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  • Writer's pictureMorgan Martin Boyer

Why You Should Hire a Historic Niche REALTOR®

Historic Home REALTOR® Representing WV, VA + MD

Why should you a hire a niche historic REALTOR®? These folks specialize and have a unique understanding of historical homes, including their distinct features, architectural styles, and the regulations that govern their preservation. Let’s dive into 10 reasons why working with a niche historic REALTOR® can be advantageous:

Expertise in Historic Properties - These agents have specialized knowledge about old homes, including their historical significance, architectural styles, and any preservation regulations that may apply. This expertise allows them to accurately assess the value of historic properties and effectively market them to potential buyers.

Understand the Market - Whether you’re buying or selling a historic home, it’s crucial to research the local market to understand the demand for historic properties. Some areas have a high demand for old homes due to their architectural significance or historical value, while others may not.

Access to Specialized Networks - Historic agents often have connections within the preservation community, including architects, historians, and preservationists. These networks can be invaluable when buying or selling a historic home, as they can provide resources and expertise to help navigate the unique challenges associated with historic properties. I have a thorough list of service providers who specialize in historic properties in WV, VA + MD. This list is exclusive to my clients upon signing a representation agreement. Live outside of my service area? No problem! I have a global database of agents ready to help you wherever you are — just ask!

Understanding of Preservation Regulations - Historic homes are often subject to preservation regulations or historic district guidelines that govern what changes can be made to the property. These agents are well-versed in these regulations and can help clients understand their rights and obligations as owners of historic homes.

Passion for Preservation - Many historic agents are passionate about preserving historical properties and ensuring that they are passed down to future generations. This passion drives them to provide exceptional service to their clients and advocate for the preservation of historic homes in their communities.

Consider Preservation Easements - In some cases, sellers may choose to place a preservation easement on the property, which legally protects its historic integrity in perpetuity. This can be an attractive option for buyers who are passionate about preserving historic homes.

Experience with Restoration Projects - Historic homes often require specialized care and maintenance, including restoration projects to preserve their historical integrity. Historic agents likely have experience with restoration projects and can provide guidance to clients who are interested in restoring a historic property to its original grandeur.

Personalized Service - Working with a niche agents often means receiving personalized service tailored to the unique needs of historic homeowners. These professionals understand that buying or selling a historic home is a significant decision and strive to provide their clients with the support and guidance they need throughout the process.

Highlight the Lifestyle - Historic realtors aren’t just selling a house, they’re selling the lifestyle that comes with owning a piece of history. They will be aware of nearby historic landmarks, cultural attractions, and the sense of community that often accompanies living in a historic neighborhood.

Be Patient - And finally — whether you’re buying or selling, be patient. Selling a historic home may take longer than selling a modern property, as you’re targeting a niche market of buyers who appreciate its unique characteristics. If you’re buying, there will be several factors that will impact your decision: location, costs to renovate/restore on top of sales price, will your insurance company cover certain items until they can be remedied, etc.

Blog photo: Historic home in Summit Point, WV. Restored + renovated by JC Smith.

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