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Friday, January 09, 2009

It is all about age...discrimination

MPj01849510000[1] Old is relative. Old is something someone else is, not you. Someone once said that you will always be young if you hang with older people - maybe that is why they are sticking close by...nah, must be my sparkling personality!

There is nothing wrong with a little experience as long as care has been taken along the way to maintain your body systems. The same is true with houses. .

This has never been more important than in today's real estate market. In the Viera, Suntree and Rockledge Florida market I see lots of homes for sale that are, in some eyes, old. Not antique - only 10-20 years old.

The newer construction, especially in Viera, Florida, that occurred over the past four or five years has created an oversupply of resale properties in this down market. And this inventory has put some real pressure on prices.

So, how can you sell an older home when yo have to compete with the "youngsters?"

Sometimes you can't. Sometimes people want new or barely used. Sometimes you can as some folks care more about location, layout, condition, and not looking "cookie cutter!"

However, the key to success when selling an older home - maintenance. I will go one step further and say that as a seller go ahead and get a pre-listing home inspection done. If there are issues, address them. And then leave a copy of the inspection on the counter for potential buyers to peruse.

It will help because it may be about age!

Gary Waters, Florida licensed real estate agent, Century 21 Baytree Realty, Rockledge, Florida, proudly working with buyers and sellers in the Viera, Suntree and Rockledge areas of Florida's Space Coast.

[I am now eligible for the "senior discount" at some establishments. They are now giving us youngsters discounts too!]

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