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Old 02-07-2012, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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I am curious as to what you would think about a listing like this (on realtor.com): "This home really is for both him and her.. 36 x 40 attached garage with "man town" above-3/4 bath that is plumbed and ready to go and radiant heat as well! He also has a 2 car detached garage.. making this a 5 car garage(s) for him. She has the large spacious kitchen with tile floor, breakfast bar, and ample cabinets."

I was flabbergasted to see it. I am female and about as feminine as you can get in terms of appearance, but I love the idea of having a huge garage so I can make a woodworking shop (a soon-to-be hobby). And I DO love to cook, but many of my male friends do too.

The listing wouldn't stop me from seeing the house if it otherwise fit my needs, but I am really surprised that the Realtor would describe it this way? Anyone else?
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Yep. Bad choice.
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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I agree. We're designing our next home right now and I'm honestly putting more thought into the bonus room and garage than the kitchen.
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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lol, glad to know it's not just me!
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Martinsville, NJ
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I am curious as to what you would think about a listing like this (on realtor.com): "This home really is for both him and her.. 36 x 40 attached garage with "man town" above-3/4 bath that is plumbed and ready to go and radiant heat as well! He also has a 2 car detached garage.. making this a 5 car garage(s) for him. She has the large spacious kitchen with tile floor, breakfast bar, and ample cabinets."

I was flabbergasted to see it. I am female and about as feminine as you can get in terms of appearance, but I love the idea of having a huge garage so I can make a woodworking shop (a soon-to-be hobby). And I DO love to cook, but many of my male friends do too.

The listing wouldn't stop me from seeing the house if it otherwise fit my needs, but I am really surprised that the Realtor would describe it this way? Anyone else?
My initial reaction is that it's poor marketing, and quite possibly against fair housing guidelines (would a gay couple not be welcome to buy this house?). It is possible that the agent knows that in her market, this sort of description is what draws buyers.
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:32 PM
 
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Sounds like a description written by a newbie Realtor with little/no supervision or guidance. It would have been much easier to just state "something to appeal to everyone"......
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Old 02-07-2012, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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Similiar story. Friend's (the Smith's) and his wife go looking for a new car. He does most of the talking she does little talking. In the final stage of the order the sales person says well shall we let the "little lady" pick the color. My friends.....Peter and Dr. Smith look at each other. Peter says to the salesman well you just lost that sale ahole....they get up and walk out....LOL

The listing realtor is for that same school of sales......shall we keep the "little lady" in the kitchen...maybe pregnant in the summer and barefoot in the winter....
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Mid atlantic too far from the caribbean
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A tad gender biased
wondering what state and city this listing was from, could there have been regional or cultural mindset??? Generational attitudes and beliefs could have also played a role in this poor framing of this listing description.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Martinsville, NJ
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A tad gender biased
wondering what state and city this listing was from, could there have been regional or cultural mindset??? Generational attitudes and beliefs could have also played a role in this poor framing of this listing description.
I was curious too, so I searched. It's in Swanzey NH.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Needham, MA
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Sounds like a pretty bad decision by this real estate agent.
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