of criteria.

Once we get past “ranch versus colonial” construction, there might be is a desire for a standard floor plan, something they may be familiar with, something they grew up in or something they’re dreaming about living in. For others, it’s something unusual or unique or has certain space criteria to suit their lifestyles.

The term “cookie cutter” home typically checks the boxes for a standard floor plan, something that lays out in a traditional and expected way. It includes the expected number of bedrooms and bathrooms within a certain square footage on a certain or typical amount of property. A four-bedroom, two-and-one-half bath center hall colonial could fit this norm. For some folks, this is the ideal set up for their comfort level.

A “quirky” layout has a different vibe being less standard with more unique characteristics. It requires imagination, out-of-the-box thinking and a desire to live in a dwelling that no one else has. Examples could be contemporary homes in traditional neighborhoods and not of the vernacular of the region or another example might be an antique homes in an area where new construction is prevalent.

You can see where I’m going with this right? Even though condition, location and price govern market time, for sellers of unique or “quirky “compared to the standard “cookie cutter “ home, patience is critical, particularly in decreasing markets. A beautiful unusual home was bought by the current owner for precisely this reason, or maybe it was transformed into its exceptional state, so eventually, a buyer will recognize these attributes and appreciate their new found domicile!

Bobbi Markowitz,

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, (203) 209-3157, bobbimarkowitz@yahoo.com

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