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Real Estate Opinions on a Public Forum

I was on a real estate forum a couple of days ago reading people's questions and problems. I always find it hilarious to read someone asking perfect strangers for advice about their lives when they don't know them or how they live.

This guy says, in summary, "My house is too small and I need another one. I can sell my house for about $125,000 and the house I want is $150,000 for 300 sqft more. With the difference in interest rates and taxes, I would only have to spend about $200 more a month to get this much better house, but I don't want my payments to increase, help!"

My response to him was, " costs more to own more..."  It's not that you buy a house dollar per sqft, but you buy a house based on floorplan and useable space.  A house that is 2000 sqft with big bedrooms and an open family room is going to sell faster and higher than a 2000 sqft home that is closed off with smaller bedrooms.  Same sqft size, but completely different use of space.

This guy continues about why it shouldn't cost so much more for this house. He admits it's in a better and newer neighborhood.  Does better and newer not equate to higher prices?  He admits he knows this stuff, but still wants a way to get this bigger and newer home for the same mortgage payment as his current home.

The only solution? Larger down payment so there's a lesser amount financed so the monthly payment is less.

This guy gets mad and stops responding to people because he doesn't like the common sense answer. If you're going to go to a public forum and ask for opinions, don't get upset when you get ones you don't like!

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Comment balloon 5 commentsDonna Harris • August 12 2011 04:26PM


Hi Donna. This is so typical. The larger down payment solves his problem to get to the payments he wants. Some people are the type of don't confuse me with the FACTS.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 9 years ago

Donna, maybe the interest rates will go down far enough that he can get them almost the same. 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Gary, I'm a numbers person...

Pat, I can't imagine they would go that far, but I'll be doing a refi if they do!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 9 years ago

He must be related to my buyer who said this week "I want a $500,000 house for $300,000". Really? And I want younger looking skin in 21 days but that isn't happening either.



Posted by Leslie Ebersole, I help brokers build businesses they love. (Swanepoel T3 Group) about 9 years ago

Donna, it never fails to amaze me what some folks post in public forums.  Some personal information as well.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 9 years ago