Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate. (MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC)

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Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

YES!  Good question.  As a buyers agent, I have already been inside over 500 properties this year, have sat thru over 200 home inspection reports in my career.  I have learned a lot, some of which I have applied to our own home.

The most important thing?  Deferred maintenance is what brings down property value(s).  It is a slow moving thing but something we can (and should) stay on top of!

Sep 01, 2015 12:36 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I think it has had an influence on the staging of my home....I like my home to look like it's on the market....inside and outside.... my children and grandchildren refer to it as OCD!!! hmmm

Aug 31, 2015 11:23 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Perhaps! I do not have another personal perspective. 

On the other hand, all  responsible home owners take good care of their property.

Sep 01, 2015 12:39 AM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

No, I always kept my house well kept even before the Realtor days.

Sep 01, 2015 12:16 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Some people are better at maintenance and upkeep than others.

What's that story of the cobbler with kids with no shoes?

Sep 01, 2015 12:14 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

 Debbie and I are both type A and keep inside and out show ready at all times because it's how we are.

Sep 01, 2015 12:08 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

No.  If you keep up your property it doesn't matter what you do for a living.  Real estate is merely sales nothing less and nothing more.

Aug 31, 2015 11:53 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

No. Not many buyers or sellers that I work with are going to drive by and see what our house looks like.

Sep 01, 2015 01:37 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Yes, I try to keep my home as if it is for sale. Understand, I have personally purchase and live in 9 homes in the last 24 years. Never say never. Everything is for sale with me. 

Sep 01, 2015 12:06 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

No. The fact that my home address appears, not my brokers address, on the state professional license website does keep me trimming those bushes.

Aug 31, 2015 11:20 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

well not this year.  I've been too busy and let things go.  Hopefully this winter I can get things going in the right direction.

Aug 31, 2015 11:14 PM
Nancy Robinson Ranked #6 in MI
Century 21 Town and Country - Royal Oak, MI
#11 Century21 Realtor in the US, #16 in the World

Oh Yeah!  I market my own neighborhood!  My house better look good

Sep 01, 2015 09:35 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

NO...I am doing the same as I have done for over 25 years.

Sep 01, 2015 06:56 AM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

in general general, peeps in the RE trade keep their house a tad better kept up.

Aug 31, 2015 11:09 PM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hi Mona-no it does not. I am one of those people that even patrols for weeds in my front lawn daily

Sep 01, 2015 05:14 AM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

A complicated mix of businesses here, many people all doing what they do best.

Dec 19, 2018 10:51 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

No, not really, spend more time on clients matters and less on my own.

Jun 23, 2018 10:02 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Yes and also with our rental properties.

Sep 02, 2015 02:15 AM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Hi Mona Gersky . I think it does if for no other reason I know seeing a well kept home much more pleasant than one that is disheveled and full of clutter. I know I've seen some innovative things in people's homes that I've based a change in mine on. Living in a condo, there not a lot to deal with outside and it still looks good...


Sep 02, 2015 01:37 AM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

 I think that the house cleaning and decluttering skills my mother instilled in me have always driven my housekeeping.  After seeing so many houses and home inspections, I see the damage neglected small repairs can cause.  

Sep 02, 2015 01:15 AM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Ha ha!  I hope not!  We sell high end and mid range homes, but we live in a modest cape cod full of charm.  And dog hair.  We go through a vacuum a year!  

Sep 02, 2015 12:58 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Not really; we would want our home to have a good appearance regardless.

Sep 01, 2015 11:44 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

No, it doesn't at all. I maintain all my possessions--house, clothing, cars, pets, etc.-- in tip top shape. That's just me.

Sep 01, 2015 09:56 PM
Renee Paray
Coldwell Banker Realty - Blue Bell, PA

"I" (my husband) has always kept up our own residential property. Besides fertilizing, watering, gardening, edging. mowing, pruning, trimming and lawn striping, he also provides the maintenance needed to the exterior. If I can, I do help with the maintenance with the interior. 

Sep 01, 2015 08:24 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Sure does. I'm working too hard to keep up with our house :)

Sep 01, 2015 07:00 AM
Beatrice Briseno
RE/MAX Unlimited - San Antonio, TX
Beatrice M. Briseno, GRI, CDPE, San Antonio, TX

Yes, I hope so. I have been to homes and I feel like I walked into a time warp!! Shag carpet, dated linoleum and wall paper. A fresh coat of paint and a change in flooring is not costly and we try to update our home accordingly.

Sep 01, 2015 05:31 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Not necessarily. The two are unrelated.

Sep 01, 2015 02:39 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

not really

Sep 11, 2016 12:37 AM
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Thanks for all the great responses.  For my own personal opinion, I think being in the real estate profession does keep me on my toes as far as the appearance of my home.

Sep 01, 2015 01:19 PM