I LIKE Previewing Houses!

Real Estate Agent with Long Realty SA657797000

We Preview houses in our niche, and I have not yet seen all of the 40 Floorplans in our community of 2500 homes.  Some have had extensions, so the square footage is not the same as the 'original' floorplan from the builder, which could include enclosed front or back patios.  


I always want to be aware and informed of what is new on the Market, or what has come back into the Market - both for current clients as well as to mentally compare the differences in similar models.  Some homes have had remodels, some have had renovations, and some have remained exactly the same over the last 30 years.  For today's client, that can make a huge difference in their interest or not, in a home.  What was popular when these homes were built, is not necessarily what is in vogue today.  True, these homes are all resales and not new construction, but that being said, it doesn't mean potential clients are still not 'looking for more', and having 'boxes to check off', be it realistic for this community or not.  They can get an education fairly quickly by viewing homes on-line, at Open Houses, or with their realtor.


In my case, I make Notes on everything that I observe - the positives and the negatives - and most of the homes are vacant, with only a few still occupied - so it's very easy to see the bones of that house.  There are no distractions!   


What I find interesting, is that people that start renovations often 'stop' before completing an area.  They will do a lovely kitchen counter and then will not do a counter that is in another part of the kitchen, because it's 'separate' from the counter with the sink, cabinets, and appliances.  You can see both counters just by looking into that room.  Also, mismatched appliances always stand-out, and not in a good way.  I understand replacing an appliance, just don't see why the same color couldn't have been purchased - or was someone going for that On Sale model, or the least expensive one, and it didn't come in a matching color? 


This is similar to having all new 'different' flooring in each room, some will be new tile, some will be older tile, some will be carpet, and some will be a wood laminate.  Nothing flows, and a transition piece in doorways does not make it better.  When you look at an open floorplan and see different patterns and colors of flooring, you go, 'What were they thinking!'  Or was the flooring done by different owners and could not be matched up, and the current owner didn't care to even come close?


Then I do love when someone has done bathroom and kitchen up-dates, even without a complete renovation.  It really does help to modernize a home that goes back decades, so one does not have to spend tens of thousands of dollars, if they spend wisely, and if that is not in their budget.


 Updated Kitchen

New refaced cabinets with accessories that blend in with the counter, the flooring, and the walls.


I think homes for snowbird owners, who did not live there permanently (meaning year-round),  might not have thought it seemed worth the effort, time, or expense to repaint, or up-date, or even do simple fixes.  That is too bad, because it totally affects the potential buyer's opinion - and some older folks are not willing to make all of the up-dates themselves or cannot, and would have to contract those projects out to others.  So a house with potential can be crossed off The List, just by looking too dated.


On the other hand, we do have permanent full-time residents that loved the look of wallpaper borders and certain wall colors from decades past, and they do not truly see how 'dated' a home can look.  They are not going to change it when the home goes on the Market either - they figure the new buyer can make the changes - so this becomes subjective per individual.


On my Home Previews, it is very obvious which homes will not 'last long' on the Market, and that can be with or without the coveted mountain views - it does depend on how you maintain and up-date your home.  Deferred maintenance, which can be very obvious, is never a plus.  I've seen some homes that were undescribable, and everything that someone had put in themselves (a true DIY'er), had to be removed - not pretty, and not inexpensive.


So, I do LIKE Previewing new homes on the Market, and with our low inventory - keep 'em coming! 



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Allie Angeloni, REALTOR

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Tucson, AZ   85704

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Comments (8)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Allie previewing was one of my favorite way to keep up with the inventory, then when the market heated up... by the time I looked at them they sold... time to get back in the swing of things now that the market has cooled a bit, Great Advice and an awesome post, Endre

Sep 30, 2017 10:28 PM
Allie Angeloni

You are too kind Endre Barath, Jr. - thanks so much!  I do appreciate your comments!  I agree that if you are crazy-busy and swamped with homes that Previewing may truly be on the back burner.  And more so, if they sell quickly.  Now if you have a client who is looking for a specific model then I can see trying to fit that in - some afternoons when there are no commitments, it works out great.

