Is that the smell of sweet success in your home ... Or ???

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Is that the smell of sweet success in your home ...

Or ???



     I'm an advocate of staging services when selling homes.  I think, especially in the present challenging housing market, that sellers often-times need every advantage possible to gain the sale they seek.


     I'm also the husband to a chronic migraine sufferer.  And to anyone that knows and loves someone that deals with this horrendous affliction ... you know that many things can prove to be a "trigger" for a headache.  And that includes smells.


Enjoy the Sweet Smell of a Successful Mortgage with Gene Mundt, Mortgage Lender     It has been said that nothing is more memorable than a smell.  And that can be good ... or bad ...


     It only stands to reason, that if a home smells like animals, litter box, stale, musty, or of cigarettes ... many potential buyers are going to balk at buying.  If those odors are bad enough, carpeting, window treatments, and even drywall may have to be replaced.  And that means extra expenditures for buyers. 

     Uh-oh.  Can you say "peeeee-uuuuuuu"??  Compare that home with odors to a similarily-priced home without ... and there's not much of a guess as to which home is going to sell more quickly.


     That's a simple comparison.  But it's been my experience as someone that has lived with a migraine sufferer for 35 years, that smells that are typically thought of as pleasant to most ... can be unpleasant or toxic to someone that gets severe headaches. 


     ANY smell can be someone's "trigger".  The reaction can be immediate, with the mere whiff of the "trigger" smell enough to start a long and painful migraine episode requiring medications ... or a retreat to bed or a bathroom.  (Be aware, that this can also be the reaction for someone with respiratory problems, as well.)


     So as strongly as I advocate finding the "sweet smell of success" through the talents of staging professionals and the use of their staging techniques during the sale of properties ... I also advocate and urge all professional Stagers, real estate agents/brokers, and home sellers themselves ... to NOT place scents, perfumes, candles, potporri, air fresheners, herbs, flowers, i.e. ANY odor-producing items in properties while they are actively being shown for sale.


    Should they be utilized,you may be innocently and inadvertently placing a potential buyer at health risk ... and the view/sale of the home in jeopardy. 

     Remember, a potential buyer will never buy a home that they cannot enter or cannot view ... 




     *  Smell the "sweet success" of selling your home ... or buying a new one.  With over 35 years of successful mortgage business behind me, I can offer you referrals to real estate's finest home staging and agent/broker professionals ... besides my own mortgage services.  Should you need answers to your questions or assistance, please contact me.  I'll be happy to hear from you and put my experience and expertise to work for you.

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Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

Great point! This definitely usually is the case. I showed a home that was at the top of my buyers list that had just had a skunk spray underneath it, as it had been vacant a while, and so far it's still their favorite. Usually a smell can deter a buyer very easily, though!

Mar 10, 2012 11:40 PM #47
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

In my area often it's a strong cooking smell. Some of the wonderful Middle Eastern spices can linger for a long time. As a listing agent for these homes, I always suggest a portable air purifier in the minimize this, not everyone appreciate a well-used kitchen.

Mar 11, 2012 12:05 AM #48
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Like you, I'm an advocate for staging homes, although, I'm not convinced about aromatherapy as being repulsive or abusive. Too much of anything could be repulsive, like perfume or cologne.

I like the smell of freshly baked Macy's oatmeal raisin or chocolate chip cookies to serve during open houses.  

Mar 11, 2012 12:55 AM #49
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker
I very seldom get a migraine, and it may be because I've identified my worst triggers. The worst of all is the smell of red roses. So if any of you are thinking of sending me flowers, leave out the red roses!
Mar 11, 2012 04:23 AM #50
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Gene, I agree.  I too used to suffer from migranes, and know how a simple thing like a smell can trigger one.

Mar 11, 2012 05:46 AM #51
Wayne Jackson
Lakeshore Realty 208-714-4109 - Hayden, ID
North Idaho Realtor, Serving Coeur dnullAlene and Hayden Lake

Gene you are right on. I have never understood why everything has to be scented. My wife and I go out of our way to find unscented soaps, laundry detergent etc.

I had a tennant who had previously lived in California and had caught something called "Valley Fever". Just being in the same room with perfume would send her to the emergency room!

Yes, eucalyptus leaves ard very potent, some people put them in stored grain to kill any bugs that might be present. I have heard that they are in the same family as bay leaves but much more poent.

Mar 11, 2012 06:50 AM #52
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Gene- Nice post and congrats on your feature. I've had cases where the house smelled nice because of candles but, the buyers then wanted to know what the sellers were trying to hide. Moderation on nice scents is best - just a clean smell is what I prefer.

