Tuesday, May 22, 2007
One of the maxims/buzz phrases of RE agents is curb appeal. Everyone understands this. Plant some flowers, clean up any detritus, a few licks of paint, and you are good to go. In this beastly bull market of the last few years, you could tack on 50G's by spending 200 bucks on flowers and 500 bucks on paint.
What kind of curb appeal does the place depicted here have? They're asking 799k for it, and don't even care that the realtor's sign is obscured by garbage. Is the market so hot that you can sell a place that approaches a million dollars so lackadaisically?
Here is a further view. Unfortunately, I framed out the curb appeal that the portable toilet provides, and the orange safety fence - which protects the stump of a downed tree.
Of course, the house is incomplete - which leaves me wondering if it is offered for sale as is, where is, or if one has some choice in the finishes and landscaping included in the asking price. I wonder if they really want to sell it.
There are a lot of places around almost identical to this one. I see older houses bought up, torn down, and almost as soon as the new framing is done, there is a for sale sign up. I watch them complete, and sit there. Price reduced to no avail. They are most often tasteless, character-less, and adorned in hideous colours. I have seen orange ones, blood red ones, manure coloured, etc. They all share the same blue-prints, and I have seen whole streets of identical, ugly, square boxes. These are the Vancouver Specials of the 2000's.
I'm thinking of having a new series on curb appeal - as often I can get to it - over the next while. Feel free to submit candidates.
NOTE: The sign is real, just altered - for my and your amusement, and to save embarrassment to the realtor. Why should I care about the realtor? I don't really, I'm just decent.