Entries from January 2012

Eight Wallpaper Patterns

January 31st, 2012 · 8 Comments

Take your pick of these eight beauties.

Butterfly Blossoms.

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Chic.

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Sweet as candy.

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De-vine.

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Run from the border.

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Bad and plaid.

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Spaced out.

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Ladies’ restroom.

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Wallpaper · Glendale, AZ Homes · Other US Cities

Curbed Enthusiasm

January 31st, 2012 · 8 Comments

Buyers aren’t too excited to see these six homes.

Phoenician Palace.

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Glendale, Arizona Home Sweet Home.

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Phoenix Tin Roof Special.

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Side view.

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Freeway Accessible In Reading, Pennsylvania.

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Lush Landscaping In Phoenix.  Nice water leak.

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Protected In Portland, Oregon.

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Phoenix Homes · Glendale, AZ Homes · Other US Cities

Hoarders & Hoarding

January 30th, 2012 · 15 Comments

Two TV shows about hoarding:  Hoarding: Buried Alive on TLC on Sundays and Hoarders on A&E TV on Mondays.

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Tags: Garbage and/or Junk · Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Other US Cities

Art On Display

January 30th, 2012 · 13 Comments

Nothing accents home décor better than art.  Right?  Well…

Nosferatu the Vampire?

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It lights up!!!

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Susie’s favorite uncle likes to dress up on the weekends.

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If you think this poster is slightly inappropriate…

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…wait ’til you see this!!  On display in a home for sale in the Netherlands.  What were they thinking?!

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Tags: Staging · What Were They Thinking?!?! · Phoenix Homes · Other International Cities · Art

Two Garages

January 30th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Garages are usually strong selling features.  Maybe not so in these two examples.

Lean On Me.  Portland, Oregon.

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Neighborhood activists in Reading, Pennsylvania.

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Tags: Garage or Carport · Phoenix Homes · Fixer-Upper · Graffiti

Not Enough Closet Space In Reading, Pennsylvania

January 29th, 2012 · 1 Comment

If you’re thinking of buying an older home in Reading, Pennsylvania, be prepared for small closets.  We’ve seen a lot of homes there built 1890-1925 with tiny closets.  The owners have had to create open closets.  It doesn’t show up well in real estate photos.

This just tells buyers, “Hey, we don’t have enough closet space here.”

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“We had to take drastic measures.”

not enough closet space too little storage bad poor bedroom staging Reading Pennsylvania home

“We won’t even consider packing it all away while selling.”

not enough closet space too little storage bad poor bedroom staging Reading Pennsylvania home

“My home doesn’t have enough storage.  Please buy it anyway.”

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“I might need it someday.  I’m working on several projects too.”

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Tags: Staging · Bedroom · Clutter · Garbage and/or Junk · Other US Cities

Portland Pig Pen

January 29th, 2012 · 5 Comments

Cluttered, messy Portland, Oregon home for sale.  The sellers have different priorities and/or have clutter blindness.

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There’s stuff everywhere!

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90% of buyers today search online first.  This is your (only) chance to impress buyers.

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Enter if you dare.

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We can’t see the forest for the clothes.  Are they dirty or clean?

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That TV is humungous!!  Wow.

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Tags: Staging · Kitchen · Bedroom · Clutter · Garbage and/or Junk · Other US Cities

Quiet Location & Great Neighbors

January 29th, 2012 · 4 Comments

Reading, Pennsylvania home for sale.  Very quiet location.  The neighbors are always home but don’t make a sound.  Lots of pretty flowers too.  People are dying to move here.

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Other US Cities

Let’s Have a BBQ

January 28th, 2012 · No Comments

Spring is just around the corner and many people will be firing up their barbeque grills.  Here are two BBQ designs for your consideration.

Phoenix.  Add some TVs around it and make it a sports bar!!

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Watertown, New York.  Sure to impress guests.

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Tags: Clutter · Patio · Phoenix Homes · Other US Cities

Before & After 2010-2012

January 28th, 2012 · 8 Comments

We have another example of how pricing and staging affects a sale.

Purchased in 2004 for $124,000.  Listed in early 2010 as a short sale for $99,900 as seen here.  They eventually dropped their price to $66,900, hoping for any offer.  It didn’t sell.

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The house foreclosed.  The bank cleaned it up and sold it in early 2011 for $55,000, as seen here.  Looks much better.

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The investors remodeled the kitchen completely.  It sold in early 2012 for $96,000.

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Another view of the new kitchen.  Nothing fancy (no granite), but appropriate for the price and neighborhood.  It’s all about the quick sale; make a small profit in short time.

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The bathroom in 2011.

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The bathroom in 2012.

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The back yard in 2010.  Why didn’t this house sell?

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The back yard in 2011, cleaned up by the bank.

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The back yard in 2012.  Fresh paint only, it appears.

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Front yard in 2010.

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Front yard in 2012.  Someone gladly paid $96,000 for the house now, but no one wanted it at that price when disheveled.

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Tags: Staging · Curb Appeal · Bathroom · Kitchen · Remodeling · Patio · Phoenix Homes · Back Yard · Before & After