"Potential" Does it sell a house in today's real estate market?

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Potential...... Does it sell a house in today's real estate market? 

In my opinion is does not, but I'm looking for other opinions, in agreement or not. 

When I started flipping houses over 35 years ago, determining the "potential" of a house was a one of the most important parts of the buying process.  As flippers/real estate investors we usually bought fixer uppers, but not if they were without "potential". 

Here is an example of what I'm seeing today.  This ranch style home below has potential, but it is truly a fixer-upper and the lack of front yard landscaping is just a small part of what needs to be done. 

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Below is the kitchen in the same house.  Yes, it has great potential BUT most buyers wouldn't like the peninsula wall hung cabinets that close off this space.  Buyers want cabinets that are not old and falling apart.  Today's buyers want upgraded counter tops not tile that is chipped and broken. These recessed fluorescent light fixtures are also very unattractive to buyers. 

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When the real estate agent first saw this house she saw the "potential" but she also saw it's needs and she called our Oakhurst based home staging company to help with the appeal of this house. Please keep in mind that when we stage a house we do NOT cover flaws.  Yes, staging helps buyers visualize what a house can be but they should still see the issues. 

In my area, houses with "potential" are plentiful.  They are lingering on the market and prices are dropping significantly which has a negative effect on the local market.   

What about your area?  Do houses with "potential" move quickly or do they linger? 

AND if you know of anyone that's interested in a house with potential, on 41 acres in the California foothills...let me know.   

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Rainmaker
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Ginger Foust
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
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Valerie, it's interesting to hear that it's the same in your area, SO-O far away.  Some folks idea of a fixer is far from what I think of and your client seems to be one of the others.  I keep hearing that same story a lot here.  Show me a fixer because I like the price but don't ask me to buy one...I'm too busy for THAT!  Thank you. 

December 14, 2010 10:26 AM
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Renee Marrs Caperton
Realtor - Corsicana Texas Real Estate
Century 21 Marrs & Associates

Nice pictures and post!

December 14, 2010 02:27 PM
Rainmaker
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Ginger Foust
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
Certified Staging Professional

Thank you Renee. 

December 15, 2010 12:22 PM
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Sharon Tara
New Hampshire Home Stager
Sharon Tara Transformations

Why choose potential for a beautiful home when you can just buy a beautiful home to begin with....unless you are looking to save money (or have no choice because you don't have money) and have to buy the potential house and put in the time to fix it up. 

December 30, 2010 11:38 AM
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Ginger Foust
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
Certified Staging Professional

Exactly Sharon!  I just don't understand some people's thinking.  Hopefully they just need educating but sometimes their listening skills are a bit off.  Thanks. 

December 30, 2010 11:50 AM
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