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Old 03-03-2007, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Sometimes Maryland, sometimes NoVA. Depends on the day of the week
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DINK = Dual income, no kids

We can't be the only young DINKs out there with no plans on changing. This is out big problem when looking for homes. We want the features of newer single-family homes (big master bedroom, walk-in closet, master bath, land on 4 sides, room for our hobbies), but we don't need the 4+ bedrooms and other random rooms that go along with that. Remodeling doesn't scare us, but I don't want to kill the resale totally (i.e. by changing a 3 bedroom to a 2 bedroom). My husband argues that we could hit an untapped market.

So I'm curious - is anyone out there seeing DINKs looking for single family homes in small towns/exburbs?

P.S. yes, I realize that we should have something we want to live in, but we don't plan on staying in this area more than 5-8 years. So at some point, I want to think of resale.
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Old 03-04-2007, 12:42 AM
 
Location: Nine Mile Falls/Spokane, WA
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I saw a great house today that would be perfect for a couple with no kids but I wondered about the resale potential. It was a single level, no basement (which is kind of unusual in Spokane) with just under 2000 sq. ft. 2bd plus a front office and lots of good quality upgrades (granite, wood floors, tile showers, etc). I really liked the house and thought it would be perfect for a young professional couple with no kids or a retired couple that still like to entertain. I think if you're going to stay for 5-8 years, a house like that will still have the same type of people looking to purchase. In fact, I bet there are a lot of younger couples who are opting not to have children and just enjoy a nice "couple" lifestyle in a classy, easy to maintain home.
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Old 03-04-2007, 12:49 AM
 
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We are DINKS too. We bought a 3 bedroom and if we ever had children we'd have to move! Our master is large with a walkin closet and a nice master bath with garden tub. The front bedroom is my office and our other bedroom is his hobby room. We also have a 3 car garage (which is just big enough for us). The previous owners sold it as they just had a baby and needed a larger home (they ended up almost tripling the size). I think you can find what you are looking for.
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:22 AM
 
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not a bad idea, or marketing tool, i wanna be maine's first dink-master real estate agent.

in all seriousness, it is a great point, many folks retiring, dont need 4 bedrooms, etc, want one floor, master b.r. two car garage, and some middle-age parents, want fewer rooms, so thier kids wont be asking to move back in with them. or professionals w/out kids

the market will mature to this on its own,
i have a house next to me on the water, newly built, with one bedroom, and it took a year to sell,,,the biggest complaint was, it only had one bedroom.
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