Works of Art

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Real Estate Agent with Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc. AB95346

Four times, I've been interviewed by artists who wanted to sell their homes, and I was reminded of these experiences at a house I looked at today.

The first was a well known area painter who had paintings all over the walls, and they were not hanging there.  There were murals all over the place.  My big mistake was suggesting that we summon Mr. Carroll, my favorite painter, to hit the place with a few cans of Benjamin Moore - a nice neutral tone!  I got shown the door.  This seller was convinced that the murals would make the house sell for a bunch more money than I thought it would fetch.  Maybe it did.  They were pretty cool murals.

Next time, I was much more diplomatic and got the listing.  It was a big old funky "as is" house and the buyers made a point of telling the sweet elderly gentleman artist who lived there how much they loved the mural in the dining room.  Then they summoned the guy with Benjamin Moore and lost the mural.

The third and fourth times, most of the art work was hanging on the walls, and a lot of it was pretty fabulous.  Both of these artists sold a lot of their work.  Still, I'm convinced that these houses took longer than usual to sell because of the quantity of stuff on the walls - and the sculptures in each room of one of the homes.  It was all pretty amazing stuff that people paid lots of money to own, but it distracted buyers who came to see the place.

When artists list their homes, it's harder for them to go through the de-personalization process than it is for most of us.  And it's harder for agents, at least this agent, to get the message across that the artist in residence can't overdo it.  Some of the stuff (or if it's a little odd, most of it) needs to go into storage.

One of the fun parts about having artists as clients, is that I've wound up with some amazing stuff on my living room walls!  

 

 


 

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Thesa Chambers
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I can't even imagine - how cool some of this would be to see - it would be a touchy issue -

September 24, 2008 11:01 PM
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Jeanean and David Gendron
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Patricia...Oh Dear....you've hit a sore spot with me. I've got a current listings that has 10' ceilings and is goregous.....he's an artist and we have art throughout the house. I personally love it....but when my agents went through the house.....that's exactly what they told me....to get rid of the art. It's not going to happen, however.....he just won't do it. and frankly I would want something on the walls. It is so tastefully done.....I tend to love unique houses and that's not such a good business decision....coaching may help....I've got another potential listings that is very Martha Stewart like.....which is very unusual in Redding. I love it, but here we go again! I've got to quit being a challenge junkie! Great post. I'm going to remain positive about this house though.....I was going to put the dedicated website in here....but though better of it. I may send it to you via email and see what you think.....frustrated in Redding!

September 25, 2008 06:12 AM
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I guess it would be difficult to tell someone their talents had to be removed from their own walls.  I can't think of a way that it would not be taken personally.

September 26, 2008 01:45 PM
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Don Rogers
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield

Pat, I have never had this opportunity arise and I'm not too sure how I would handle it.  At times it is very difficult to get non-artist types to de-personalize.

September 27, 2008 09:07 AM
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Cathy Lee
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Great post and comments.  I had a consultation once with a nice couple in a lovely home.  He was an artist-nude oil portraits.  He was not willing to store them or stop working in the loft/studio so I did not accept the staging.  It was tough to say no thank you. 

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