But this house doesn’t fit, Irene!

Northern Virginia Real EstateI've heard dozens of reasons why buyers feel a home isn't appropriate for them.  And in most cases, they are perfectly legitimate and need serious consideration.  If the school system isn't up to a buyer's standards; if the home sits on a horrible lot backing to a busy road; if the floor plan is awkward and compartmentalized; if the home needs entirely too many upgrades, etc.

However, my least favorite reason of all time is that the "house doesn't fit their furniture".  If this is a first-time home purchase, the chance that you'll live in this home for more than 5 years is slim.  Even if this is a step up and you plan on living there for more than 20 years, it's likely your furniture will not outlive your house.  At least, I certainly hope not!

The only time I concern myself with this is when the "furniture" symbolizes a way of life or perhaps is a family heirloom that they plan to showcase in some sort of significant way.  The reality is that if the buyer entertains for holidays, birthdays and special occasions and has a large family, the size of the living areas are terribly important. 

The truth is, most buyers have a set notion as to how their furniture must sit based on how they have it set up currently.  Here's a perfect example.  A young couple is stuck to a budget but has a very extensive priority list of "must haves" for a home.  While I never want any buyer feeling like their purchase is a compromise of any kind, realistically, you may have to give up a little on something to accommodate your wallet. 

We find the perfect house – schools, yard, condition, price, floor plan – but wait!  A snag!  Under whispers I hear, "That family room won't fit our sectional and entertainment center because of the fireplace. "  Or, "The dining room is gorgeous but with that window there, how am I going to fit our china cabinet and sideboard?"

In reality, the furniture is a commodity that will soon lose its charm and certainly its value.  Even if it's an expensive antique that you couldn't possibly part with, you may want to consider putting it in storage or, even better, think about using it in another part of your house.  That cedar chest doesn't have to go in your bedroom, does it?  Couldn't it go in your living room or possibly even this enormous foyer?Northern Virginia Real Estate

The point is, don't set up more barriers between you and your perfect house than absolutely necessary.  If all factors add up to one great buy with the exception of the dimension of one room, you may want to consider which you'll be using for a longer period of time – this room or Aunt Betty's chaise lounge?

 

 

 

Irene Morales Ward, Northern Virginia Real Estate</p

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Working primarily as a referral agent, my main motivation is to be able to provide you the highest possible level of service as you look to buy or sell your home in the Northern Virginia Real Estate market. You should be so impressed with your service that you will feel compelled to refer me to your family, friends and colleagues. Our time together is always well spent meeting your specific needs because my time and effort is not spent looking endlessly to generate more business. As an Accredited Buyer's Agent, the buyer's criteria becomes paramount during the homebuying process. Your needs will never be compromised because Dual Agency is not something I participate in. This is a distinguishing characteristic from many in the industry and I stand firm in the belief that no client in a transaction (whether a buyer or a seller) should be without 100% representation. You deserve all the loyalty and attention from an agent who will always have only your best interests in mind. Keeping in mind that Northern Virginia is a highly transient area, I am always privvy to sales reports and market analysis of all the surrounding counties from Alexandria/Arlington to as far south as Orange County and from east on the Potomac River to the Shenandoah and West Virginia border (and all points in between!). Between the military, corporate, and government relocations, having an agent working to provide you with the latest statistical information and market trends is imperative to a successful sale or purchase. Also, as an e-Pro, finding you homes and communicating that to you becomes increasingly efficient, as does marketing properties for sale. Using exceptional photography for virtual tours, staging all listings, and incorporating "out of the box" methods to generate the largest number of buyer leads while Marketing Your Property For Sale, I can save you time, money and frustration. Start your search for homes at http://www.IreneMoralesWard.com!
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