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5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained

5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained

5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained | MyKCM

Have you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there, watching entire seasons of shows like “Property Brothers,” “Fixer Upper,” and “Love It or List It,” all in one sitting.

When you’re in the middle of your real estate-themed TV show marathon, you might start to think everything you see on the screen must be how it works in real life. However, you may need a reality check.

Reality TV Show Myths vs. Real Life:

Myth #1: Buyers look at 3 homes and decide to purchase one of them.
Truth: There may be buyers who fall in love and buy the first home they see, but according to the National Association of Realtors, the average homebuyer tours 10 homes as a part of their search.  

Myth #2: The houses the buyers are touring are still for sale.
Truth: Everything is staged for TV. Many of the homes shown are already sold and are off the market. 

Myth #3: The buyers haven’t made a purchase decision yet.
Truth: Since there is no way to show the entire buying process in a 30-minute show, TV producers often choose buyers who are further along in the process and have already chosen a home to buy. 

Myth #4: If you list your home for sale, it will ALWAYS sell at the open house.
Truth: Of course, this would be great! Open houses are important to guarantee the most exposure to buyers in your area, but they are only one piece of the overall marketing of your home. Keep in mind, many homes are sold during regular showing appointments as well. 

Myth #5: Homeowners decide to sell their homes after a 5-minute conversation.
Truth: Similar to the buyers portrayed on the shows, many of the sellers have already spent hours deliberating the decision to list their homes and move on with their lives and goals.

Bottom Line

Having an experienced professional on your side while navigating the real estate market is the best way to guarantee you can make the home of your dreams a true reality.

Too hot to stay outside? Enhance your home!

Invigorate Your Space for Summer

Invigorate Your Space for Summer

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When you think of summer, what comes to mind? Perhaps it’s thoughts of sweet, juicy watermelon or the feel of the warm sun and soft grass beneath your feet. The days are brighter and seem full of possibilities. Just as some people decorate their home for various holidays, some have seasonal décor to prepare for the joys of summer. If you’d like to really soak in the summer feels, try a few of these ideas to add a little sunshine to your space:

Warm Welcome: With spring cleaning out of the way, your entryway should be ready for whatever you are. When decorating, this space sets the tone for the home and the style throughout. Try some bright pops of color, such as a sunflower wreath on the door or some hanging potted plants. If you’re someone who’s always on the go, you can also store items like umbrellas, sun hats, and even extra pairs of shoes in a decorative basket or tray so you don’t forget anything in your hustle out the door.

Lighten Up Textiles: Those deep hues and heavy fabrics were gorgeous in the colder months, but now that the sun is out, it’s time for lighter materials and vibrant colors. Try some linen or cotton throws so you can still keep warm on cooler evenings, and maybe add a complimentary pastel or vibrant pillow to keep you and yours comfy all summer long.

Texturize: If you can’t always make it outside, try bringing a little of the outdoors to you! Decorate with natural textures of beautifully woven rattan baskets, jute rugs, or even wicker furniture or headboards to bring a more natural, comfortable feel to your home.

Wall Art: If you love sun-kissed views of the beach but can’t always make it there, or you feel inspired by modern images of fresh fruit, or classic sketches of various plant species, why not dress your home to match your taste and the season?

Indoor Greenery: Bringing plants into the home not only improves air quality, but depending upon the species, it can also be beneficial for your mood. Having greenery indoors imbues your space with nature and can help with relaxation. Certain kinds of ferns are known to be great plants for beginners, as are snake plants and succulents. Click here for a list of other hardy plants for those new to gardening.

Outdoor Living: You’re likely spending more time out on your patio, deck, or veranda than you would any other time of year. If you already have some outdoor furniture, you can update cushions and server ware or add some outdoor lighting like lanterns or string lights for those summer nights. Whether you have a few Adirondack chairs by a fire pit, a hammock nestled in the trees, or a 10-person dining area, it doesn’t matter as long as the space reflects your personality and invites you out to enjoy all that summer has to offer.

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