Don't Say "No" To Me

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408

– I want to live in a condo-hotel

The call makes me uneasy. It is always the story of a condo-hotel unit, that the caller loves because of the price, and now wants to use it as her/his primary residence. Where else can you get a place right on the ocean for under $50K?

Is it a good idea? Condo-hotels are not for living there full time and there is a reason for that.

I am telling her that there is a reason why condo-hotel units are so inexpensive…

I am telling her that the units are not for use as the primary residence…

I am telling her that so many before have tried it, and it did not work for them…

I am telling her that it may be very noisy. A lot of people, a lot of noise. Not a quiet place.

And she would smile and say she loves when there are many people around. She loves life. She is using superlatives to describe how happy she would be there. She does not care about anything I say.

– I want to live in a condo-hotel.

Nothing that I say resonates. It is the opposite, it seems to reinforce her idea to do exactly that, to use the wrong type of property as a place to live.

So, when she comes to Daytona, we set the time for 3 PM.

At 11:30 she calls says she is very anxious, and why don’t we do it earlier. Ouch, I am in the middle of the remodeling job, I have people, it is very inconvenient … Can we do it at 1 PM?

At 12:00 she calls again. She knows it is not 1 PM yet but she was impatient and she is on her way there, and could I, please, come right away?

I am 10 min away. I dropped everything I was doing and I am rushing to a condo-hotel, which is only a few blocks away.

5 minutes later she called.

-What now? I am coming, give me just a couple more minutes.

– Don’t come. I am leaving. I am very sorry but this is not for me.

- Why? What happened?

– There are so many people, it is so freaking noisy, it is crazy. It is absolutely not for me.

As we speak, I am getting into the garage of the condo-hotel. It is Saturday, it is Jeep Beach event, hundreds of Jeeps are in the garage, each playing loud music. Crowds of people are around, women, men, children…Everybody is happy, people having fun…

Elevators are packed, the pool is filled over capacity, BBQs are smoking hot, the beach is packed with Jeeps slowly passing the cheering crowd, there is this wonderful atmosphere …

Hmm, she saw that and got scared? But this is what she was longing for, this is what she was telling me would be more than just fine…

It is a clash of dreams and reality.


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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


And so it goes, it is another day in the human drama.  I can understand how someone would hate all the crowds, traffic, etc.  A

May 09, 2018 08:35 AM #1
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.

May 09, 2018 09:13 AM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Jon- some people have to see it for it to sink into their heads. 

May 09, 2018 05:54 PM #3
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I guess reality never quite matches up to the dream. Maybe you should video the jeep event and make it required watching for new buyers before every appointment you set.

May 12, 2018 07:20 PM #4
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
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Jill Sackler - actually it is a very good suggestion. I regret I did not do it, but I will have plenty opportunities to do something similar and not even have to wait until next Jeep

May 13, 2018 09:06 AM #5
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
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Kathy Streib - this is both funny and frustrating. You tell people why they might not want to buy, they tell you they want to buy, and then, after all the work, the offer, acceptance, they say they will not buy because of what you told them from the get go

May 13, 2018 09:08 AM #6
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