As promised we are going to delve into why the Wills Casa is still on the market. Obviously the winter months are slower for real estate in general. Thanks Christmas. However North Texas real estate is pretty hopping, so even with it being slow it isn’t dead. I’ll relay the main reasons why we are still on the market based on all our showing feedback.
1. Busy Street.
We don’t live off a 4 lane main road or anything, but our street is slightly busier than a typical residential area. It has had relatively no effect on us for 4 years, so it isn’t a big deal to us. However it is a big deal for buyers, but it’s something we can’t change.
Our neighborhood is very quiet (and very old which we like). A buyer will eventually realize this.
2. The backyard.
I cringe when I see this comment. My backyard is not small. It’s a weird shape thanks to the lot. Plus we have a pool, so there isn’t a ton of grass (enough for 2 labs though so we are doing alright). Again there is nothing we can do to change the size of the backyard. However we could make it look more appealing. It is definitely a backyard for parties, but it doesn’t read that way now.
This is half of the backyard when you walk out the back door. The grass is past the pool and along the side of the house.
The privacy of the backyard has come up as a concern too. We live on a golf course. Not all of the backyard sits on the course which give you more privacy than you would expect from a golf course lot. We are on a tee box, so we don’t even have to worry about people pegging the house with balls. This is the view over our back gate. Yes we just go out our backyard to walk the course at night. It is probably going to be the thing I miss most once we sell (that and my floors) which is why I’m stunned that this would be an issue with people.
3. Master bath.
Surprisingly only 3 people commented that the master needs to be updated. It isn’t quite as terrible as it shows in this picture, but it isn’t pretty. It’s huge though (again doesn’t look like it in the picture but trust me). Most of the homes in our area are plagued with ugly master bath problems too. We priced it accordingly.
50% said we are priced right. 50% said we are somewhat overpriced – and most of those said they were also considering the property. We have had a buyer say they wanted to make a contingency offer. Basically once they sell their house, they move forward with the purchase of ours. We will get back to y’all on how that plays out. Nothing is official.
Obviously we can’t leave our dogs at home during showings because people need to see the backyard/pool/golf course. Our neighbor told us we were welcome to put Faith and Sara in his yard for showings. Only problem is the dogs can see our yard from his. When the people came out to look at the backyard, the dogs went nuts, managed to get back into our yard, and chase the people down.
Can you imagine how terrified those people were? I can’t help but laugh. Sorry buyers. Their feedback was “don’t like the neighbor’s dogs.” Our realtor called and explained those were not the neighbor’s dogs, but the damage had already been done. Our girls are sweet, but don’t mess with their backyard.