I'm Ready to KILL The Property Brothers....

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Real Estate Agent with Smart Green Realty

I got rid of cable so I have never seen their show. I did read about them in the NY Times.  I hate them because they give my clients crazy expectations. Buyers walk in every house and they want to knock down walls and redo everything--just like The Property Brothers. I'm going crazy!

I would love to have magic like that old TV show "Bewitched." I'd wriggle my nose and redo kitchens and baths and floors and finishes. It would be so fun! In the real world, with no time lapse photography, reconstruction is challenge after challenge. Do It Yourself is really hard. Hiring contractors means you need luck and lots of extra money. Surprises and cost over-runs are par for the course. 

 

I just showed some clients a condo that was beautifully done--really special finishes. Just what they wanted! It is at the high end of their price range. Someone else is bound to grab it while they deliberate. Meanwhile, they just called to see a loft that is a beat up foreclosure. They think they can redo the bath like the Brothers....for just $20,000. Heaven help me. I need to produce a show called "Reality Check."

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Rainmaker
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Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
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ha ha ha, I have not seen this show either, but I do get where you are coming from.  Too funny...but true.

Nov 05, 2014 11:20 PM #1
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Donny Carter
Carter & Roque Real Estate - Frostburg, MD
Mountain Maryland Real Estate Expert

I have seen their show and I can tell you just how unrealistic it is! Unless, of course, your brother is the worlds cheapest (and quickest) contractor and you happen to be related to a master plumber, electrician & carpenter....

Nov 05, 2014 11:35 PM #2
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Smart Green Realty - Philadelphia, PA
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Exactly right, Donny Carter! The Frostburg, MD market is not unlike Philadelphia. "The Brothers" give the public the impression that it is cheaper to buy a fixer and get contractors. When I bought my fixer, my money-savvy friend told me that--in the end--it is cheaper to pay list price for a house that is already rehabbed. I did not believe her. Now I know from experience that she was Absolutely Right. I've had a great adventure with my fixer...and I do love my house....But now I know: Renovating is a lot of trouble and, in the end it costs a lot more.

Nov 08, 2014 12:24 AM #3
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