Is Your House the Leftover Turkey?

Home Stager with Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY

Is Your House the Leftover Turkey?

Anything more cliched this time of year than leftover turkey that no one wants to see? Oh. Right. Old listings with little interest, and no offers. And sellers who whine and twist their hands, bemoaning their state of affairs.

Two things entice a buyer to act: Price, and condition. I'm not an agent, and will not discuss pricing except to say if it's not in line with the rest of the market, you're out. But condition....and conditions are two things this Westchester County Home Stager is an expert on. Here are three conditions that guarantee buyers will pick over, but ultimately pass on you, and your leftover turkey house.

Accompanied tours

If I were an agent, sellers being out of the house for Open Houses and showings would be addressed in the first meeting, and a non-negotiable part of my contracts, period. A buyer's time in a house is all about THEM. It's when their dreams come out and play; showing agents are there to listen, and answer any questions the buyers actually pose.

NOTHING makes buyers shut down and lose interest quicker than having to edit their thoughts, or listen to what the current owner thinks is important about the property. Sellers who stubbornly argue this point will probably never sell their house. Or it will drag on-grimly, grittily, and at considerable expense to the seller (price reductions and carrying costs) MORAL: If you really want to sell, let your agent do their job. Get. Out. Of. The. House.

Listing photos

We've all heard the stats, online searches are the very first things 90% of buyers do. If your listing photos are not the best they can be, guess what! CLICK! In seconds, they're gone, on to the next listing. Photographic quality is important, but subject matter comes first, and agent and seller are equally responsible.

Photos of under-lit, messy rooms, say volumes about how the agents run the rest of their business, and make me question how ready the seller really is to sell. It costs NOTHING to turn on a light, straighten a shade, clear off the counter, make the bed, or lower the toliet seat. Think about it. Better yet, do it.

Bad first dates

Ever have a first date where the other person obviously cared a lot less than you did? Maybe they looked or smelled like they got dressed out of the hamper, or their personal grooming was minimal. Perhaps they were late, or spent the entire time talking about themselves.

Whatever it was, it was clear the other person cared about themselves and their needs/interests more than they did about connecting with you. It didn't feel good, and chances are there was no second date. It's the same way with houses. When a seller doesn't put a house's best foot forward, doesn't keep it neat, or make every effort to accomodate reasonable showing requests-buyers get the message. They will move ON, not IN.

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Bettering Westchester, Putnam and lower Fairfield counties since 1981, The Refreshed Home works collaboratively, and brings a thoughtful approach to the creative process. Proud to make a difference, as well as make a living. Offering specialty services such as remote and buyer consults, listing photo/video styling, guided and accompanied shopping, and accessory rental. We get in, get out, and you get on with your life.  Talk to me TODAY about how we can better your space!




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Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

I like your post, and you are right the photos are worth a thousand words. To be in the running, they better shine in my opinion too.

Nov 23, 2012 04:57 AM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
Marie-it's so clear....presentation is key so that your home isn't a leftover turkey.
Nov 23, 2012 05:29 AM #2
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

A very interesting post and all of use hope our listings are NOT the leftover choice. . . Thanks for sharing your thought provoking post!  Hope you had a Blessed Thanksgiving.

Nov 23, 2012 07:39 AM #3
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
Marie, Price and condition are absolutely king...and you couldn't have come up with a better analogy..especially this time of the year.
Nov 23, 2012 12:00 PM #4
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager

Winston-just stunning so many take them so casually...

Kathy!  YUP, don't want to be THAT house!

Joy-thank you-on both counts. Had a lovely holiday, hope you enjoyed yours as well!

Nov 23, 2012 12:02 PM #5
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

What a terrific way of looking at it.  You hit it right on the head or should I say carcaas.

Nov 23, 2012 09:56 PM #6
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

You hit the nail on the head with this turkey I toured -- only thing was, it's a great house!  But, the items you mentioned were the reason it's a little dry now.  The listing photos are terrible, the show the living room as very small and it's not (I actually toured the place.)  The backyard is wonderful, but the photos make it look like a soggy bog.  Toss is the accompanied tours, where the sellers are home and talking about the place . . . buyers want turn key, not turkey!

Dec 03, 2012 04:11 AM #7
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager

Carla-AWESOME tag line-you're GOOD! :)

Dec 03, 2012 11:10 AM #8
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