One boot sunk the deal.
One boot sunk the deal.
First people hung baby name letters from ribbons. Now they’re putting the letters all over the place. This one in Dubuque, Iowa wins the prize for craziest letter placement.
This one in Glendale, Arizona ditched the ribbon in favor of a distressed finish design while maintaining the up and down wall placement.
This Mesa, Arizona mom glued painted wood flowers (purchased at Hobby Lobby) on her kid’s letters. Sniffing glue fumes made her disoriented, so the letters were hung crooked.
Someone please fix that letter L. My OCD has kicked in!!
Real estate photos can make or break a deal.
Why include this overexposed photo?
Especially when this normal one was included.
Watch out for shadows. It can make you look like a character from Beetlejuice.
Don’t drink too much before taking photos. You might fall over.
Be careful of mirror reflection. We will see what you are wearing. Also, please replace any missing light bulbs. Thank you.
Night photos just don’t work. This was the only photo for this Tolleson, Arizona home.
Happy Halloween. Are you ready for trick or treaters tonight?
The scarecrow has a stick up its butt.
Snoopy is waiting for the Great Pumpkin. [This house finally sold in July]
Pumpkin on a cluttered counter.
This pumpkin was on display 5 weeks before Halloween.
Cute jack-o-lantern in Decatur, Illinois.
Witch house do you prefer?
This Peoria, Arizona kitchen is presented by Cheerios. A great way to get the energy needed to clear off the counters and take out the trash before selling.
This Glendale, Arizona kitchen is presented by Bud Light. Drink enough Bud Lights and you won’t notice the clutter.
This Dalton, Georgia seller loves Pyrex.
Time in New England took me away to long rocky beaches and you by the bay.
[actually, Glendale, Arizona]
I see the mantel. So where’s the fireplace? Hiding behind all the clutter. Why have a picture of a boy scratching his butt?
Here’s some proof of what cleaning up a house can do for your home’s value.
Before Back Patio. This cluttered Glendale, Arizona home sold for $156,000.
After Back Patio. Amazing what clearing out junk can do. Paint and sod out back; that’s it. They sold the spruced up home for $225,000.
Before Dining Room.
After Dining Room. Maybe fresh paint? And replace one tile.
Before Family Room.
After Family Room. Fresh paint. Popcorn ceiling removal. Tile grout was cleaned.
After Kitchen. They kept the kitchen cabinets. Just added granite counters, appliances, and recessed lighting.
After Bedroom. Not the same bedroom, but you get the idea.
Before Front of House.
After Front of House. They added 3 plants and watered the grass and painted the trim. That’s all.
After Hall Bathroom. Original cabinets, original bathtub, and original shower tile. Just added granite counter, fauctets, and new lighting. And I’d bet that’s the original mirror with wood trim added to frame it out. They probably spent $7,000-$10,000 on the renovation. $225,000-$156,000 = $69,000. Minus renovation and closing costs nets them about $47,000-$48,000. Pretty much only cosmetic updates. The previous sellers could have merely cleaned their place and spent a few hundred on paint and sold it in the $180s easily.
“I had no idea the microwave door was reflective.” Perhaps you should have nuked this photo.
“I’ve got my finger on the pulse of real estate.”
“Please don’t thumb your nose at my house.”
“The sellers have a restraining order against me. I can’t get any closer to the house than this.”
Can we request that the Quest car and the other car be moved so that we can see the house? Thank you.
It finally sold! 1795 days on the market and finally sold! That’s 5 years! Actually more than 5 years. They tried selling it for $159,000 in late 2006 for 4 months. No sale. Then tried selling it in Spring 2008 for $99,500, but no sale. Then again in 2009 at $79,500; no sale. Then again November 5, 2009 at $79,500 with no offers. Lowered the price to $32,000 on January 21, 2011 and still no offers until Summer 2013. It finally sold at $39,000.
It was sold as a major fix-up “not for amateurs.”
The court ordered it sold due to a family dispute over a lien on the property. The tenants were family members who did not pay rent. And they had dogs that were dangerous.