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Would you buy this house?

Ugly Home

But He’s Got A Great Personality!

Just when I thought I had run eHarmony parallels into the ground, up pops another great article!  This most recent eHarmony article spotlighted a user’s dilemma about dating a man who met all of her criteria except one.  He was the perfect man for her but for the fact that she wasn’t physically attracted to him.  She asked if she was being shallow by placing so much emphasis on physical appearances.

In an earlier post, I mentioned the idea of dating out of your league and how it correlated to real estate and the current crisis.  I admit that it was a stretch to tie them together, but I was having a creative dry spell and needed to post something!  In that article (you can read it HERE), one of the things I discussed was appraising your partner in terms of what he/she brought to the table. Thinking back to the photo of Woody Allen and his wife, Soon Yi, there must have been something that they each brought to the table that made them a compatible match.

Should You Be Attracted To Your Home?

In a typical week, I view anywhere from 10-20 homes with buyer clients.  Sometimes my clients find the homes, other times, I find them based on specific criteria that they had provided to me, such as bedroom count, price range, location, square footage, etc…  If they didn’t meet those criteria, I wouldn’t have sent them in the first place right? So why do my clients toss out some of the homes?  Because they “didn’t like how they look”!

People Buy On Emotion And Justify Their Purchase With Logic

I know this better than most.  Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you that I can justify all of my purchases with great and deliberate reasoning.  The same can be said with homes.  In my 15 years of helping clients with their home purchases, many of them ended up purchasing homes that were completely different in terms of features than what they originally sought out because they liked how they look.  In essence, they felt an emotional connection (fell in love with the home) and justified their feelings by modifying their original criteria to fit their result.

Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

I support each client’s decision, whatever that decision may be.  That doesn’t necessarily mean I agree with their reasoning, but at the end of the day, I’m not the one living in their beautiful 1 bedroom, 3 bath, 3000 square foot home. As I’m fond of stating to clients, my job is to provide them with enough information so that they can make their own informed decisions.  I am however, an advocate of the superficial attraction when it comes to homes.  At the end of a long hard day, who wants to come home to an ugly house?

Are You Superficial?

How many times have you driven down a street and superficially judged a home by its looks?  When looking for a home, did you unceremoniously toss out listings that didn’t look appealing to you?  Share some of your personal stories with us.  We are still talking about homes, aren’t we?

BTW, I will send a $5 Starbucks gift card to the first person who can identify the home pictured above in a comment to this blog post.

  1. Marcus See

    Hey Daniel! I talked to you last night! The home was designed & built by Frank Lloyd Wright back in 1951 and at 2,553 sq ft it’s a nice little house.

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