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
Realtor, ABR, SFR, SRES
REMAX Realty Group
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Harleysville, PA 19438

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Rainmaker
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Anne Johnson
RE/MAX Austin Skyline - Austin, TX
Austin Realtor | HookemhomesATX (512)917-5260

In Texas we hunt and fish -- many of my sellers have animal trophies and they have to go when marketing a home -- transplants do not like or understand the heads on the wall or cowhide rugs.  Great post! 

Aug 02, 2010 01:49 PM #167
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Nona Swann
Swann & Associates Real Estate - Indialantic, FL
Serving the needs of the Sellers in Brevard County

Richard,

I too had a client that owned the local topless bar. In his family room was a life size nude picture. He saw it as art and rightfully so to some it is art. I told him it is art to many however he is not trying to convince the potential buyyers of his home that they need to have his sense of art! I told him since his home is a 4 bedroom usually families will look at it and the parents with children maybe offended and not look any further afraid of what can be in the master bedroom. He laughed and removed all pictures, because there were more in the master bedroom!!

 

Aug 02, 2010 02:55 PM #168
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Randy Elliott

Oh yes!  This is one of my own pet peeves.  I don't understand any seller that would even consider leaving something on the wall like that while their home is for sale.

The only home that should ever have nudes hanging around while for sale is the Playboy Mansion.

Aug 02, 2010 04:06 PM #169
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Randy Elliott
Realty World Premier Associates - Stockton, CA
REALTOR : Lodi / Stockton, CA

Oh yes!  This is one of my own pet peeves.  I don't understand any seller that would even consider leaving something on the wall like that while their home is for sale.

The only home that should ever have nudes hanging around while for sale is the Playboy Mansion.

Aug 02, 2010 04:08 PM #170
Rainmaker
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Jeffery Griffin
Jeff Griffin LLC - Wailuku, HI
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It's Art . Its Controversial. It's life. Up to the seller and not anyone else. I represent many artist on Maui. We all have the freedom to express ourselves. Don't take things so serious, loosen up, chill out. Hang Loose, Aloha ha ha Jeff

Aug 02, 2010 04:44 PM #171
Rainmaker
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Cynthia Larsen
Safe Haven Realty - Cotati, CA
Sonoma County Real Estate Broker

Oh I LOVE how buyers reference each house they have been in. You may have given me a blog idea, and I needed one today :)

Aug 02, 2010 06:41 PM #172
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Brenda Hughes
Evansville Home Staging & Re-Design - Evansville, IN
Home Staging & Re-Design Southern IN, KY

As a professional Stager the picture of the home owner would definitely have to go!!  After all we advise that they remove all personal photos, I would say that is definitely personal:)

Aug 02, 2010 11:00 PM #173
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Sonja Patterson
RE/MAX Realty Center - Cypress, TX
Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou

Prudence is my middle name. If I as a buyer had my kids with me...I would not go into the nude room, so I totally agree. No nudes!

Aug 02, 2010 11:08 PM #174
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Kristina Heili
Keller Williams Premier Realty - Woodbury, MN
Comprehensive Real Estate Services

Simply put, denude! The stuff has gotta go...nudes, taxidermies (prize fish displays may be ok?), masks, personal photos, etc. OUT! GO!

Aug 03, 2010 03:52 PM #175
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Susan Ani

I once toured a house for sale that had an enormous mounted sailfish hanging on display in the recreation room.  The agent asked me why I thought the house had failed to sell after a prolonged market time.  "Well," I told her, "among other things, it might be that darned fish!"  It was kinda scarey, and to those folks who do not condone sport fishing, it would also be offensive. 

And then there was the house with art work that was not artistic, but arguable suggestive hanging on the walls.  Ahem!

Side note: The title line on this day's Active Rain "newsletter", borrowed from your title, landed the email right in my spam folder.  Had to "save it" from a certain death in the spam eliminator system.  Just thought I would let you know...

Aug 03, 2010 05:29 PM #176
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Elizabeth Vincent

Hi Richard,

I usually preview the homes I am showing when I have advance notice. 

That way I can contact the other agent to make some adjustments prior to the showing.  I did show a home where the homeowner had numerous pictures of herself in a bikini.  That was all the different sets of buyers ever remembered about that house.  Contact the agent about removal of nude art.

Aug 05, 2010 04:17 PM #177
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Elizabeth Vincent

Hi Richard,

I usually preview the homes I am showing when I have advance notice. 

That way I can contact the other agent to make some adjustments prior to the showing.  I did show a home where the homeowner had numerous pictures of herself in a bikini.  That was all the different sets of buyers ever remembered about that house.  Contact the agent about removal of nude art.

Aug 05, 2010 04:17 PM #178
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Elizabeth Vincent

Hi Richard,

I usually preview the homes I am showing when I have advance notice. 

That way I can contact the other agent to make some adjustments prior to the showing.  I did show a home where the homeowner had numerous pictures of herself in a bikini.  That was all the different sets of buyers ever remembered about that house.  Contact the agent about removal of nude art.

Aug 05, 2010 04:17 PM #179
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Elizabeth Vincent

Hi Richard,

I usually preview the homes I am showing when I have advance notice. 

That way I can contact the other agent to make some adjustments prior to the showing.  I did show a home where the homeowner had numerous pictures of herself in a bikini.  That was all the different sets of buyers ever remembered about that house.  Contact the agent about removal of nude art.

Aug 05, 2010 04:17 PM #180
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Carrie Sampron
Home Smart Realty Group - Highlands Ranch, CO
ABR SFR & Kathy Sampron (303) 931-3629 Highlands R

Richard:  Wow!  It's difficult enough to tactfully explain to people that the family photos should be toned down, at the very least, but this, yikes!  I hope you were able to express to the listing agent the inappropriateness of it all.  Carrie

Aug 06, 2010 05:00 PM #181
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Tawni oppenheim

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

 

 

Aug 07, 2010 12:29 PM #182
Rainmaker
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Sybil Campbell
Century 21 John T. Ferreira and Son Inc. 500 Centre St. Amelia Island, Fl 32034 - Fernandina Beach, FL
REALTOR ABR, SFR, SRES - Amelia Island

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.

Aug 11, 2010 11:54 PM #183
Rainmaker
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Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

Thanks for the post and the great comments. This is good stuff.

Sep 22, 2010 12:20 AM #184
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Jordy Brisbin
Sutton Centre Realty - Vancouver, BC

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.

Mar 13, 2011 10:38 PM #185
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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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