Entries from October 2011

Happy Halloween!!

October 31st, 2011 · 4 Comments

Have a Happy Halloween!

Seems kinda sacrilegious, dontcha think?  Mesa, Arizona.

Halloween decoration pumpkin next to the last supper Mesa Arizona home house for sale

Chandler, Arizona home.  Went up for sale in October 2010 as a short sale listing.

Halloween decorations up while house being sold Chandler Arizona home for sale photo

They didn’t update their photos once Halloween was over.  The house finally went under contract in April 2011.  And since it’s a short sale, it took 5 more months to officially sell.

Halloween decorations up while house being sold Chandler Arizona home for sale photo

Phoenix home listed in October 2010 and sold in late May 2011 with the Halloween pumpkin still there.

Halloween decorations pumpkin up while house being sold Phoenix Arizona home for sale photo

Another Phoenix home with Halloween decorations left up year ’round.

Halloween decorations up while house being sold Phoenix Arizona home for sale photo

Mesa, Arizona home with Halloween rainbow pumpkins.  It went up for sale in October 2011 and finally sold one year later!  See?  The Halloween decorations were appropriate.

Halloween decorations pumpkins up while house being sold Mesa Arizona home for sale photo

Spooky Halloween decorations in the front yard of a Phoenix home.

Halloween decorations up while house being sold Phoenix Arizona home for sale photo

Michael Myers Halloween movie mask in an Aberdeen, Maryland home.  Check out the backwards clock too.

Michael Myers Halloween mask Aberdeen Maryland home house for sale photo

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Mesa, AZ Homes · Holiday Décor · Other US Cities · Chandler, AZ Homes

Mirrors & Bright Colors

October 30th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Where else but Muskegon, Michigan would you find acid green and acid yellow paint with mirror tiles?

missing mirror wall tiles acid green yellow paint Muskegon Michigan home house for sale real estate photo

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Tags: Phoenix Homes

Waarom?

October 30th, 2011 · 3 Comments

The Dutch word for why is waarom.  So waarom did this Dutch home seller include a photo of a teddy bear and a Minnie Mouse doll in his/her listing?

teddy bear Minnie Mouse doll on bed quilt real estate photo Netherlands Dutch home house

Waarom did another Dutch home seller include a photo of plumbing valves?

close-up photo of plumbing valves real estate photo Netherlands Dutch home house

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Tags: Stuffed Animals · Other International Cities

Diamond In the Rough

October 30th, 2011 · 12 Comments

Here’s a Meridian, Mississippi home in need of major renovation.  But it has a really cool vibe to it.  Just needs someone with vision to make it a super home.

exterior wood siding fixer-upper neglected home house Meridian Mississippi for sale

Back deck.  Offered for only $58,500.

exterior wood siding back deck fixer-upper neglected home house Meridian Mississippi for sale

Built in 1975.  That’s a trippy chandelier.  Looks like a giant spider.  The overall feel of the vaulted living room is kinda groovy.

wood paneling living room fixer-upper neglected home house Meridian Mississippi for sale

Ugly kitchen.

wood paneling kitchen fixer-upper neglected home house Meridian Mississippi for sale

One of four bedrooms.

wood paneling bedroom fixer-upper neglected home house Meridian Mississippi for sale

Dirty carpet and an ugly ceiling in another bedroom.

wood paneling bedroom fixer-upper neglected home house Meridian Mississippi for sale

Master bedroom.

wood paneling bedroom fixer-upper neglected home house Meridian Mississippi for sale

One of the bathrooms.  Olive green sink, toilet, and tub.  Why is there a shower head at the end of the bathtub?

outdated bathroom green toilet fixer-upper neglected home house Meridian Mississippi for sale

The other bathroom.

outdated bathroom black bathtub fixer-upper neglected home house Meridian Mississippi for sale

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Tags: Bathroom · Living Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Wallpaper · Lighting · Wood Paneling · Fixer-Upper · Siding · Other US Cities

I’m a Little Teapot

October 29th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Teapot collection on display.  And wine glass collection too; perfect for tall people wiping their greasy hair on the rims of the glasses.  Pot rack too!  [seller’s last name blocked out on the embroidery samplers to protect their privacy]

teapot collection wine glasses pot rack too much clutter Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Staging · Clutter · Phoenix Homes · Pot Rack · Collections

Home Renovation Before & After

October 29th, 2011 · 7 Comments

Recent home renovation before & after photos.

