Was the First April Fool a FSBO?

Home Stager with Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA

Was the first April Fool a FSBO?  After all, we all look forward to the Spring Market. 

 I believe the April Fool FSBO demonstrates the value of the many Real Estate professions!

Here are the top ten indications that the first April Fool getting ready for the spring market was, in fact, a FSBO

#10 -- I am not updating anything -- the buyer can do that! Brass and wallpaper are just fine!

brass and ugly wall paper












#9 -- Why should I have to finish all of the repairs?  Let the buyer get the repairs done.  They can finish it their way!

repairs needed












#8 -- The carpet is fine!  They may like BLUE!  We like Blue!

blue rug













#7 -- If I take the curtains down from around the closets, I'll have to put up new closet doors.  The buyer can take it just the way it is!  It's always worked for us, and we are happy to leave the draperies (for a price)

closets have doors












#6 --  I don't need a Realtor!  Every home in here sells for $200,000 give or take a few dollars.  I can simply price my house at $250,000!  THEN I HAVE ROOM TO NEGOTIATE!

#5 -- I don't need a Realtor!  I have superb negotiation skills.  I will walk every buyer through myself in great detail pointing out how much this home was just perfect for us and all the fun times we have had here! They'll enjoy that!

#4 --  When the buyer sees just how much storage this house has, they'll be eager to make an offer!

stuffed closet












#3 --  Buyers want to see a lived-in-look, so that they can see how they can live!  This photo really shows how "OPEN" our floor plan is.  You can see how we live from every part of the house

needs to be tidied












#2 --  The Master bedroom is the perfect place to show the buyer they do not need to join a gym!  Why the excercise equipment fits just fine in the master and there really is no other place it could possible fit.  We'll let them know that!

room function














#1 -- Having photo's of the property on the Internet is just a bunch of hype.  People want to see the real thing  -- photos won't pull in propestive buyers for showing, and if so, these here are good enough!  Besides, my for sale sign will catch their attention!

















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Laura Sargent
Carolina One Real Estate - Mount Pleasant, SC

I'd have a real hard time exercising when there is a couch and a bed... both calling my name reminding me how comfortable and accepting they are me just the way I am!

Apr 01, 2011 12:52 PM #14
Cory Barbee
San Diego, CA
Broker (760) 563-4022

Great post...hope you have a great April 1 day!!

Apr 01, 2011 01:09 PM #15
Robert Schmalz
West Los Angeles Real Estate Group - Santa Monica, CA
Cal. Lic Broker

That was great opening line. I am still LMAO. I really believe you hit it on the head it must have been a FSBO. They are fools, aren't they.

Apr 01, 2011 01:58 PM #16
Christina ONeal
At Home Real Estate Group - Ripon, CA
Realtor - Ripon California

love the pictures & all your descriptions!!! funny stuff :)

Apr 01, 2011 02:04 PM #17
Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D.
Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795 - Santa Maria, CA
Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879

OK I must be crazy but none of those pictures (except the last one) looked that bad to me.  Don't get me wrong I didn't think they were good -- but I guess I've seen so much worse. 

Apr 01, 2011 02:08 PM #18
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Unfortunately, the way some sellers think really isn't that funny.

Apr 01, 2011 04:34 PM #19
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Karen, personally this is like looking at photos of Walmart customers...sad/funny at the same time!

I actually got a kick out of this post and glad you got featured.

Apr 01, 2011 05:26 PM #20
Larry Bergstrom
Crescent Realty, Inc. Spanaway, WA. - Spanaway, WA

You failed to mention "I really don't have to sell."  Good post.

Apr 01, 2011 05:43 PM #21
Mike Mayer
Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC - Lafayette, LA

Forgive me, but I found the title to your blog a bit degrading and somewhat misanthropic. What you fail to realize is that despite having hired professionals, many non-FSBO's maintain these mindsets.

Apr 01, 2011 05:52 PM #22
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

Good one. Wonder how many redblogs you will get on this post!

Apr 01, 2011 07:00 PM #23
Ronnie Shumake
Town Residential - New York, NY

Wait, let me catch my breath!

OK, one of my colleagues took a listing today and it was priced at 2.6 by some knucklehead agent nd the pictures were like this. Well, not quite as bad. 

We priced it at 1.8 and are going to get real pictures with our guy who's been shooting for 25 years.

This seller is funnier than the drummer on Jimmy Fallon in a gorilla outfit right now!

I love this community! it keeps me UP and not down when the peaks turn to valleys!


