Jeff Pearl, Full Service Full Time Realtor (RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)

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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

      Adds to the desirability, but probably not to the appraised value.  


Aug 17, 2017 06:07 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Jeff - pools are an assset in my area.  50% want one - 50% don't. Nice pool!

Aug 17, 2017 04:14 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I have seen people get rid of them right after purchase twice.

Aug 17, 2017 04:01 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

You can argue a case about a pool in many ways in my market. If it's a smaller lot and the pool "eats up" the backyard, it could be an issue. If it's a pool in a community with great amenities for residents, it could be seen as redundant. I've found that lots of buyers don't want the muss, fuss, and expense of maintaining a pool or the liability if they have kids. Appraisers don't give much value to a pool here. Houses I've sold with pools have frequently sold to people moving here from areas where they are used to having a back yard pool, such as AZ, southern CA, Florida, etc. Although our climate is mild and quite hot in the summer, we are not a year-round climate for pools.

Aug 18, 2017 04:10 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

They are a pro here. I have had very few clients who don't want a pool. I would love one.

Aug 17, 2017 05:15 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Finding a home on twelve acres in my area would typically be followed by many zeroes....and it better include a pool...along with a couple of other amenities.  

Aug 17, 2017 10:54 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Mostly a "con" here in ND unless they are indoor Jeff Pearl 

Aug 17, 2017 06:56 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

It depends but, more here prefer a pool because of our climate. The seasons are long and warm here so, when I have a pool listing, it typically goes very quickly. I have two sets of buyers right now that don't want a community pool, they want one of their own. 

I will say that during the winter season, they're tougher to sell though!

Aug 17, 2017 06:50 PM
Chuck Mixon
The Keyes Company - Cutler Bay, FL
Cutler Bay Specialist, GRI, CDPE, BPOR

Here in South Florida  pool are a plus except to the investors. They dont like the liability. I should be a bit more clear Landlords  are the one that worry.

Aug 17, 2017 06:34 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I'm in hot SoCal, you have to pool in here. But large pool can be very expensive to maintain since water evaporates in 100+f days....

Aug 17, 2017 05:52 PM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Yes.  It really depends on the buyer, Jeff. I've had some turn around and walk right out of the house once they saw a pool, and then last year I sold one where the buyer only wanted a house with a pool. It really depends. 

Aug 17, 2017 05:49 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

As an outsider looking in, they seem to be an asset among $1.5 million and higher homes (as they have the budget for the maintenance.  You don't see them often here for homes under $1 million as most can't afford the maintenance, so I would see that as a negative in those areas.

Aug 17, 2017 05:26 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Nice pool. When I lived in Palm Springs, I'd fly over with the traffic reporter, amazed at how many homes had pools. Here at the River, pools are not as common, though the climate is the same. There sre community pools, but fewer homes have their own pools and because it's a big second home market, they're not a particularly desirable item. Big upkeep, many owners are absentee, it gets windy, etc. Plus, by the middle of July the water is bath water it's so hot.

Aug 17, 2017 05:15 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

It doesn't look that long. In IL, it wouldn't be a good thing.

Aug 17, 2017 05:02 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Private pools are rare in our area due to our winter weather. There are a handful of these and because of the limited numbers, they are considered a positive.

Aug 17, 2017 04:29 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

There are a fair amount of buyers here in NY who don't even want to see homes with pools. Pools are in use less than half the year, and many people don't want the cost or liability.

Aug 18, 2017 03:40 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I love houses with pools. 90% will never buy a house with one but 10% won't buy a home without them.

Aug 18, 2017 03:37 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jeff Pearl - in New England area, pools are open barely for 4 months - unless they are covered or heated! (I hope that answers your question.)

Aug 17, 2017 11:18 PM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Thats a tough question.  In our area I'd use the term "luxury".  We don't need them but sometimes it's nice...  I'd rather own a home near a river where I could take a dunk.

Aug 17, 2017 09:20 PM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Pools are an asset if the owners can handle the expense of maintaining it.

Aug 17, 2017 08:02 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Minnesota it is a big negative.

Aug 17, 2017 07:48 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

A nice pool like that would be a plus and help the house sell. Not a big percentage of buyers want a pool in my area but those that do are willing to pay for it.

