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10 things that turn off homebuyers

Do homebuyers find your house revolting?
Do homebuyers find your house revolting? © bikeriderlondon/Shutterstock.com

It's no longer a buyer's market in real estate. With home prices rising at double-digit annual rates, home sellers now have the edge in many places.

In metro areas such as Atlanta, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Ore., and Tampa, Fla., typical home prices rose more than 10 percent from spring 2012 to spring 2013, according to the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home-price index.

Yes, sellers have the upper hand in a lot of places. But that doesn't mean that home sellers should be complacent and expect buyers to make offers, no matter how smelly and cluttered the house is.

To talk about homebuyer turnoffs, we assembled a coast-to-coast team of experts: Chad Goldwasser of Goldwasser Real Estate in Austin, Texas; Terry Cannon, a buyer's agent and broker with EBA Realty, in Salem, Ore. (formerly with Oregon Exclusive Buyers Realty in Salem); and Julie Dana, a "home stylist" in East Aurora, N.Y., and co-author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Staging Your Home to Sell."

They suggest 10 turnoffs that sellers should avoid.

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