Keep your pool clean and maybe you can close on your house

Real Estate Agent with Members Realty Group LLC

It is amazing what a difference a clean pool can make in the eyes of a buyer.  theBESTeam at Acquired Realty & Investments in West Palm Beach, FL deals exclusively in REO bank owned properties.

When we are first assigned a new bank foreclosure property with a pool, we almost always need to have it cleaned or repaired.  Let's face it, a pool with sparkling clear water is much more marketable than a debris filled swamp water cesspool.

Below are a two pictures that document the pool restoration process:

(We pulled two bed frames, a cabinet, flower pots, bricks and a concrete block from the bottom of this murky abyss)


It is clear (pun intended), what a tremendous difference a simple pool cleaning can make from a marketability standpoint.  As you can see, the date on the last picture is 11/13/2010, which is the date when the pool work was completed. This property was listed on 11/4/2010.  The property went under contract on 11/15/2010 and there is no question in our minds that the clean pool helped facilitate this.

In the last 6 months, theBESTeam has closed over 100 bank foreclosures in Palm Beach County.  It's all about marketing, and we understand the importance of this to the fullest extent.


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Comments (3)

Sharon Lancaster
Sage Executive Group Real Estate - Kelowna, BC
SRES, Realty Executives Okanagan

Sparkling water, sure looks inviting, of course it will sell faster! What a difference this makes!

Nov 17, 2010 05:22 AM
Carol Costanzo
Montague Miller and Company - Charlottesville, VA

Ken, we are an area that does not have a lot of pools. I will say that you hit the nail on the head with this post. I have actually heard comments from potential buyers that it must cost a lot to maintain the pool and the seller must be having trouble paying their bills to have let this happen.

Nov 17, 2010 05:24 AM
Ken Best
Members Realty Group LLC - West Palm Beach, FL

Sharon, it certainly does.  It was hard not to stop for a swim the day of the pictures.

Carol, thanks, and the previous owners must have been having trouble maintaining the pool, (after all they were foreclosed on).

Nov 17, 2010 06:38 AM