A lot of times, when sellers are putting their homes up for sale, their real estate agent will gently suggest that any personal items be hidden away, lest potential buyers notice something they don’t like, and decide not to buy.

I’ve been hesitant to mention my own experience with this, but, what the heck, why not?

I was with a buyer going through a condo.  It was quite spacious, for the price, altough it was next door to a restaurant/bar which meant it might be subject to some noise, every now and then.

The property had been on the market for quite sometime.  I couldn’t understand why.

My buyer let me know why.  When you entered the master bedroom, there was an absolutely huge painting of a huge man with a huge (erect) penis*.

The home never sold, it was taken off the market.

 

When a Property Is Too Personal For the Buyers
If the House Is on the Market, Keep Your Collectibles Out of Sight

By Dan Rafter, Special to The Washington Post

Of all the homes Jessica Short toured, only one made her smile as soon as she walked through its front door.

The owner’s collection of political photos, displayed prominently in the two-story condominium’s living room, did it. One photo showed someone — Short assumes it was the condo’s owner — shaking hands with Vice President Cheney. Another showed the same person with Newt Gingrich. There was even a small replica — Short says it might have been an ashtray — of the House of Representatives.

But one photo truly made Short, a Navy lieutenant, feel at home in that condo in the Virginia suburb of Fairlington: a smiling person posing in front of an Air Force helicopter.

Complete article: When a Property Is Too Personal For the Buyers

* Of course, all things are relative.  It looked huge to me.

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