Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA (Winston Realty, Inc.)

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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Yes I've seen some wild stuff.  We get homes painted neutral before going live with a listing.

Nov 03, 2015 09:19 PM
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

Yes it does, because to this day it amazes me how often I hear "I could never live with that color", like it has to stay or something.

That is why "listening" is so important, so will hear those comments, and can then rebuttal them. 

Nov 03, 2015 09:05 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

It can, but most buyers just understand it is a cosmetic issue

Nov 03, 2015 09:52 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC


Nov 03, 2015 08:46 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Wild paint colors may be a turn off of some prospects. Painting in acceptable colors is part of the preparation before listing a home for sale.

Nov 03, 2015 08:40 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Yes it does affect a sale. Anyone thinking of selling their home should paint in neutral colors.

Nov 03, 2015 07:49 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Winston, depends on the situation, but generally yes, it pays to tone it down!

Nov 03, 2015 07:48 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

If I'm dealing with a Seller who, for whatever reason, is unable to repaint is it wrong to expect a Buyer's Agent to talk their Buyer through such a simple problem?   Perhaps even write in that the home will be "neutralized" prior to closing?  I'm so sick of Buyers acting like prima donas with zero vision.  Paint the picture a different colour in their minds.   Teach them how to put their own personalized stamp on the property. 

As a Realtor, I'm soooo sick of these boring neutral homes, all done in the same dull tones and my Buyers are too.   One just said to me this weekend, was there a sale on these paint colours in this area - every house looks the same!

Nov 03, 2015 10:58 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It can.  First impressions matter.  Why not make it be memorable - for the right reason?

Nov 03, 2015 09:53 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

those who are thinking of selling need to be mindful of the phrase "tastefully decorated"....wild is wonderful if it's for YOU....but it's not for everyone.

Nov 03, 2015 09:50 PM
Fred Cope
Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN - Nashville, TN
Looking For Homes With A Smile

Hello Winston.  Yes, colors affect offers plus and minus.  So many home shoppers cannot see past them-- they cannot visualize the potential or even appeal.  Dark colors make rooms look smaller, less inviting, and fail to bring out the sparkle.  It is not easy to differentiate dirt from shadows where the lighting is handicapped by dark colors.  Some colors are worse than others.


Personally, I like lite and bright.  A house needs to smile and invite.  Twenty dollars for paint is a bargain when a room looks like a dungeon.

Nov 03, 2015 09:43 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

My reaction is $3 sq foot rounded up to the nearest thousand.

Repainting actually costs half that amount.

Nov 03, 2015 08:04 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Sometimes it is best to paint before listing.

Jan 19, 2019 11:05 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty


Nov 12, 2016 08:02 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

No, everyone wants their own wild colors. Bright colors should be removed immediately. Yet, I noticed  a huge popularity of bright gray:)

Nov 09, 2015 04:13 PM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I have one listed right now.  Yes, it makes a difference. My seller's will repaint this specific wall.  The other rooms are fine, pretty colors, no complaintsdining8912

Nov 09, 2015 01:04 PM
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

My feeling after reading the responses tonight is based on price and demand first. Condition and colors second. Though first impressions are important, are they as important as the overall price point? Today it seems all about the buck.

Nov 04, 2015 10:09 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Definitely!  Wild colors are very personal and don't appeal to most buyers and many can't look past that.

Nov 04, 2015 08:07 AM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

I don't care for wild colors Winston.  Perhaps others may.

Nov 04, 2015 12:49 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

I have seen some unique color choices, a lot of buyers know paint is easy to fix, but some can't get past it. If I take the listing and it is just to unique, I let them know it may be easier to sell if the seller invests in some painting.

Nov 04, 2015 12:25 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I think a single person must live there, because two people wouldn't agree on such a color!

Nov 04, 2015 12:05 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Winston Heverly Yes, I believe it does impact the sale. Many potential buyers can't see beyond the wild color.

Nov 03, 2015 10:55 PM