April 11, 2018

A Circa 1895 Victorian isn't for Everyone: When Patience Wins!

Patience wins!

We know a sprawling 3,600+ square foot, 123 year-old Victorian home is not for everyone. But we also know that buyer who appreciates the character and quality circa 1895 home, that you simply cannot find in today's building standards or materials, will come along. Especially when the home is completely restored, turn-key, and move-in-ready.

Enter the story of the M.C. Rufty House ~ the gracious and eclectic ca. 1895 Victorian in the Brooklyn South Square historic District of Salisbury, North Carolina. Listed by historic property specialist Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty in May of 2017, the home entertained dozens of interested buyers. Greg has a marketing strategy for 'old houses' that works, coupled with specialized video that let's potential buyers 'tour' the home. Yet, time, and seasons, (and more video) went by. In March of 2018, patience wins! The M.C. Rufty Home is under contract!

Why wait?

The hottest real estate markets in the U.S. — San Francisco, Manhattan, and Boston, among others - all have predominantly historic homes. After decades trying to build the idyllic suburban 'town center', it turns out that early city planners did it just right 100 years ago – which is why the downtown historic real estate market is back in a big way with Generation X and millennial home buyers. According to a recent National Trust For Historic Preservation report, millennials are overwhelmingly on the move downtown.

Authentic architectural design features are reflective of an original commitment to artistry and quality that has stood the test of time, and Realtor Greg Rapp makes sure that potential buyers know it. The oldest homes often have the most jaw dropping interiors, and younger buyers love old-meets-new. It’s the luxury real estate equivalent of buying a new $450 pair of jeans that are already ripped and faded. Many assume that most of the historic homes automatically come with cold claw foot tubs, drafty windows, small rooms, and old kitchens. Everything has a stereotype. What we know is that virtually every historic home has had at least one owner (if not more) who was willing to bang down the walls, open up a master suite, rock a garden tub, chef out the kitchen and put in a state-of-the-art laundry room. Voila! Historic architecture meets modern luxury. (Adapted from 4 reasons buyers love historic homes-- and how to market them , MEGGEN TAYLOR. Inman.com, February 3, 2016)

The right buyer. The right Realtor.

The right buyer will come along for your historic house, especially if you list with the right real estate agent! Give Greg Rapp a call at 704.213.6846, and let his marketing strategy work for you. Homes are selling much more quickly today (than one year ago), so if you're even thinking of moving, downsizing, relocating . . . now is the time to list your 'old house' with Greg Rapp.

Call or text today! 704.213.6846

Greg Rapp 
Wallace Realty Co. 
704 213 6846 Mobile 
704 636 2021 Office 

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