Their Ship Has Sailed

August 26th, 2014 · 3 Comments

That boat has seen better days.

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I’ve got that sinking feeling it can’t be repaired.

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Maybe the sellers kept the boat as playground equipment for their kids?  And the mattress serves as a trampoline?

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→ 3 CommentsTags: Phoenix Homes · Back Yard · Garbage and/or Junk

National Dog Day

August 26th, 2014 · 1 Comment

August 26th is National Dog Day.

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It is the dog days of August.

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How much is that doggie in the window?

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Attack dog.

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I was on a Realtor home tour this summer.  As we approached the next home, there was a pit bull a few houses away, chained outside, in the 100+ degree heat, barking.  Many agents thought it was cruel for the dog to be chained outside in the heat; many others were turned off by the dog (buyers would have to drive past it every day).

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→ 1 CommentTags: Phoenix Homes · Mesa, AZ Homes · Pets · Glendale, AZ Homes · Other International Cities

8 Real Estate Photography Tips

August 25th, 2014 · 4 Comments

1.  You might be upside down with your home’s value, but don’t prove it with the photo!

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2.  The only lines you should see are lines of people to visit your house.

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3.  Close-up photos never tell the true story.

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4.  Your reflection in the bathroom mirrors reflects your photography skills.

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The four faces of Eve?  She’s reflected four times in this photo.  At least we know she’s not a vampire.

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5. Fish eye photos creep out buyers.  Is that mold on the walls or wallpaper?

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6. Don’t take a photo from behind glass.

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7.  Take photos to show off the features of the house or of a room, not of personal items.  It’s doubtful those towels are worth more than $3.

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8.  Watch out for shadows!

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→ 4 CommentsTags: Bathroom · Phoenix Homes · Mesa, AZ Homes · Wallpaper · Other Arizona Cities · Glendale, AZ Homes · Family Photos · Poor Photography · Other US Cities

Mmmm…Donuts!

August 25th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Homer Simpson loves his donuts.  And these sellers love their dagger.

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→ 1 CommentTags: Bedroom · Family Photos · Chandler, AZ Homes · Weapons & Firearms · Art

Rope Lights

August 24th, 2014 · 7 Comments

Thank you, Matt, for sending us this tidy Minocqua, Wisconsin home.  Pour yourself a drink and we’ll make a toast.  There’s plenty of booze and glasses.  The flyswatter’s a nice touch.

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As we venture down this room, we see rope lights on the left and on the right.

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What’s that figure in the far right (above photo)?  Let’s zoom in and take a look.  It’s a mannequin!

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More rope lights.

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Looking back the other direction, we can see the mannequin and more seating.  Is that wood sculpture a dog attacking a goat?

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A room addition off of the house addition.  That’s Rick from Pawn Stars on TV, covering his face in embarrassment.

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Is that a real dog sticking its head out the doggie door or is it a fake dog head to scare away burglars?

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And more rope lights in another room.

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Rope lights and more clutter in another room.

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Same room, lower angle.  The chairs don’t match.

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The owner, standing on the right, will include the rope lights with a full price offer.

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→ 7 CommentsTags: Staging · Family Room · Clutter · Room Addition · Other US Cities · People In Photos

Before & After Modest Renovation

August 23rd, 2014 · 5 Comments

Before Front of House.  An investor paid $94,500 for the house.

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After Front of House.  It then sold for $140,500.

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Before Family Room.

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After Family Room.

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Before Family Room.

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After Family Room.

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Before Kitchen.

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After Kitchen.

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Before Kitchen.

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After Kitchen.

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Before Bedroom 1.

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After Bedroom 1.

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Before Bedroom 2.

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After Bedroom 2.

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→ 5 CommentsTags: Curb Appeal · Family Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Remodeling · Phoenix Homes · Before & After

Visual Distractions Everywhere

August 22nd, 2014 · 15 Comments

The seller had spent years collecting this and that and spent endless hours carefully placing each item in the perfect spot.  She wasn’t about to pack any of it for some picky buyer.  No way.

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This is her home!

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No one is going to tell her what to do.

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You’d expect her to live in a house that was stripped of her collectibles?  The nerve!

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Buyers will just have to see past the clutter.

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Will buyers notice the nice floor?

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Buyers are instructed not to touch any of the items.

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Overwhelmed.

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Lost cause?

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She could hire a professional home organizer.  Or a friend or neighbor kid.

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(sigh)

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→ 15 CommentsTags: Staging · Bathroom · Family Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Clutter · Peoria, AZ Homes

Busted! Fake Clouds

August 22nd, 2014 · 2 Comments

The photo sure looks nice.

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Same position, same house, same yard, same shadows, but different sky & clouds.  Photoshopped!

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→ 2 CommentsTags: Phoenix Homes · Poor Photography

Down & Dirty

August 21st, 2014 · 3 Comments

Once the sellers install the new Milgard windows, they’ll call their home remodeled and raise the list price!

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Looks like they’re getting ready to install a skylight!

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They plan to convert the living room into an expanded bathroom with staircase to the 2nd floor.  It’s a work in progress.  Please ignore the dust.

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→ 3 CommentsTags: Living Room · Kitchen · Phoenix Homes · Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Fixer-Upper · Ceiling · Ceiling Fan

One Month Left of Summer

August 21st, 2014 · 3 Comments

There’s still time to enjoy swimming this summer.

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Cool refreshing pool water.  Aaaaah.

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Swimming in junk and debris.

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Buyers aren’t expecting crystal clear water, right?

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This pool needs new plaster.

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→ 3 CommentsTags: Pool & Spa · Phoenix Homes · Mesa, AZ Homes · Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Fixer-Upper