Before Fireplace.

before after home house remodeling project renovation fireplace Phoenix Arizona

After fireplace.

before after home house remodeling project renovation fireplace Phoenix Arizona

Before Kitchen.

before after home house remodeling project renovation kitchen cabinets Phoenix Arizona

After Kitchen.

before after home house remodeling project renovation kitchen cabinets Phoenix Arizona

The front of the house was cute several years ago.

before after home house remodeling project renovation curb appeal front porch Phoenix Arizona

Then went sad with the most current owners.  Then went to foreclosure.

before after home house remodeling project renovation curb appeal front porch Phoenix Arizona

Then made beautiful again.

before after home house remodeling project renovation curb appeal front porch Phoenix Arizona

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Tags: Landscaping · Curb Appeal · Kitchen · Fireplace · Front Porch · Phoenix Homes · Before & After

Awesome Mailbox

October 28th, 2011 · 9 Comments

My favorite real estate sign post installer took this photo at a home in Apache Junction, Arizona.  Recycle, reuse, reduce.  A little Quikrete thrown into a used toilet will keep that mailbox from falling over.  The pink flamingo is the icing on the cake!

ugly bad tacky mailbox used toilet pink flamingo weeds Apache Junction home house for sale

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Other Arizona Cities · Weeds

The Window of Opportunity Is Closed

October 28th, 2011 · 3 Comments

You only get a few seconds to impress a buyer with your house photos.  Make sure you get it right the first time.

Window drape hung without care in Houston, Texas.

ugly red window drape curtain hung incorrectly sloppily poorly Houston Texas home house

Not quite enough material to adequately cover the window.  It’s a $5 blanket from Nogales, Mexico (I know, I have one, but it’s in a closet).

$5 wool blanket from Mexico used as window curtain drape Phoenix Arizona home house

Shiny does not always mean pretty.  From a Mesa, Arizona home.

ugly shiny window drapes curtains wallpaper carpet Mesa Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Window Coverings · Phoenix Homes · Mesa, AZ Homes · Wallpaper · Other US Cities

Sports Fans

October 28th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Pittsburgh Steelers fan in Phoenix.

ugly cheap Pittsburgh Steelers bedspread bedroom staging Phoenix Arizona home house

Big fan of the Phoenix Suns’ Steve Nash.

Steve Nash Suns cardboard cutout fan bedroom staging Phoenix Arizona home house

Dallas Cowboys fan in Goodyear, Arizona.

Dallas Cowboys poster fan bedroom clutter Goodyear Arizona home house for sale

Another Dallas Cowboys fan, this time in Mason City, Iowa.

Dallas Cowboys fan bedspread wallpaper border bedroom Mason City Iowa home house for sale

Arizona Cardinals fan in Mesa, Arizona.

Cardinals football fan blanket bedroom Mesa Arizona home house for sale

I can’t figure out who is Fogarty, hockey player #13.  The Red Neck Boulevard sign is a nice touch.  Mesa, Arizona.

game room red neck boulevard blvd sign hockey jersey Mesa Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Staging · Bedroom · Clutter · Phoenix Homes · Mesa, AZ Homes · Other US Cities · Bedspread

Fleabag Motel?

October 27th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Years of hard water mineral deposits and soap scum on the bathroom shower doors.

unclean hard water mineral deposits soap scum shower door bathroom Phoenix Arizona home

The Executive Suite.  Dirty pillow.  Dirty and/or damaged ceiling.  Lots of Kilz needed to cover up the dark purple and green paint.

damaged ceiling dirty pillow dark purple green paint bedroom Phoenix Arizona home house

The Junior Suite sleeps two.  Maid service is no longer provided.

messy cluttered clothes bedroom two beds Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

The Presidential Suite sleeps six.  The butler’s on vacation.

messy cluttered master bedroom two beds Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

Extra guests?  No problem.  Here’s a hideaway bed, as in when buyers see this room they’ll want to hide away.

ugly yellow wall paint tiny bed dirty old blue carpet Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

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Tags: Staging · Bathroom · Bedroom · Clutter · Phoenix Homes · Fixer-Upper · Ceiling