Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group)

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Usually, yes and if the home smells it take longer to sell.

Aug 19, 2016 09:32 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
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Smoke and pet smells can be very difficult to remove, and this does have a huge impact on the price.

Aug 20, 2016 01:13 PM
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Robert,

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Aug 19, 2016 02:56 PM
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Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Cat Litter Bob

Vegas Bob wanted to throw this question out to the Brokers & Agents of ActiveRain and possible outsiders.

I think with so many homes on the market that have been rental properties and trashed with animal odors, cigarette odors, etc, that if the homes cannot be totally rid of the odors that these homes should be worth less.

Unless these homes are completely gone through they seem to have that smell that can really be a turn off to potential buyers, don't you think?

cigarettes

And after looking at these photos, what do you think?

Aug 19, 2016 02:23 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
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Yes if you have lost your sense or smell.

Robert Vegas Bob Swetz this question stinks

Aug 20, 2016 03:10 PM
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Barbara Todaro
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buyers buy on comparison and the homes with odors are usually removed from the list....if the price is discounted, there's always a concern about removing the odors PERMANENTLY!!!

Aug 19, 2016 11:10 PM
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Bob Crane
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Investors have been saying for years that a stinky house smells like OPPORTUNITY.

Aug 19, 2016 05:08 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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Depending on the smell far less value.

Aug 19, 2016 03:07 PM
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Praful Thakkar
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Robert Vegas Bob Swetz - I am also a believer in that. In fact, the toughest homes to sell are the one with the smell of cigarettes.

Aug 19, 2016 03:05 PM
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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All smells can be removed just takes a bit of knowledge and expertise:)) but for the ones for your example yes it will be worth less...Endre

Aug 19, 2016 02:52 PM
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Andrzej Niemyjski
Realty One Group - Sun City West, AZ

in the normal market those homes are almost impossible to sell

Aug 19, 2016 02:29 PM
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Yes as it takes longer to sell - IF it sells!

Aug 19, 2016 02:19 PM
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Less in value, and often they cannot be sold.

Aug 19, 2016 02:16 PM
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Sandra Steele
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That is a touchy question and depends on so many things.  All odors can be removed.  It can be expensive and a professional should be called in to analyze the situation.  Could be removing carpet, painting and good odor repellents could do the trick.  ???

Aug 23, 2016 12:54 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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Yes.  Odors can put people off.

Aug 21, 2016 04:42 AM
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Evelyn Johnston
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Of course, however, if they are that nasty my buyers won't offer on it.

Aug 20, 2016 02:01 PM
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Debbie Laity
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Yes. 

Aug 20, 2016 12:44 PM
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William Feela
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If theodor is there they are gone.

Aug 20, 2016 12:30 PM
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Larry Johnston
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Some buyers don't care about the odors.  They'll buy it anway.  Usually it does bring in less that asking price.

Aug 20, 2016 12:26 PM
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Tony Lewis
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Yes, much less.

Aug 20, 2016 12:16 PM
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Allie Angeloni
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Yes, it would make sense that nasty odors that cannot be totally removed would sell for less and have diminished value for that reason.  Every nasty odor does not clean-up, so new flooring and walls might be in order, though I would certainly bring in an expert to get an Evaluation and Estimate.  Maybe multidimensional remediation is required Robert Vegas Bob Swetz.                        

Aug 20, 2016 10:57 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
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Yes. I actually had a post I wrote about a Stinky house picked up and publish. It gave an actual example of how much less the home sold for ... how much longer it was on the market because of the odor ... in this case it as the smell of curry. 

Aug 20, 2016 06:02 AM
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Absolutely.  Anything that makes it harder to sell a home makes it worth less money.

Aug 20, 2016 04:07 AM
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Lyn Sims
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Yes but nasty odors always can be removed or sealed. If you have to remove all the carpet & seal the floors it's possible. I've had rehabbers also have to remove the ductwork just to be sure also.

Your sellers are going to pay a hefty 'hassle factor' for someone else to remove the stink depending on what it is.  Cigs are nothing compared to a body laying in the dining room for a week.

Aug 20, 2016 01:38 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia
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Yes, it makes a great case to submit a lower offer in my opinion.

Aug 20, 2016 12:50 AM
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Sam Shueh
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Yes, complaints from future home owners.

Aug 20, 2016 12:40 AM
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Jessie Cochran
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Nope, been there done that - got lucky though I think

Aug 20, 2016 12:19 AM
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Jeff Pearl
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They will be harder to sell and have less value. if i was a buyer of one, i would identfy sources of odors, then estimate costs of removing odors, and lower my offer to cover remediation.

Aug 20, 2016 12:17 AM
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Michael Jacobs
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All other things being equal -- yes, odors make a difference.  

Aug 20, 2016 12:16 AM
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Michael Setunsky
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Robert Vegas Bob Swetz I believe "Nasty Odors" turn off people before it affects the price.

Aug 20, 2016 12:00 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
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Not really, just have to find the right buyer

Had one with a pet odor that could not be removed after 3 commercial cleanings - found a buyer who couldn't smell anything :)

Aug 20, 2016 12:00 AM
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Wayne Martin
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Smell will turn buyers off! Those with an interest want a large discount!

Aug 19, 2016 11:56 PM
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James Dray
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You bet

Aug 19, 2016 11:48 PM
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yes

Aug 19, 2016 11:10 PM
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They can represent great values to the right buyers; yes!

Aug 19, 2016 10:50 PM
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NO but guess who is getting a new paint job and or flooring makeover?

Aug 19, 2016 10:50 PM
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Kat Palmiotti
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Stinky houses are not favorites of buyers -- and they usually do sell for less.

Aug 19, 2016 10:43 PM
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Gabe Sanders
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Absolutely.  Considerably less.

Aug 19, 2016 09:59 PM
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yes

Aug 19, 2016 09:46 PM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
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Probably, after al, who wants to live in a smelly house?

Aug 19, 2016 09:25 PM
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Roy Kelley
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Yes. Investors love them.

Aug 19, 2016 09:14 PM
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Debbie Gartner
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Yes, these definitely lower the value (as well as time on market).

Aug 19, 2016 07:41 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
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It will reduce your potential pool of buyers significantly, at least, here in Los Angeles county. I'd disclosure the odor in agent remarks not to waste anyone's time. 

Aug 19, 2016 06:26 PM
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Kathleen Luiten
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Get rid of the odor or sell for less!

Aug 19, 2016 05:51 PM
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It depends upon the particular situation.

Aug 19, 2016 03:35 PM