My Sister-in-law is here visiting us from England. She loves looking at homes. So while my wife is working I take her around with me as I preview homes and communities. It is interesting to note the observations of a visitor to our country.
1 Most of the homes here seem bigger to her. Yes we have all seen shows with stately mansion in PBS but they are the exception. So to her most homes here are a lot bigger than you see in England. Also the homes here have more Loo's (bathrooms) than they do there.
2 Prices for homes here tend to be less and the land you get with them tends to be more. Now this is very local as she is comparing North Georgia. But she is always remarking on how great the prices are and how big the yard is.
3 She asks about "Lease-hold" That is something in their market when you can "Buy" a home for 99 years. Of course you can sell it along the way for the remainder of the lease. An interesting concept.
4 She also remarks on the numbers of folks that own homes. Again this is a country view as in the cities the numbers of renters would be higher. But even in the English country side there are a number of renters.
5 We have no old homes. When we look at some homes and I say wow this house is almost 100 years old or even older in rare cases she looks at me with a puzzled , So what is the big deal look on her face.
6 Constrcution is very different . In England there is alot more stone and brick work and a lot less wood work. Even the framing is different.
7 Lastly she is always impressed buy the open spaces and the animals and trees she sees.
It is interesting to look at our market through anothers eyes.