It is a personal choice. I live in a home without a basement and am very happy. Actually don't have to worry about flooded basement, nor need the extra space which tends to become holding areas of "junk".
I love my home and convenience of everythiing being on one level.
If she loves the home and location; then she should buy it.
P.S. My home is always warm in the winter with hot water base board heat.
Some sellers DON'T like to see those. I had one seller that thought the person who put himself out there with an honest bid at the highest he could was preferable to someone who bid lower but used the escalation. The seller accepted the slightly lower bid, proving it's not ALWAYS about the money! If the escalation amount isn't much, it won't help anyway; needs to be a good sized chunk to make a real difference, in my opinion. - Paula Kosko, Re/Max "Always helpful, never pushy."... more