When it comes to looking at real estate in Sequim and Port Angeles, some buyers miss the diamond in the rough. Shopping for anything that is especially suited for you personally is hard work–right? When was the last time you shopped for pants and bought the first pair you saw on the shelf at the first store? Some of us can’t find the right clothes after shopping for hours at a half a dozen stores. Shopping for real estate is hard, too, and you’re unlikely to find the “perfect” home. Usually, buying a home involves some small compromise, but I want to share what I think some buyers are missing. You could be missing that diamond in the rough.
Missing Real Estate
The kitchen shown in this photo above is a 1990 kitchen in a home with one of the most incredible floor plans in all of Sequim, and the water view is one of the best on the entire Olympic Peninsula. But some buyers are looking at this kitchen and saying, “It is dated,” and therefore they may eliminate it from their short list of favorite homes. If a home is nearly perfect, but needs an update in the kitchen to be perfect, this could be the real estate that is the diamond in the rough. A kitchen can be remodeled, and new countertops could replace these countertops for probably less than $10,000, and a kitchen can be completely remodeled for $20,000, plus or minus. That’s actually the easy part. The hard part is finding a home on a one-of-a-kind lot with a stunning panoramic water view and a floor plan with architecture that sings like Pavarotti (or maybe I should say Taylor Swift?), and a view that warms your heart every day. [See more of this home above at Bell Hill Water View.]
Real Estate – The Diamond in the Rough
One of the keys to buying real estate, and especially your ideal retirement home, is recognizing what can be fixed and what cannot be fixed. Kitchen countertops and cabinets can be fixed, but you cannot fix location, view, or architecture. It does take some skill to be able to capture a vision for what a kitchen could be, but don’t miss that diamond in the rough just because a room in the house is not perfect, if it can be fixed.
Last Updated on September 23, 2019 by Chuck Marunde
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