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Personal pictures sold the home.

I hear it all the time...take down all your personal photo's.

I have never been a strong believer in that.

And once again personal photo's were the difference.

We looked at 3 home today and walking into the 4th it was totally different.

The first 3 were nice, but just had an odd feeling.

The last home had photo's of the family.  One was of the family at Christmas in front of the fire place.

Mrs. client said, "Now this feels like a home and not a museum."

My clients are offering $3,000 over list price and we are not into multiples.  They just love this home and want the sellers to realize it.


Sometimes we don't just sell a house...WE sell a home!



There is a difference in selling a house and selling a home!

Comment balloon 17 commentsWilliam Feela • September 28 2016 01:48PM


Great Blog William Feela, and that is true, regarding having something personal that makes 'a house a home'!  With many homes in our age-restricted community though, we are seeing walls of family pictures and multiple frames on a piece of furniture or a piano.  So there is a thought that 'less can be more' when it comes to those wonderful family photos of kids and grandkids and extended family over the decades. 

Posted by Allie Angeloni (Long Realty ) over 3 years ago

I love this blog William, I have always said, "A house is not a home until you make memories in it!"

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) over 3 years ago

Now if those photos were of dead animals or naked ladies I'd be willing to be the love would not have been there.  Just sayin' ... we need to the types of "personal" things that are left in a home when it is for sale. 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 3 years ago

Some people take that sterile advise a little too far and take the character out of the home

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 3 years ago

Do dare to be different and quit following the crowd is what I believe in too!

Congratulations on trusting your instincts! I think we'd all do better if we did that.

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 3 years ago


Congratulations on the sale . . . .

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 3 years ago

Congrats on a successful afternoon. When it comes to photos I think the key is moderation. Personal photos are fine as long as they aren't the only thing you see when you walk into a room!

Posted by Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices (Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268) over 3 years ago

Good morning William.  I have noticed the look on the buyers faces when they walk into a home that feels like home.  Once I see that look I know we have a winner.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 3 years ago

Hi William.  Looks like this sale will be a smooth one as these folks really did fall in love with the home.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 3 years ago

I believe in neat one but to any times things are over board

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 3 years ago

Congrats on not having to fight in a bidding war, William!  It's always nice when buyers love a home enough to put their best foot forward in order to actually make the purchase!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 3 years ago


Being out of the box works.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 3 years ago

Hi William Feela , Not everything is cookie cutter.  You definately scored outside the norm.  Nice!

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) over 3 years ago

Agents would be wise to follow this clients advice Bill, selling homes not just houses.

Great quote too, "Now this feels like a home and not a museum."

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 3 years ago

William I am here because of the Bob Crane  re-blog and my comment to him stands for you as well:

I find that people that buy homes end up being of the same type as the owners, I have often sold homes that the new buyers were like the sellers 8-10 years before...Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 3 years ago

William Feela This experience brings alive the concept that there are always at least two diverse ways to view a scenario. Great post!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc.) over 3 years ago

It is a warm feeling when stockings, christmas tree and gifts are there. My question is is the new owner planning to move in this winter?


Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) over 3 years ago