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Old 07-27-2010, 03:03 PM
 
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I have young children. So, I prefer a nice backyard than a pool. We are shopping for a house and majority of houses have a pool. Will it be difficult to sell in the future if we go with one without pool?

Also, I like a one-story house. There are more two-stories ones. Will it be diffucult to sell the one-story one?
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Old 07-27-2010, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Rochester Hills, Mi
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I think it depends on your area. IF it is more popular or expected to have a pool then you may be in the minority when you sell.

I have found that certain people prefer 1 story homes but a lot of people will let that slide if you have a master on the main or at least 1 bedroom with full bath on the main level.
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Old 07-27-2010, 03:25 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Probably depends on where you live. Peronsally I actually looked in to how much it would cost me to remove a pool at one house I was interested in. I definitely would have takent that in to consideration if I had made an offer.
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Old 07-27-2010, 03:26 PM
 
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In ground absolutely, above ground most find to be an eyesore.
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Old 07-27-2010, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Perry South, Pittsburgh, PA
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It depends entirely on the next buyer.
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Old 07-27-2010, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Whether a pool is a resale issue depends on your area. I mean if you are in one of the hot states, I would think it is a plus. In Oregon, it is a serious minus. The fact that you are saying that most of the homes have a pool makes me think you are in a hot state when not having a pool might be a resale problem.
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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I agree. If you are in Florida, where something like 75% of houses have pools, then it would definitely be a negative not to have one, but if you are in Idaho, where you can only use the pool for about 5 months of the year, a pool is neutral, while it adds value for a buyer who wants a pool, it subtracts value for a buyer who doesn't.
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:39 PM
 
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I think it's so buyer related. We have a pool and I am scouring the real estate listings in our new hometown & disappointed I can't find many homes that do have one. It would be a positive for me, but I know it's a negative to others.
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Copiague, NY
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Be sure to check thoroughly, and make sure that if there is an in-ground pool, that nobody has ever drowned in the pool.
I'm sure that there are cases where families have sold their houses and moved away to escape what they felt was bad karma,
or the result of considering that perhaps, the pool is cursed. I could be wrong on this but it wouldn't amaze me to find
that Florida has more in-ground pools per capita than any other state. I'd also be calling my insurance man and asking him
about increasing your liability coverage, there are also hidden dangers in the potential, that you may be sued if someone
drowns in your pool, under negligent circumstances.

I'm really not looking to rain on your parade, but I just had to mention those factors that need consideration, or at least
some that I would consider if I were to be looking for a house with an in-ground pool. To be a tad more honest about my reply,
I confess, I just finished my smoke and, some of you may understand that feeling or thought that often comes to your mind, or
that you might get, shortly after finishing that last hit,

"I'll start thinking about every ridiculous thing that could never happen"

And even worse,.............. I'll do it out here on city-data!
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Old 07-27-2010, 06:42 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Even in Texas a pool is a minus for many buyers. A pool takes up a lot of yard space and is a maintenance, insurance, and utility headache. I specifically instructed my realtor to not send me listings with pools when I was buying.
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