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Old 01-27-2010, 01:00 PM
 
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I was thinking about this after the open house I went to this weekend. The sellers could not have done a better job of showcasing what their home had to offer. It was immaculately clean even though I know they have small children. I was thinking about how nice it must be for the agent to work with people like this. I was also very good about keeping my home clean when it was for sale and sold quickly. On the other hand, I remember when my neighbors were trying to sell and interviewed some agents. The agents politely and maybe not so politely told them their house had to be muuuuch cleaner and my neighbors were so in love with their house they really did not seem to see the filth and clutter. They ended up not selling it.

I know this has been discussed here before about why agents would even post photos of the interiors of homes in their current condition. I guess all of the upside mortgages and desperation have a lot to do with it.
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Old 01-27-2010, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Central CT, sometimes NH.
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I recently went to two open houses. One had the laundry sitting in a basket right on the floor and junk everywhere. The other smelled so badly of smoke and had sponged stains 2/3 of the way up the walls, the end result of trying to sponge off the nicotine.

If I was the realtor I would have told my client they couldn't show their house that way.
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Old 01-28-2010, 09:57 AM
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Location: Phoenix,AZ
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Took us 2 years to find this home that we're in now and we've seen some doozies.

Sellers:

Get out. We want to poke around, look under things, and don't need an explanation for every little nuance in your house. Promise, we won't steal anything. Chances are that ifya follow us around, we won't stay long and just be wanting to see the next house on our list.

Other things on your to do list:

1. Clean up the dog poop that's sittin' in the middle of the floor.
2. We don't care if you smoke grass, but it'd be a good idea to put your paraphernalia away.
3. I realize you might be short on cash, but that frog pond that you call a swimming pool needs to be cleaned up. If it's too expensive, just drain the thing.
4. That king sized cockroach looking at me inquisitively from the bathtub needs an appointment with the exterminator. Take care of that problem before you list.
5. It would be best to remodel, then show. Or just leave it alone. Shall we come back in a month to see what the kitchen looks like?
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Lovely Listing is probably my favorite real estate blog for the gross, the delusional, and the outright weird. Here's their most recent gross entry:

Charlie Dimmock as Interior Decorator Lovely Listing – Odd Finds in Real Estate Listings
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:34 AM
 
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I bought a probate condo in a resort area for 26,000 in 1999. It had a vintage 1980 Sony Trinitron in mint condition. Also, the liquior cabinet was full. He must have died quickly. RIP.
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:43 PM
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Location: Phoenix,AZ
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I bought a probate condo in a resort area for 26,000 in 1999. It had a vintage 1980 Sony Trinitron in mint condition. Also, the liquior cabinet was full. He must have died quickly. RIP.
The previous owner here left some real cool pottery behind. I've never seen anything like it.
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Old 01-28-2010, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Westwood, NJ
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I was appraising a 2 family home once. The owner lived on the 2nd floor and it was very clean and updated. When I requested to see the 1st floor, the owner said, "its the exact same floor plan, its identical to my unit." I insisted I had to see the 1st floor, open up the door, and the tenant has neatly piled newspaper to the ceiling throughout! There was only a small pathway from the front door to the couch to the bathroom!. I couldn't even get into the kitchen. She explained the tenant was a hoarder and tried to help the guy, but he just kept bringing home more newspapers.
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Old 01-28-2010, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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Well, if she gets a puppy, she will have plenty of paper to train it with?
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Old 01-28-2010, 02:21 PM
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Location: Phoenix,AZ
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We looked at one that didn't have a rodent problem.

I counted 12 cats.....

The bank owned ones were the worst as I'm sure you could all imagine.
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