Mar 11, 2012 07:53 AM #53
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Well said, Donald.  You can easily overkill with scents ...

Kathy:  Definitely.  Just another form of air pollution ...

Ooooo Sylvie, that would be a tough one!  I'm thinking they better call a professional in to get rid of THAT smell ..

Karen:  I would suspect that is true, especially if not from that particular culture.  Another example of what is wonderful to one, is bad to another ...

Kimo:  I'm not advocating (perhaps) that no one ever use any form of scents.  What I'm suggesting that sellers and agents give pause .. and think about it.  Maybe ask if a buyer has a concern of this type.  If not, scent away, if you choose.  But I can tell you, these health issues do exist.  Is it abusive?  No, as it's not done with intent.  But the accidental occurence can be just as severe.  So as I said, just asking that maybe the time be taken to at minimum .. ask.

Susan:  Thankfully I was able to place a stop on the order of red roses coming your way!!  Good thing you mentioned it.  lol   And thankfully, you have been able to pinpoint your triggers for migraines.  My wife's have proven a bit more elusive.  They remain frustratingly so ...

Glad you were able to minimize your headache episodes, Bob.  It's always great to hear of someone's conquering the majority of their pain ...

Wayne:  Had never heard of "Valley Fever" prior to your writing of it.  Just proves that we need to remain aware that issues do exist ... and maybe ask the questions ...

Amanda:  Seems like the general consensus is that agents agree with you ... and so do the buyers.  Little scent, if used ... but clean is preferred ...



Mar 11, 2012 09:59 AM #54
Brenda, Ron, Lee Cunningham & Tara Keator
West USA Realty - Phoenix, AZ
Realtors, Homes for Sale - Phoenix Metro

My sister would get migraines from such strong scents.  Keep it mild or not at all.  You can use the diffusers and fill them with olive oil and a safer essential oil.  Tends to not cause migraines.

Mar 11, 2012 10:29 AM #55
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Yes, I like to use Febreeze because it's an odor remover, rather than an odor-cover. FYI, I just subscribed to your blog. You can read my blog  (and hopefully subscribe) at I write about San Jose, Saratoga & Cupertino, Calif. home values and events in Silicon Valley, Calif., aka Santa Clara County, Calif.

Mar 11, 2012 02:30 PM #56
Kim Gaston
RE/MAX Advantage Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987

Thank you for your kind support of staging, Gene. I was just at a home where the seller has lived since 1963. A thorough cleaning with natural products and throwing open the windows to let some of that clean Colorado fresh air in was all it needed. Congratulations on your feature!

Mar 11, 2012 10:13 PM #57
Jack Snyder
Loan Officer in Orange County for FlexPoint Mortgage - San Clemente, CA
Loan Officer, San Clemente, Orange County, CA.

Great topic, I think it compares to a waiter serving your food, you don't want the Old Spice mixing with the Pasta Fazole.

Mar 12, 2012 03:23 AM #58
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Smells are very important and just like staging people do not think they are, but they are.  

Mar 12, 2012 05:37 AM #59
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Brenda and Ron:  Handy info to have and know!  Glad you passed it along ... maybe it will help someone reading this ...

Thanks Michelle!  For subscribing to my blog ... and mentioning Fabreze.  Removal of odors is best ...

Kim:  My pleasure.  I think stagers can work wonders!  And I so agree about opening up the windows.  Nothing like fresh air ...

Jack:  lol  Like the way you got the message across!  Well done!

Gene:  Smells ... or the lack of them .. is VERY important.  Long after you've left a property, the memory of the smell of it can linger ..


Mar 12, 2012 06:31 AM #60
John Cannata
214-728-0449 - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

That is EXCELLENT feedback. Hadn't thought about it from that point of view. I've always though a scent in a home makes it more 'home like'. I see your point for sure.

Mar 12, 2012 09:51 AM #61
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Thanks John.  I've learned this through my wife's experiences.  I wish I hadn't had to learn it ... but now that I have, I'd like to keep anyone from inadvertantly running into the issue, or seller's suffering the consequence ...


Mar 12, 2012 10:43 AM #62
Stephanie Stringer
First Choice Loan Services NMLS#210764 - San Antonio, TX
Mortgage Loan Originator

Gene-  I am always opening windows to let the fresh air in.  So much of air freshners or perfume give me a headache (or was that the kids???)

Mar 13, 2012 04:51 AM #63
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Perhaps a bit of both, Stephanie.  And the cure many times can be the same ... fresh air ... and getting the kids out into it ...


Mar 13, 2012 05:05 AM #64
Felicia Bender

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Apr 12, 2012 04:52 AM #65
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Thanks Felicia ... the info's much appreciated ...


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