Accessible Homes A Tough Sell For Some
Accessible housing is notoriously hard to come by, but a growing number of people who’ve gone to great expense to modify their homes are now finding that such houses are also difficult to sell.
Even as an increasing number of Americans are dealing with physical disabilities due to everything from developmental issues to aging, there are few mechanisms to connect home buyers and sellers in need of accessibility, real estate professionals say.
Holly Smith found that out the hard way when she listed her father’s Washington, D.C.-area home over the summer. It has $40,000 worth of renovations to make the property wheelchair accessible, but so far there have been no offers.
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Just one website — Barrierfreehome.com — is believed to be devoted to this subset of the housing market. The site has included advertisements for 60 houses over the last two years, but only about half sold.
Meanwhile, some general real estate listings do include a checkbox to denote whether or not a property is accessible. But even if a listing is marked as such, it’s not always clear how accessible the home is.
Experts say that a seller’s best bet is often to contact local disability groups to try to connect with buyers with similar needs, reports The Washington Post. To read more click here.