“Your Sweater Chair does not make me want to Buy a Home!”

Home Builder with Emmer Development Corp.

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Listing of the Week  l  Gothic-Style Home

The house in question- click on the picture to visit the original article!

An article that came out this morning on Today about the “listing of the week” featured a Gothic-style house that was custom built and decorated by a woman very much interested in things outside of normal or customary home design. The result is a home with a piece of a boat for a sink, velvet furniture and a camouflage-colored raised bed frame. What’s most important about the home, though, is that it is very much on the market.

The homeowner in question creates these custom homes on a regular basis.

“She’s just an individual that loves to build houses. This is just a hobby of hers,” explains listing agent Shane Wooten. ”(She) builds houses, lives in them a little bit, and then sells them.”(Erika Riggs; LifeInc.Today)

But this got us here at Emmer thinking. It’s one thing to want to make your permanent residency look exactly like it popped out of one of your late-night Technicolor dreams, perfectly embodying your essence as a person. However, it’s another thing to fashion a home this way and then sell it within a few years of ownership.

Certainly, we are fully supportive of fascinating furniture and bizarre pieces. We (in particular, check out this “sweater chair”) and think soap in the shape of a brain is certainly something to think about (we aren’t kidding: Smart Soap). We don’t have to furnish our homes with crazy décor to know that it’s these bold personalities and even bolder pieces that make a free culture so fun to live in.

But, on the other hand.

If you are trying to sell your home, and it’s not selling, it’s probably because that table in the corner being held up by masculine legs isn’t inspiring the buyers to purchase (yes, that’s a real table from an estate sale). It’s common knowledge that buyers have to be able to envision themselves in the home, which is why we and many others advocate things like de-cluttering and putting away family pictures (we wrote a whole blog post on it!).

But, despite this advice, some people still refuse to stage their home.

What is it about people that think they’re style is universal, though the reason they developed their home in a particular way was specifically to stand out? If you don’t believe us, take a leisurely stroll through some MLS listings. You won’t believe the sort of things you’ll find. For example, imagine a house in which every room was sponge painted in pastels.

The whole experience was hard to absorb (we know, bad pun)! But really, what are people thinking?

What are some of the strangest things you’ve seen in a home for sale? Share with us in the comments below!

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Al Raymondi
Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida - Ormond Beach, FL
Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales

Most sellers will not stage their home in this area because they would have to pay.

Aug 27, 2011 01:50 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Staging is not done in my area as well.... sellers do not want to pay for it.  I watched the video of this house and OMG I can't believe the decor.   As they say, each their own.

Aug 27, 2011 05:40 AM