This thread is just for fun. I went to an open house today, slowed the car but didn’t stop. I drove on and sat in a café waiting to go to the next one. The reason? It was a battle-axe block, but the agent had concealed the side driveway and property at the rear in the photos. It got me making a mental list of property types, styles and features that put me off. Not always a deal breaker, but certainly disappoint me. Here they are in no particular order: · Battle axe property – unless it’s a premium suburb, I can’t see the value in it. · Duplex property – I like the idea of building a duplex myself to rent out both sides, but I wouldn’t buy half a duplex. · The remaining property once a block has been split – this is a bit irrational as there could still be money to be made depending on the suburb. However, I don’t like going to a property to find that the block has been split and there’s now a vacant block next door that was once part of the original plot. More often than not the property for sale on the remainder of the site is only marginally cheaper than the owner paid for the whole site even though it’s now half the size. · Crimsafe – not a deal breaker but I just want to kick it like in the advert to see what happens. · Spas / hot-tubs – they’re just tacky. Not a deal breaker but I wouldn’t leave one in a rental – straight onto Gumtree with it. · 1-bedroom houses – you see this a bit in Queensland. The Workers Cottage style with only 1-bedroom. The underneath is never legal height meaning an expensive rise-up is required or the verandas need to be built out to get the second/third bedroom. · Tin roofs – irrational on my part and not a deal breaker, but I don’t like tin roofs. · Someone else’s flip – another irrational one, but I don’t like the idea of paying top money to someone who’s done a Cherie Barber on a property. I’d rather buy a wreck myself and put in the hard work rather than pay a premium for the finished product and not get a say in the tiles or floor finishes. · Pipe and chain wire fences – not a deal breaker but they look rubbish. · Widow air-conditioners – not a deal breaker but they always look awkward. Likewise, wall mounted air-con where it hasn’t been hardwired so they've placed a plug socket high up the wall so it can be plugged in. · Laundry in bathroom – Usually found in apartments but I’ve seen it in houses too. Not a deal breaker, but I’ve never seen it done well even in newly renovated bathrooms. · No covered parking – a double garage is ideal, a single satisfactory, a carport permissible but nothing at all! Especially in Queensland because it hails sometimes. · Brick archways – usually found on 1970s/80s houses. What can you do with them? · ‘English Gardens’ – definitely not a deal breaker, but I’ve seen some gardens that look like they could win at the Chelsea Flower show – roses, ponds, orchids, ornaments, hedges. I always think “I’ll have to Dingo all that”. I’m sure there’s more but those are the immediate ones I could think of. You?