Aug 17, 2017 07:18 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Pro for my area because of the summer heat etc. Con is maintenance

Aug 17, 2017 06:08 PM
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

They are not wanted by buyers here in the Olympia, WA area.  Not enough summer to use it plus the costs to run and maintain it would turn my local buyers off.  For appraisal/market analysis purposes, homes with pools are docked dollars as an undesireable feature.

Aug 17, 2017 05:17 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I havea listing with a indoor pool and still not getting any bits on the property.


Aug 20, 2017 08:29 AM
John Slocum
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate

We have such a short season for outdoor pools that they are most often slightly negative.  The pool in your photo looks outstanding!

Aug 19, 2017 05:57 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

It depends on the pool, condition, etc. This one would be a big pro in my World.

Aug 19, 2017 10:26 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Pools are positive in Florida.

Aug 19, 2017 05:28 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Pro when they're wanted, con when all you think about is the maintenance.  For me, it's a con.

Aug 18, 2017 08:10 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

In my area..they are are asset! more than 50% are desiring an ingound pool!

Aug 18, 2017 06:44 PM
Gary 'Banana' Houghtaling
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Real Estate Agent

Pools are very popular in Phoenix. Not every one wants one but many do.

Aug 18, 2017 04:50 PM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Looks like heaven to me.  I would go do a cannonball now if it were in my backyard.

Aug 18, 2017 12:17 PM
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

Last few days in Houston have been upper 90 degrees with over 80% humidity.  Yea, that pool looks like a good idea and would definitely add value here.

Aug 18, 2017 09:03 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Mostly pro than con, but it depends - some people definitely don't want one, either due to maintenance, expense of upkeet, safety or lack of interest. In the Northeast, usable time is pretty limited, but pools are still nice to have.

Aug 18, 2017 07:17 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

It really depends on if a buyer wants a pool. With some of my clients a pool is a show stopper ... they just don't want one.

Aug 18, 2017 07:16 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

It's neither actually as it depends on the buyer - some want one, others don't - if Fl pools are just about everywhere

Aug 18, 2017 07:15 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

When we lived in Los Angeles, we had a pool that size.  It was an asset.  Here in Santa Barbara, there are very few homes with pools, whereas 15 miles inland it is an asset because of the temperature difference. A

Aug 18, 2017 06:55 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

We do not see many pools in our area other than the community pools.

Aug 18, 2017 06:49 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

it's a bonus.... very desirable.... my daughter is looking for a home and would buy it, for sure...

Aug 18, 2017 06:46 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jeff Pearl Not so much here. Pools wil reduce the value. Unless someone really wants a pool, it will stay on the market a while.

Aug 18, 2017 06:24 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Pools that are working and look good are a plus. I have been writing about pools that did not quite make the cut all summer and on every Wednesday. It has sure sparked some debate on pools. 

Aug 18, 2017 05:56 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

It could limit some buyers

Aug 18, 2017 05:49 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Those that 'hold' water are shown as assets by the appraiser.

Some buyers have personal preferences that will/should not affect value.

IN the Sunshine State those that don't own a pool seek the frequent comfort of other water centric cooling opportunities.

Aug 18, 2017 05:37 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

A well-maintained, properly fenced & "pretty" pool that doesn't engulf the entire yard can be a desirable feature even here in NY.  All depends upon the buyer... 

Aug 18, 2017 05:09 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Private Pools became cons in the 1990's here.

Droughts, expensive upkeep, water prices, safety concerns.

A pool is a 70/30 con here. Community pools are a huge plus though.

Aug 18, 2017 04:58 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

When on Florida, pools were an asset since relocating people had them on their must have list. Then they moved in and never used it. Ready for the next buyer!

Aug 18, 2017 04:49 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Would be an asset in my market; however, very few houses sit on 12 acres.

Aug 18, 2017 04:40 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Aug 18, 2017 04:34 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS nailed this one!

Aug 18, 2017 04:20 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

 If there are 12 acres and water is affordable then it has added value.  Solar heating and solar electricity is also helpful.  Is this a horse property? 20 car garage.  That is a lot of acreage for a family.

Aug 17, 2017 09:09 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I find that only buyers who really want one look at homes with pools.  You have to find the right buyer!

Aug 17, 2017 09:00 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It varies. Some buyers insist on a pool, some refuse to have one, some are fine either way.

Aug 17, 2017 04:08 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, that is a beautiful pool, but in Denver you don't see many as our season is pretty short.

Aug 20, 2017 03:57 PM