When I went househunting back in 2003, I had a few specific criteria in mind:
I don’t, of course, need 1500 square feet. My current Meager Hovel is about two-thirds that size, and it’s all I can do to keep up with the cleaning, though I can always blame it on work hours, which are either long or longer. What I really want is a ceiling that vibrates only when the Air Force passes overhead, and a place to park my car that’s defined by something more than a couple of yellow lines. And apparently I’m willing to pay dearly for these amenities.
It would not have occurred to me to ask The Expert, several years my senior and seemingly more than a couple of clicks toward the Prim side of the continuum, to limit the search to places which afford enough privacy for me to go about without bothering to get dressed.
I asked my Realtor about this issue, explaining what it was all about. Here is her response:
“This is not as strange as you think! If they let me know a little more about what they are looking for like bedrooms, price, etc I don’t really care what they garden in I can send them listings and when they find one they might want to see, I would get as much info as I could with maps and such they could peruse before they committed to a showing. Could even get a map so they see exactly where the neighbors are in relation to the property. You might be surprised to know all the strange requests I have had. The requests did not make anyone less special as individuls. You gotta like them as they are or you miss a lot of life!
“They don’t need to know anything about what I know of their lifestyles if they would feel uncomfortable with that, however, it helps to know as much as you can about a client so you can help them find what they are looking for. And if they would rather not work with me, just let them know if they explain they want a great deal of privacy to a realtor, that would be sufficient, but tell them to ask for maps and a lot of info before they go on showings.”
There have been, of course, and probably still are, agents who specialized in this sort of thing.