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7 of the Biggest Turn-Offs

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Home sellers in hot real-estate markets — where there’s not enough for-sale inventory for the number of people who want to buy — may not feel compelled to go all out in preparing their home before listing. And they may not need to, given the reduced competition.

But they still should do the minimum: Keep the house free of common issues that send prospective buyers running for the doors, said Brendon DeSimone, a real-estate agent licensed in New York and California. In his book, Next Generation Real Estate, he lists some of the most common buyer turnoffs — and how to handle them, which often takes daily discipline.

“Bidding wars happen for perfectly-located homes that show like museums,” he said. “When your house is on the market, you have to be living on egg shells — you have a month or two of being tidy.”

The payoff of an always-neat home: You’re more likely to get a higher price, he said.

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