Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I am absolutely amazed at some homes that I show!

I’ve sold over a thousand homes since I started in real estate back in 1988, and you know, I’m still totally surprised at what people are thinking when they put their home on the market.

Case in point. Not long ago I showed a home and the condition was listed as “updated” in our mls. No other details were forthcoming, but the buyer liked the exterior and at least was interested enough to want to see it. Once we arrived we noticed immediately that the home needed a new roof, so I guess that wasn’t the “updated” that they were referring to. Undaunted, we entered the property and found golf clubs in the foyer, lots of shoes, coats, and a full trash bag waiting to be taken out, and a sign that asked us to take off our shoes. Ok… ??

So we complied and started our tour. The d├ęcor was “early cluttered”, with accents of piled magazines and a dead plant in the living room. The dining room was empty, but the chair rails had seen good use over the years, and the carpet showed a definite path from the kitchen, through the dining room and living room to the front staircase, and no updating.

Now, I may be picky here, but the kitchen hadn’t seen a scrub brush in decades. There was a dirty grease build up in what seemed like every nook and cranny, and a stove that hadn’t been cleaned since it was purchased, and still no updates.

The family room was actually presentable, with one sofa and the obligatory Wii game console on the television stand and a folded blanket. Not bad here. At least there wasn’t a pathway, and the hardwood floors, wait, I mean Pergo floors looked almost new. Could it be?? Yes that was the “upgrade”, obviously installed by the homeowner after a class at their big box lumber store. Yes Sir, it was an amazing sight to behold. So we saw it. An “upgrade”. Just one, but at least it was an upgrade, not a professional job, but… Cool… But not cool enough to make us go any further.

This was really a waste of time if I had ever seen one. My buyers were laughing uncontrollably at the thought that the seller actually allowed people to see their mess, and they even hinted at that they should have a scoring system in place at the door so when we left we could leave a scoring sheet from one to ten rating their performance. You know, the same sort of system seen on “Dancing with the Stars” where each contestant gets their comments and a scoring paddle.

Personally, I think the agent should have given them the lecture that homes need to be maintained properly and they should be kept “CLEAN” for showings, and if a home is in need of dire repairs, it should be so stated in the listing. After all, not all buyers are willing to purchase a fix-up. That’s what short sale and foreclosure homes are for. Enough said. – Fauna MacKillip