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12 Local Real Estate Photos That Stink

We learn a lot about life by doing the wrong thing first and getting corrected by someone with more knowledge or experience.  However, real estate transactions don’t occur very often and most folks  seldom question the knowledge or experience of their real estate agents.  The images used to showcase your home should tell the story of the property you’re selling. Here is a cheat sheet of photos that leave the potential buyer confused, underwhelmed or uninterested.

FX8404196 - Living Room

Gloom and doom.  I gotta tell you, this is a big pet peeve of mine. Turn on the lights, remove the “stuff” in this photo and take it again.  A buyer wants to see what they are buying.  A dark room full of someone else’s stuff doesn’t interest them whatsoever. You’re creating negatives rather than highlighting positives.

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You’re too close!  Take a few steps back and gain some perspective.  Is this a walk-in closet? Don’t make the viewer guess.  And don’t upload pictures with the date on it, it just tells me you don’t know how to turn it off or don’t bother to learn how.

By |August 28th, 2014|Sellers|

Raise the Roof

Raise the roof. If you think I’m referring to the pop culture dance move or the late 90s song that inspired it your dead wrong.  If you thought I was referring
to a great song by Carbon Leaf, you’re much more on track.  The song goes a little something like this:

Raise the roof, that I might see the stars
To gain wisdom, to see things for what they are”

A great tune and a perfect inspiration for one of the more aggressive renovations moves.

After buying my second home and foreclosure I was faced with many design challenges including a long, outdated galley kitchen.  DSCN0030The footprint of the common area of the home was quite generous for its time but they just had to put up a bunch of walls to make very restrictive and defined rooms within one large room.  It had to go, it must be changed.

The decision didn’t come quickly, we tried many different ways to work around it. In the end it was the best thing I did on this project and I enjoy it every single day.

On a cold day in […]

By |July 4th, 2014|Renovations|

A Natural Gas BBQ Grill is a Thing of Beauty

When I purchased my first home and foreclosure I had a lot to learn.  Seriously, the trials and tribulations were astounding but once in the rear view, the feeling couldn’t be beat.  Luckily, there was no shortage of wise men (and women) around me offering advice from years of their own experience.  Most of the time I used it to solve construction problems such as layout, materials, contractors, etc.  Every once in a while we came up with a solution to a problem I didn’t even know I had yet.

July 4th rolls around and you’ve invited the neighbors to a nice little cookout.  Throw some burgers on the grill, a couple dogs maybe a few brats and some veggies.  Hmm, grill sounds funny. Meats not really cooking, missing that sizzle sound.  You’re out of propane and everyone’s looking at you, starving.  Now since you’ve missed your opportunity to have checked the tank beforehand or be clever enough to have a full spare on hand, you’re left with one option.  Tuck your tail between your legs and run off to the store where you better pray that 100 other jokers didn’t already fall prey to the same situation earlier.

Insert a natural […]

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