• Kristen Wright, Realtor

Number One Fans...Real Estate Blog Class 101

Dallas Cowboys fan Carolyn Price poses for a portrait at her house in Lancaster on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.(Vernon Bryant / Staff Photographer) Dallas Morning News

We all know people who take loyalty to their teams to a place where most of the world doesn’t. Let’s assume you aren’t one of those peeps....but if you are, you’ll need to print this out and read it daily. Back to the “rest of the world”. Maybe you have loved the Dallas Cowboys since you were a 2nd grader and now you happen to be a card-carrying member of AARP. However, since the 2nd grade, you have collected football stats cards and little tiny helmets with a Cowboy Star on the side that you got in the kids meal from Burger King in 1973. You have posters that famous players “signed” (but reproductions bought at Walmart). You have jerseys, sweatshirts, flags, bobble heads and plastic player figurines. And (here’s the kicker) you have all of that sitting out in your house. I sincerely appreciate that you are surrounding your home with what brings you happiness. But now that you are wanting to put your home on the market, it’s time for an intervention.

I can almost visualize how that sentence just gave some of you the hives. But calm yourself down. You don’t have to get rid of it, per se. You just need to pack it up and get it out sight.

Selling your home is a business and the goal is to assist you in getting as much money as possible for your house. But that isn’t possible if you have the home covered in your favorite sports team’s paraphernalia. You need to ask yourself what is more important: 1) decluttering your house to be as attractive as possible to the majority of buyers or 2) keeping all of your Dallas Cowboys “stuff” out hoping that the person who buys your house is the only other person in the world who loves the Dallas Cowboys more than you do?

You have a decision to make.

So thoughts to ponder and then COMMIT to:

1) When putting your house on the market, you need to make your team loyalty a mystery.

That’s right; keep those buyers guessing by putting ALL of it away. Don’t even leave out the stack of 20 Dallas Cowboys coasters you got as a stocking stuffer five years in a row. Box it all up!

2) Embrace the fact that maybe...just maybe....a Packer fan is going to buy your house. But the good news is that you will most likely never find that out (unless you drive by 2 months later and see the yard decorated with ceramic blocks of cheese and big green Packer flags). But again this goes back to selling your home for the investment, not for the fan loyalty. If you need help working through that mentally, there are plenty of professionals covered on many different insurance plans that would be more than willing to assist.

3) There’s a flip side to this as well: if you are a BUYER and don’t want to go into a house because they have a Dallas Cowboy flag in the front yard, call the aforementioned professionals referenced in point number 2 above. Sometimes extremely loyal fans are unaware of the fact that you can actually remove a flag in a front yard! Don’t let that stop you from buying what is potentially your dream home.

At Be The Reason Real Estate Group we LOVE our sports teams. But we love our clients even more. We will help you through these decisions to assist you in getting the most money you can for your home. Call us today. We’re happy to help. GO TEAM!

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