Entries from January 2008

Ugly Bathroom of the Month

January 31st, 2008 · 3 Comments

The big buzz in bathrooms nowadays is remodeling or staging them to look like spa retreats.  “Retreats” is supposed to be a noun, not a verb.  Buyers will make a hasty retreat when they see this bathroom.

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Tags: Bathroom · Phoenix Homes · Water Damage · Hall of Shame - Messy

Best Little Red House In Phoenix

January 31st, 2008 · No Comments

They charge by the hour to stay here.

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Tags: Paint · Bedroom · Window Coverings · Phoenix Homes

Bring a Flashlight

January 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

No lie.  Actual photo used to promote the seller’s house.

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Tags: Living Room · Phoenix Homes · Poor Photography

Cowboy Boot Fireplace

January 31st, 2008 · No Comments

This fireplace looks like a giant cowboy boot.

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Tags: Fireplace · Phoenix Homes

Northeast Phoenix

January 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

Here’s a house near PV Mall that I visited for a listing appointment.  I was immediately impressed by the huge power pole and wires in the front yard.  And how the car was parked sideways on the driveway.  All of the plants in the pots out front were dead.  I suggested the seller buy new plants and she looked at me funny.

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The sellers obviously put some money into the place, but just didn’t keep it polished.  Hence this beautiful kitchen with dishes in the sink, trash can, booze bottle on the frig, and biker doll near the sink.

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Some staging is needed in the living room.

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Here’s the back yard.  The seller looked at me funny again when I suggested that the weeds and the patio clutter be removed.

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I wish I had taken a photo of the son’s room.  The walls were covered with six posters of half-naked and naked women; mom said, “Oh, I thought I told him to take those down.  His father must have let him put them back up.”

Here’s the family room.  At that point, I didn’t even bother telling the seller to clear out this room.  She wasn’t listening.  She ended up listing the house with another agent and the photos in MLS came out looking the same as mine (nothing was moved or changed).

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Tags: Staging · Curb Appeal · Living Room · Family Room · Kitchen · Phoenix Homes · Back Yard · Weeds

1313 Mockingbird Lane

January 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The Munsters’ house?

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Phoenix Homes

Ugly Drapes

January 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Please help me remove everything from this room so that it can reborn as a proper family room.  Those hideous drapes, the wallpaper border with ducks, the giant TV, the dark sofas, the mint green paint, the green rug, etc.

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Tags: Staging · Family Room · Window Coverings · Phoenix Homes · Ugly Couches/Chairs

Sweaty People

January 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Wanna guess that the people who live here either sweat a lot or can’t afford air conditioning or both?  The red paint, the sheets, the ugly rug, and the deelybobber floor lamp detract from the main feature of the room, the fireplace.

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Here’s another room of this house, complete with orange paint and ugly green sofa.  There’s a giant gold spoon with fake flowers on the wall.  And a KFC chicken bag on the dining table.

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Tags: Paint · Living Room · Family Room · Fireplace · Phoenix Homes · Ugly Décor · Ugly Couches/Chairs

Pond Scum

January 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Here’s what to expect from vacant foreclosure homes.  Do you think the lender or bank will provide weekly pool service?

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Tags: Pool & Spa · Phoenix Homes

Redrum

January 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Why was this photo taken to promote this house for sale?  Are there buyers looking for out-of-focus pictures of bright red paint, an ugly shelf, and lots of electric cords?

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Tags: Paint · Living Room · Phoenix Homes · Poor Photography