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Ms. Widder agreed that a reduced price is a smart move.

“You’re not going to command top dollar with a problem nearby,” she said. “If the price is right, it will overcome the negative.”

If the price is lowered, expectations are managed, Ms. Muffler said.

“I tell my sellers: ‘You got it for a better deal when you bought it; you have to sell it for a little less — you can’t have it both ways,” she said.

In some cases, a distraction can help overcome a detraction, Ms. Muffler said.

“There was a house that was literally underneath a giant utility tower and power lines, but the master bathroom looked like something out of the Ritz-Carlton,” she said. “No one wants to walk outside and look at power lines, but someone took one look at that master bath and said: ‘This is the house for me.’”

For nearby noise issues — particularly near-constant noise from highways — Ms. Kott suggested installing noise-deadening windows or even putting up two sets of storm windows to help block the traffic sounds.

“An outdoor water fountain or waterfall provides a white noise and helps offset the other noise,” she suggested.

Ms. Muffler pointed out that highway noise can be an asset in that it means the house is close to a major thoroughfare.

“It’s a plus and a minus,” she said, adding that many hindrances can be spun positively. “The big parking lot next door is great for parking on the weekends so you can have parties.”

Ms. Kott said the cemetery next door is certainly quiet.

Ms. Lee agreed that it’s smart to play up the positives of what could be seen as a home’s negative aspects.

“If a house is behind the high school football field, that means the school is within walking distance and you can sit on the deck and listen to the games; the house next to the community pool is wonderful because it’s so close,” she said.

Homes that back onto train tracks often attract train enthusiasts.

“I had a client tell me that she grew up near railroad tracks and it brought back great memories,” Ms. Muffler said. “What I might consider an albatross may not be for someone else.”

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