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Old 06-30-2012, 08:48 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Originally Posted by sll3454 View Post
Really, I'd like to know: what do people think of as "traditional"?
What do you think of when you hear, "farmhouse"?
And, is style important in a listing?
What I might call a farmhouse (four square with porch) or a rambler (two level rancher)...
vs what someone else might choose to call these... the labels don't matter.

What matters is the CLEAR photographs which show the structure.
In the event anyone is confused or wants to have an artsy-fartsy conversation about design...
the interested parties can do that AFTER they have come to visit.

hth
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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My only criterion for style was "master on the main level" b/c that's all that matters to me. The MLS in TX, where I am looking, has that as a search field.
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Old 07-01-2012, 09:46 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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I'd call it whatever you think might get the attention of more people (probably ranch?). Then, in the comments section I'd point out that it has a basement and that the master bedroom is on a different level from the rest of the house. You can say that in some way so as to make it sound like a positive feature. Lots of people like basements, and lots of people like a quiet, private master bedroom (though others might want to be closer to their kids).

Like others here, I have never searched on house style but I read the comments very carefully.
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Old 07-01-2012, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Originally Posted by MrRational View Post
What I might call a farmhouse (four square with porch) or a rambler (two level rancher)...
vs what someone else might choose to call these... the labels don't matter.

What matters is the CLEAR photographs which show the structure.
In the event anyone is confused or wants to have an artsy-fartsy conversation about design...
the interested parties can do that AFTER they have come to visit.

hth
Actually, specific architectural styles do have names, contrary to your opinion.

Here's a house style guide with examples and characteristics distinguishing the various styles.
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Old 07-01-2012, 10:57 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Actually, specific architectural styles do have names, contrary to your opinion.
Did I say they didn't? Nope I never said any such thing.
As you have so clearly demonstrated people mis-read and misunderstand all the time.

My *opinion* (and what I actually said) is that because people will have their own ideas
about what those house style terms describe (based on all manner of things)...
having clear photographs showing the house counts for far more than what terms are used.
Do you get it now?

hth
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