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A home’s beauty is in the eye of the beholder

A home’s beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Perspective is important in all matters of human existence.

Isn’t that the basis of the classic Rorschach inkblot test? What you see in an ink splatter supposedly divulges the inner secrets of your psyche.

Such is the everyday life of a real estate agent. We see more about people’s hard wiring than you can imagine when they walk into someone else’s house for the first time. Just as there is no one way to look at an ink splatter, there is no one way to see what a home has to offer.

These are just a few of my favorite buyer and seller comments regarding a home’s features.

•“Are those ants on the kitchen counter? Ahhhkkkkkk! (Or insert the loudest scream you’ve ever heard.) I need to leave now.”

Does that mean you’re allergic to ants and neglected to bring your EpiPen with you? Does that mean you have myrmecophobia and may break out into hives upon seeing the little critters marching across the kitchen counter of this vacant home, where no one has been home to fight the ant attack – which is a constant battle here in Orange County?

You’re going to miss out on what might be the home of your dreams because of some tiny little ants? Are you serious?

•“There’s dust on the window sills. Who knows what else is wrong with this condo? I must cancel this purchase contract immediately!”

Ohh Kayy. Let’s just take a deep breath here. Look, this damp paper towel gets that dust right off the window sill. I have the names of several capable housekeeping companies that can bring lots of damp towels and get that dust off of all the surfaces in this house.

But you’d rather walk away with your clean white cancellation contract. Are you serious?

•“This view is gorgeous! Look at that sunset! Are those plumeria plants from Hawaii? How amazing! Oh, but these bedrooms are so small. All of the people in my family tend to spend more time alone in their own rooms, so I’m going to have to pass.”

So, you have three generations living under the same roof. And you all have your own need for personal space.

And that supersedes the longing for the great outdoors. Please don’t tell me that this trend for inside space will trump a view of the sunset.

Are you serious? Yes, I see that you are not only serious, but realistic. What does it matter if you have a wonderful back yard that your people will not appreciate unless their bedrooms are large enough to accommodate your daily routines? Move along.

•“This cook top is not large enough for our pots. We cook a lot and make big meals and this just isn’t a big enough cook top for us. But I really like the house, so we can change out the cook top over time.”

Sanity personified!

•“The kitchen needs to be redone. The bathrooms need to be redone. Why didn’t they scrape the ceiling? But what a great floor plan! Are those the original windows? Let me call my contractor!”

Looks to me like a match made in heaven!

Leslie Sargent Eskildsen is an Orange County real estate agent. She can be reached at 949-678-3373 or leslie@leslieeskildsen.com. Her website is leslieeskildsen.com.

The Orange County Register – News Headlines : Real Estate News