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Q&A: How much does 'mint' matter?

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I have a great house that has been labeled “mint” by real estate agents. However, I live on a busy street. We have received many compliments but no offers due to the location. What can I do?
Karen Quick, North Merrick

Asked about the Jerusalem Avenue house, above, which has been on the market for 60 days at $429,000, Barbara Brundige, an associate broker in the East Norwich office of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, says, “There’s a buyer for every house, but location will narrow the pool. Many young buyers who have or are planning to have children are phobic about busy streets, especially those with double yellow lines.”

That said, when it comes to an issue that adversely affects a sale, you have to brag about amenities and then target buyers who would be attracted to those features, she says.

For instance, is your house within walking distance of a train station, a theater or a downtown district? That appeals to a lot of people, including single professionals. Or is the backyard landscaped so beautifully (think personal oasis) that one wouldn’t mind being on a main road?

Bottom line: Find your home’s virtues and emphasize them.

Need some real estate advice? Send your questions to, or mail: Valerie Kellogg, Newsday, 235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, N.Y., 11747. Please include your full name and hometown as well as a phone number where you can be reached.


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