Can we get top dollar? Is your home used up or kept up?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Select Realtors - Annapolis 636336 (since 1991)

Every home seller wants us to get Top Dollar for their home. We understand.

I was showing homes in the $400-$500k range yesterday, and two of the homes back-to-back made the point exactly. Both were 12-years old.

The first was clearly "used up." It appeared that the owner bought it new, lived in it for 12-years without so much as a minor touch-up along the way. They put it on the market with crayon marks and deep scratches on the walls, carpet needing stretching, and paint faded and discolored. 

The second was clearly "kept up." This awesome property was immaculate, and looked like it was kept up every day. Matter of fact, the owner was cleaning the storm door as we arrived a couple minutes early. Every room, every surface, every detail looked like a builder model home at the start of the development. A pleasure to show!

The homes were priced the same. Guess which one gets sold for top dollar in it's first 10-days on the market?

So, sellers, tell me: Is your home kept up or used up?

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Re-Bloggged 4 times:

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  1. Robert L. Brown 08/04/2012 02:55 PM
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  3. Valerie Zinger 08/05/2012 04:48 AM
  4. C. Lloyd McKenzie 08/05/2012 11:11 PM
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Michael Setunsky
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Curt, not hard or difficult to see which one the buyer's chose. Upkeep is important if you want to sell at the top of the market.

August 05, 2012 06:18 AM
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
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Great post. Going to link back to this one. Love the kept up or used up approach.

August 05, 2012 06:30 AM
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Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors
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Great post that all potential sellers should read.  Having your home listed isn't fun, but if you are going to list, you need to present it well.  

August 05, 2012 06:33 AM
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Charlie Dresen
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Great points for all the sellers out there.  Potential buyers do notice the little things.

August 05, 2012 02:53 PM
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C. Lloyd McKenzie
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Good Evening Curt:

What an excellent point you made in this blog.  I also like the fact that it was short and to the point

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