Colorful People - Colorful Homes - Good Or Not So Good When Selling?

Colorful People - Colorful Homes -

Good Or Not So Good When Selling?

 

Does color matter when selling your Phoenix home?Our painter has a great sense of humor! Today I stopped by a house he's been working on for us the last three weeks or so and he had lined up all the light switches to make a point! Ha! Ha! Got it!

 

It was unbelievably the MOST colorful house I've ever seen in my 28 years of selling homes! And I kid you not - there must have been at least 15 or so different paint colors throughout the home. To top off the paint colors some rooms were painted in various colors with very intricate checked and diagonal patterns. Plus there was various kinds of wall paper. Yikes! 

 

Our home inspector calls it the Magical Mystery Tour Home. And he's spot on the money -  or rather used to be! Can you count the number of colors and designs?

 

Soon the home will be ready for market with updated light painted walls and white trim and woodwork. New carpet was going in today. Tomorrow the fans, lights and blinds will be replaced with light, bright and updated fixtures.

 

Are colorful homes more sellable? Nope! It is a much wiser idea to prepare your home for the biggest pool of potential buyers.  I'm quite sure nobody would be interested in buying this particular home unless it was priced very low at an investor price. It doesn't take a lot of money to make the updated changes if the 'bones' of the home are in good condition. This home is on a lovely cul-de-sac lot, open bright floor plan, fireplace, swimming pool, extended patio for entertaining, close to neighborhood park and schools.  It is a great home and most likely will sell very quickly with it's new face lift.  I'll share the after photos later.....

 

 

Colorful People - Colorful Homes - Good Or Not So Good When Selling?

 

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Think color is that important?

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 5 years ago

Lol at the addition above! I think it's one of the most important staging tips that you can impart on a seller. Color is one thing but the home shouldn't look like a paint display center either.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 5 years ago

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Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... (garaughty.com) over 5 years ago

15... yikes.  I need to paint, but not for selling just for ME and I just want 4 colors and nothing bright either.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 5 years ago

If a buyer can't picture their own furnishings in a house, it can be a tough sell.  Right now, I've got a very neutral home that is very country in decor.  Even though it is toned down, some buyers are having a hard time seeing anything but country.  They don't see the home itself.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 5 years ago

Is that a tractor with Christmas lights on it????  Oh I love that one...... Dont want it in my house but its awfully cute.   Some people get very carried away with color. 

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 5 years ago

Wow that is a colorful home, Anna!  I remember looking at homes I enjoyed a few color schemes, but like you said, better to make the home appealing to as many people as possible.

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) over 5 years ago

I like your painters' and home inspectors sense of humor

Posted by Marie Graham, Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager (Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY) over 5 years ago

That is hysterical!  Your sellers are pretty smart to have hired a true professional!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 5 years ago

If your home looks like a bad 60's psychedelic flash back it's time to neutralize.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 5 years ago

Yowza!  That's scary Miss Banana, and I love color!

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 5 years ago

Thats cool but I totally agree with you appeal to the masses when selling make it your own when not

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) over 5 years ago

Anna, I've seen similar home with different bright jewel colors in every room. It's great that people create a home environment that works for them but, as you say, when selling, those colors have got to go.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 5 years ago

Hey everyone....I'll be back tomorrow...thanks for stopping over!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 5 years ago

No!  Not when selling!  I tell them to save it and paint their new house in crazy colors.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Yes, smart to paint and broaden appeal.  Also, lots of colors makes the house look smaller.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 5 years ago

I have seen buyers walk away from a home because they couldn't get past the bright multiple colors.  I say warm and inviting is better than multi color.

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) over 5 years ago

Colorful homes are a nightmare to sell and they always sell under the value because of the gallons of Killz the next owner calculates into the repairs tabulation.

Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) over 5 years ago

We used to have a purple house....the entire exterior.....around the corner...it was a great landmark to find our house....and now...it is beige......

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 5 years ago

That is too many colors and just screams expensive and nightmare to a potential buyer. I can appreciate the colors of #1's photo. That far up the country you would need a flash of color to know where the house is in the snow

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 5 years ago

Neutral allows one to create their own palate in their mind! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 5 years ago

Anna, i agree! If you want to appeal to more buyers you have to use neutral colors.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 5 years ago

A colorful home may be perfect for the family when they live there, When they out it up for sale, it may not be the best for selling, value and may repel buyers instead of attract them. 

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) over 5 years ago

Oh, Anna, we needed before pictures for this one. 8-)

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 5 years ago

Anna, I agree, this HIGHLY COLORFUL home would have a tough time selling. If people want their hippie lifestyle while they live there fine, but back to neutral tones when selling, to appeal to the masses.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 5 years ago

My goodness I can't even imagine being in that house.  Here is South Florida we get our fair share of "artistic types"!

