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May 31, 2014 9:24AM
Just sold my house and my biggest problem was the agent (not the broker). After I signed the contract she wanted me to put in granite countertops. Plus, she wanted me to put in new floor tile since I just put in new carpet. Carpet is more of a consumable part of the house and needs to be replaced more often than tile but there was nothing wrong with the tile and it was a basic earth tone color. She told me my house was the ONLY house in the neighborhood with laminate countertops. I knew that was wrong because I had been in most homes around me and only a few had granite. Once I told her NO on the upgrades (which she said was just to get the list price), I didn't hear from her for 7 weeks. Then she called and told me that to sell the house at list price I needed to put in the floor and countertops and other realtors told her that buyers didn't like the wallpaper and light fixtures. She then started talking about she knew some people that could do all the work at a reasonable price. Ummm? Started to see what is going on now. I talked to my contractor neighbor and his interior designer wife and both said that what she was suggesting was more along the lines of remodeling and that my list price should reflect that. My CFP also said the same thing. I told the agent that I wasn't going to spend $15k-$20k just to maybe get the list price. I would be taking a huge loss on the investment that way. Turns out a buyer came along and made a low but reasonable offer as is. Their inspector was a nitpicking idiot because he couldn't find anything wrong but very minor issues most of which were not issues but he didn't know what he was looking at, as expected. I met with the buyers and their agent at the house and they loved it. I showed them the little quirks that every home has and the wife stated that she loved the wallpaper (in the kitchen and bathrooms) and especially the dark wall paper in the master bath. So, at closing with my agent standing there, we made sure that she heard that the wallpaper was one of the selling points the buyers liked. She never said another word to me until we left. Turns out my broker is actually the one that made the deal. This was my 3rd time I had used this broker and she always came through. The agent was the problem and was just looking for a quick sale with me paying for upgrades with no return so the house would sell quicker. Unless there is something major to be done, there are cheaper ways to make a home easy to sell. Paint, carpet, no clutter, a nice trimmed yard, and just making sure everything works good is the best return on money.
May 31, 2014 8:54AM
Stop trying to get more than the house is actually worth and you won't have to deal with all this brain damage. List it a few grand back of market and you'll be fine. There's so much info out there in this day and age that you don't need to take the 6 week class to become a real estate agent to have a healthy grasp of home values... not rocket science, it's worth what someone is willing to pay for it and not worth 20% more than the same floor plan on the next street over!!!
May 31, 2014 6:28AM























  Painting a house inside and out , is a waste of money and time . If a house for sale is structurally sound , and doesn't have any offensive odors from smoking or animals , that house will sell . New buyers will always change the colors to what they like , not what you like . If you're trying to sell a dump , that hasn't been kept up , no amount of cosmetics is going to sell that house .









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May 31, 2014 5:31AM
I just sold my house. Every room on the house has a different color, especially brick, dark green and yellow. I was told before selling to go with neutral colors bc is more appalling to more buyers but also it makes the rooms look larger and light. Well, guess what, you just need the right buyer, you can't stage a house to the like of everyone. I sold in 2 days. Yes, I was in shock! A right buyer just pop up and like the house for different reasons. Not just bc of the colors but bc it was the right location, in the same neighborhood his in-laws live.

Now, I did de-clutter the house. Every piece of extra decor, personal photos, extra furniture, excess clothing in closet I pack or put away in the basement. We didn't do anything extra ordinary just keep it clean and organize.

May 31, 2014 5:10AM
Ya'know, If I were to put my home on the market? I figure people can put up their own paint and bobbles cause I sure the hell ain't gonna do it for them...
May 31, 2014 3:21AM

My living room is forest green.

My dining room and kitchen are brick red.

Master bedroom is steel blue.

The office I am sitting in is a variation on orange.

When people come in my house, they love it or they hate it.  But NOTHING is bland and boring.  When I do sell this house, I will NOT repaint it to make it boring.  If they don't like it the way it is, they aren't cool enough to live here anyway.

Jun 29, 2013 10:07AM

I am going to give you The!! biggest tip you will ever need to know regarding water shut of valves and how to stop leaks.


Open the valve all of the way and then BACK IT OFF 1/4 to 1/2 turn. The slight closure will make no difference to the flow but will make a huge difference to the wear pattern that is set up. Now many years later when you turn the valve, the leak will not be at the full open position and chances are very good that it will either not leak or by opening it full, the leak will stop. It's that easy.

Jun 29, 2013 7:57AM
Funny as the big selling points are the ones I don't want and would want ripped out or replaced, double sink in bathroom-why so now I have double the leaks and expense, granite countertops-no, I don't want a rock for a countertop, maybe was OK for the flintstones but give me formica, kitchen island, what is this thing in the way for, when I could put any small table or island I wanted there or anywhere else.
Jun 29, 2013 7:15AM
Some "stagers" have good ideas, some do not, big on giving orders but zero on help. Some of their ideas just plain nuts, like turn around the chairs by the fireplace (since when will people sit looking at a wall?) and open the drapes (yea right on a 100 degree days with the AC running lets let the sun pound full blast). Take up the scatter rugs that protect your floors, show off the nice floor but then the Buyers complain when the floor gets scratched, or you'll pay the price to shampoo rugs when no one wipes their feet.... As far as colors, white is right, light clean neutral, scrub scrub lots of soap and water clean. Just like your kitchen counter tops, no matter what you have a buyer will try to get a lower price becuase they want something else (but 99% will never change them). Tough to find a mid point between d-clutter and making it still look like a home (and be able to function there). We followed some of their advice, place looks like h____, and no 70+ year old me can't sit on the floor if we take out the sofa, beware that they don't usually know the difference between house and home.....
Jun 29, 2013 6:55AM

It doesn't matter what you do as a seller,  you will get screwed over.

Jun 29, 2013 6:40AM
We just bought our home last month. The house was on the market for five months which is rare in this city. The Sellers did not do any yard work or clean the inside the used bedrooms for other uses so it did not look that presentable well now we have cleared the yard and painted house looks so different. The would have gotten more money if they tried a little more.
Jun 29, 2013 6:25AM
Find a surplus or habitat for humanity and replace most of those things. If your not good at it get all of the things you need and call a handyman to do it all in a day or two to save on labor cost. 

If your going to move you didn't decide in a week. you know what you are planning to do. make steps to get it done and it will be over in no time.
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