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Why people fall in love... With houses

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Falling in love can be wonderful—and finding the perfect house can make a house-hunter weak in the knees.

Why people fall in love... With houses
Why people fall in love... With housesProfusion Property Group

A survey that was done by Realtor.com shows that falling head-over-heels for a house is fairly common. 69% of respondents reported that they have had a home crush at one point or another. House-hunters that have a “home crush,” as defined in the survey, are drawn to the same house over and over. Realtor.com has surveyed 1,082 individuals from January 9th to January 20th who reported having had a home crush.

Many people approach house hunting the same way that they approach dating, by checking compatibility and fit, but the intangible factors are what tips a house from crush to true love, says Leslie Piper, Realtor.com’s consumer-housing specialist and an agent with Pacific Union in Lafayette, Calif.

“You have to make sure you know what’s really out there. You evaluate what is a turn-on and turn-off, and perhaps you’ll fall in love,” Ms. Piper says.

And much like dating, men and women approach a home crush very differently.

Some key findings from the survey:

Women are more likely to crush on home that is out of their price range: 41% of women said their home crush is out of their price range, compared with 30% of men.

Men tend to move from one home crush to another: 36% of men said they find a new home crush weekly, compared with 29% of women.

Outdoor living spaces being the most attractive home attributes to both men and women: 54% of women and 46% of men said outdoor living spaces like backyards, decks and patios make them fall in real-estate love. In addition, 42% of women preferred open-floor plans, and 40% of men indicated garages.

Nearly 80% of home buyers first find their home crush on their online. After that, about one-third then decide to go see the house in person.

About 16 years ago, Brenda Van Fossen of Lynchburg, Va., stumbled on a 2,600-square-foot, contemporary-style house with 10-foot ceilings and an open-floor plan. She called up the agent and was disappointed to hear that the house was already under contract.

But Ms. Van Fossen couldn't get the house off of her mind. A year later, she found out that the house was back on the market and was able to purchase it for roughly $170,000.

Ms. Van Fossen, who became a real-estate agent in 2006, says she had never felt this way about a house before: “That first night there, it sounds silly, but it was like I was in love.”

But love can have a downside too, heartbreak.

“You have to be realistic. When you’re looking at homes outside of your price range, the last thing you want to be is disappointed. It would be like falling in love with someone on the other side of the country,” Ms. Piper says. To move on, she suggests that you keep an open mind and perhaps consider several houses at the same time in case the first choice doesn't work out.

Fortunately, unlike with relationships, picky home buyers do not need to limit themselves to what’s on the market, she says. Rebuilding, redecorating or building from scratch are an option, too.

source; The Wall Street Journal - "Why We Fall in Love—With Houses"

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