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7 things that could turn off homebuyers

C'mon, sellers, don't do this
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C'mon, sellers, don't do this

Homeowners invest a ton of time, energy and money into getting homes ready for sale. They declutter, stage, even remodel to make their homes as appealing to buyers as possible.

Sometimes, though, no amount of preparation can overcome something in the home that, rightly or wrongly, offends some buyers and gives them negative impressions of the sellers and their house.

These potentially offensive items create a dilemma for real estate agents, says Maura Neill, a Realtor at RE/MAX Around Atlanta in Alpharetta, Georgia.

"We tell our seller clients to depersonalize a house," Neill explains. "You want buyers to feel as though they could make themselves at home, move in and be comfortable. If you request that (the sellers) take something down, they could view that as offensive."

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The risk of ignoring the realty agent's advice is considerable. Buyers "may turn around and leave," Neill says.

With that in mind, here are 7 things that might offend buyers and result in fewer offers.

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