- Episode 40 -
I just got back from vacation where I had the opportunity to drive from visiting family in Denver, back home to South Florida – 2200 miles of scenic landscape in the heartland, the “bread basket”, the “bible belt” of our fine country.
With each stop along the way, I always found real estate books to look at because as any good Realtor knows, you never are truly on vacation. As I paged through each of the magazines highlighting homes in various settings throughout the country, I realized that even though we share a lot of similarities in the homes we sell, every location has something unique, something so different that it makes it stand out and for a lot of the properties I saw, I was intrigued by what they had to offer.
Most of us know of properties with the fireplaces, but what about pellet stoves? Ever hear of geothermal heating and air cooling? And while tile, wood, laminate, stone and carpet are familiar flooring types, how about heating those floors for the cold winter months?
Homes can consist of many different functional rooms such as sun room, lofts, game rooms or theatres, but what about mud rooms? Basements or storm shelters are essential for safety come tornado season in Kansas, while the newly derived Man Caves seemed to be consistent across the US. How about those “coobie holes” in Pennsylvania homes that act as crawl spaces in attics or basements? Missouri advertises “John Deere Workshops” in their premier properties and covered dock slips that house up to 10 boats on their lakefront estates.
You have the properties that advertise tankless water heaters or LED lights to save energy. Desert locations boast about the Coolwall paint that they use that helps keep the house cool from the outside in. Drought stricken areas feature landscaping that is tolerant to no water, while other urban areas concentrate on their “green or organic space” allowing for plants and vegetables to grow amongst the skyscrapers. Still others feature heat pumps or water pumps that keep basements from flooding, while folks in Denver have “swamp coolers” otherwise known as evaporative coolers that cool the home by evaporation which saves energy in the long run.
Everyone knows that descriptions of properties can sell homes and are of course relevant to their locations, but it was fun to see how agents in various parts of the country portrayed their properties. Some focus on the bus, train, subway routes for metropolitan areas while the mountain agents highlight native, wildlife or majestic vistas. Certain properties concentrate on the direction they are facing or if they have year round views that aren’t affected by the changing seasons.
Words like modern, contemporary, remodeled are in everyone’s vocabulary but how about warehouse style windows, rooftop lounges instead of terraces, 2nd Tier Home instead of a second floors, lodge like feeling, rustic cabin retreat, or secluded hilltop acreage just to name a few. And the home’s surrounding areas can be labeled as a “gentle walk to the lake”, or feature paved roads, underground utilities, fish ponds, gentle slopes, or lakeside dining with an outdoor firepit.
At the end of the day we all sell real estate – but it’s nice to see how varied each of us is in our own little piece of paradise that we call home.
Kay Conageski is a professional Realtor® with The Keyes Company based in Plantation, Florida. Check out her RESAAS profile ›