If I had an extra 1.2 million dollars hanging around, I'd buy a house I saw on the internet today. It's on the coast of North Carolina, close to where we take our family vacation every year. Here's the description:
A grand waterway estate on 2.59 acres with approximately 3886 sq. ft has many stunning details. A stately stone fountain and manicured grounds compliment the appealing character of this property. Interior details feature the finest custom work, brazilian cherry hardwood floors, built-ins 10' ceilings, 8' doors and more! This fabulous home is perfect for southern living and outdoor entertaining. A guest house offers a kitchen and bath. Enjoy the pier, 18,000 lb boat lift and floating dock.I think my family and I could live there comfortably. With the guest house, I would even have a place for my fabulous blog buddies to stay when they came to visit (you would come, wouldn't you?). It's pretty close to perfect.
But what if it weren't? Would I still be interested in it? Let's say that instead of Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors, the living room had orange carpeting. And maybe there was an ugly light fixture in the master bathroom, the front hallway was covered in an unattractive purple flocked velvet wallpaper and the refrigerator was avacado colored. The answer is yes, I would still be just as interested. I may hope to pay a few dollars less, but I'd still buy it in a heartbeat. All of those things are easy and fairly inexpensive to change.
I'm constantly amazed, and sometimes irritated, to hear the comments buyers make on shows like House Hunters on HGTV. I've seen people dimiss houses for things like unattractive carpet and paint colors. I recently saw a couple pass on a house because the appliances were not stainless steel. I couldn't believe that the color (or more precisely, material) of the appliances was a deal breaker in a house that, otherwise, met every item on their list. It was a gorgeous place. I just don't get it. Would it really be so awful to have to live with white appliances until you could buy new ones?
What do you think? Have you bought or could you buy a home that wasn't absolutely cosmetically perfect? What would be a deal breaker for you?