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It’s Great . . . But I Don’t Know

By Anessa V. Cohen

One of the more quirky aspects of showing prospective buyers homes for sale is seeing each individual property through their eyes as they view it for the first time. Some of the more interesting statements that have come from these viewings can leave one more in the dark about their opinions of the house than before the showing!

“How?” you ask? Well, let me give you examples of some of the responses I have gotten after showing buyers a house and see if you possibly understand it better than I do.

• “Oh, this house is perfect! It is just what we have been looking for! What else do you have to show us?”

• “Oh, the wall color in this room is not to my taste. I would have to paint it, and I did not want to have to do any construction.”

• “I have two queen-size beds and a large bedroom set to match. My master bedroom must be at least 30 × 18 feet in order for it all to fit right. And do not forget that we must keep the price of the house below $450,000.”

• “I realize this is an updated kitchen, but why didn’t the sellers open the wall to the dining room and then make an island?”

• “We want a house only in School District #14, but we do not want to pay those high taxes. So please find us a house just like this one but with lower taxes in the same school district.”

• “We need a house with extra space like a basement but not an actual basement because we are afraid of flooding.”

• “I know we said we were looking for a ‘handyman special’ and that we were willing to do work, but what I meant was that the work we would be willing to do was carpet and paint.”

• “The house is great, but I do not have any friends on this block. If only you could show me the same house as this, one block over!”

• “I realize that this den is about 25 × 30 feet, but it is way too small for my son. He needs more breathing room to play!”

• “I know they are asking $650K, but if they will agree to take $400K we will buy it and close right away!”

There was a show years ago with Art Linkletter called Kids Say the Darndest Things. A new updated version could now be done, called Buyers Say the Darndest Things! We have the nicest and cutest buyers here, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. v

Anessa Cohen lives in Cedarhurst and is a licensed real-estate broker and a licensed N.Y.S. mortgage broker with over 20 years of experience, offering full-service residential and commercial real-estate services (Anessa V Cohen Realty) and mortgaging services (First Meridian Mortgage) in the Five Towns and throughout the tri-state area. She can be reached at 516-569-5007 or via her website, Readers are encouraged to send questions or comments to

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Posted by on August 23, 2013. Filed under In This Week's Edition. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.