OC Real Estate: Does the Carpet Match the Drapes?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) BRE: 01005471

It’s a startling question from an Orange County Realtor.    It’s something you’d expect a home stager to ask, right?    Um, not really.   But in today’s market, it may be a clever question. 

The affordability index is its lowest in the history of America.    It’s indisputably an extraordinary time to buy property, yet a dearth of inventory exists in Orange County, California.    Everyone under the Southern Californian sun is clamoring to buy, or wishing they could.Matching Curtains to Drapes in Orange County

Listing agents are usually aware their counterparts are submitting offers on properties, often sight unseen.  They fear buyers won't carry the purchase to the closing table.    At least one Realtor recently asked for evidence of having seen the home:   Does the carpet match the drapes?   

Without the correct answer, the offer may not have been taken seriously.


For the past 9 months or so, I’ve been relegated to the court room several mornings a week (and they still have yet to convict me!).    As soon as we recess, however, I often dart off to show properties.  Real estate remains a big passion, though my efforts are not limited to getting folks into property.  I try to keep them there, too.    That may involve the courts, particularly where an injustice has occurred.

In one breath, I may argue the proper administration of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights and the National Mortgage Settlement.    In the next breath, I may argue the carpet indeed matches the drapes.

My world is funny that way.


                                       Does the Carpet Match the Drapes?  ~  Brian L. Sirota, Esq. 

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  • Brian L.  Sirota, Esq.  
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  • Orange County, California 
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Comments (38)

Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Kathy, it's so true....especially with investors....it's interesting how buyer and seller Jockey for themselves.   It all depends on perspective.

Mar 21, 2013 01:34 PM
Kelly Bogan
Equinox Real Estate - Eugene, OR
Your Gateway to the Emerald Valley in Lane County
Brian, captivating title. I had to read. I have to agree with Bob. How can anyone remember details like that? I envy those with photographic memories. Earlier i read a blog about the etiquette of taking pictures of viewed homes. So complicated!
Mar 26, 2013 03:10 PM
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

We see offers come in without anyone seeing them... agent or investor.  It's that kind of market now.  K

Mar 26, 2013 03:15 PM
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Kelly, I suspect a listing agent would make allowances for other things the buyer or his agents may observe.

Kathy.....sure 'enough.....this is the kind of market we're in.

Mar 27, 2013 07:21 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

A bit unusual, but I had a buyer buy a home with just looking at the pictures and my verbal description.

They have lived there 9 years now.

Mar 29, 2013 07:21 AM
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

William, you can't argue with what works!   Good for you!

Mar 29, 2013 04:40 PM
Rosemary Brooks
BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706 - Stockton, CA
The Mother & Daughter Realty Team

I agree the toaster (if there is one left there) better be green!  Investors want allot but as they are finding, some don't have carpet or drapes - so my answer would be ... No there's no carpet or drapes.  Especially in the HUD homes.  Some will have the carpet, but definitely no drapes.

Mar 29, 2013 05:46 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


I am so impressed by how you can change hats from being a Counsel in Court to helping others to achieve the perfect house and achieve home ownership with or without matching carpets and drapes!

This one should be featured! You're unique, creative human being - a true American Hero in the real legal and Real Estate industry and I look up to you! I tip my hat to YOU!

Jun 11, 2013 09:26 AM
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Patricia, thanks for making my day!!   Brian

Jun 12, 2013 09:00 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Multiple offers are on everything below 600k. We do short sales sumtimes, in a few hours of posting a listing in MLS we receive offers/emails. Nope, they did not see the propertie, nope, they don't really care what is the condition of the house.

btw, a lot of short sale agent request on private remarks to send offer 'unseen': ''subject to the interior isnpection''~ that means to me: 'stay away from my short sale listing, you have no chance!'

Sep 27, 2013 04:56 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Brian,

Love your title..our market is excellent but not like yours for sure! I loved Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 comments..perfect!

Nov 28, 2014 08:17 PM
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Hey Dorie, you and Gayle got the double endendre!

Dec 01, 2014 06:49 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Brian, sounds like you have two very demanding careers!  And the toaster was blue!

Oct 06, 2015 01:35 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Love the title!  Our market is like that with owner occupants - if they can't see a property that comes on the market the day it is listed, they oftentimes make an Offer sight-unseen.  Vetting the agent is key but, you can't eliminate those buyers - most of the time, they're legit, whether investors or soon-to-be-residents!

Aug 10, 2016 11:30 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I have a photographic memory to answer that question but....I was out of film that day!!

Guess I'm not very observant... just noticed this post was written FOUR years ago!

Love it!

Mar 03, 2017 03:26 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Brian L. Sirota, Esq. that's an amazing comparison of your day. I'm certain you have some interesting stories to share. With some home prices in our area, we do sometimes receive offers sight unseen. It usually benefits the seller if more people are able to view the property.

Mar 03, 2018 12:23 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

This is a new trend in my market, Brian. Investors are buying homes sight unseen and giving themselves a 14 day right to inspect clause. Two of my listings received such offers within the last two months, each time we were in multiple offer situations. My seller would not accept the investors offer until they viewed the property and removed the clause. As far as the carpet matching the drapes, I'd never notice.

Jul 10, 2018 02:21 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

It's been my experience that the carpet usually doesn't match the drapes and one or both should be removed and/or replaced altogether. LOL

LOVE the title. You really capture the attention with that one!

I wasn't aware of the legal aspects of having to prove you actually saw the property. Very interesting!

Apr 01, 2020 09:44 AM
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.

Sharon Tara, aw shucks, you didn't need to visit a post I wrote 7 years ago... it's actually a bit outdated. 

Back then, many Realtors required proof of a buyer's visit to the property or they'd reject their  offer out of hand.   In fact, I think Thomas Nelson recently said he still uses that practice...  although, it's not a legal thing.

Apr 01, 2020 01:41 PM
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

Enjoying the tongue-in-cheek reference, Brian L. Sirota, Esq. ... I needed a smile this morning ..

Stay safe .. stay healthy ... stay sane ...


Apr 01, 2020 10:51 AM
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.

Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi , thanks a bunch Gene.


Best wishes to you and your family!


Apr 01, 2020 01:35 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Brian L. Sirota, Esq. - Fast forward to 2020, agents need to be even more careful to not post photos that will cause misrepresentation. So many agents are using photo enhancements. I know of agents who are proud of the fact that their listing is under contract, sight unseen. When it comes to something as simple as like colors and accuracy, agents need to be very careful.

Aug 11, 2020 09:10 PM