It’s Almost Swimming Season

May 2nd, 2012 · 7 Comments

Let’s go swimming!

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Dive in!

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Sparkling clear water.

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So refreshing.

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Worry-free cleaning when you have an automatic pool cleaner.

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→ 7 CommentsTags: Pool & Spa · Phoenix Homes · Mesa, AZ Homes · Tempe, AZ Homes · Dirt, Dust, & Filth

Zwei Luftballons

May 2nd, 2012 · 3 Comments

We featured this photo of 2 red balloons last April in a post.

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Now we see a little girl holding those two balloons.  This home was sold recently as a short sale.  However, it took 811 days to sell!!!  Short, indeed!

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Tornado Hits a Bedroom

May 1st, 2012 · 6 Comments

Got any other explanation for this messy bedroom?

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Got Milk?

May 1st, 2012 · 4 Comments

That sure looks like a carton of milk next to the toilet.  Because??

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Joke of the day:  A lady had itchy skin and saw her doctor.  He advised her to take a milk bath.  She asked, “Any special kind of milk I should use?”  He said, “Well, don’t use pasteurized milk or you’ll drown.”  (past your eyes)

→ 4 CommentsTags: Staging · Bathroom · Clutter · Phoenix Homes

Orange Counter Tops

May 1st, 2012 · 12 Comments

One of our readers recently commented that he likes the orange counter tops featured in this kitchen.  It got me thinking.

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I sold a client’s condo in 2007 that had orange counter tops.  The buyer loved them.  Here’s the catch…the seller painted the counters orange.

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I think the original Formica counters were butcher block wood pattern.  He sanded them first to create a rough surface (and/or used primer paint) and then painted them with orange paint.  Then he applied a polyurethane coat on top to preserve the paint.  Now the counters look brand new.  And they were not sticky.  He did the same thing to the bathroom counters.  You could paint your counters any color you wanted.

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Three Inspiring Wallpaper Patterns

April 30th, 2012 · 3 Comments

What better way to celebrate the beauty of springtime than with flowers?  Elkhart, Indiana.

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Spice up your kitchen with this jazzy wallpaper design.  Live Oak, Florida.

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Sunflowers cheer everyone up.  The Netherlands.

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Let’s Sell the House

April 30th, 2012 · 8 Comments

Let’s go on a listing presentation and pretend we are going to sell this home.

Thank you for inviting me over.  Show me your home.  Let’s start in the kitchen.  Would I like some leftover spaghetti?  No thank you.

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No, really, you don’t have to heat it up for me.

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Nice to meet you, sir.  I see you like baseball caps.  There are two on display on the cabinets.  Will those be staying there while the house is up for sale?

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Oh, you have a son.  Maybe he can help you clear off the refrigerator.

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Let’s go over the paperwork to list your home for sale.  Then we’ll look at the rest of the house.

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This is your master bedroom.  I’m not a big fan of clothes and lumpy beds.  Can we straighten this up before buyers arrive?

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I see you went with a monochromatic color scheme in the living room.  Did you sponge paint the room and ceiling yourself?  I can tell.

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Maybe we can remove the dead animals.  This is the living room, after all, not the dead room.  Why is that painting hung so high?

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That sure is a bright sweater.

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Your patio is, uh, big.  Will you be finishing all those projects before buyers arrive?

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→ 8 CommentsTags: Staging · Kitchen · Bedroom · Clutter · Patio · Phoenix Homes · Faux Paint & Murals · Refrigerator Magnets · Taxidermy · People In Photos · Laundry Room

Sticky Roll-On

April 30th, 2012 · 5 Comments

They get points for being consistent.  Elkhart, Indiana.

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→ 5 CommentsTags: Flooring · Faux Paint & Murals · Other US Cities

Affordable Bedspreads

April 29th, 2012 · 4 Comments

Panda Express bedspread?  Elkhart, Indiana.

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Kokopelli flute player bedspread in another Elkhart, Indiana home.

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They gambled on this Vegas bedspread and lost.  Also from Elkhart, Indiana.  That guy who sells these bedspreads on the street corner must be a millionaire.

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African safari bedspread in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

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Elkhart, Indiana Doll House

April 29th, 2012 · 5 Comments

Lifelike doll in an Elkhart, Indiana home.  It has blue hair, so it is supposed to be Katy Perry?

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