What do you see when looking out your front window? I sit here and write from a comfy chair, looking out my front, picture window, onto a tree-lined street, with flowers beginning to blossom. My neighbor across the street has a red front door and a matching red bird house in the tree that we can see from our window too. I am very fortunate and try not to take for granted our entertaining view. Kids play on their scooters and shoot each other with Nerf guns. People walk their dogs and converse while strolling [our dog barks or whines, trying to get their attention]. Three or four retired men on the street meet up for a weekly bike ride. Birds flit and perch… a squirrel jumps from a tree branch onto a roof. I had no idea the beauty and entertainment I would receive from this window and view. I am thankful for my neighbors and the hood in which I live.
Many buyers spend hours sitting in front of a home they contemplate purchasing… Curb appeal is everything, right? Yes, everyone wants a sharp-looking home. And yes, a lack of curb appeal detracts from value. I do NOT see many people standing at the front window and look out, asking, “Do we love this view?” Most of us are focused on our house and the interior. What about the view out front and back? These, I believe, are overlooked assets. I understand that not every price point has this option, yet there are many nooks, even in the worst neighborhoods where where neighbors comes together and have pride of ownership. There are also so many ways to simply beautify your own yard, yet it’s difficult to control what you neighbors do. If you are looking to buy a home, consider this concept when considering a neighborhood and the houses around the subject property. I have a lot of ideas from years of experience and insight into what others may ignore when it comes to buying a home. I hope to share with you this attention to detail on your next deal.
Keith Klassen, Real Estate Broker – 916.595.7900
Specializing in Residential Sales & Property Management