Do Not Say Cheese

Dated: 02/11/2013

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When you put your home on the market, your Realtor will most likely tell you to take down all personal photos. Why do we do this? There are many reasons why this is an essential step in getting your home sold faster and for the most money.

Photos are a distraction. It’s human nature to be curious, so curious we are! When there are family pictures around a home, both the buyers and Realtor (yes, it’s true) spend time looking at them. They try and figure out who’s who and what the situation of the seller may be. In my ten years of working with buyers I’ve heard people say: “Oh, they’re a young couple with one child, I bet they’re expecting again and need a bigger house. I wonder why this house isn’t big enough?!” OR “There are no pictures with a dad in them… I bet they’re getting a divorce and are desperate to get this thing sold… we could offer low!” Sounds judgmental (and it is) but it happens all the time.  Worse yet, the buyers figure out they know the sellers which can make everything awkward. 

Photos around a house also give it a personal effect that some buyers can’t get beyond. They are trying to visualize their furniture and style fitting in the space and when there’s too much of “you” around, that’s hard to do.

So… even though it makes home feel less like “home”, take your photos down, be patient and focus on where you’re going!

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Carolann Newton

I was a domestic paralegal for 8 years prior to Real Estate. Since I have been in Real Estate I have grown to love this business, even though it does have it's challenges; it is very exciting. There i....

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