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Old 06-08-2010, 10:26 AM
 
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Any use of garage except for what it is sends a bad message for the buyer. You have at least 2600 sq ft (if I assume the garage 400) and that's a lot by many standard. You will be better off by using every inche of the house than adding extra. Who wants to buy a converted garage at 3000 sq.ft? Not me. And I hate those advertizements that say "the garage is converted to office space, it can be easily converted back." No I don't want to convert anything. I want A garage.
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Old 06-08-2010, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Now in SP, hopefully for a very long time
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I am really amazed . Why do you want to decide for other people? You want to sell it, right? so leave it as it is, and let the buyer do what they will like. Anyway, the prices are going to drop more, so don't spend more money in a house you will sell.

I am trying to buy a condo, and very upset to see that most of them are "move in ready"... we did EVERYTHING for you . Arrrrgggghhh..... YOUR TASTE! I would like to remodel and renovate to MY taste! And yes, for ME a garage is a Plus, I would love one... and can't find!

Sorry for the rant
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Old 06-08-2010, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay`·.¸¸ ><((((º>.·´¯`·><((((º>
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Allwyna> Plenty of condos in the market. Don't buy until you find what you are really pleased with. Don't hurry or let yourself be "talked" into buying something if you are not sure that's what you want.
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Old 06-08-2010, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Now in SP, hopefully for a very long time
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Thank you for that, Annie . The Realtor who showed me about 20 seemed a bit upset to work so much, so I was almost ready to buy, the house is nice but has some things I don't like (remodeled to the seller's tastes).... AND NO GARAGE. Coming from Cancun, I am thinking about hurricanes.

And is there someone around who knows something about foreclosures and short-sales? Another one that I just contacted told me the exact opposite than the first one . I would really appreciate to know where my money will go (I am paying cash) . I am new here, so the concepts are not familiar to me.
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Old 06-10-2010, 11:06 AM
 
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In every city I've house hunted in (we move A LOT), I've skipped every house that had a converted garage--whether I could convert it back or not. They are automatically crossed off the list. Just my opinion. Good luck during your reno--I've done a lot of those too. :-)
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Old 06-10-2010, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Bel Aire, KS
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Interesting. I don't like garages. As a matter of fact, I prefer detached garages. Had a friend off himself in an attached house and nearly killed his family in the process. No thanks. Also detached garages look more classy. Just my opinion.
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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Leave the garage as a garage. For buyers coming from other parts of the country a garage is a must. When we were looking for our retirement home we wouldn't even look at homes without garages that were garages.
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Old 06-11-2010, 03:31 PM
 
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Interesting. I don't like garages. As a matter of fact, I prefer detached garages. Had a friend off himself in an attached house and nearly killed his family in the process. No thanks. Also detached garages look more classy. Just my opinion.
You won't find many detached garages around here.. unless you look in the older areas of Tampa like S. Tampa. In many areas you are lucky to have a yard big enough for a kiddie pool.
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Old 06-11-2010, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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As a buyer coming down to the area looking at a lot of homes lately my opinion is leave the garage as a garage. Personally, we would not live without one and if we needed an office it could be added, or a room changed to an office or convert the garage outselves. If we wanted an office we would use an extra bedroom or figure out something else, I think it's better to have the option ourselves instead of the previous homeowner taking the choice away.
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Old 06-11-2010, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Now in SP, hopefully for a very long time
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I think it's better to have the option ourselves instead of the previous homeowner taking the choice away.
I agree so much with you.... as well as about supposed "improvements". I saw a condo a few days ago, I liked it more or less, a bit dark. There was nothing on the floor, left to be fixed-up.... Went back a few days later to see it again, the owner had put a wall-to-wall dark green/gray carpet all over the apartment , it was much darker, and out of the question (I want parquet or tile in the living room).
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