Windows Speak Louder Than Words

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Motivational Post for 4/28/19

by Patricia Feager

 

 

 

"Well done is better than well said."

---Benjamin Franklin

 

 

There is a saying Eyes are the Windows to the Soul. By the same token, when buying a home aesthetics are key. At the Dallas Arboretum, the Foxgloves got my attention but it was the windows that opened up my mind to possibilities and that is where my focus on this blog post begins.

 

The Home Buying Process

 

Before a buyer can look out a seller's windows to decide whether or not they want to buy a home, they have to be attracted to what they see from the outside looking into possibilities. Clean windows and doors will help prospective buyers to embrace their own truth about deciding on a home to buy. 

 

Tricks and Treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest - Benjamin Franklin

 

When I show houses and the blinds and windows are closed, I can't help wonder what are the sellers hiding and what is outside that window? Many buyers feel the same way. Something I may see frequently when I pull back the curtains is windows with condensation problems or blinds that don't have ease of operation to open them when you want the buyers to see what they are buying. Trying to see out of a cloudy window is not attractive. Fine word descriptions in the MLS listing means nothing if something is hidden.

 

Windows of Opportunities

 

A Seller has many windows of opportunities to get their home sold. A Listing Agent needs to be honest in marketing and advertising and so do sellers when completing the Seller's Disclosure. Many key decisions are made when people are able to stare with interest from the outside or better yet the inside of a glass window. Buyers lose focus when things seem foggy or defects are hidden. Fogging that occurs between the glass panes can't be fixed. Glass replacement is the only solution. If a glass company determines new windows or glass replacement is the only solution it may be the best window of opportunity for the Seller to have it fixed before listing. It really is true, widows do speak louder than words.

 

Patricia Feager 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
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Excellent and true! I always like to have my sellers to step outside and to view thier home as if they are buying it, and ask them, what would you like to see different or added, and then I ask them, would you buy this house again?

May 05, 2019 10:13 AM #40
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP ,

I'm so glad to see this post featured  in Kathy Streib's "Ah-Ha" moments for the week. Your mind is so creative and once again you have written around a saying I so agree with "Eyes are the windows to the Soul." Thank you!

May 06, 2019 04:58 AM #41
Rainmaker
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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A great message, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP ... beautifully written!

Gene

May 06, 2019 07:51 AM #42
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I LOVE this! So glad Kathy shared it this week!

You really have such insight and such a way with words, Patricia.

It's funny, I had a thought when I read your line about closed blinds and curtains....I always tell my sellers NOT to have their shower curtain pulled closed in bathrooms because it makes the room smaller and it makes people inspect the bathtub/shower even closer because they think you are hiding something.

May 06, 2019 08:20 AM #43
Rainmaker
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Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

I've been feeling like a broken record lately, telling potential sellers to either get rid of heavy curtains or open the blinds to let the sun shine in! It's a happy look for a house!

May 06, 2019 07:18 PM #44
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Lynn B. Friedman
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 
Always so much to learn from you!
Loved the flower photo.
All the best, Lynn

May 06, 2019 08:51 PM #45
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John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Patricia, you have such a great way of viewing the world.

I have often thought about how much people value the outside look of a house before they buy. After you move in the outside is seen by the buyer only a small percentage of the time.

Your suggestion to go inside and look out, makes so much sense. What will your view be like on a day to day basis.

I showed a new construction to a buyer. Nice look. Going inside they looked out at more than one trashed house that would be their daily view.

Glad they checked the windows.

May 08, 2019 02:10 PM #46
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

John Wiley - Your compliment is greatly appreciated. People aren't just interested in what's inside, they need to see everything from different viewpoints, including looking out their windows too. But before they get inside, they have to feel excited about what's outside too. 

As agents, we know it's discouraging when we drive up to a property and the prospective buyer won't even get out of their car because of something they saw from the outside looking up at the house, or when you walk inside and discover it is dark, no lights on, or an obstacle course inside. 

Homes have windows for a reason. Glass to see in and out, brick, stucco, siding, or other types of exterior and walls within, the ceilings and roof, all of these things are important to see, know, and experience when buying a home.

Thank you for understanding. Have a wonderful day!

May 08, 2019 03:26 PM #47
Rainmaker
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Lynn B. Friedman - I feel blessed to learn from you too!

Between us, there is mutual respect. 

Foxgloves in a garden are striking and beautiful and with a clear vision, one gains greater appreciation.

Have a wonderful day, today and always!

May 08, 2019 03:29 PM #48
Rainmaker
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Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA - Heavy drapes are a magnet for dust mites too! Many drapes will fall apart if they don't get regular cleaning. The wrong window treatments can make a room look and feel smaller too. 

It does sound like a broken record, clean the windows, repair the glass, remove the curtains, open the blinds. Agents know what they are talking about. Sellers would be wise to listen. 

May 08, 2019 03:32 PM #49
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara - It's always great to hear from you! Closed shower curtains when I show properties drives me nuts too. I can't think of anyone who wants to buy a home with neglected shower tiles or obvious plumbing problems. 

A clean home shows well and owners who know and understand this are not afraid to show off a well-maintained home.  

Have a great day!

May 08, 2019 03:41 PM #50
Rainmaker
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi - Your compliment means a lot to me. 

Thank you!

May 08, 2019 03:41 PM #51
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - No matter how you got here to my blog post, I'm glad you were here to share your appreciation for my writing style and what I have to offer here on ActiveRain. 

With that compliment, mutual respect comes back to you!

May 08, 2019 03:43 PM #52
Rainmaker
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Graziella Bruner - Your advise to clients is excellent. In order to see the whole picture, prospective buyers and sellers must be able to see everything from every point of view and that will help them frame a decision in their mind. 

Wishing you the best always!

May 08, 2019 03:45 PM #53
Rainmaker
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Thanks, Mike Cooper, GRI! I find nothing attractive about a fogged window. To people buying a home for the first time, a fogged window can be frightening! Fixing the problem paves the way to successful sales and it doesn't have to wait until an inspector writes the defect on their report. Windows are part of the structure and in the big scheme of things, it's a small cost to repair.   

May 08, 2019 03:49 PM #54
Rainmaker
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Kat Palmiotti - Windows can have a positive or negative effect on people. I think it's safe to say women love to shop and they know dated window treatments when they see them, or what colors are in and which ones are out. When the eyes see what they want, they want to buy! Vision is part of the process for a successful sale. 

Have a wonderful day!

May 08, 2019 03:52 PM #55
Rainmaker
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Kathy Streib - Thanks for including me in your book of learning.

Have a great day. 

May 08, 2019 03:53 PM #56
Rainmaker
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Dan Pittsenbarger - Ben left us a legacy of words and wisdom! 

Light & bright! Freshness sells easier than dark & heavy. 

Have a great and prosperous day!

May 08, 2019 03:57 PM #57
Rainmaker
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Beth Atalay - Sometimes if I have time on my hands, I like to go to Realtor.com to look at homes in other parts of the United States. It must be human nature because when I look at the photos if they are dark and dreary, I don't even go on to see each photo. To me, the house feels spooky!

Darkness puts on spell on me and I believe it has the same effect on others too. 

 

May 08, 2019 04:01 PM #58
Rainmaker
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Steffy Hristova - I do believe it is easier to lead a horse to water than to force someone to see something when the focus is gone. In a blink of an eye, the interest is gone! Poof! Forever! First impressions either draw them in or turns them off. 

Have a great day!

May 08, 2019 04:03 PM #59
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