Sep 30, 2017 10:32 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have seen that as well, where they will seemingly only do half of the remodel project and call it good, doesn't make sense to me.

Oct 01, 2017 07:06 AM
Allie Angeloni

I know, I hear you Brian England!  And it's even more obvious that they are 'done', but it is 'not complete', when you can see one room from another room (where it is all 'open') and it does not flow or match.  HA! 

Oct 01, 2017 08:32 AM
Allie Angeloni

Thank you for your comments, too!

Oct 01, 2017 08:32 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Allie, I enjoy previewing homes as well. I have learned some good decorating techniques over the years too.

Oct 01, 2017 06:35 PM
Allie Angeloni

Yes, I hear you Sybil Campbell - we do get to see alot that we like when Previewing - thank you for your comments!

Oct 02, 2017 08:45 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

I also enjoy previewing homes when time permits. It's always better to have a client who is in the market of buying but when there are no clients, it's our job to know our market. 

Your observations are so keen. This is a well-written blog post and hopefully it will raise concerns for sellers who are thinking about putting their homes on the market. I hope prospective sellers contact you for advice because you sure know what you're doing!

Oct 07, 2017 09:25 AM
Allie Angeloni

Thank you so much for your kind words . . .  I appreciate your comments!  When we can Preview, I think it is an excellent way to really be in the know of what is new and what is available.  One never knows in the Fall, and in the Snowbird Season, what might be of interest!

Oct 07, 2017 09:33 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing some of your successful business practices.

Oct 10, 2017 05:17 AM
Allie Angeloni

You are welcome, and what a kind comment Roy Kelley - thank you so much!

Oct 10, 2017 11:58 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!

I've just spent the past two days previewing!  Necessary in the market, isn't it!  It is amazing to see how quickly you are racking up points here in Activerain - you are a valuable member and your insights on Real Estate and comments on other's blogs and your own are thoughtful and professional.  Thanks Allie!

Oct 20, 2017 12:38 AM
Allie Angeloni

What kind words Cara Marcelle Mancuso - thank you so very much.  I'm always learning, and that's a good thing!  I've started doing some fun Contests, and have another Blog in the works, too!

Oct 21, 2017 11:41 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Hi Allie! I don't know how I missed this post - I also love to preview!

I totally agree with you about the partial remodeling in one room - I don't understand that either! Do one room at a time - completely.

I think that a lot of sellers want to replace their appliaces with stainless and will replace them, one-by-one, as they need to be. Then, they decide to move and quite often, I'll see 1 or 2 stainless appliances and the others, white or black. I think they just don't want to dispose of a perfectly good appliance until need be. I've had this conversation with my sellers too - pay the $3,000 to make it a complete set - your kitchen will show SO much better! In fact, my last listing, I had my seller get rid of her last 2 white appliances, changing them to stainless and her home sold within hours! 

Hope you have a great week!

Nov 26, 2017 10:12 PM
Allie Angeloni

Totally hear you and agree Debe Maxwell, CRS!  I also see this with appliances and flooring (oy!).  Hard to have one's eye go from open room to open room and see carpet, tile, and laminate, all in different colors - no real 'flow', as everything looks broken up.  And it's not like the current sellers were the ones that did all of the replacement flooring!  Having fresh paint is also a huge plus, because many do not like the dark teal wall (accent) along with the mauve wall (accent) both in a small room.  And that's not even mentioning the walllpaper boarder at the top of the wall (next to the ceiling).  Very dated.   

Nov 27, 2017 07:39 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

It really doesn't make one feel 'warm' and welcome when the rooms are so broken up, Allie! It really doesn't take much to do it right - it's just convincing them to do the right thing...in order to MAKE MORE MONEY!  

Jan 03, 2018 04:25 PM