August 19, 2011
No one said it was easy to sell a home, especially in the current market. It takes an eye for staging, marketing, at times a major remodel, and of course, quality listing photos. According to Home Staging Newswire, 95 percent of potential home buyers browse Internet listings before beginning their search.
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With that in mind it only makes sense that a home’s look is key--a survey by the International Association of Home Staging Professionals found that staged homes spend 83 percent less time on the market than non-staged homes. Staging can mean anything from landscaping for curb appeal, a new coat of paint or clearing the junk off the bathroom counter – a no brainer with existing home sales hitting an eighth-month low in July. Yet, despite this common sense, some home sellers seem to want to deter potential buyers with their listings, posting everything from photos of shirtless men, to rooms that look like they are locations for a CSI episode.
Take a look at 13 of the most terrifying real estate listings out there, and let us know if there are any we’ve missed.