In the office, Saturday, a snowy afternoon in New England. The South Shore looks beautiful as the light dusting of snow continues - of course there is already tons of snow underfoot!
Weather conditions used to signal for what to expect from Buyer Conditions but not today. I have been out showing properties since 10 am this morning; ready, willing and active buyers in tow. Looking through the MLS we see many a great deal and yes they are there but for the most part if something looks too good to be true, than it is.
We viewed a home on the South Shore this morning in a great neighborhood, beautiful homes, great commuter location and yet the pricing still drops and drops and drops. Well, now priced to peak the attention of my qualified buyers we ventured out in the snow to see what this home has to offer, maybe remedy is just cosmetic in nature, sometimes people just can't see through the colors in a house. My Buyers know that the best paint is only about $50 a gallon and that is the top of the tops!
When we arrive at the Bank Owned property there are already others outside looking too, three cars without ours in the driveway, people outside on the lawn...wow all this in the snow. We walked in and although the listing company had prepared us for some unpleasantness with permiating odors we ventured in...the foyer once must have been very nice, ceramic tiled foyer, double closets, wood (laminate) treds up, good sized formal diningroom to left, formal livingroom to the right, very good sized kitchen, half bath, fireplaced familyroom, oversized two car garage and big deck to pool area all fenced in, the upstairs offered the appropriate bedrooms one would anticipate. But one cannot understand how someone could treat this home the way the former occupants had, I stressed the fact that the carpet stained with animal droppings (some of the droppings still remained intact) could be replace, subflooring appeared to be underneath, one bedroom imparticular must have been used for the animals outhouse, the stench was really really bad, the bathrooms we couldn't even go into...gross, but with the right amount of effort one could get through this for the right price. We had not removed it from our radar until we visited the basement, although the smell was much better down here, apparently the pets weren't allowed down here, there was standing water and signs of extreme moisture damage which my Buyers could not deal with. The woman and child on the front lawn upon our exiting said they just couldn't do the smell but I think her husband may have been interested. He was still inside and so for the right buyer this would be a great adventure but not for my Buyers.
So onto the next property which was in a side street location, originally a mill worker's supervisors home I would guess. We talked about how the floors in the livingroom and diningroom had that funny square work to the hardwoods; in the older days the nice wood would be used for the perimeter of the flooring and inside would go the soft pines or irregular woods as that would be covered by a carpet, now exposed we must concentrate on the historical character of the floor. This home was nicely done but the rooms a bit too small for my buyers....we will continue our search.
Hard to believe with all the snow on the ground and in the first week of January but the "Spring Market" will be upon us in just a few days. Looking forward to new inventory on the market in the next few weeks to come and of course with the new inventory we may have more motivated sellers if they are moving on up and want to take advantage of the $6500 tax credit before time runs out. Maybe there is a talented individual out there with a first time home to put on the market that has what it takes to make the first house we visited today a gem just waiting to be polished!
Should you be interested in discussing Selling, Buying or Both in the Plymouth and South Shore area of Massachusetts I can be reached on my cellular 781-910-7294 or stop by our offices located on Rt 53 in Norwell at 124 Washington Street or Rt 3A in Plymouth at One Court Street, Suite 26. I would look forward to speaking with you. We do handle short sales, foreclosures and bank owned property sales as well, come in and get out of the snow!
MaryBeth Mills Muldowney, Massachusetts Real Estate Broker and Licensed Auctioneer
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