Apr 01, 2011 08:56 PM #24
Karen Dembsky
Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA - Peachtree City, GA
Atlanta Home Staging

hey Michelle!  THX!

Thx, Rosalie

I agree completely,Nancy

Hi Phil !  Yep that was the point!  those who use an agent and a stager catch on, even if they start out with this mentality!  Our guidance gets them though it

Hey, Mel, I agree! it''s not just FSBO's, but, really, a successfull agent educates

Hey Laura -- Hmmmmmm............. excercise, popcorn and a flick on the couch, or just take a nap.... hmmmmmmmmm

Cory -- Happy April 1st to you!

Robert  -- glad I gave you a smile 

Thx Christina!

TNI -- oh yeah, there are worse!  But these all have staging flaws that make us home stagers cringe!

Tammie -- I agree sad but true, might as well smile about it while changing one sellers outlook at a time!

Gayle -- love the analogy

Larry --so true -- I don't HAVE to sell should be there!  When people tell me that, I say "do you WANT to sell?  because you do have a choice.

Mike --  yes many have the attitude whether fsbo or not.  I was making the point that RE professionals can have an impact on that thought process.

Thx, Cheryl!

Ronnie you are too funny!  Love your story and congrats on making a difference with that buyer!

Apr 02, 2011 02:57 AM #25
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Karen, I've heard some of these more than once. Have yet to see the last one though. 

Apr 02, 2011 03:22 AM #26
J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY

Frankly this makes me a bit uncomfortable. I am an agent and would dissuade 99% of FSBOs from making the largest transaction of their life a DIY project, but are these photos really that bad, or do they instead suggest some "stager hubris?"

I am not accusing you, but can you see how it might give ammo to someone who might not see your value? 

What is so terrible about a tidy, clean room with gleaming hardwoods that has blue curtains on the closets? A tile bathroom with brass and wallpaper? That's a faux pas? Blue wall to wall carpet renders a home unsaleable? If these are intended to be "before" pictures I have seen far worse in homes listed with a broker. 

Apr 02, 2011 03:58 AM #27
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

This was so, so funny. Thanks for the great laugh. Made my day!

Apr 02, 2011 04:29 AM #28
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager

Hi Karen  Great pics-SO easy to see others' disillusions...To MIke @ 23, I agree, there are 2 points-FSBO sellers don't have the market cornered on being foolish.  Karen-your sub-point about the seller's mindset being one of the biggest obstacles is spot-on.

You have these photos because someone else either knew they needed to make changes, or-more than likely-you were called in after a property did not get the traffic/results the seller wants.

I undserstand where a few of the other responders are coming from-room not horrible, may be ok as is, seen worse-but Staging is about elevating a space, making it more appealing than where it is at that moment.  It's hyper-local. It also considers seller's needs/goals/expectations, and Realtor's pricing strategy.

Sellers who need to get out of Dodge are not going to be interested in taking down wallpaper and changing out fixtures...but the price will reflect that. Late last year I staged a condo that had been on the market for 6 months-little traffic and no offers. It was clean and no conditional issues-but it was firmly stuck in the 80's-pink, blue, mirrors, smoked glass lighting fixtures. Minor updates, maybe $6K (carpet, paint)- got asking $500K the first day back on the market, closed 6 weeks later.

It's not a bad thing to aspire to a higher level, and ALWAYS good to share these thoughts with a seller early-on-especially if changes being suggested are free to inexpensive. They may pass, and house might even sell with everyone happy. But if not-you are on the record as having covered that.

Apr 02, 2011 05:35 AM #29
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Karen--I just did a consult two days ago on a house that had just about every one of these issues.  I don't think I've ever seen so many unfinished projects and a full-sized refrigerator in the master bedroom.  But your last photo I have never seen.  What great "curb appeal."

Apr 02, 2011 07:59 AM #30
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

Love that photo of the house with the "sign" spraypainted on it.

Congrats on your feature.

Apr 02, 2011 10:21 AM #31
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

To your defense, Karen, wallpaper in homes is often a huge issue for our buyers. It will cause them to move on to the next house, especially if the colors are also outdated. People on Florida do not like colored carpet, so a blue carpeted house, or one with different colors in every room, is again something that will keep the buyers moving on. Buyers who see houses with unfinished anythng wonder what's wrong with the house elsewhere and often are not interested. I know up north houses have dark carpet and different colors in rooms, but it is not looked on favorably here.


Apr 02, 2011 02:06 PM #32
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

I am late to the party-not been on AR-this is so funny girlfriend!!!

Apr 03, 2011 04:55 AM #33
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