Loving the Inside of a Home.... But...Beware of the Outside....

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   Watching a Buyer falling in love with a house is a wonderful thing...a joy to see the twinkle in their eye, the spring in their step, watching the decorating wheels turning as they image their furniture in the home and see their family at the kitchen table, parties in the rec room...relaxing beside the fireplace...it makes a Realtor glad they chose thkeys in jewelry boxis dream making profession.  The emotion of the experience for everyone involved is unduplicated.

   Then...as a Buyer's agent ....we tour the outside of the property with the prospective Buyers....this is sometimes where the excitement and enthusiasm can be tempered with the reality of things that may not exist or may not have been maintained on the outside.

    -Peeling paint on the trim 

    - Rotting wood 

    - Garage - None or less than 2 car

    - Driveway condition - dirt, asphalt...concrete 

    -  Roof shaded by tree branches

    -  Puddles of large proportion throughout the yard

        (not intended as a pool)

     -  Trees and bushes growing close to the foundation

      - Missing downspouts, gutters in disrepair


    caution sign       Some things can be easily fixed...others not as easily and more expensively..."I can just put in a driveway" can become a five figure expense.

        In this "snooze you lose" market it is easy to have a Buyer let hearts rule heads and get carried away in the moment without the voice of objective reason to provide caution  that

is necesary in making a sound decision.

    Buying a house is not just a business decision....a whirlwind of emotion becomes a part of this very important life changing decision.

        If you or anyone you know is getting their house ready to sell or is considering buying a home in southeastern Wisconsin..Call the Hansons, we are honored to be of service.






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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

No sense getting yourself in a jackpot when the outside needs so many repairs but the inside is perfect.

Mar 30, 2016 09:42 PM #1
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

Exterior repairs can be expensive and time-consuming. We see quite a few houses that have had no landscape work or groundskeeping done in years, such as branches overhanging windows or scraping against the home's siding. That kind of neglect should be a warning flag to buyers.

Mar 30, 2016 10:03 PM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Sally K. & David L. Hanson "the eye buys" and that includes seeing the outside....they see the outside first and if they are turned off by that, they may never go in....

Mar 30, 2016 10:24 PM #3
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good Thursday morning Sally K. & David L. Hanson -

Maintaining the exterior is just as important if not more to all homeowners.  I've had buyers say no to even getting out of the truck to see the inside of a home after seeing the unkempt outside.  It matters.

Mar 30, 2016 10:28 PM #4
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

That is sure the truth Sally K. & David L. Hanson . Yesterday i had one with the trees in foundation and back yard they parked in that was a mud hole and a half. 

Mar 30, 2016 11:16 PM #5
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Sally. We only have one shot at a good first impression, not matter what the inside looks like, it may be to may be too difficult to overcome.

Mar 30, 2016 11:25 PM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Sally and David. The outside is often ignored and is never cheap to address.

Mar 30, 2016 11:45 PM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Sally and David --- yes, first impressions matter but it's important to take a look at the entire picture.   Having the right representation like you will help buyers  stay focused.   

Mar 31, 2016 12:06 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Sally and David - it makes perfect sense.  Unless you spend all of your time inside the outside of the home does matter.

Mar 31, 2016 04:29 AM #9
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Sally and David when:


"a Buyer let hearts rule heads and get carried away in the moment without the voice of objective reason to provide caution  that

is necesary in making a sound decision."

Costly mistakes are made!!!

Mar 31, 2016 05:09 AM #10
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Excellent points, Sally and David.  It's important to try and keep some emotions out of the purchase decision and replace them with the facts.

Mar 31, 2016 09:32 PM #11
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