No Nudes is Good Nudes

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Realty Group - Lansdale, PA

I’m not a prude. I promise.

But I always wonder what’s up when I show a home that has nude paintings and photographs hanging on the wall.

The nudes don’t make me uncomfortable – but they might make some potential buyers uncomfortable. And an uncomfortable buyer may not remember all the good things about your home. They’ll just remember it as the house with all the nudies in it.

I showed a house yesterday that had an entire wall in the living room covered in nudes. Reproductions of old masters, contemporaries, abstracts. One that I could only surmise was the homeowner’s mother-in-law. Did my client talk about the magnificent fireplace? The wall of windows overlooking the lush back yard? The historic pocket doors? No. He started talking about the seller, and why he had amassed such a collection of nudes.

Even though Nudes and Neutralize start with the same letter, they sure have nothing to do with each other. When selling, Nudes out, Neutralize in!

Last year I had a listing where there was a large nude photograph in the dining room. Like I said, I’m not a prude. But it was a nude of the homeowner herself, as taken by her artist husband. It sure was a beautiful and artistic photograph. But it made even me uncomfortable knowing I was standing next to the (clothed) model at the time.

She asked me if it would be alright if they left the picture hanging while trying to sell their home. It’s so easy to hypothetically say “no” to that question, but not so easy to do in real life! I put it in the same category of questions as, “Do these pants make me look fat?”

My advice to all people trying to sell their home: Lose the nudes. If you have to ask yourself (or your Realtor) if something might not be conducive to a sale, you already know what the answer is. “Is this picture too risqué? Should I take it down?” YES!

Remember, No Nudes is Good Nudes.

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Richard Strahm
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Richard,

I agree, Nudes are Bad Nudes when it comes to staging a house for sale! It is always a good idea to bring in a stager to advise sellers how to prepare their house for sale. Stagers help the seller make the transition from selling their home to selling their house.  

Tawni Oppenheim, www.Staged4Sale.com

 

 

August 07, 2010 12:29 PM
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Sybil Campbell
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I couldn't agree with you more.  I tell my sellers that once they put their house on the market, it is no longer their home but it is a prooduct for sale.

August 11, 2010 11:54 PM
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Wayne B. Pruner
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Thanks for the post and the great comments. This is good stuff.

September 22, 2010 12:20 AM
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Jordy Brisbin
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I was once showing a place that had nudes throughout the house, a stripper pole in the kitchen, a bong under the table, and a bag of pot on top... Tenants ... and they knew I was coming.

March 13, 2011 10:38 PM
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Usually when someone says "I'm not a prude but...", they are, in fact, a prude. When we see the phrase twice, we can say so with certainty.
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