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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 Detroit; Atlanta; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Miami; San Diego; San Francisco; Portland, Oregon; and Tampa, Florida; typical home prices rose by 10 percent or more from spring 2013 to spring 2014, 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, especially if the house is smelly and cluttered.

To talk about homebuyer turnoffs, we assembled a coast-to-coast team of experts: Chad Goldwasser of Pure Gold Realty in Austin, Texas; Terry Cannon, a buyer's agent and broker with EBA Realty, in Salem, Oregon; and Julie Dana, a "home stylist" in East Aurora, New York, 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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