Is The Home You are Showing Camouflaged ?

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Real Estate Agent with Crye-Leike REALTORS® 165062

Do you ever get the feeling about a home you are showing that it has been really prepped a bit too good? The listing agent must have a background in camoflage!  I am not talking about staging, but rather what I refer to in the real estate trade as "Real Estate Camouflage!"  Carpets look like they've been dyed, ceilings are painted strange colors.  Instead of a white ceiling paint, try hunter green or or some dark color.  Why darker colors?  To hide water stains of course!  I always assume that if my vision were real good, I would be able to make out the outlines of water stains on the ceiling by their daker edges.  It's hard to do when they are painted hunter green! When you think about it it make sense for the seller...it is probably a lot cheaper to paint the ceiling rather than replace a roof, and clean gutters.  The newly painted basement floors also remind me to look if there are sealed cracks I should be looking for!  I once showed a home that had carpeting in one section of the basement that looked out of place, I tripped over it.  And underneath the basement slab had shifted upwards about 2 inches.  It ran the entire lenght of the foundation!  A scary event!  Another time in a model home, that had a basement, my client and I went down to the unfinished basement in the model home.  We heard water dripping.  A few of the lights were conveniently missing so I went out to the car and brought back in a flashlight from my real estate toolbox!  The strangest thing was the wall in the basement looked totally brand new.  Upon closer examination, someone had gone through great lengths to re-cement and entire wall over deep epoxied foundation cracks that were just so bad the water was flowing through them like Niagara Falls!  Another home I saw a dehumidifier in the basement...to me it can be a red flag! A dehumidifier may be great in removing a little extra humidity, but is not a solution for removing effervescence when water is wicking up the framed members of the home.  it is setting up more than a mold problem.  There is a major foundation and engineering problem.

When you see something that looks totally out of place, stop and think what could be taking place?  What are they going out of the way to hide?  What do you tell your buyer?  Will you list a home where the seller divuges they have major issues?  Why won't a seller or listing agent disclose that the home has issues?

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Some good points, Jim. I, too, have seen some really questionable things. One wonders about the agents' failure to disclose. And if the sellers think they are fooling anyone, they have their heads in the sand. Great post and some information sellers and agents alike ought to read and consider.

Jeff

May 28, 2007 03:53 PM #1
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I think we really have to puton our thinking caps and wonder what is going on here?

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May 28, 2007 04:00 PM #2
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Stefan Scholl
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Camouflage. . . that is a great euphemism if I've ever heard one, Jim.  I actually had a house I showed where an exterior wall had recently been painted.  Turns out the Realtor/Painter hadn't done much prep work beforehand, and painted the mushrooms that were growing out of wall along with the rest of the rotten siding!!! That was good for a laugh.  :-)
May 28, 2007 04:06 PM #3
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Rich Jacobson
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I remember a home that had a dresser in a rather strange out of the way local in one of the rooms. When my buyers moved in, the was a huge hole in the wall!....
May 28, 2007 04:21 PM #4
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Stefan  Sort of like a bad criminal leaving evidence at the scene or painted right to the scene!

Rich! You reminded me...I was showing a home where in one of the secondary bedrooms the med was on a 45 degree between two walls.  It was so strange, and I looked above the bed.. it was placed on the angle so you could not see the roof was leaking!  The agent did not like it when I brought it to her attention~

May 28, 2007 04:33 PM #5
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Sarah Nopp
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No camouflage on the very memorable home I showed my best friend about 4 years ago. But completely swathed in some awful (even scary) decor!

Including... Oscar-the-grouch green shag carpet. In fact, the seller had So bought into the wall-to-wall concept, she had carpeted UP the walls about 2 feet. And that was ine of the least distracting things about the house!

The worst part (after getting past the stairwell that even 5'4" women felt tall in and the tennsy tiny bedrooms at the top of them): the Room of Darkness.
In fact, it was such a dark spot (behind the slope of the stairs in the basement) that I hadn't seen it when I visited the house when I Previewed it.

