Looking at Sequim homes is a lot of fun, and perhaps that accounts for why I so thoroughly enjoy showing my clients Sequim homes, as well as Port Angeles homes, and also periodically Port Ludlow homes. In showing clients hundreds of Sequim homes over the last 18 years, I have found a recurring reason why some homes don’t sell, which is another way of saying why buyers don’t like certain homes.
Sequim Homes Built by Retirees
Yesterday I showed a home that was listed as a Sequim home with a water view. In fact, there was a certain water view that could be seen while standing on the property, but there was no water view at all from the house itself. The house was built perpendicular to the Strait of Juan de Fuca with the living room and dining room looking east and west. This means the home has absolutely no view of the water to the north. Not only was the house positioned on the property in the worst possible way taking no advantage of the water view at all, there was not one window on the north end of the house on either the first or second floors. I kid you not. The north wall of the house had no windows at all. And yet there was a beautiful northern view, including water in the distance. Sequim homes without a water view?
Sequim Homes – Site Planning
The mistake the builder of this home made is clear, but at the time they built the home and did the site plan (the exact location and positioning of the home on the lot), the retired owners did not know that one day they would want to sell their home, and that it would not sell because they positioned it wrong. It has been on the market for almost two years and has not sold. Sequim homes that have been on the market for two years or longer certainly must have a serious buyer disadvantage.
Sequim Homes – When Building Consult With a Realtor
What could retirees do to save themselves from the nightmare of not being able to sell their Sequim homes some day? Builders are not always the best advisers for the kind of floor plan or the site planning in order to make a house sellable. Builders build homes, and they are focused on that task, not the marketability of the home years later. Here’s wise advice. Before you build a home, buy an experienced Realtor breakfast and take him out to the lot for advice on the house’s location and view, and show him the proposed floor plan. Most retirees are not planning to sell their Sequim homes soon, but we all sell someday (or our children will).
Last Updated on January 29, 2012 by Chuck Marunde
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