The Things I See on Brokers' Tour: Part 1

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage BRE#01732313

Brokers’ tour is an interesting event. It’s kind of like a box of chocolates; “You never know what you’re going to get.” So, I’ve decided to start writing about some of the stuff I see! Much of the time, I’ll share tips and professional insights, but on occasion I’ll find those wild and wacky homes that just need to be shared.

Wooden Stairs

Wooden StairsWhat are your thoughts about stair coverings?  I’ve seen some interesting treatments over the years, but have started to see carpeting replaced with wood. 

Cool idea about that? Carpeting takes a beating on a staircase, showing dirt and wear and tear far sooner than other areas of a home. Wood treatment offers a bold and clean look. Not so cool, wooden stairs don’t soften the sound of footsteps going up and down, especially if you have a household of active kids coming and going.

Will wood hold up over time, or eventually loose its luster? What are your ideas for the ideal floor covering for stairs in your home?

Paneled Walls

Brokers TourSo far, I’ve only seen this treatment in new home models, but I really like it. This particular paneling treatment was for the tall wall at the top of a stair landing to the rise of the second floor. Very dramatic and so much more interesting than a plain hallway wall. I’ve also seen this design feature used on the lower portion of an entry hall. Certainly made for an impressive entrance.

Celestial Ceiling

Brokers TourNow what kid wouldn’t be mesmerized staring at this just before nodding off at night? It would take the right setting to pull it off though. The dark color could give a rather gloomy look to a child’s room. In this case, it worked just fine. Ample daylight flowed in through other windows and the rest of the rooms decor was colorful and appealing. Besides dusting the trim corners, any other downside?

Unusual Closet Door

Brokers TourThere is an entire generation of people who may not even know what this is – telephone booth?  What’s that?!! Reminiscent of something you might see in England, I love this innovative and fun use of an old door at the end of a hallway. Certainly grabs one’s attention. I think this concept could be applied to other rooms of the home that could use some stylization, any ideas?

Small Yard Oasis

Brokers TourSeen in a town house, with very little yard, this homeowner made the best use of a small space. When viewed from sliding doors inside of the house, it created a feeling of spaciousness in an otherwise small living room.

Comments (11)

Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

The wooden stairway is slippery. It would not take the beating.  Nail carpet over it is better.

Childrens ceiling-I have seen Disney Peter Pan to Star War ceiling painting. So far it does not bother most home owners.

Sep 05, 2015 02:21 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Karen it has been a while hope you are well and busy, loved the pictures, some bought back memories of the '70's:))Endre

Sep 05, 2015 02:44 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Karen Crowson when we see so many homes, we are surprised at times by seeing something different, unusual.

True, it's a 'covered' box of chocolate.

Sep 05, 2015 02:51 PM
Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change

Sam, I have not seen very many Disney ceilings. I'll bet those are fun.
The 70s Endre? I'd love to say I don't remember them, but of course I do!
Sam, I see all kinds of interesting things. I just have to remember to use my camera!!

Sep 05, 2015 02:58 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning Karen,

Now I have to go find one of those telephone doors; it would look good going into the garage or that small building next to the barn!

Make yourself a great day.


Sep 05, 2015 11:37 PM
Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change

Careful there Raymond. Your home inspector will want a fire door!

Sep 06, 2015 12:56 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential



We brokers see so many plain vanilla houses that a house with a little something out of the ordinary is a breath of fresh air. I especially like the small yard oasis.

Sep 06, 2015 12:58 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Estate Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Karen,  I like runners on stairs.  I like the look and how they reduce the sound. 

Love that phone booth door.  Great fun and conversation piece.

Sep 06, 2015 06:16 AM
Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change

Hey Kathleen. Been awhile! We see so many interesting things touring homes.

David, I like when I find something memorable.

Sep 06, 2015 08:07 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Looks like a really interesting brokers tour.  Always cool to see some of the more unique features hiding inside homes.

Sep 08, 2015 06:57 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Karen Crowson 

Fascinating stuff that you see on broker tours. It really puts in perspective how housing styles, architecture, decor and condition really vary among the inventory. Some things are just so unique, but then now and then someone will surprise you and find that uniqueness appealing. Others, not so much

Great idea for a series of posts!

Hope you and the family are well!


Oct 02, 2015 02:09 PM