From A Buyers Prospective

Mortgage and Lending with Liberty Bank of Arkansas

I was at my bank today taking care of some business and in talking with a bank employee he told me he had been looking to purchase a home.  He asked me about my services and then began to tell me how important he could see what I had to offer sellers. You see looking from the buyers prospective he understood what I was talking about. He said he had just passed up a home because of paint color.

Painting is such a simple and inexpensive fix. But as he explained, I do not want to take the time to repaint.  I have seen too many homes on the market that are move in ready. Why would I want to make an offer on something I need to do work on?

I told him...exactly, this is why staging is so important to sellers. Staging is not always about spending a lot of money. Sometimes you just need to make some simple and inexpensive changes to make a sell.

Unfortunately the sellers of the home that he refered to may have lost a sell because of paint color.

Calling in a professional stager can help you see your home from the buyers prospective.


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Donna Schoby

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Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties - Edmonds, WA

Hi Donna,  His comment is typical.  Many people will not consider moving into a house if they have to repaint some walls because there is so much on the market right now that is in turn key condition.  I wish more sellers understood that before they reduce prices by tens of thousands of dollars when a simple paint job would have sold the house.

Jan 23, 2009 03:17 PM #1
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Sellers area wasting their realtors time and advertising $$ if they don't want to do everything they can to sell their home in a buyers market!  I'm sure with the minimal investment of hiring you for a staging consultation, a little repainting and this seller would have received an offer!  Instead they will moan about how bad the market is!

Jan 24, 2009 10:49 AM #2
Tracy Moses~Redefining LUXE~Staging ~ Decorati
Redefining LUXE - Mount Pleasant, SC

You are so right!  There are just too many homes on the market that buyers can choose from and therefore every property MUST be showcased properly if a seller wishes to receive an offer. 

Jan 25, 2009 01:26 AM #3
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR

Diana, Sellers need to realize home important this is. So many are losing sales or leaving money on the table.

Margaret, So true! If sellers would hire a stager for a simple consult or even just listen to what their Realtor has to recommend. I just don't get it just doesn't make since in today's market.

Tracy, I feel like a broken record sometimes...preaching the same message over and over. Sellers need to realize how important this is to selling.

Jan 25, 2009 04:19 AM #4
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Kids now have the most awful colored rooms.  But they like them because they are fun for them.  Buyers aren't too happy with those colors.

Jan 26, 2009 12:58 PM #5
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR

Barbara, Exactly my point! Buyers do not want the personality of the sellers. 

Jan 26, 2009 02:49 PM #6
Tanya Venable
Orlando, FL
SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant

Donna, it's a fact that buyer's want "move-in ready". This proves that.  The less a buyer has to do the more interested buyers you'll have.  And you are right, small changes can make a big difference.

Jan 30, 2009 07:23 AM #7
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR

Thanks Tanya, I look forward to the day that all sellers realize this.

Jan 31, 2009 02:56 PM #8
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