Can the Color of a house attract or scare away buyers?

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Real Estate Agent with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394

Does it matter what color the exterior of a house is? Yesterday while out showing homes, we cam upon a home that was "pea soup" green with yellow shutters. It was so awful that buyer balked to even go inside. We initially left the home and on to another down the road. The 2 homes were the same style, same builder, same, size, same amenities and similar in condition. The buyer loved the second home but noticed the price being so much more than the Manchester NH area home with the putrid paint.

 

 

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING, to paint their house that color, asked the buyer.

 

Then came the realization that they should go look at that home anyway. You see it was priced $40,000 lower than this home down the street. It had been for sale for over 6 months. We went back and went inside. It was an oasis compared the exterior view. Neat, clean and exactly the same as the inside of the other home. $40 grand can buy a lot of paint my buyer says.

 

 

THE BOTTOM LINE is that there is a Right way and a Wrong to BUY or SELL a home. Buyers and Sellers need real answers and real solutions. Communication is key. Having a GOOD agent is a must. The listing agent could have told them the truth about their color. For the Buyer an insistence by me, their buyer broker will save them a great deal of money.

 

The HARD TRUTH  is the BEST way to go about any home sale or purchase is to know that the consumer should not choose just any agent, choose the BEST agent for the job. My philosophy is simple, provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process. All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. By using a philosophy, which is simple, to provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process, I can help you find your dream home.

 

 

It is important to Hire the BEST Agent. In NH that could be me.  By using a philosophy, which is simple, to provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process, I can help you find your dream home .

 

 

                                 

It does not take magic to turn your "For Sale" sign into a "Sold" sign. It takes a full time Local Agent who specializes in Listing homes like yours.

 

 To CONTACT Scott Godzyk please call 603.661.2121 or EMAIL: Sctprop@aol.com .

 

About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 30 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs with an infamous philosophy, which is simple: To provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process. 

 

You can search for Manchester area Homes For Sale by clicking here. what is for sale by clicking here.

 

 

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Scott Godzyk
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I did have a home that was all pink once, pink outside, and inside, walls, carpets and kitchen Sheila Anderson, thanks for the comments 

Jan 10, 2017 06:44 AM #4
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Joe Pryor
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This is where a REALTOR® needs to be assertive about a buyers first impressions that may lead them away from a better deal.

Jan 10, 2017 06:45 AM #5
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
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Some color of homes can scare away buyers, but comparing it to another in the neighborhood sure can change a buyers mind for the cost of a few cans of paint...

Jan 10, 2017 06:45 AM #6
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Exactly Joe Pryor , after the initial shock i am happy my buyer listened and so are they. 

Jan 10, 2017 06:48 AM #7
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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Yes in deed Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 and this is where communication with your client can pay off. They even told me they never thought about painting it, just running

Jan 10, 2017 06:49 AM #8
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Nina Hollander
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Scott, I live in a Charleston-style, Martha's Vineyard-style neighborhood, so homes of many colors are the norm.

Jan 10, 2017 09:16 AM #9
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Chris Ann Cleland
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If a seller doesn't want to pay to paint before they list, they can expect they will pay the price when the offers come in.

Jan 10, 2017 01:19 PM #10
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Dick Greenberg
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Hi Scott - You're right about the cost of paint, but as you point out, a hideous exterior can keep that calculation from ever happening.

Jan 10, 2017 03:01 PM #11
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
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Scott that color looks like the green pools we used to see quite often during the foreclosure crisis - never a pretty site but there were some smoking hot deals to be made in those days.

Jan 10, 2017 03:34 PM #12
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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I do love those desirable and welcoming colors, this though, had zero desirable and extra yuk Nina Hollander 

Jan 10, 2017 04:36 PM #13
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That they did on this home Chris Ann Cleland , thanks for the comment

Jan 10, 2017 04:37 PM #14
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Scott Godzyk
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It can scare away way more people the it could ever attract Dick Greenberg 

Jan 10, 2017 04:37 PM #15
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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Those were some great deals, less than the cost of a car in some places Anna Banana Kruchten. and kudos for getting the exact color right. I did not have any pea soup and the seller refused to let me take a picture when i was there. 

Jan 10, 2017 04:39 PM #16
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Ed Silva
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Better yet, where was the agent that took the listing and didn't suggest a coat of paint to allow for an extra $40,000 added to the list price

Jan 10, 2017 06:14 PM #17
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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A house with an unappealing color or hue can certainly be a deterrent for many home buyers.  I've seen it in action.

Jan 10, 2017 06:49 PM #18
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Nina Hollander
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Good morning, Scott... loved that expression "extra yuk." I laughed like crazy when I read it.

Jan 11, 2017 03:56 AM #19
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Debbie Reynolds
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I have seen buyers that refused to look at yellow or blue houses. Colors can turn a buyer on or off. That pea green color would trigger my gag reflex.

Jan 11, 2017 06:07 AM #20
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Great news and great deal for the buyer in this case. Silly seller left money on the table!

Jan 11, 2017 06:26 AM #21
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Roy Kelley
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Some colors can quickly turn off prospective home buyers.

Jan 11, 2017 03:23 PM #22
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
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Have photoshopped to remove and replace the color on a home that had paint so loud it reflected on the house siding on all four sides. A little vinyl siding, aluminum trim and ta da, no more circus colors that looked like Mopar muscle cars in the 60's, 70's Scott Godzyk . Show them what it could look like, not what it does today wearing the low to the ground sticker price due to the stinky color.

Jan 12, 2017 03:47 AM #23
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