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Old 06-29-2012, 04:54 PM
 
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We are trying to figure out what style our house is.

What is a "traditional" house? What do you think of as a farmhouse? And would you consider "Other Style - See Remarks" as a negative?

Would you even use the "style" option when searching for a house? I don't see it as an option on realtor.com. Our house doesn't fit anything on the drop-down list except "Other," which our agent doesn't like to use because she thinks it won't come up on searches. She has tried describing it as "Ranch with basement" (doesn't fit because people looking for a ranch want kitchen and master suite on the same level, which they aren't) and "Traditional" (which doesn't seem to fit such an unusual house).

I think it's "Other"; DH wants me to ask on city-data.
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:00 PM
 
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Split-ranch I would guess if kitchen and mb aren't on the same level

However, I should think most buyers would be looking at local MLS listings and not realtor.com - which quite frankly suffers from lag time. Well-priced ready to sell houses in some markets will never reach there as they've gone under contract pdq.
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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One of my homes in MA was called a split level ranch. When you came in the front door you went up six steps to the living room, dining room, 3 bedrooms, two bath level or down 6 steps down to the garage, bedroom, fireplaced family room, bath/laundry level.

The front of the bottom level was below ground and the land sloped down on the sides The back of the lower level had windows and a full length slider door out to a patio. The two car garage was also on the bottom level. Entered from the back of one side.

I would go with split ranch, split level, etc.

I would only call something a basement if the only entry to it was from the above level or a bulkhead door. If it has full length windows/doors to the outside then it is not a basement no matter what any realtor says. Stay away from that word..........LOL

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Old 06-29-2012, 05:13 PM
 
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Realtor.com seems to get the changes we make within a day or two. How do buyers look at the local listings without realtor.com or one of the others. (Can I name them here?)

I think split-level involves sort of a half-floor difference. In this case, the second floor is directly and completely above the first floor (walk-out).
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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Sll

I say advertise it as a split level. Let the lookers decides if they like.

I know one couple that bought a home like that specifically and turned the bottom level into an in-law apartment.

Maybe make the comment that the design would easily accomodate an in-law apartment.
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Old 06-29-2012, 06:04 PM
 
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Realtor.com seems to get the changes we make within a day or two. How do buyers look at the local listings without realtor.com or one of the others. (Can I name them here?)

I think split-level involves sort of a half-floor difference. In this case, the second floor is directly and completely above the first floor (walk-out).

Very easy, they use a local realtors website which provides a public link to the MLS for the particular territory.

The only place this doesn't work is NYC which is an animal unto itself.
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Old 06-30-2012, 12:10 AM
 
Location: Florida Gulf Coast
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To answer your question, I have never even noticed the "style" of homes when searching on realtor.com. The only search filter I use is "single family home" v. "condo or townhouse". It's pretty obvious what the style is by looking at the photo. I don't know what is so unusual about your house, but I'd probably go with "traditional" if she thinks people filter their searches based on style. (Which I don't think they do.)
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:59 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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To answer your question...
It's pretty obvious what the style is by looking at the photo.
which this thread should have had with the first post.
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:36 AM
 
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which this thread should have had with the first post.
I was hoping for something beyond just my house. From the front, it looks like a ranch. But, as I said earlier, it wouldn't suit someone looking for a ranch because of how it's arranged on the inside.

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?
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:37 AM
 
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To answer your question, I have never even noticed the "style" of homes when searching on realtor.com. The only search filter I use is "single family home" v. "condo or townhouse".
Thanks.
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