This is what I have learned from a whopping two weeks of looking at homes:
- You shouldn't take pictures of a dirty house and post those for potential buyers to see. This includes, but is not limited to: dirty dishes in the sink, wet towels on the back of the office chair, beds not made, "gifts" from any pets on the floor, and laundry in the floor.
- Pictures listed can cover a multitude of "sins". While a picture may be worth a thousand words, they also lie.
- When it says that there is a washer and dryer hook up and a shed that is code for the washer and dryer hook up is actually in the shed.
- Diamond in the rough is code for "needs TLC" which is also code for prepare for some back breaking work.
- "Quaint home in charming neighborhood," "older home in mature neighborhood," and "located in the historic district" can mean that this house is in the ghetto.
- Located in Central Tampa with easy access to 275 and downtown also means located in the ghetto.
- It doesn't matter if a home has hardwood floors, ceramic tile, wood burning fireplace, granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances, if it is painted lime green, it's in the ghetto. Trust me, I drove by just to make sure because I decided the outside could always be painted.