A guide to falling in “house love” a little bit more every day.

For house hunters, the struggle is – all too often – real. Whether searching for their first house or their fifth, buyers are often told up front to lower their expectations to fit their budget. They’re asked to be ready to settle, to squint hard…to compromise.

All of that negativity is a downer during what should be an exciting time.

The truth is, falling in love with a home is not unlike falling in love with a person. In both situations, people fall hard, and focus solely on the possibility – and that’s not a bad thing!

Falling head-over-heels for a house is fairly common now that Pinterest and Instagram have made it possible to search for any house feature imaginable.

A survey cited by The Wall Street Journal found that 69% of respondents have admitted to having a home crush. A “home crush,” as defined in the survey, means you are drawn to the same house again and again.

So what are some dreamy attributes that have the power to spark a home crush?

Outdoor living spaces like backyards, decks and patios make lovesick fools out of 54% of women and 46% of men.

At Sabal, we know that what sparks affection from one family may not be right for another. Our customizable design options and layouts enable buyers to incorporate more of what they love, on their terms. We like to say we’ll build you a home “that you love a little more every day.”

So what inspires “home crushes” amongst loyal Sabal buyers?

The sub-tropical climate, proximity to lush green spaces or expansive beaches, and the stunning Southern landscapes we neighbor are just a few reasons our company has chosen to build in the regions of Charleston, Greenville and Myrtle Beach. Our homes are located in beautiful neighborhoods throughout the region, all designed to make great use of outdoor space.

Our buyers often are smitten with the corner fireplaces we create, the chef’s kitchen upgrades, and the master baths fit for royalty. The key is for buyers to channel what they want into a list they bring when meeting our agents.

For most buyers, it’s not the house itself that seals the deal; it’s all the little ways in which they can picture transforming it into a home, transforming it into their home.

And nothing makes us happier than watching that sort of love bloom!


Through the month of February, drop into any of our model homes for a chance to win our “Love at First Look” promotion.