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Continued: Home buyer turn-ons and turn-offs

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 26, 2014 - 4:20 PM

Odors — ranging from cat-litter boxes to cigarette smoke — are a universal turnoff. “When I see clients’ noses crinkle, I know the house stinks,” said Huebener of Edina Realty.

Another turnoff is sellers’ personal collections and decorating style. When the Browns were house hunting, they couldn’t envision living in spaces that had Romanesque pillars, sponge-painted walls and “cherubs in every corner,” said Christine.

Jam-packed closets and cabinets not only create clutter but also make buyers believe the house doesn’t have enough storage. “A client backed out of a deal because she decided the poorly organized walk-in closet wasn’t big enough,” said Kroll.

Agent Tammy Chevalier of Keller Williams recently showed a property with a vibrant orange kitchen. “It was too loud for the buyers, and it just became another project they would have to do,” she said. “Paint is cheap, easy and helps you sell faster.”

Seller’s market

This spring, many buyers are having a hard time finding a home that puts a smile on their face. The real estate market is in full seasonal swing, and with low interest rates, it’s a good time to take the leap into homeownership. However, the pool of properties for sale is also down, which makes it a seller’s market and results in multiple bids for the most desirable homes.

Nonetheless, sellers still are advised to showcase their homes in top-notch condition to make them stand out among the competition, according to real estate agents.

“Even though inventory is low, buyers still have high expectations,” Erickson said. “They want the red carpet rolled out and move-in-ready perfection.”

Hypercritical buyers won’t give a house a second glance unless the online photos are professional, the rooms are spotless from top to bottom and the exterior looks well-maintained.

“If a seller does all those extra things, it will put more money in their pocket,” said White of ReMax. “If the online photos and the home are perfect — they’ll get extra showings and more offers.”

 

Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619





 

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