Are you overly critical of properties you view? Do you view them from your own biases?

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Real Estate Agent with Aspen Properties, Inc. BR511793000

I recently had a couple of my homes on the MLS Tour and I have to ask, are all Real Estate Agents of the opinion that a home must be perfect to sell?  What I am referring to is something as ridiculous as far as I am concerned to be critical of a home that has been vacant for six months because there was a dead bug in the tub.  Granted it isn't the nicest thing to see but really, is it necessary to condemn the house as a whole because god forbid there was a dead bug in the tub?  Of course I took it out and threw it away but I thought it was absolutely beyond ridiculous to note that on the seller's evaluation form.  In another home they criticized the home because it had white paint.  Not the condition of the paint, just that it was white.  I know we are living in the age of "staging" homes to help them sell but I think sometimes agents evaluate a home on their own biases and decorating preferences rather than the marketability of the house.  Any comments on this?

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Jim Crawford
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Great topic and many times yes I am biased because I have knowledge on the property.  I do share my knowledge with my clients only.  The topics are wide from porr construction, pricing, location, issues, and more...

Aug 10, 2008 02:21 AM #1
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Sandra Paulow
Aspen Properties, Inc. - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ
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Jim,  I do this too and only with my sellers.  I am not talking about that sort of thing, I am talking about other agents on tour bad mouthing a property because they don't like the sellers decorating tastes or issues that in my opinion are non issues such as the dead bug in the bathtub. I mean really, the house has been vacant for a long time and I don't know about other agents but I do not have time to check my listings every day to check and see if there is a dead bug in the bathtub.  The homes I am talking about are all in nice areas and are very desirable properties for the right buyer. The agents were just tearing them down for no reason.  That was what I was talking about. 

Aug 10, 2008 02:33 AM #2
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Sandra Paulow

Erica,  This is exactly the kind of thing I am talking about.  What we think about a home should not matter, it is the client that matters and what the client likes that matters.  I have sold a lot of homes over the years that I personally would not live in but the clients are happy with the house and that is what counts.  The agents that were overly critical of the homes I had on the tour all live in very nice homes, very tastefully decorated, etc. and they just couldn't seem to get past the fact that the homes might not have been to their taste. Personally when I am working with a buyer I am more concerned with the structural elements, the floor plan, the location etc.  I don't care if two of the bedrooms are painted pink with purple poka dots, if the client likes the home then that is what we should be thinking about, not the seller's taste in paint colors.   

Aug 10, 2008 03:13 AM #4
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Ann Allen Hoover
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In my experience, my fellow Realtors are a lot more critical about properties than the buyers.  I guess it is because we are so educated on what not to do (or either I've just had really laid back clients)!

 

Aug 10, 2008 11:37 AM #5
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Kelly Sibilsky
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I've had this happen at a few of my broker's open houses as well. There are always those agents who are extremely critical, but I suppose they are trying to help you by pointing out the flaws or what they perceive to be flaws that a buyer might focus on. Even though I am a realtor-stager, some of it is just silliness. Buyers are smarter than we give them credit for.

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Gita Bantwal
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I do not comment on the house because people have different tastes.

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