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This morning, Greg Nino,(who needs no introduction to the bulk of you Rainers) wrote a thought-provoking article about "taking down your crosses"... which made me start thinking.... and you know how much I hate to think... it makes my brain hurt.
Anyway... it brought up those situations with my own clients ..
I often tell my clients, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, & Wiccen alike, that it's okay to have "some" religious artifacts around the house.... but I generally recommend, that if you got the house covered with stuff... you know, like your religion threw up all over the house, ... you know the house... where there are large crosses on every wall, a 4x6 poster of the virgin mary in the hallway.... or large images of the Maharishi Mahesh MaYogi above each bed, and over the fireplace... or those house where there are Mezzuzah's, Dreidels, and Menorahs all over the house...
That kind of display is capable of being off-putting, even to members of your own religion. Yes, it's your house, and yes, you're allowed top have whatever you want displayed... but when your home is listed for sale, it ceases to be your house, it has now become a "product", and as a product, you want to make it as attractive as possible to the largest potential group of people.
Do I advocate removing every indication of your religion? ... No, I don't. It's okay to leave up your mezzuzahs... or the occassional crucifix, or hindu prayer... but moderation is the key. We want people to feel "at home" and comfortable... and hitting them in the face with your regligion (even when it's the same as theirs), everytime they turn, on each and every wall, counter or doorway, may not make them feel like it's potentially their home.
Now, some sellers take great offense, and they say if the buyers don't like it, they don't have to buy it... and that's all well and good. But it's my job to inform them how to best market their home, and then I'm willing to follow their instruction.
Now, I DO advocate the removal of all Nazi Paraphernalia, John Birch Society, Ku Klux Clan imagery and the like. I had a client who had an entire bookcase full of Books on Nazis, and of course the spines of the book covers were littered with Swastikas... The owner was a writer, and these books represented some of his writings and some of his research into his publications on the Nazi regime and the third reich. And while I could explain that to viewers, I couldn't control the visceral reaction to all of those swastikas, lined up in a row... they made me very uncomfortable and I would imagine might make any potential buyer feel kinda creepy. I had him remove the book jackets, so that the swastikas were not in view.
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