In lieu of Halloween, this month’s blog article is going to be about selling a stigmatized property in Edmonton. When you decide to list your home for sale it is important to consider what has happened at your home in the past. While the events that have occurred at your home do not affect the assessed value of your property, it is important to understand how they can impact the market value of your home. In this article, we will be going over information about all things related to selling or buying a stigmatized property. Follow along below to learn more.
What Makes a Property in Edmonton Stigmatized?
Stigmas attached to real estate have nothing to do with the home’s location, appearance, or function. However, stigmas are related to the events that have happened within or near the home. Generally, a stigmatized property is one that has a negative psychological effect on potential buyers. Some examples of this include, a murder/suicide in the home, proximity to a cemetery, or a famous film/TV location. Any of these scenarios can cause your property to become stigmatized.
Common Stigmas Associated With Properties.
When it comes to selling real estate, location is an essential part of the transaction. Many buyers will avoid putting in an offer on a property that has a stigma. It is important that you consider these stigmas when buying or selling a home. Below we have listed a few of the most common stigmas associated with buying residential real estate.
If your home has been the site of a crime, there is a high chance that you are in possession of the stigmatized property. Events like murders, break-ins, gambling, gang activity, and criminal owners can cause buyers to steer clear of your listing. There are several reasons why people may find buying a home that had criminal activity unattractive. For example, physical damage like bullet holes, structural breakage, or contamination. Other reasons can include fear of bad karma, superstitions, or related beliefs. New buyers may also want to avoid being associated with the criminal activities that have occurred at the residence.
Another reason for stigma is if your home is a famous location. Movies and TV shows often film on location at real-life homes. Like all real estate, these homes eventually go up for sale. Some individuals may find living in a famous home/location cool. However, there are some significant drawbacks to owning a recognizable property. For example, if your home was part of a blockbuster movie, it may attract superfans or tourists looking to visit the site. Because of this, you can encounter unwanted interactions with people who are interested in viewing your home. Although, if you are willing to sacrifice a bit of privacy, owning a home that is part of popular culture can be totally worth it.
Common Stigmas of a Property in Edmonton Continued.
Another reason why buyers may be reluctant to purchase your home has to do with the neighbourhood you are located in. Even if your home doesn’t have any stigmas, a home in close proximity to one of these stigmas can cause just as many problems. Moreover, if there are known criminals within the area, buyers may also be deterred from purchasing your home. So, be sure to do your due diligence prior to buying or listing your property.
Lastly, homes with a reputation for paranormal activity can make selling a difficult task. There are very few buyers who find it attractive to live in a haunted house. Paranormal sightings, moving objects and strange sounds can make it very difficult to live in a home. Haunted houses can affect an individual’s mental health or put them in danger. Many houses like this often have a traumatic past.
Although, paranormal experiences are completely subjective. In most cases, there is a reasonable answer to unexplained sounds, movements, and feelings. For instance, poor insulation, structural issues, and pest problems. It is important that you investigate these possibilities before drawing any conclusions.
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Stigmatized homes can be incredibly difficult to sell. However, with the right strategy, it is entirely possible. For more information about buying or selling a stigmatized property in Edmonton, contact us today. We’d be happy to help you find a home that suits your needs. Be sure to check out our blog again next month for more real estate articles. You can also visit our social media page for the latest updates and more. Feel free to reach out with any further questions. We look forward to working with you in the near future!