Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful

Managing Real Estate Broker with RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker 17050

I've been told I have good bones and am in better than average condition. I'm definitely not what you would call "high maintenance". 

I'm not too small, not too big and really don't have any weird quirks about me. I don't have any odors or "history" and am squeaky clean all the time.

So why aren't you willing to consider me?

Why won't you even look at me?

Is it really just about price?

I come from good stock and am not going to just give myself away.  

Five years down the road, do you want to be able to say you found the best match for you and your lifestyle or that you just got the cheapest date deal on the block?




Colleen Fischesser is the Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Select in Maple Valley, WA. She has been successfully selling and marketing properties all over South King & North Pierce counties since 1990 but specializes in the Maple Valley Washington area. .She may be contacted directly at: 425-432-5400

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Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC - Hilton Head Island, SC


You are so creative!  Did you consider using that approach in your advertising?  I do believe that it is ALL about pricing these days.  I tell my sellers that have to be the prettiest girl at the prom (for the best price, of course.
Dec 07, 2008 10:37 PM #35
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I love this!!!  And, so true.

But. . . .  will it appraise???

Dec 07, 2008 11:10 PM #36
Tim Ludemann
Ochopee, FL

Very creative and made me smile on an early monday morning...I don't want to say much more because it could be taken the wrong way...

Dec 07, 2008 11:22 PM #37
Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes

Colleen, Very original! I remember the commercial too. Don't know if that's good or bad?

Dec 08, 2008 12:17 AM #38
Paul McFadden
Paratex - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

Colleen: That's funny! Nice post. Have a great week!

Dec 08, 2008 12:34 AM #39

This sounds like a nieve way of viewing the world, or a petulant teenager saying "all you care about is your money" when they are told no on $100 jeans.

With the exception of the uber wealthy, we all have trade offs and an amount we can spend, or an amount we can spend on other things (like life) if we don't spend it on RE.  If inventory is very high, and I can selectivly pick from many possiblites at a particular price point in one area, why would I choose to go down a catagory at the same price to see your "jewel"?  I won't.  I don't care if I have to look at 30 houses to see 3 I like, it is a much better use of my time then paying more to see five houses I like in a row.

The REO buyer isn't taking any old junk and buying it because it is all us cheapskates can afford, there are some very nice houses that you can't even compete with (with your high price). 

Pictures, google maps and birds eye view eliminated your house; with modern tools I don't need to walk through the door to know that your price isn't worth it.

Dec 08, 2008 12:38 AM #40
Kathy Kooyman
Home Realty - Pella, IA

Great title, you got a lot of people to read with that.  We are very fortunate in our area what you are describing is what still sells quickly.

Dec 08, 2008 01:04 AM #41
Brian & Marie Spray - Action Realty Group - Frisco, TX
Frisco TX Realtors

Consumer - If you don't think you have to walk through a door because of online gadgets you will miss many fine properties that may suit your preferences and lifestyle to a tee.  I can't even count how many times a client has looked at deal after deal - short sales, foreclosed homes, fixer uppers - in a certain price point only to finally be "allowed" to be shown a nice home - with appropriate updates, etc and you can just plainly see the excitement in their eyes!  Realtors are not just out to make a buck, we're here to guide clients to homes they truly feel good about and its rarely about price.

Dec 08, 2008 01:15 AM #42
Larry Story
Total Care Realty - Greensboro, NC
Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate

Unfortunately I agree with many of the other rainer's.  Most buyers today whether they can afford more or not are looking for "a deal". 

Dec 08, 2008 01:32 AM #43
James Wexler - Scottsdale, AZ

I love the analagy, .however ,  these days people , home buyers, are looking for cheap dates, so beauty is second on the list.

Dec 08, 2008 01:50 AM #44
Anita Beach
RE/MAX Select Real Estate - Maple Valley, WA
Real Estate Assistant - Maple Valley, WA

Congrats on your feature!!! How funny - this is a great post!! I love the way you look at the world and have a way to put a funny spin on it.

Dec 08, 2008 02:14 AM #45
Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop
RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker - Chelan, WA
A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!

This post was written as a commentary on many buyer's unwillingness to look at a "regular" listing regardless of price, location or commission because their perception is that the better buy could be gotten on a bank owned or short sale property. I've witnessed this from a buyer's agent and listing agent's perspective. This Spring I had a "regular" house listed for sale while a bank owned around the corner, same house, same price, was on the market. Their activity was 3x what mine was for no other reason than it was bank owned.

"Consumer", you missed the point. You may be able to get as good of a deal if not more on a "regular" house. But if you don't look, you'll never know.

Dec 08, 2008 02:19 AM #46
Paul Slaybaugh
Realty Executives - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate

Can't just have the looks nowadays it seems.  Gotta bring a piano sized dowry with you if you want to get hitched to some hot little conventional number.

Dec 08, 2008 02:20 AM #47
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hey, a gold star! Such a simple message. But a message with great impact. Buyers are very selective these days. However, a couple of deals last week were not short sales and not foreclosures. Floored me. They were on homes actually owned by persons who were not in default!

Elizabeth Weintraub Land Park Real Estate Agent in Sacramento

Dec 08, 2008 03:18 AM #48
Brad R.

Unfortunately, todays looker is finding "someone" just as beautiful a little farther away in a cheaper neighborhood and is considering this as a viable alternative. This makes the beauty contest rules a little different.

Dec 08, 2008 03:34 AM #49
Greg Saffell
Tucson, AZ
Real Estate Professional Tucson, Oro Valley AZ

Hi neighbor,
I'll swim against the tide on this one. I have seen too many deals fall apart and too many disappointed clients as a result of short sales going south at the last minute. There are so many well-priced homes on the market now that I stay away from short sales and foreclosures all together.
I educate my clients on the pitfalls of short sales etc, and if they still wish to persue that avenue, I'll recommend another agent. But remarkably they seem to listen and stay with me. 
I see the beauty.

Dec 08, 2008 04:33 AM #50
Kelly Sibilsky
Licensed Through Referral Connection, LTD. - Lake Zurich, IL

In response to "Consumer" - I worked with some first time buyers who wanted to focus on short sales/foreclosures because on paper the value seems tremendous. In reality, we looked at dozens of homes that were simply un-inhabitable. Once they expanded their search to non-short sale or foreclosure properties, they were pleasantly surprised to find that many of these homes were as good or an even better value than the distressed properties (usually because the distressed properties were in such poor condition). My advise to all buyers is to cast a wide net and be willing to look at a variety of different types of properties within your target price range, instead of being lured by the promise of a deal, which may not be a deal at all.

Dec 08, 2008 05:48 AM #51
Marc Rasmussen
DWELL Real Estate - Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Real Estate

Great title! Great way to get people to read your post and comment. Very creative writing. Love it. ;-)

Dec 08, 2008 01:12 PM #52
Obeoman Glade Jones - Salt Lake City, UT




After reading this, I would feel "dirty" if I ever had to rent again!


Bl0g On!



Dec 08, 2008 01:15 PM #53
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Colleen I love the post! When I 1st started reading I thought you may be putting together a personal add:)

Dec 09, 2008 11:16 PM #54
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