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Mon 10:04 PM
Is there a way to edit comments here. I don't find my spelling and other goofs till I come back to read others comments and it is too late.
Mon 9:55 PM
I have been hunting a home in several states including Florida, Colorado and Washington State. I've come to the conclusion that there are a lot of really bad realtors as proven by many of the listings on Zillow but the worst appear to be in Washington State. What a bunch of incompetent cheap scheming hustlers !
Mon 3:47 AM
 just hope kane west...don't move into your hood...you be have'n to stand when he goes to the mail box...and do away with all the handicapped accessory's on the block...
Sep 6, 2014 3:20AM
What's more irritating, are pictures taken by REALTORS that are like the bad pictures in the slides. I cannot tell you how many I have seen like that on our local real estate listing site! They are a professionals who have been to school and are being paid! Don't take pictures of an uninteresting closet door or corner of a room!
Sep 3, 2014 9:23PM
I hope a lot of people read this. Many times when I see photos of houses, inside and outside, the houses look awful. It's always messy with clutter or outdated wallpaper and carpets. Plus the rooms are always very dark. No one wants to live in places like these. People should take better photos and spruce up there homes a bit, even if that means remodeling a little and not just cleaning.
Sep 3, 2014 11:02AM
We've been looking for a house for months and I check listings every single day. If the house is really a fixer-upper, then I don't mind seeing those photos, but usually the description explains why those photos are being shown. My biggest annoyance is realtors seem to think they need to photograph every single bedroom, you don't. I'm not buying your bed, I'm looking at your house! If you think you need to photograph the bedroom, make it just the master and make sure to include the closets in the shot, that's what I'm interested in seeing.
Sep 3, 2014 5:16AM
All the "Do" photos look like they came out of Architectural Digest and all the "Don't" photos are a hot mess.
Sep 3, 2014 4:41AM
Sep 3, 2014 4:22AM
The messy pictures were a huge irritant of mine when I was househunting.  If the seller can't bother to pick up toys and dirty clothes - a 10-minute task - what really big things have they neglected?  I won't even consider properties with that kind of listing, no matter what the realtor tries to tell me.  Another piece of advice to sellers - I don't care about the cool vase you got in Japan or the hand-woven rug in Peru.  Don't put close-up shots of YOUR possessions in the listing.  Get as much as possible in each picture because a shot of a niche with a statue is boring.
Aug 31, 2014 9:57AM
Thought it interesting that the article assumes the seller is taking the pictures.  Hey, if you have an agent, he/she should be taking the pictures!  That is a service that should be provided to you.  I am an agent and this is something I do when I list a house.
Aug 31, 2014 9:19AM

Fairly Sophomoric do's and don'ts.  Might add an important one:  If you have just stunk up the house cooking a massive fish, garlic or onion meal, reschedule the showing.  Scent has a lot to do with peoples first impression of the home.  If your house retains a pet, cooking or smoking odor, peoples first impression will be P.U., and likely not even want to go further than the foyer. 

Neither think that spraying fabreeze, or lighting a bunch of candels will cover up these odors.

Suggest that the house be thoroughly cleaned, including addressing ugly hard water stains in the toilet!  Invite the realtor over after this has been done to do a smell check.  (It  is difficult for you to judge whether or not there is an odor since it is "your" odor and you are used to it.

If the house still smells, consider removing that old upholstered furniture and anything inside that might retain the "family smell."  However, sometimes it is necessary to repaint the entire interior,  Include the baseboards and interior doors too. Word of caution on interior trim: If you are going to paint over older "wood stained" trim, make sure you seal it first.  Smaller, older homes can benefit and made to look newer by painting brown wood trim a nice sparkling and glossy white like Benjamin Moores Arctic White.  I am an interior designer and "paint" consultant for new and old homes.     

Aug 31, 2014 6:31AM
First decent slide show I've seen from MSN in a long time with the exception of 95S10owner's observation below.  I buy houses and I see most of these blunders all the time and I wonder, "What were they thinking?"
Aug 22, 2014 4:26AM
First slide: It should be line of sight instead of line of site. Nice job proofreading.
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