If you’re trying to identify the type of hardwood in a client’s condo — specifically, a massive front door — and neither they nor you know, what do you do?

Find an expert.

Or three of them.

In my case, I first asked the inspector doing the municipal point of sale inspection.

Their guess:  ebony or mahogany.

Then, just before today’s Broker Open, I buttonholed a floor refinishing contractor doing work in the building to take a look.

“Oak that’s been painted — either red oak or white oak.”

Finally, one of the Realtors who came through my Broker Open had her client with . . . who just happened to be a carpenter!

The verdict?

“Red oak, definitely.”

P.S.:  Thanks to Neil at Nelson Hardwood Floors for taking the time to come look.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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