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Old 11-29-2013, 11:39 PM
 
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I don't think it's dumb. People are just increasingly visual. I know the frustration though. I was selling something 5x7. The purchaser was shocked it wasn't much larger...couldn't think of what size...well....ummm...like a pad you write on. I said you know you're hand is probably about 7", use that as a guide. She was confused by that. But the facts are what they are and best to deal with the reality than to try to create a new one.
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Old 12-01-2013, 06:48 PM
 
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I think this is an interesting conversation. All the houses we have purchased have been empty, the houses we have sold have all been lived in by us. I do better with empty houses and I see that a lot of posters here do too, but I don't think this represents the majority of home shoppers.

I am getting ready to start another major de-cluttering and it should be the last one I need to do for a long while. We are not about to list, but things are so much easier at sale time if we keep ahead of the stuff build up. We don't enjoy doing this, but I am always pleased with result.
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Old 12-01-2013, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I don't think it's dumb. People are just increasingly visual.
No. They're increasingly stupid, and are losing the ability to think for themselves. Our nation is a science fiction novel come true.
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Old 12-01-2013, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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No. They're increasingly stupid, and are losing the ability to think for themselves. Our nation is a science fiction novel come true.


thank you, I too think they are dumb, actually retarded.

Love it when they say, "oh gee, I can't imagine that?" really?, what is there to imagine?. this is the living room, you have "X" pieces of furniture, think about where it will go. It doesn't take rocket science.

duh, you do already have a living room where you live, don't you?

seriously, HGTV really has changed peoples way of thinking, and IMO, not for the better.
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:48 PM
 
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I like empty houses - as it shows more flaws. However, having furniture in rooms does give an idea how everything will fit.
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Old 07-16-2016, 09:05 AM
 
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Strip it, empty it and clean it and touch up everything you can possbly see as making it look used. Today, the mentality is brand new model home, or the closest thing to it. Period. The only exception is a house that has been put together by a designer and looks it. That situation is rare and your situation sounds far from it.

The most important thing to do is find a realtor that is the best you can find, for your particular area. The comission will be the same no matter who. See what they have sold lately and over the past 10 years IN YOUR AREA! Successful seller agent realtors today operate to a large degree on a "coterie" of potential buyers and will bring those people that they deem interested to the house to see it. Be wary of "open house" realtors which generally means they have little or no prospects in mind.

Meantime, empty it out, and go over that place with a fine tooth comb. No boxes. Store that stuff off premises.

I have sold two houses in the past 2 years for at and above asking price (which was neighborhood tops) both in less then a week.
I disagree I hate empty houses and smacks of desperation to sell a nice tidy house with furniture and lived in will get my offer!
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Old 07-16-2016, 09:09 AM
 
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I agree! I have seen too many neglected, empty houses, where the owner lives somewhere else in town. I will buy a house with furniture in it before one that is totally empty!
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Old 07-16-2016, 11:04 PM
 
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I much prefer empty houses because I can visualize how I would use it.

Furniture and other belongings are a distraction, like hearing a song on the radio while you have another one playing in your head.
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Old 07-17-2016, 04:39 AM
 
Location: DMV Area/NYC/Honolulu
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As a buyer I much prefer houses that are empty.
Me, too, though we may be in the minority here. While a staged house can give me ideas on how to stage my own furniture/what some of the limitations of the house are, an empty house really gives me a better sense of what I'm working with and reassures me of one less obstacle to moving in.
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