Make sure the HEAT is on!!!!!

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Real Estate Agent with Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty #30RO0980081

    We should NOT have to wear gloves when showing a home! I have noticed that so many people are conserving energy which is GREAT, but not when you have potential buyers viewing your home.. I took out some buyers yesterday in Larchmont and New Rochelle, and 3 of the townhouses were vacant and COLD..It was not inducive to sell, and they couldn't wait to leave each property..... I guess it goes back to staging... but a warm home is welcoming, and so we should  remind our sellers to make sure there are lightbulbs and to turn on the heat...

Have a great week! Gay    

     

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Dawn Crawley
Dawn Crawley Realty - Pinehurst, NC
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I completely agree with you. It is hard to sell a house when the buyer can't wait to get out of it!

Nov 28, 2010 04:09 AM #1
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Kathy Smiley
Rodeo Realty ~ Fine Estates Westlake Village - Westlake Village, CA
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It's a good idea, if you're meeting clients there, to go in beforehand and turn up the heat. I also carry a little spritzer of room freshener in my purse. A closed up home has that funky smell that just isn't inviting!

Nov 28, 2010 04:19 AM #2
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
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I HATE vacant properties in winter.  I have my properties thermostats set at 55degrees with blinds open so that the property is usually comfortable by 10A for showings.

Nov 28, 2010 04:25 AM #3
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Debbie Gartner
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Oh, you are so right. And, I'm betting the seller has no idea the impact. That's the last thing you want...for a potential buyer to want to leave.  I like the ideas listed above - those seem smart.

Nov 28, 2010 05:04 AM #4
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Lori Bowers
La Quinta, CA
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We have the same issue with air conditioning in the summer in La Quinta, Ca. It amazes me how long people stand in homes that at 150+ degrees.

Nov 28, 2010 05:13 AM #5
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Ed Silva
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Gay, if the house is vacant, or even a bank owned then the buyers have to be prepared for the cold, and that means that they should expect it to be colder inside than it is outside.

Nov 28, 2010 08:55 AM #6
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Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
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Hi Dawn: - It is so simple but the sellers are moaning at the extra costs... and the agents can be lazy!  Have a great day. Gay

Nov 29, 2010 01:42 AM #7
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Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
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Kathy: I LOVE your idea of a little spritzer.... I will buy one... I usually leave an aroma plug in at my vacant homes to create a mood... just a little something to help stage it...  Best, Gay

Nov 29, 2010 01:43 AM #8
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Gay E. Rosen
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Hi Wallace: It amazes me that they would risk frozen pipes...  Have a great one. Gay

Nov 29, 2010 01:44 AM #9
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Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
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Debbie:  We decided on Saturday that it was warmer outside than in - as at least there was some sun! Best, Gay

Nov 29, 2010 01:46 AM #10
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Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
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Hi - It is true-  hot homes have just the same negative impact too.... smells, -  we can just go down the list! Best, Gay

Nov 29, 2010 01:47 AM #11
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Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
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Ed: you are probably right... BUT if the agent/bank/seller wants to SELL the house for the MOST money then heat is a definite requirement! Best, Gay

Nov 29, 2010 01:48 AM #12
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Marilyn Harrell
ReMax Riverhaven - Beaverton, MI
Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI

Living in Michigan I can relate! In the summer I prefer vacant homes (timing is a little more flexible) and in the winter I prefer to show occupied homes (Heat is on and the driveway is plowed)! But occupance is not a factor in what gets shown and what doesn't!

Dec 04, 2010 08:17 AM #13
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Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
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Hi Marilyn: You are correct in that.. but it makes a difference in their purchasing though (I feel).. I recently saw one house that had a gorgeous new kitchen with radiant floors, but only CAC on one floor and not furnished well sell for $975,000 and another home, same layout, new kitchen but not as nice as the other, but furnished equisitely sell for the $1.25... so presentation is key.. Best, Gay

Dec 05, 2010 12:36 AM #14
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