Do you think poor curb appeal is a deal breaker?

Asked by Brenda Feria, Richmond, VA Mon Oct 4, 2010

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Suzanne MacD…, Agent, Morristown, NJ
Mon Oct 4, 2010
Depends on the buyer, but it surely will not help! Most buyers today begin their search on line. The second step is to drive by the homes they put on their 'short list'. If the home does not look appealing from the outside, very often it gets crossed off the list. And if it manages to stay, you can bet the offer price is going to be discounted accordingly. There are buyers out there willing to spruce up a property but the expect to be rewarded for their efforts, well rewarded.

I advise all my sellers to be sure the lawn is mowed, the hedges are well trimmed and the border plantings weeded, at the very least.
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Tammy Hayes, Agent, Port Charlotte, FL
Tue Oct 26, 2010
Biggest turn offs to home buyers
Home buyers have specific things they are looking for in a home, but some things will turn them off and they will either not enter the home at all or will walk right back out. After showing hundreds of homes, here are some of the things that turn off home buyers.

1. Outside - no landscaping, trash or junk in the yard, lawn not mowed, broken front door or garage door, cracked driveway or sidewalk, peeling or faded paint, ripped screens on windows/doors, and roof leaking or needing repair.

2. Inside - too much clutter, heavily stained carpets, cracked tile, scratched countertops, mold in tub or shower, stains on ceiling, broken or damaged appliances, cupboards that won't close, closet doors off track, offensive odors, pet stains, pets on premises, mold, mildew, termites, not enough light coming into the home, cigarette smoke, dirty walls, chipped paint, dirty bathrooms, overpowering wall colors, and dirty dishes left in the sink.

If you are trying to sell your home, go through this list and make sure you spruce up your home and make any needed repairs.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor, Sandals Realty, Punta Gorda, FL tammyhayesre@gmail.com
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Kevin Olson,…, Agent, Colorado Springs, CO
Mon Oct 4, 2010
Unless it is an investor looking at the property, yes. Curb appeal is not only first impression, but it stays with a buyer longer than most other things.
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Celia Szieber, , Toms River, NJ
Mon Oct 4, 2010
Curb appeal is the first visual impression that a buyer has on the property. I have had clients that did not want to view the home because of the exterior condition and lack of curb appeal. Alot of people can't imagine a property in a different way that it appears. I would recommend to my seller, to spruce up the exterior of their home, if needed.
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Donna DeSino, Agent, Walnut Creek, CA
Mon Oct 4, 2010
Hello Brenda-

Great curb appeal is an added "plus"- if the property has other positive aspects going on- that can help sell the property too!
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Jane Grant, Agent, Aguanga, CA
Mon Oct 4, 2010
If you lower the price below recent sold comparables then NO.

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Mack McCoy, Agent, Seattle, WA
Mon Oct 4, 2010
No. If you have a deal, they've gotten past the poor curb appeal.
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Monir Mamoun, Agent, Denville, NJ
Mon Oct 4, 2010
Yes -- if the buyers are looking for a house. Frequently, one look and it's all over.

Maybe -- if they are looking for land. Buyers always have to take a look -- and you are really talking about the buyer's mindset. Presentation does matter and can make or break the more marginal cases.

Plus sometimes curb appeal extends to the surrounding neighborhood. A nice place in a neighborhood the buyer does not like can trigger a negative reaction.
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Mon Oct 4, 2010
Depends on exactly what poor is--is it the exterior of the house or the landscaping--if it's the landscaping, easily correctable with a little care--if it's the exterior will a cleaning do, new paint, etc.
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Desari Jabbar, Agent, Stone Mountain, GA
Mon Oct 4, 2010
It depends on how poor the curb appeal is. Most of us know that if there is deferred maintenance on the exterior of the home, then it is usually the same on the interior. If there aren't any flower beds planted or shrubbery, that would be okay. But, if the lawn needs to be mowed and weeds have taken over the property, then that's usually an indication that the seller has not taken a lot of care inside the home as well. And the price should reflect that.
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