I believed I had seen every peculiarity that could be encountered when listing a house because I had been a realtor for a number of years.
When I went to an older apartment on the other side of town, I realized that I had been mistaken about the oddities.
The owners called my home number and inquired about my interest in buying their house. Two mornings later, I drove to their address and was astounded by the size of the house. It had a formal family room, six family rooms, seven bathrooms, and additional bathrooms. They were selling because I couldn’t picture two people living there by themselves. They claimed to have a sizable combined family and required all available space when all nine of their children were present. They now desired to sell the apartment and purchase a smaller space. I performed my routine walk-through and assumed everything was fine until I reached the walk-in closet in the master family room. The walk-in closet had a separate HVAC and air conditioning system. I was standing in the closet’s center, staring up at the top-of-the-wall heating units. She said she used the room as a haven and that her fiancé had installed ductless heating, ventilation, and air conditioning in it. With nine kids living in the home, she must have sought peace on numerous occasions. She gave me a shrug and admitted to being spoiled. Having your own heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system might strike me as pampered, but who am I to judge? I believed the HVAC system in the walk-in closet could be a major selling point for the home.