Was the First April Fool a FSBO?

Home Stager with Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA

Was the first April Fool a FSBO?  After all, we all look forward to the Spring Market. 

 I believe the April Fool FSBO demonstrates the value of the many Real Estate professions!

Here are the top ten indications that the first April Fool getting ready for the spring market was, in fact, a FSBO

#10 -- I am not updating anything -- the buyer can do that! Brass and wallpaper are just fine!

brass and ugly wall paper












#9 -- Why should I have to finish all of the repairs?  Let the buyer get the repairs done.  They can finish it their way!

repairs needed












#8 -- The carpet is fine!  They may like BLUE!  We like Blue!

blue rug













#7 -- If I take the curtains down from around the closets, I'll have to put up new closet doors.  The buyer can take it just the way it is!  It's always worked for us, and we are happy to leave the draperies (for a price)

closets have doors












#6 --  I don't need a Realtor!  Every home in here sells for $200,000 give or take a few dollars.  I can simply price my house at $250,000!  THEN I HAVE ROOM TO NEGOTIATE!

#5 -- I don't need a Realtor!  I have superb negotiation skills.  I will walk every buyer through myself in great detail pointing out how much this home was just perfect for us and all the fun times we have had here! They'll enjoy that!

#4 --  When the buyer sees just how much storage this house has, they'll be eager to make an offer!

stuffed closet












#3 --  Buyers want to see a lived-in-look, so that they can see how they can live!  This photo really shows how "OPEN" our floor plan is.  You can see how we live from every part of the house

needs to be tidied












#2 --  The Master bedroom is the perfect place to show the buyer they do not need to join a gym!  Why the excercise equipment fits just fine in the master and there really is no other place it could possible fit.  We'll let them know that!

room function














#1 -- Having photo's of the property on the Internet is just a bunch of hype.  People want to see the real thing  -- photos won't pull in propestive buyers for showing, and if so, these here are good enough!  Besides, my for sale sign will catch their attention!

















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Marie Graham
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY

Hi Karen  Great pics-SO easy to see others' disillusions...To MIke @ 23, I agree, there are 2 points-FSBO sellers don't have the market cornered on being foolish.  Karen-your sub-point about the seller's mindset being one of the biggest obstacles is spot-on.

You have these photos because someone else either knew they needed to make changes, or-more than likely-you were called in after a property did not get the traffic/results the seller wants.

I undserstand where a few of the other responders are coming from-room not horrible, may be ok as is, seen worse-but Staging is about elevating a space, making it more appealing than where it is at that moment.  It's hyper-local. It also considers seller's needs/goals/expectations, and Realtor's pricing strategy.

Sellers who need to get out of Dodge are not going to be interested in taking down wallpaper and changing out fixtures...but the price will reflect that. Late last year I staged a condo that had been on the market for 6 months-little traffic and no offers. It was clean and no conditional issues-but it was firmly stuck in the 80's-pink, blue, mirrors, smoked glass lighting fixtures. Minor updates, maybe $6K (carpet, paint)- got asking $500K the first day back on the market, closed 6 weeks later.

It's not a bad thing to aspire to a higher level, and ALWAYS good to share these thoughts with a seller early-on-especially if changes being suggested are free to inexpensive. They may pass, and house might even sell with everyone happy. But if not-you are on the record as having covered that.

April 02, 2011 12:35 PM
Janet Jones
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC

Karen--I just did a consult two days ago on a house that had just about every one of these issues.  I don't think I've ever seen so many unfinished projects and a full-sized refrigerator in the master bedroom.  But your last photo I have never seen.  What great "curb appeal."

April 02, 2011 02:59 PM
Erica Ramus
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA

Love that photo of the house with the "sign" spraypainted on it.

Congrats on your feature.

April 02, 2011 05:21 PM
Sharon Alters
Your Fleming Island Relocation Agents.
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty

To your defense, Karen, wallpaper in homes is often a huge issue for our buyers. It will cause them to move on to the next house, especially if the colors are also outdated. People on Florida do not like colored carpet, so a blue carpeted house, or one with different colors in every room, is again something that will keep the buyers moving on. Buyers who see houses with unfinished anythng wonder what's wrong with the house elsewhere and often are not interested. I know up north houses have dark carpet and different colors in rooms, but it is not looked on favorably here.


April 02, 2011 09:06 PM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging

I am late to the party-not been on AR-this is so funny girlfriend!!!

April 03, 2011 11:55 AM

Karen Dembsky

Atlanta Home Staging
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