Kodama Koi Farm, High Quality Japanese Nishikigoi (koi fish) (Kodama Koi Farm)

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

It depends on the feature, it depends on "how in your face" that feature might be, it depends on the buyer. I had a home for sale last year with a koi pond, which the buyers did not want. My sellers adopted out the koi and buried the pond. No biggie.

Feb 21, 2019 03:43 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I think a koi pond is a wonderful feature. In my area however, any kind of water feature is a problem. Between the extreme heat and mineral rich soil and water, it's a lot of upkeep. Plus we have a lot of seasonal and vacation owners who just aren't around for maintenance.

Having said that, a water feature is usually not a huge deal to drain and fill. So if the rest of the property is right, it's not insurmountable.

Feb 21, 2019 05:37 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Advertise the features, someone will be in the market for Koi ponds.

Feb 21, 2019 03:08 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Accentuate the positive.  Among many "issues" today are that people seem unable to think independently.  I personally do not care about what others think.  I read clients however I also ask them and communicate with them - do you like the koi pond? If not, you can relocate the fish and create something else in that space. 

Feb 21, 2019 07:04 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't divert attention or try to spin anything.

Feb 21, 2019 06:29 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

It is only "unique" if it appeals to the customer. Promote it if it appeals to them. Pass it by if no interest.

Feb 21, 2019 03:32 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I don't 'divert' their attention - I address any negatives head-on and if they are clients who like a particular unique feature, then it's icing on the cake for them and I support their line of thinking.

However, if it's going to impact resale, I defintiely make them aware of that going in.

Feb 21, 2019 07:26 AM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

What Nina Hollander said. It depends on how significant the feature is and how difficult it is to remove the feature for those that don't care for it. If the feature really makes up the pure essence of what the property is all about, it's better to promote the feature and hopefully only attract buyers that like the feature.

I tyically point out features good or bad rather than try to divert attention away from anything.

Feb 21, 2019 06:45 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Interesting question, Kodama Koi Farm However, it's too cold where I live for koi ponds.

Feb 21, 2019 06:30 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

koi ponds can easily be filled in.... 

Feb 21, 2019 06:19 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Do you ask because you are in the koi business?

Feb 21, 2019 05:48 AM
Peter Mohylsky. Beach Expert
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Not sure what your question is here, Sorty.more info here.

Feb 21, 2019 04:08 AM
Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

I showed a home to a couple with their two small children in tow.  They walked into the master bath and stopped dead in their tracks.  "EEEW, what is that?" she remarked.  I informed her it was a bidet, to which she reacted appalled.  Her husband asked about it and she implied it had to do with sex.  I nipped it by enlightening them about how one bad meal  (montezuma) or flu would make them appreciate the cleanliness this may provide them and the children.  Hmmm...suddenly they liked the idea.  Unreal.

Feb 21, 2019 08:44 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Parked and reading.

Feb 21, 2019 05:28 PM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I love Koi ponds but I don't have the time to take care of it or the fish.  If client likes the home, they can always hire a professional to remove or bury the pond, give the fish away to pet store etc.  I would suggest that but tell them it's their decision.  I would not encourage them to make an offer on the property, though, especially if their not liking the pond is based on some superstition.  If something goes wrong, we'll be the first they blame because of bad luck. Also in many cultures, words travel faster than a comet. 

Feb 21, 2019 08:40 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

I'm with Nina on this one. If buyers like everything else about the house, easy remedy is to get rid of the pond.

Feb 21, 2019 08:39 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We had two koi ponds at our home in Los Angeles in the canyons.  The hawks, owls and other raptors assumed we had a gourmet restaurant fot them.  When the last koi was gone, we planted a lemon tree instead, and another tree in the upper pond.  Next door in the office building we were in, they have a koi pond in the large lobby.  I thought it was wonderful.  A

Feb 21, 2019 07:11 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

You are being "coy" .....

Feb 21, 2019 06:51 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

I just try & put whatever the homeowner's offering in the most positive light I can put it in. If it's that unique you can always add into the listing "sold with or without the (the unique item)."

Feb 21, 2019 09:24 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Some will love a koi pond and some will wish it was not there. Same for swimming pools in many areas. Find out your client's criteria and try to find houses that satisfy their needs.

If it is your listing, put a positive spin on it and realize that not everyone will buy in.

Feb 21, 2019 07:26 PM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

I don't believe in making someone like something they don't SPIN is for politicians market the homes features so that the RIGHT match happens. Some people want a koi pond others don't I don't try to sell winter coats to people living near the equator. So my suggestion is to target those who do want the homes features rather than try to convince those that don't to buy the house.

Feb 21, 2019 02:36 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

You can't hide what might be considered a negative feature but you can focus on the positives.  No home is going to be perfect.  Compromises are made.

Feb 21, 2019 01:26 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

The buyers make that decision. We look for features they want.

Feb 21, 2019 11:55 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Here in Florida, pools have the same issue. Those moving in from Indiana want a pool. Those moving here from Orlando say, "Been there. Done that. You can keep your pool."

There is NOTHING to do in this situation except say, "This house is not for you."  It is much more expensive to remediate a $95,000 pool than a $3,00 Koi pond.

My recommendation to you is to not focus on FEATURES but absolutely invest in the resources that allow you to control the narrative; to dictate the terminology in which the house will be referred.

For example, one big water view house had a long linage of occupants who were very well recognized writer, publishers and scholars.  Everything in the house confirmed to the visitor felt and WERE smarter just being there.

Yep, buyer and their agents used the dictated narrative of the 'Jepordy House."

The feeling of greatness was conveyed in the Babe Ruth house.

Would it not be better for the owner who hired you to realize the house is referred to as 'The Babe Ruth House' and not that 1925, 716 SF bungalow across the street from the hobo park.


The features will sort themselves out.

Feb 21, 2019 11:51 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I put a postive spin on everything. Focus on what people love

Feb 21, 2019 11:33 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I can't remember the last time I've seen a koi pond out here in So Cal.  I think the last one we had was at a Japanese restaurant and they've taken it out and turned it into a dry river bed.

Feb 21, 2019 09:18 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

It varies with house to house.

Mar 07, 2019 05:38 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Have to see what others have to say.


Feb 23, 2019 12:46 PM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

It is what it is.

Feb 22, 2019 02:15 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Why yes ... in my area I wouldn't mention it at all ever.

Feb 21, 2019 04:24 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Feb 21, 2019 03:03 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

ignore them. I have to say racoons are the fastest koi snatchers.....

Feb 21, 2019 07:41 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We call it as we see it, however, there are always two sides to an argument

Feb 21, 2019 07:34 AM