After looking at the furnace (circa Pleistocene era), she asked- what is that room under the stairs. I said, what room, that is just a shadow. She said "No It Isn't!" and the hairs on the back of my neck Stood Up!

So I went back to my car and !grabbed my flashlight. She went to her car and grabbed her dog.
We returned to the basement.
Her dog will not come anywhere near the spot! 
I shine the light into the darkness. It is a completely circular room, sheer walls that drop down about 3 or 4 feet from the basement floor and rises straight up to the ground level. I enter it slowly and find a light switch on the walls. I slowly look up, ready tp run if there is a vampire hanging there! 

I later learned that it was an old coal storage area, and there used to be a chute in the place of the modern day carport.

My client refused to enter that room LOL

But she still reminds me of that place- the Smurf House with the Scary Room.
And how her dog was afraid to go in there with me.

May 28, 2007 04:56 PM #6
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Jim, Great Post. I think you should do this one in several parts.There is so much you could add and the way you put it all together would be great. I am one of those anal guys that seems to see things others either miss or just don't see the irregularity connection. In some ways it makes me a stand out among my peers. I have even offered to teach the agents on the listing side how to spot these things,how to recognize things that should( at least in my eyes) be obvious.

You also bring up a good question about representing these types of clients. May the good Lord always continue watching over me but I have been very lucky in knowing when to walk away.

I did list one home many years ago that was actually leaning to one side. I titled it " Contractors Nightmare-More than a Cosmetic Fixer. My seller was a woman in her 80's who had since abandoned the house and thought the marketing was original. We got a great offer within about 10 days. It was way more than we thought we would get and she was thrilled. A builder bought it and did not tear it down. It stands a lovely Craftsman today. I had signs all over the place about sloping floors and enter at your own risk on every door. The owners' son wrote a great testimonial. A rare occasion but one I will always remember.

May 28, 2007 04:57 PM #7
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I go with my gut often. I try to find for my clients when I suspect something isn't right. Great Post.
May 28, 2007 08:46 PM #8
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Thanks all for the comments!  William- I probably could do this in segments!  We have all had our chance at bat trying to sell the odd home with at least one major objection without a budget!  LOL! Sarah- I love it! an evil Smurf home!  Each time I read a reply I am reminded of so many other incidents over the years!  One of the ideas I thought of was after I read your reply post was a very nicley decorated and staged Smurf home!  Everything looked so perfect just like a DOLL HOUSE!   Then you realized it was all totally custom designed staged minature furnature that would give the appearance of SPACE! Like a banquet sized dining set  that really only your 4 year old daughter could sit at!  The couch would accomodate a 3 year old sprawled out end to end!  And so on...  I don't know where you could even buy furniture that size, but you really had to stop and think because it looked normal, but you could not even use!   It masked the fact the home was extra smal!  Frank we have to go with the gut and inner voice...it leads us away from harm!
May 29, 2007 12:56 AM #9
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It would totally freak me out if I realized the furniture was all miniature.

I would love to see a series of articles about this topic. As a not-even-brand-new-yet agent, I think it would really help me to train myself to look for these type of things.
May 29, 2007 02:15 AM #10
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It was a major eye opener!
May 29, 2007 02:27 AM #11
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Ana Connell
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Really good post!  If it seems weird or fishy, it probably is!
May 29, 2007 03:35 AM #12
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Well it really is based on real events.  These are my experiences. Over thee years you can accumulate a lot of knowledge.
May 29, 2007 04:45 AM #13
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Ed DeChristopher
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Camoulfage would be great for some of the homes I have been into lately; they should be "stealth" houses and not able to be seen by anyone.  Pigpens and in today's market!

Ed DeChristopher

May 30, 2007 04:53 AM #14
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LOL!  Point well taken! I love the term "Stealth!"  They need to realize it is not the old days!  That is why it is called a "Buyer's Market!"
May 30, 2007 07:25 AM #15
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