What makes a house a home? Is it the number of bathrooms? Bedrooms? Whether there are stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops? A media room and walk-in closet? Or can it be something more.
30+ years in the real estate business and Steve has seen almost every kind of house there is to see. Everything from the lavishly big, to the small and understated, eccentric and kitschy, to traditional and classic. We also see why people gravitate towards certain homes, and many times it has nothing to do with their checklist of must-have’s. Rather, it’s the nuances of a home that draw people in – and keep them there.
Whether it’s the turn of the century stained glass window, built-in china cabinet with detailed woodwork that you just don’t see anymore, or the surprise sitting nook under the stairs, sometimes the softer sides are what sell a house.
Certainly there is nothing wrong with wanting a stainless steel refrigerator and shiny new granite counter tops (we’re only human after all). As a homebuyer, don’t forget to keep your eyes open to the more subtle details that make a house unique. And home sellers; don’t underestimate those distinctive characteristics and charming features that are potentially bigger selling points than you might think.