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Features That Could Make It Harder to Sell Your New Home

By Allison Halliday | October 21, 2015

Finding a home that ticks at least most of the right boxes is not always that easy and it can even come as a relief when you finally find your dream home. However before you put in an offer it’s worth thinking about how well it could sell further on down the line.

It could just be that some of those details that you absolutely love will make it much harder to shift the property in the future. While this won’t necessarily deter you from buying your new dream property, it is good to make sure you have all the information before deciding and that you know what you’re getting into.

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The article in points out that having a school next door can be great when you have young kids but may make a property harder to sell to anyone without kids of a similar age. Older buyers tend to prefer properties that aren’t so near schools due to the traffic issues and the sheer increase in the numbers of people walking past their property. This can make it a pain to get in and out of the house at certain times of the day or may make it trickier to relax at home.

Some people love having a home that is right in the middle of all the action and it’s easy to see the attraction if you have good restaurants and bars nearby and all the local amenities are within spitting distance. However if the property is on a very busy street it may be more difficult to sell than a home on a quieter street that’s still close by.
Multilevel homes can be interesting to visit, but think about the challenges they offer for day-to-day life. People with mobility issues or who have friends or family who find it difficult to get up and down the stairs may avoid such properties while other people may actively seek out these types of homes. Often homes that are on one level tend to be more popular amongst seniors or baby boomers.

Unless you live in a climate where a swimming pool is a must have option, think very carefully before purchasing a property with a pool. Often they can require a significant amount of maintenance compared to the amount of time they can be used each year. While it’s unlikely that this feature will add any value to a property it can still be a fun thing to have.

Allison Halliday is a Realty Biz News contributing writer. She handles International Real Estate and is a seasoned blogger.
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