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Brenda Feria, Real Estate Pro in 23233

Would you refuse to buy a house that did not have a fireplace?

Asked by Brenda Feria, 23233 Mon Oct 4, 2010

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Don Maclary - Realtor* ABR*’s answer
If a fireplace is on the gotta have list, Dont show houses without one unless a seller is willing to put one in to make a deal work. But by all means don't buy a home you don't like!
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I don't know as I would refuse, but my old house also had a wood burning fireplace and I miss it so much! It may not be a deal breaker but it could very well be a deal maker!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 5, 2010
For me fireplaces don't mean very much. But that's me. I never use one. For others, it might be a deal breaker. And I agree that it does depends on the region of the country you live in.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 5, 2010
I personally probably would pass on a house that doesn't have a fireplace. It seems to be a "must-have" on many buyer's lists and knowing that we moved a lot in the past, I would want to have features that not only I enjoy but that others want. That being said, if I LOVED the home and it was missing a fireplace, I would look into the cost to add one.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 20, 2011
My home has a fireplace that I never use but it looks really great. It was customized with a type of stone over lay. I do not know if I could make a home buying decision solely based on a fireplace. If all of the other factors were right with no fireplace; I would buy. However, if I just felt like I wassettling on the home; I would move on and look for one with a fireplace. I think they add to the warm feeling that you get when you walk into a beautiful home.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 20, 2011
Personally i wont refuse to buy a house that is without a fireplace because now a days so many portable and beautiful fire pit or fireplaces are available in the market. There can be other factors to refuse a house for buying.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 13, 2011
If the property worked for me in all other ways (neighborhood, floor plan, price etc) I would not refuse to buy it for the lack of a fireplcae. Adding the typical fireplace on an exterior wall is relatively inexpensive ($1500 - $2500). Many people don't realize that the vast majority of firpelaces they see now a days are not real masonory fireplaces, they are simply inserted wood or gas log fireplaces. They do not cost much and installing them is realitvely easy for a contractor. The enetire job typically takes a half a day or so.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 24, 2010
Great question Brenda, personally I love fireplace. But if I was purchasing and had a small budget that would not be a deal breaker. I had clients who absolutely wanted the fireplace, they have given up some other facts about the home inorder to have that feature.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 6, 2010
It sure does depend on the buyer. The one thing I miss having in my home is a fireplace, I never had one and always wanted to have one. Should it be a deal braker? I dont know..... a fireplace may be installed, it may not be one with a chimney though. I have learned something interesting this past week, it is more efficient to have a wood burning stove rather then a fireplace because a fireplace takes most of it's heat out the chimney when a wood burning stove distributes heat in to the room.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 5, 2010
That would depend on the buyer and what they are looking for in a house. Some like fireplaces, some do not.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 5, 2010
Obviously depends on buyer preference - for me, I would probably identify that as a required feature - which is rather silly since we rarely use our fireplace. Also depends on area of the country which influences buyer preferences and expectations.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 5, 2010
Personally I put a lot of value on a fireplace -- and not just any fireplace -- it has to be wood-burning. My current home does not have a fireplace and that is not a mistake I will make a second time.
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