7 Things That Could Turn Off Homebuyers

7 Things That Could Turn Off Homebuyers


Homeowners invest a ton of time, energy and money into getting homes ready for sale. They declutter, stage, even remodel to make their homes as appealing to buyers as possible.

Sometimes, though, no amount of preparation can overcome something in the home that, rightly or wrongly, offends some buyers and gives them negative impressions of the sellers and their house.

These potentially offensive items create a dilemma for real estate agents, says Maura Neill, a Realtor at RE/MAX Around Atlanta in Alpharetta, Georgia.

"We tell our seller clients to depersonalize a house," Neill explains. "You want buyers to feel as though they could make themselves at home, move in and be comfortable. If you request that (the sellers) take something down, they could view that as offensive."


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The risk of ignoring the realty agent's advice is considerable. Buyers "may turn around and leave," Neill says.

With that in mind, here are 7 things that might offend buyers and result in fewer offers.


1.

Believe it or not, some sellers keep live, unclean and potentially dangerous animals in homes for sale.

Wendy English, sales manager at Century 12 Commonwealth in Medfield, Massachusetts, recalls an uncaged rabbit that she says was "disgustingly smelly" and would chase people and try to bite them when they entered the home.

"The homeowner just loved the rabbit, didn't see any problems with it, thought it was the cutest pet ever and was maybe immune to the smell," English says. "The rabbit was definitely horrible."

Monkey business

Courtney Self, broker/owner of Hunter Mason Realty in Torrance, California, experienced what might have been an even worse situation.

"I had a listing with monkeys that flung their feces when we would show the house," she says.


2.

Dead animals also can be problematic.

Barry Bevis, broker/owner of Bevis Realty in Tallahassee, Florida, recalls a for-sale home that had a "trophy" room over the garage.

"The pictures of the house (online) had these giant elk heads and deer heads," he says. "It's better to leave it out. You're going to offend too many people."

By the way, not everyone loves pets either, so food bowls, litter boxes, play toys and the like should be removed from a home when it's on the market, Bevis says.

"Many people are allergic to animals or feel like the animals cause too much wear and tear," he explains. "If you have any evidence of pets in your property, it's going to turn off a large segment of buyers."


3.

"You never expect to see a Nazi flag hanging on the wall," Neill says. "But we walked into a seemingly vanilla suburban house and into what appeared to be a teenager's bedroom and there was a giant flag with a swastika on it hanging on the wall."

Indeed, any sort of emotionally charged or polarizing display like, say, a Confederate flag, can also be offensive.

"There's a debate about whether it's heritage and pride or racism and bigotry," Neill says. "Depending on who you talk to, you get a different answer."

Really? On a key?

Bevis recalls an incident when such a flag created a negative impression.

"I was showing a house to an African American couple," he says. "I opened the lockbox and the key was (stamped with) a Confederate battle flag. It really did turn these folks off just a little bit. Immediately they didn't like the people selling the house."


4.

Sports team rivalries fuel strong emotions, and a seller's spirted support of the "wrong" team can create a sour impression.

"Having your house decked out in your team might not offend buyers, but it will color the way they think about that house," Neill says. "It's usually not (just the owner's) team's stuff. It's also stuff making fun of their rivals. Buyers don't want to walk into a house that's berating their team."

English says long-distance relocating buyers (known as "relos") are most likely to be put off.

"Relos will come in and see Patriots stuff, Red Sox stuff, and it does rub them the wrong way," she says. "Sellers don't necessary realize how strongly someone might react to their favorite team."


5.

Sports team rivalries fuel strong emotions, and a seller's spirted support of the "wrong" team can create a sour impression.

"Having your house decked out in your team might not offend buyers, but it will color the way they think about that house," Neill says. "It's usually not (just the owner's) team's stuff. It's also stuff making fun of their rivals. Buyers don't want to walk into a house that's berating their team."

English says long-distance relocating buyers (known as "relos") are most likely to be put off.

"Relos will come in and see Patriots stuff, Red Sox stuff, and it does rub them the wrong way," she says. "Sellers don't necessary realize how strongly someone might react to their favorite team."


6.

Sports team rivalries fuel strong emotions, and a seller's spirited support of the "wrong" team can create a sour impression.

"Having your house decked out in your team might not offend buyers, but it will color the way they think about that house," Neill says. "It's usually not (just the owner's) team's stuff. It's also stuff making fun of their rivals. Buyers don't want to walk into a house that's berating their team."

English says long-distance relocating buyers (known as "relos") are most likely to be put off.

"Relos will come in and see Patriots stuff, Red Sox stuff, and it does rub them the wrong way," she says. "Sellers don't necessary realize how strongly someone might react to their favorite team."


7.

Despite relaxed laws in some U.S. states, marijuana and other drugs are still federally illegal and their presence or evidence of use, including odors, in a home can deter buyers.

Derek Turner, broker/owner of Ventura Real Estate Co. in Ventura, California, says he encountered an empty beer can wall and marijuana paraphernalia on a coffee table and kitchen counter in a for-sale home.

Turner says, "My client did not write an offer."

Cred:http://www.bankrate.com/finance/real-estate/things-that-could-offend-homebuyers-1.aspx#ixzz4JfYMfSQn


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