It’s no secret that I’m a real estate junkie
that probably needs a 12-step program. Even though I have no intention of moving (ever again), I still love looking. Waste of time? Perhaps, yes. But, I could argue that golf is a waste of time too, right? We all have our hobbies.
Anyway, in perusing the listings recently, I couldn’t help but notice the look and feel of homes that were “sale pending” vs. those that are still on the market. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what sells. Yet, some people still don’t get it.
First, let’s start with what works.
Ahhhh, yes this works! Such a simple, classic, elegant look, staged to perfection. Don’t you love it?
It’s got an open concept floor plan, which appeals to the masses, but the way that it’s staged just says “Welcome Home” to me. I’m guessing that’s why it’s “sale pending”.
What’s even better, is that it’s a tri-level home – definitely a 1970’s-1980’s style of home. I grew up in a tri-level, and they’re great family homes, but many that are on the market are stuck in a time warp. It’s great to see one that has been brought into the 21st century.
A lovely, open white kitchen.
And check out this cozy little den, complete with an inviting stone fireplace. I could totally picture myself curling up on the couch with a book, in front of a roaring fire.
In the basement – they’ve even staged a little desk area, making great use of a corner space.
And let’s not forget the inviting backyard. Perfect!
Is that a real parrot sitting on that white thingy hanging from the ceiling?
The wall art continues in the kitchen, and migrates to the cabinets.
Notice the slight of hand used with the curtains in this room. “Oh look, it’s French doors leading to a tropical retreat! Aw shucks, it’s just curtains.”
And it features a stone fireplace too. With built-in double ovens. Um, what? So I suppose you market this home as a “Chef’s Delight, complete with three ovens.” I can’t understand who would think this was a good idea. Like, ever.