Posted by Marie Story, Broker Associate, Pinecrest (Miami) Specialist (Coldwell Banker - Pinecrest (Miami)) over 5 years ago
One only needs to go look at model homes to see what works. Companies have spent years and millions of dollars to research what makes the most positive impressions on home purchasers. Have you ever seen a model home with crazy colors all over? I think not!
Posted by Tg Glazer - The Right Realtor® for the Right Results!, Westfield/Cranford, NJ area (Coldwell Banker, Westfield, NJ) over 5 years ago
One only needs to go look at model homes to see what works. Companies have spent years and millions of dollars to research what makes the most positive impressions on home purchasers. Have you ever seen a model home with crazy colors all over? I think not!
Posted by Tg Glazer - The Right Realtor® for the Right Results!, Westfield/Cranford, NJ area (Coldwell Banker, Westfield, NJ) over 5 years ago

I think color per se is not the problem - it's WHICH colors, and whether there is a consistent color theme through the house, not a hodge-podge menage.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 5 years ago

It's all about neutral colors, a blank slate for new owners.

Posted by Vanessa Saunders, From Manhattan to the Catskills of New York (Global Property Systems Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Go basic or go braille....

Posted by Rob Spinosa, Vice President of Mortgage Lending, Marin County (Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA) over 5 years ago

Agree. Having a colorful home filters your sellers. Goodbye to those who hate the color.

Posted by Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR, Top Listing Broker (BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253) over 5 years ago

Andrew haha!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 5 years ago

Lyn funny that you showed that picture. That was the exact color of a wall in the breakfast nook area. It was BRIGHT!  You can see a little of it left in the picture I posted.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 5 years ago

Marti - thanks! Pretty darn coloful!!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 5 years ago

Tammy - it's one thing painting for ourselves and another for selling. Enjoy your process!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 5 years ago

Chris Ann the same goes for over the top 'decorating style'. Put stuff away so potential buyers can see their furnishings in the home.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 5 years ago

Belinda - that's exactly what it was! And lots and lots of lights!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 5 years ago

John I've never seen anything like this home. I've been there over the years but didn't realize how many rooms were crazy colors until we put a plan in place to get it sold. Lots of kiltz to say the least!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 5 years ago

Marie - they're great guys and I'm glad they're on our team.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 5 years ago

Sharon - colorful gal that lived here. Very nice lady and I think she created a world around here that made her happy.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 5 years ago

Cindy absolutely - time for neutrals.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 5 years ago

Roger you wouldn't have believed some of it. The laundry room (which was very large) had at least 4 or 5 colors and all the cabinets had intricate check, circles and rectangular patterns repeated everywhere. And that's not talking about the doors and walls yet.......amazing world.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 5 years ago

Hello Anna ... I read some of your post, but in a bit of a hurry! Great post and in my opinion. Neutral colors inside and outside of homes are better for selling. Very dark colors inside are very difficult to cover and a lot of work, money and time.

VB 

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 5 years ago

There is a house I saw 13 years ago...it was pumpkin orange brick on the outside, green shingle roof, and inside each room was a solid primary color, with a primary color deep shag carpet, and fish wallpaper in the bathrooms & kitchen.  Carpet in the family room was deep shag polar bear white.  I called it the 'Fisher-Price' house.

A few years ago I previewed a house that had about 20 types of stone finishing on the floor, the wall, the counters, fireplace, backspashes - stone, tile, brick, river rock, I think it even had marble and quartz.  I called it the 'Flintstone' house.

 

Posted by Richard Arnold, Realtor - Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Phoenix (Keller Williams Realty East Valley) over 5 years ago

The biggest issue you can have with the owner of a colorful home is that they often see their palate as a personal expression and any sort of advise to change or mute the design can be seen as an insult to their person. It can be a delicate situation.

Posted by Matthew O'Hare over 5 years ago

I agree having color will definitely filter out some buyers.                                                                                                                            

Posted by A. J. Zaki, Home Finder In Florida (REMAX Realty Pros) over 5 years ago

Great job at staging this home for a quick sale! It sounds like there will lots of buyers wanting this house after its facelift. 

Posted by Christi Hacker, Your Omaha Area Real Estate Specialist (Keller Williams Greater Omaha) over 5 years ago

Wow!  That is certainly a rainbow of paint colors!!  Good thing that you advised them to use neutral paint colors ... lots of sellers don't realize that "neutral" means much more than just boring white, off-white, or beige walls.  I'm sure this one will look amazing and I'm looking forward to the "after" photos!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 5 years ago

Anna, as much as I educate my buyers not to look at cosmetics (and colors), chances are, even I would not like it!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 5 years ago

The colorful Victorian home is one thing.  You'll see them all over San Francisco.  It's the equally colorful rambler, colonial etc. where it is not stylish. 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 5 years ago

That's pretty funny! I know that there is a difference between decorating for yourself and decorating for a sale. 

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 5 years ago

One exception would be Prince the singer, higher market price perhaps for his purple house.

Posted by Pete Xavier, Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide (Investments to Luxury) over 5 years ago

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my post!  You are all fantastic!  Here's an updated picture of what the home looks like today. And might I add SOLD!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 5 years ago

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