The search for a home can be quite an adventure. On the hunt for a house or condo with the proper amenities, you never know what you may come across. By digging through thousands of real estate listings each week it’s amazing some of the things we stumble upon. Here are 17 photographs from real listings on Estately that instantly surprised us.
There are better ways to cover up a carpet stain than this.
Some say the zebra was pushed.
3. Chatsworth, California – $869,000. View photos of the rest of the home here.
If you’re a rock thrower who longs to live in a glass house so you can see the sky, consider painting the ceiling to resemble clouds at sunset instead.
Do you dare to enter The Fortress of Slumber?
First they show up in fast food and IKEA meatballs, then they appear in real estate listing photos. Horses just seem to be popping up everywhere.
Listed for $4.9 million, this Chino Hills home wasn’t yet completed, but an awesome replica was created for the listing photos. For children skilled in building LEGO mansions, there could a be a future career in constructing miniature home replicas.
The listing for this home was literally crawling with babies. From inside the sink to the hallways, this Vancouver, Washington house featured the same crawling baby in at least eight of its photos. The photogenic tyke caught the attention of sites like Hooked on Houses – and eventually a new owner — because the home sold within months.
No need to wake up. Just pull the sleeping bag over your head so we can snap a quick photo. Perfect.
Previously owned by comedian Dennis Miller, this combination sauna/bathroom features a toilet that can be easily hidden by the drop-down sauna seat. This combo raises also sorts of questions and concerns.
Human evolution eventually lead to indoor plumbing, but some still long for the simpler times when business was taken care of in the forest.
This lovely home comes with a large master bedroom, two baths, and a carpet store inside. So even think you’re going to put hardwood floors in because that would be silly.
Dogs routinely appear in listing photos (more proof), but they’re not usually captured during such private moments.
14. Mars, As In The Red Planet–$30,000. View photos of the rest of the home here.
Ok, we made this one up as a marketing ploy.
Some have speculated this was taken by the backup camera from a Toyota Prius. If successful, this could prove to be an incredible time saver for real estate photographers.
A lack of ceiling or walls is still no excuse not to stage a room for a listing photo.
Jules Verne crash lands in Camelot?
Spring is approaching and many home owners are considering putting their home on the market. Now is the time to assess if your home is ready to show to buyers. There is nothing more frustrating then having a seller call, tell me they have been thinking they want to sell their home for months and want to list it tomorrow. 80% of the time their home is not ready to show.
A buyer ready home is where we have consulted with the seller and based upon their budget and desirability to do some work we prepare the home for showings. In my listings we stage to “merchandise your home”. Home staging is not about decorating but about presenting your home to buyers in the best possible light to potential buyers, based upon what we are seeing in the market place.
A Buyer Ready Home will be:
- Spotlessly clean from top to bottom.
- Free from all personal collections, photos and style.
- Paint freshened and neutralized where necessary.
- Any small repairs completed.
- Maximum curb appeal obtained from the moment the potential buyers get out of their car to walking in the front door. The first impression is the lasting impression.
Remember, every home is different, the list above is a great starting point before even calling a real estate agent. Many of my more successful home sales have been a carefully executed plan where the homeowner contacted me months in advance of listing their home.
A Buyer Ready Home, will in most cases, recoup monies spent and make the selling process easier.
Other benefits of a Buyer Ready Home:
- Sell faster. A home that is prepared for showings tend to sell faster.
- Less hassle. A home that is desirable because of it’s appeal will create a strong desire and will allow you to pick your buyers. If your home stands out in the crowd a buyer will want to not lose the deal over strong negotiating.
- Creates competition. Having buyers compete for your home is the most desirable position you can be in as a home seller.
Take the time to prepare your home properly and make it a Buyer Ready Home. In the long run it will save you time money and aggravation.
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I first saw this video a few years ago. It has impacted me personally as well as in my business and training worlds.