The real estate sixth sense

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At this point in this series, we’ve explored sight, smell and sound — the primary physical senses involved in sensory or, more accurately, multisensory homebuying. Taste is, obviously, implicated much less frequently (although I did swipe a staging apple from a bowl a few weeks back during my third back-to-back appointment without a break on a day of "cardio house hunting" — and yes, I did check first to ensure that it was a real apple, not a staging prop).

The other physical senses, touch and balance, are similarly tough to use on a house hunt, except to the extent that we perceive things like a funny wall texture, distinguish between hardwoods and laminate by feeling for wood grain, or sometimes feel slightly off-kilter when our footsteps alert us to an older home’s sloping floor.