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May 24, 2011 9:12AM
I watch HGTV, and it seems EVERY person looking for a home wants granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, wood floors, and on and on and on.  Instead of looking at the bare bones of the house and having the gumption to do some updating on your own to make it more personal, they want everything right up front!  I fear that if I were a real estate agent showing some of these young couples a house and they starting complaining about the lack of stuff, they would probably find the couple stuffed in a closet in the house somewhere, and I'd be GONE!  Young people want EVERYTHING, but they don't want to put in the efforts to do the work themselves to make it perfect.   If I were younger, I would LOVE to do more things about my own home to make it more comfortable for ME and not for future buyers!!!
May 24, 2011 4:15AM
I am certainly glad this is in California I do not want someone telling me I can't have a clothesline.Where are all the people that are going green? Do we pick and choose what is a good green or not, having a clothesline is a little more work but the smell of the clean fresh clothes is great. May be more people should try it instead of putting out things that plug into the wall to get that fresh smell. If you do not like to look at your neighbors underwear then look out another window or maybe they should move.
May 15, 2011 11:19AM
all this bs was started by big business banks, mortgage co's and big real estate investors, to give all these stated income loans to people who they knew would lose the home only so they could get that quick sale up front money. now it has blown  up in there face and these ruthless real estate agents who sold these loans to people and made a ton of money for a few years are now starving and there own homes are going into foreclosure they now want to screw you again by telling your home that(is not) in foreclosure or other wise not distressed is worth much less to only make a quick sale. i say list your home for what they high value is/was and just take the time and wait someone will want your home. they best way i can explain it is. take two of the same cars to trade in one is pristine and the other is trashed and the salesman tries to tell you your pristine car is worth less because we only gave so much for the trashed one. same damm thing why is my home worth less because a bunch of damm moron's bought well above there heads. ???
May 15, 2011 9:52AM
What amazes me is that people think they are entitled to something big without trying to get there and doing the work necessary.  I grew up in apartments with my three sisters and for most of the time we shared a room.  My parents didn't buy their first home until I had graduated from high school.  Everyone seems to think you need 5 bedrooms, 4 bathes etc.  And what I am noticing this type of home is for a couple, or a couple with one child.  I don't get it.  You don't need all this.   Honestly if you can afford it go for it but it seems like a lot of people are stretched beyond their limits.  I lost my job last September and I have never been without a job for 25 years of my life.  Things can change in a matter of moments.  People should think ahead and not want so much instant gratification.
May 15, 2011 9:51AM
Wow, tried to write, and kept being told it was spam. Granite is too common already. Give cash back to actual buyer for one upgrade you agree on, driveway, counter, whatever. Don't spend more than what is needed to get house into clean, repaired state, then sit back and pray. Don't sell for foreclosure prices, they aren't reflections of true value, only quick buck for the realtor.
May 15, 2011 9:48AM
  Get your house neat, clean, repaired. Price it fairly.  Many buyers are looking for that house that is affordable, and will do more things to the house later as they have time and money for.  You still must pay back that remodeling loan, and now the bank has a nice remodeled house THEY can sell if you get foreclosed upon.
May 15, 2011 9:48AM
My county tax man is saying the value of my home has raised 9% in the last two years. This happen with our county having the most foreclosured homes in the Mo.. The  bank owned home are selling 20% over owner sold homes.
May 15, 2011 9:18AM

So the take home on this article, (Which was somewhat confusing to actually find the 13 tips) includes a few commonsense items but then advice to adhere to consumerism and go against environmentally friendly practices.  Using a clothesline my entire life, I not only save lots on energy costs, but my clothes last much longer so I can embarrass my kids by wearing vintage 80's clothing whenever I want!  Not switching my countertops to granite, saves considerably because I don't have to hire a contractor to get the job done, then pay him or her again in ten years when the trend switches to a new design.  Not dumping lots of chemicals on my lawn to extinguish every last weed means that our lawn is the one in the neighborhood that all of the birds come to to feed on worms and seeds and such so that I am always able to admire them. 


Good thing that I'm not planning on selling my home soon, although every few months some real estate agent contacts us to see if we would be willing so sell since the place is in such demand.

May 15, 2011 9:17AM
Don't buy in to the 'Granite Countertop' baloney.   Next year we may be back to linoleum with aluminum trim.  It's easy and inexpensive to change the countertop to suit yoursdelf.  Put the money where it counts.
May 15, 2011 9:08AM

Fish...are you and I related?  We sure have the same expeiences growing up!  Except, in the summers I boarded out as a farm worker at 1.00 a day plus room and board.


May 15, 2011 8:15AM
With property values declining and taxes increasing because states/counties/municipalities are creating new ways to appraise/tax the people. Is it really going to matter what has been done inside your home, garage or yard?
May 15, 2011 7:12AM
nitetraitor is a little off in the reference made to "Baby Boomers" growing up during a time of mass consumption and economic expansion. At least for those of us that are on the leading edge of the "Baby Boom". I grew up in a time where we didn't have indoor plumbing until I was 8, no TV until I was 15, one car family, 4 party telephone (3 other homes were hooked up to your line and listened in on your conversations), 1 pair of new shoes each year (didn't matter how much your foot grew,, you still wore them), Walked or rode a bicycle if I wanted to go anywhere until after I graduated from High School, picked up beer and pop bottles along roads to sell for spending money (no allowance). I wouldn't say that it was very full of mass consumption and strong economically during the 40's, 50's and 60's but we did learn how to be creative and still have fun.
May 15, 2011 6:56AM

"The reason why houses are not worth as much as they should be is do to the Government"


Homes are not priced too low but far too high, just come to Vermont and see.

