Realtors Say Heat Wave Could Affect Home Sales

Realtors say homes with swimming pools may seem more appealing to potential buyers during the summer heat.

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Swimming pools may be attractive to potential home buyers, says one Kokomo realtor.

Some realtors are saying the constant heat may make it more difficult in the short term to sell a house.

Kaye Simmons with the Hardie Realty Group in Kokomo says despite the low mortgage rates, some people may wait to buy a house until it’s more comfortable to be outside.  She says if people are out looking at homes, though, setting an artificially low air conditioning temperature inside the house may not help it sell.

“You don‘t want to crank it down to 65 or 68 and then the A/C has to work even harder to maintain the temperature of the home,” Simmons says. “Keeping it at a reasonable temperature, even if it‘s 102 degrees outside and you walk into a house that 72 degrees, that‘s going to feel much, much cooler. ”

Simmons adds homes with swimming pools sometimes see a spike in sales over the summer.

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