How to impress prospective buyers

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How to impress prospective buyers

Someone said that if you study history, you can learn from it. Perhaps we can learn something about real estate and prospective buyers from a little San Diego history.

Call Jim Frimmer for all your San Diego County real estate needsWay back in the late 1860s, Alonzo Horton was in the process of building a new downtown San Diego (New Town). By the spring of 1869, 124 houses had been built in New Town or close by. Horton offered to furnish brushes and lime if the owners would whitewash their houses. Although most of them took Horton up on the offer, they were slow to actually do the whitewashing, so Horton hired people to do it for them.

Well, some of it, anyway.

Horton instructed the laborers to whitewash only the south and west sides. Why? Because those would be the sides seen by anyone arriving in New Town by ship.

Of course, the houses looked a little funny but Horton would not finish the other two sides, forcing the owners to do it themselves.

Legend has it that the sight of the fresh, clean houses so impressed newcomers that many of them made San Diego their home.

Can we learn something here?

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Don Wixom
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Very interesting. I wonder what percentage of residents DID in fact paint the other sides of their own homes. Ah, yes... Curb Appeal!

Aug 25, 2010 11:18 PM #1
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Tim Lorenz
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Curb appeal is still something that makes as much of a difference as staging.

Aug 26, 2010 01:52 AM #2
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The Scott Loper Team Lansdale & Harleysville PA Homes
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Hi Jim,

Neat story.  And it does reinforce the importance of curb appeal and first impressions.

~Lisa

Aug 26, 2010 06:05 AM #3
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
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Hey Jim, that is some pretty interesting info. Works in his favor but in someways also the new owner because they can really custom design how they want their home to look :) thanks for the history lesson!

Aug 26, 2010 07:43 AM #4
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Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
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Great post Jim, attract Buyers to us by looking as sharp as we can and choosing the properties to show that are sparkling hopefully on the inside as much as on the outside!

Aug 26, 2010 08:13 AM #5
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
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Personal Service, always.

Thanks for the bit of history, Jim.  Obviously curb appeal has always been key. I wonder if the cave men ever worried about their cave appeal?

Aug 26, 2010 08:57 AM #6
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Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Jim, clean it, paint it, but don't leave the other 2 sides looking bad....

Aug 26, 2010 09:39 AM #7
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Marilyn Harrell
ReMax Riverhaven - Beaverton, MI
Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI

Better than fiction! Have a great day!

Aug 26, 2010 09:55 AM #8
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Carra Riley
Realty ONE Group Premier Colorado - Denver, CO

Jim.....Your story really drives home the point of how important the first impression (curb appeal) really is  to a prospective buyer.

Aug 26, 2010 12:28 PM #9
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Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
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Jim:  San Diego already has a great reputation and many people want to live there, including me!

Aug 26, 2010 10:37 PM #10
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Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA

Jim, Mr, Horton understood people very well. He was able to leverage that understanding to become a very effective RE marketer.

Steve

Aug 26, 2010 11:10 PM #11
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Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
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Hi Jim ~ Nowadays instead of whitewash we use granite and stainless steel.

Liz

Aug 26, 2010 11:41 PM #12
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Liz Flint
Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty - Houston, TX
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Hi Jim, what a clever idea.  Have a great week.

Aug 29, 2010 06:31 PM #13
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