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3 Reasons to Not Visit That House

By Dill Ward, May 23, 2021

In the span of years selling homes to multiple parties, we’ve learned that some variables bring a quick “no”. Knowing this, we clarify these situations as soon as possible to save time for both the buyers and sellers.

1: It is on a … road.

Busy, unpaved, small, big, sloped …. I can’t count how many homes have been ruled out because of proximity to a busy road. If you’re selling a home on a busy road, be prepared to see buyers touring your home which will inevitably say, “this road is too busy”. If you’re looking for a home, and know that you have some apprehensions toward highly trafficked or sloped streets then driving by or street-viewing a property before touring the interior can save you hours of day-dreaming and deliberation.

2: This yard is too …

Flat, sloped, big, grassy, dirty, weedy, noisy, garden-y…. If you hope to grow many varietals of sun-loving & edible vegetables, then you can quickly rule out small lots or shady lots which restrict your options for sunlight, watering access, sqft of planters, etc. Knowing that you plan to install auxiliary structures (swimming pools, play structures, coffee roasting sheds) could help you eliminate homes which don’t have easily usable space.

3: I need [xyz] rooms.

If you know that you will want a guest room and an office, you might reconsider looking for a house that has one or the other, but not both. If you’re looking for a house that has two bathrooms but you think you could add a second if you had the right house even though you’ve never added a bathroom to a house before… you might want to stop looking at 1-bath houses, as adding a bathroom is harder than it looks on TV.


Every house has many buyers looking for exactly that layout/size/lot, and if all other variables are favorable, you’ll find that buyer and sell your sloped/shaded/busy-road home. Additionally, if you’re looking for that perfect trifecta of flat/private/close-in lot and haven’t found one that quite fits the criteria, you may only be a moments away from finding your home.

Every day we find homes that seemed impossible, purely by getting very specific about what each unique buyer’s “deal-killers” are and focusing on homes that will absolutely work. Some buyers can handle a busy street, some prefer low maintenance of small lots, listening to your opinions will keep you from some avoidable regrets after move-in day.

Need help figuring out what houses to focus on? We’re always happy to help expedite your process at the Dill Ward Group

Dill Ward

Principal Broker | OR


I'm a strategist at heart. Once we've got a clear vision on your goals I love drawing the road map how to get there. I'm a natural problem solver and resiliency is my superpower. I get excited by nudging you to see the bigger picture of your goals when the process can drag you down into the moment. I've been called by my clients as, "contagiously enthusiastic". Selling a home or taking the leap to buy is an exciting transition which can create other shifts and opportunities for you to take control of the direction of your life and discover the next version of yourself.


Negotiating was a skill I honed early in life, whether it was persuading for a later bedtime, or heading down to South Florida flea markets where my parents would encourage me to, "work a deal" on a comic book or a kitchen gadget. Even back then, I loved the thrill of asking for what I want.


For those of you who geek out about self development and personality tests, my "Strengths Finder" results are: Positivity, Strategic, Activator, Learner, and Ideation.

I LOVE PORTLAND! (and welcoming new people)

I relocated to Portland from Florida in 2010, and am grateful to have built an incredible life here in this weird city. It's always an honor to be a welcoming face and a warm smile to others arriving and looking for home.


Wait, is that a thing? I'm always thinking about real estate. I love wheeling and dealing! Before I was a REALTOR®, I started the journey as an investor. Fun fact: I helped an investment group flip over 100 properties my first 2 years in industry! I've had a rental portfolio for over 10 years and dabble in all areas of the industry. My speciality is the concierge level service we can deliver when someone wants to sell and let us take the wheel. My team and I love to work as project managers and orchestrate the 50 different vendors & contractors to make miracles happen in short amounts of time.


• My husband & biz-partner Nicholas. (He's a High Performance Coach & REALTOR® -- dreamy combo!), and our young daughter Nori. • Building Community! Check out Women who Own it, a monthly meetup community for women homeowners. • Offering networking opportunities, encouragement, and business coaching for women in business at Women with Moxie. • Spreading motivation and inspiration in the world through public speaking and event emceeing. • Finding ways to make people smile. Enough about me -- if you are still reading this far, i'm dying to know about you! Use my easy online scheduler and let's book a meeting! Buy, sell, just a get-to-know each other to possibly collaborate on some amazing project? Easy breezy!


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