Our home which we bought for well under 100k in 1993 should have stayed

under 100k, not moved over 200k like it is now, without a single ungrade

like suggested here to boot. Granite in the kitchen, worry about food cost instead.

I joke about rent to own baloney at work, its not a joke for long.

Happy about our home gaining so much value, NO, it just means our kids

will not be may be able to own even the most basic "starter" home.

Maybe they can come up with a sub-starter pretend home.

Oh I forgot, no jobs as well, no food, job, or home, welcome to Vermont.






May 15, 2011 6:43AM
Ahhhh lol really everyone! You all should keep the name calling to yourself lol how childish! I would of thought the same thing if I came on and didn't see what you all commented about! Dope is something that makes you stupid and as for Kate why waste a spot commenting about her LOL IT WAS A SPAM mark it as such! People get on here to Check out why is it is what it is (I mean cause there are a few articles that I like to look at not just these) but in this economic crisis we have people who want to know what they can do to down size and be able to live! I agree with nitetraitor although Amy Downs is a very young realtor.
  I had some concerns I do agree about the Foreclosure. I don't agree with the Renting aspect it all comes down to who you allow to rent your home and how invested you are with it! If you have a property management then they should be invested in it with you. Renting can be a really good thing if that's what you want to do but it also takes a lot to keep up with it. Renting to someone is like having a JOB you have to be committed. Otherwise you will be known as a slumlord. I do however agree with the Fencing, and Repairs but I think that, that is something that is a curtsy, thing if you want your home sold fix it first before you sell it otherwise plan on it being sold for less than you willing to be paid less than what your asking for! The clothing line is a little different and I am sure not everyone would agree with me but I dry only certain things on my line that I have They are easy fixes to take down and is something to do yourself! I don't dry my underwear or civvies outside but I do dry my blankets, towels shirts and pants (sometimes) but really is it comes down to maturity levels really, We all know people wear them they are just not seen! If you are someone selling a house I would suggest the obvious options like Maintenance, Things that are easily changed. There is someone who wants your house just as much as you liked it when you first bought it. I would go as far as changing everything. Keep up on the house until it is sold. Realtors are there to help you but they are just like your regular sales men and women they do what they got to do to get theirs so find a creditable Realtor to help you someone that has gotten good reviews DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Open-mouthed
May 15, 2011 6:20AM
The reason why houses are not worth as much as they should be is do to the Government. Bill Clinton and Alan Greenspan came up with the idea that everyone should own a home, no matter it people could afford and have bad credit. Mortgage companies, Big Banks, Big Brokeage Houses who created the "Swaps" and sold the "Swaps" knowning that these "Swaps" were a bad deal. For 20 years this went on until the bubble burst. There are a lot of people who made a lot of money I'm talking "Trillions" not "Billions" but "Trillions". People were sold "Jumbo Loans" and all along all the people who bought houses knew that they could not pay for them. So now the "Housing Market" in the craper and it will be 20 years before the housing industry will be like it once was. It's going to take banks 20 years to cover all the bad loans that they themselves created. Nobody wants to buy bad paper (mortgages). Trying putting your house on the market and see how long it will take you to sell it and how much you will "lose". This is an other example when the government gets involved and screws everything up. So in reality blame all the people in Washington who don't know what they are doing but will tell the voters that they have the voters interested but their the ones who really don't know what is going on in "Middle America". Don't forget these people in Washington are the one who created the laws but in reality, reality don't know what they are doing.
May 15, 2011 5:42AM
"Consume, consume, consume" is partly the message here. New doesn't always mean better. These articles both inform the buyer and seller, so beware of interpolating what is said here with cheap fixes. You won't get away with it. Most of the advice makes sense but some of it is just downright wasteful. We no longer live in the 20th century people; we are meant to be greener and less wasteful. Most of these realtors are baby-boomers who lived during a time or economic expansion and mass consumption. A paradigm shift is necessary, so we don't keep buying new and throwing perfectly good stuff in a landfill. We surround ourselves with chemicals and plastic: plastic garage doors, paint and carpets, plastic fences, and pvc pipes; not to mention poor construction. I would bet that most of the foreclosures comes from McMansions and high-density condos that were built "too fast" instead of "to last." Beware the gatekeeper!
May 15, 2011 5:15AM

Be nice!  I don't know why some feel it necessary to call names, the slides are there and work very well. I am thinking of selling my home and this helped. Thank you!


Deb the realtor, I agree, you just have to read folks.  They show photos as an example, TG, and I'm glad they added one for stigma, I may not have gotten that one, lol.  AND what finding someone has to do with this article is beyond me... come on ppl, get real!!

May 15, 2011 5:06AM

Very disappointing and very annoying.  Where is the info that

was promised?????????????

May 15, 2011 4:50AM
I am confused also I wanted to know the 13 big threats since we are going to be selling our home and you didn't include the threats!? no more to the article than what you put on page doesn't help at all thanks for nothing website needs some definite improvement.
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