Test your knowledge of the housing market, and identify which of the following can be a deal breaker for many family buyers with young children:

A. Not enough Bedrooms on one level.
B. Dated Kitchen and/or Bathrooms.
C. Busy street.
D. No view of the backyard from the Kitchen.

Answer:  all of the above.

While choices A, B, and C are commonly known, I’ve now run into “D.” — as both a Buyer’s agent and listing agent — several times this Spring already.

Still, perhaps the biggest issue for families with young children is a floor plan where the kids’ Bedrooms are on a different level than the parents.

Particularly tough:  when the kids’ Bedrooms are on the first floor, and the Master Bedroom is on the second.

P.S.:  Unfortunately, while there is a long (and growing) list of MLS fields for everything from minimum desired room dimensions to number and type of fireplaces (wood burning vs. gas), there’s no input field (yet) for backyard visibility.

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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