POWHATAN COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - Much like the Mercedes offered with the sale of a Powhatan County home, giving away a car is a (domestic) import from Florida. In a housing market that’s had its ups and downs since 2009, homeowner Kenneth Jenkins says a little creativity may put some horsepower behind his home sale.
The house is tucked away off Dalmore Drive, a peaceful lot of nearly 11 acres. A waterfall flows inside and outside. A temperature controlled pool. And a Benz.
"It's created quite a buzz around the office,” said Susan Stynes, the listing agent who finds herself in the driver’s seat of the $1.9 million property. But other agents have their high-beams on, too, trying to steer their buyers to the Powhatan home. "As real estate agents, we have a code of ethics,” said Stynes. “We have to look out for the best interest of the buyer. It's a win-win for whoever gets the car."
The sale of the house means a commission check, plus a 2012 Mercedes. Jenkins is hoping it kicks the sale into high gear. “You work hard, you sell the house,” said Jenkins. “You get the Mercedes."
It’s incentive enough for Stynes to make a pitch. "From the waterfall inside to the tile flooring imported in from Italy," she said. “Every room is 12 feet high and you have the beautiful, double-tray ceilings."
In a housing market that’s slowly rebounding, creativity is giving traditional a kick in the rear-view mirror. Jenkins says he first saw a car incentive deal in Florida, and now that he and his wife want to move, he’s revved up to see if it works here. “Everything is negotiable,” he said. “The calls are coming in from New York, California and beyond."
Jenkins said "negotiable” repeatedly Wednesday afternoon. Want the furniture thrown in the deal for the house or the two Mercedes in the garage? It’s all “negotiable.”
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