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Unique Listings Are Not For Sissies

 

 

Unique Homes Not for Sissies 

 

Most people who know me, know I specialize in unique and unusual properties.

Those that are old, maybe  historic, contemporary homes, Deck Houses and  homes that have been on the market with other agents and not sold.

  The houses that agents say cannot be sold or will never appraise because there are no comps, the  difficult listings...they are the ones I want.

It is not unusual for my properties to have a higher DOM (days on market) count. My properties are not cookie cutter homes or what I refer to as 'Cloneonials'.

Maryland and many other states love 4 bedroom brick colonials with a side loading garage on a half acre lot. They also want  move in condition and, of course, in the 'perfect' school district. Being close to major roads for easy commute but yet quiet less traveled streets are also desirable.

 

The majority of agents  say any home that does not sell is overpriced. Granted in many cases that is the reason.

But check out some challenging, one of kind properties that just have not found the right buyer.

Homes have been sold by me that were ON the railroad tracks or had their yards abutting the beltway. One property was a 2 bedroom house with 5 bathrooms, no basement, a pool, adjacent to a  beltway exit and... had five agents before me.

I have sold the biggest house in the neighborhood and the smallest. I sold the over and the under improved house.

 

I would like to offer a challenge to AR members. Let's help each other.

Share your most difficult and unique listing.

Let's brainstorm and share ideas. 

We have so many creative minds on ActiveRain. 

Unique properties are challenging for most Realtors®

You can do this in a comment below or write your own blog post and link it below.

 

(This is not a contest for points unless Bob Stewart would like to throw a few in for fun.)

 

Tell Us About Your Most Challenging Property

 

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Comment balloon 16 commentsMargaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland • August 21 2016 01:35PM

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This sounds fun Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland . I'm going to sleep on it and come up with my biggest challenge. Just let me say up front, I've never had a geodesic home listed.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Bob Timm, Broker Associate, Alliance Real Estate (Alliance Real Estate - Minot) almost 2 years ago

Bob "RealMan" Timm Me either but it would be a fun one to market. Wonder who on AR has sold a geodesic home?

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 2 years ago

Margaret, what a great idea! Funny thing, I have always looked at the listings you post here, even if I don't comment. I have thought to myself many times how lucky you were to get such COOL homes to list!!!! 

I have recently been on a streak of being the second or third agent in and so far, seem to have gotten them sold. 

I also often feel that if it is going to be a tough sell, it will be my listing! 

I will have to think on this. I have one I am beside myself about. 

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 2 years ago

Andrea Swiedler I am delighted you like this idea.  Tough sales...being the 2nd or 3rd and getting them sold..I love it. I will be happy to brainstorm with you.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 2 years ago

PS, you just inspired a self promotion type post .... I will work on how to write it , shall we say, sensitively. I also found I really, truly love being second or third in. Don't get me wrong, I happily take a listing as the first agent, but second or third is really, really great! 

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 2 years ago

Andrea Swiedler I cannot wait to read your post. Maybe we should form a niche group of agents who specialize in these unique properties. Let's talk when you have time.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 2 years ago

You get them sold Margaret! And you make it an enjoyable process for all parties involved. One of those days we'll work a transaction together. I am so looking forward to it and, of course, it will be an unusual home, old, perhaps historic. 

P.S. I haven't forgotten about you! The girls and I are enjoying a few days in paradise. I'll call you after we get back. 

Posted by Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond (Thompson Company, REALTORS®) almost 2 years ago

Your listings always look so unique and interesting - and what a wonderful brainstorming idea...now, off to find a geodesic home someone may want to offload.

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) almost 2 years ago

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Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... (garaughty.com) almost 2 years ago

While, I've had my share of unusual listings over the decades, it was something a friend of mine considered that gave me pause.  She was thinking about acquiring an old missile silo, and converting it to a home.  Right away, I wondered if need be, how I would ever market that!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 2 years ago

Myrl Jeffcoat Like you, I think of buyers as future listings.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 2 years ago

I have had many unique REO properties that required painting a picture of the future potential. There have been some really incomplete houses that could be expanded into large B&Bs or other unique multi-purpose buildings. It is up to the agent to see the vision and convey it. 

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

Hi Margaret - While it isn't what I would call a specialty, Mary and I have done well with homes other agents couldn't sell - for many of those, it was a simple case of bad marketing, but some were truly unique.

Perhaps the strangest - and maybe the hardest - was a 35 acre horse property with a 60' X 90' steel industrial building. Inside the building were a stable; a two-story, 1 bedroom apartment; and a huge industrial shop, none of which, it turned out, had ever been permitted. Another lovely horse property feature was a small lake on the property with the official name - which appeared on maps - of Poison Lake.

I remember the owner asking me how I intended to market the property, and I was honest - I told him I had no idea, but that there had to be a buyer out there and we were going to find him. We did and it only took a couple of months to get a contract, but the transaction, with after the fact permitting from the county and water tests on the lake - took a long time. It finally closed and everyone was happy.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 2 years ago

Great challenge for the membership here.  I know I just took one I'm having problems with the Q&A section and got a lot of great ideas.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 2 years ago

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Posted by Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage. (Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria) almost 2 years ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland Here is my unique listing that is driving me over the edge, LOL. 

2 for one

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 2 years ago

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