Southern California Test Driving Homes

In Southern California, where there is no shortage of beautiful communities filled with the some of the finest homes in the world, the decision to invest millions of dollars in a property is not one that can often be easily made. So much consideration goes into determining if a home is the right one or not, and as a result some high-end home buyers have been asking to test drive homes their interested in for a night or two before making the decision to purchase.

It can be difficult to imagine living in a home just from visiting it for an hour or so at a time, so in order to give potential buyers a better handle on a home, some developers, listing agents and even home owners are inviting buyers in for an extended amount of time. By giving potential home buyers some time alone in the home, they can better evaluate the various factors that affect a home purchase decision such as getting along with the neighbors, noise levels in the home throughout the day and night or even fancy amenities such as high-tech automation.

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Although it can be tricky to convince home owners to let complete strangers into a home for a few hours on their own or even a night or two. However, when the rare occurrence does work out, many buying agents are encouraging buyers to take advantage, if for nothing more than the peace of mind in making the right decision.

“It makes sense; you spend more time trying on a pair of shoes than you do buying a house,” says Susan Vanech, a Westport, Conn.-based agent who recently spoke to The Wall Street Journal. “It’s quite possibly the largest individual investment you’ll make in your life.”

Other Programs Appeal to Luxury Home Buyers

While getting a night alone in an individual home on the market can be rather rare, some development companies are encouraging trial periods in homes. For luxury buyers looking for a vacation home on the island of Maui in Hawaii, the Honua Kai Resort and Spa offers a Stay and Play program. The resort features condo units ranging from $985,000 to $3.9 million, some of which can be rented for $250 up to $2,200 per night. If, at the end of their stay, clients want to buy the condo the cost of the stay can be applied to the purchase.

According to Erika Alm, who oversees sales and marketing for Honua Kai, this method has been effective in helping to get units sold.

“Some people know they’re going to buy at Honua Kai but they’re not quite sure,” she said to The Wall Street Journal. “They make an offer and then say, ‘Could we try this out?’”

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Check out these Malibu homes priced from $4 million to $7 million

  1. 6 beds, 9 baths
    Home size: 7,980 sq ft
    Lot size: 6.63 ac
  2. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,800 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,888 sqft
  3. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,702 sq ft
  4. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,759 sq ft
    Lot size: 41,267 sqft
  5. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,652 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.07 ac

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(all data current as of 11/22/2017)

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