20 major turnoffs that scare away homebuyers

20 major turnoffs that scare away homebuyers
20 major turnoffs that scare away homebuyers

If today’s seller’s market for homes and fantastically low mortgage rates have you thinking it’s time to sell your house, take a good look around your property.

It probably needs some work to make it sell-ready. What you do or don’t do to get the place ready for the market will determine whether potential buyers come flocking or go fleeing.

Face it: Your house may have some icky issues. And if you don’t address them, you’ll have fewer showings and get fewer offers.

Here are the 20 biggest buyer turnoffs and how to avoid them.

1. The place looks hideous from the street

<cite>sarkao / Shutterstock</cite> <br>Your house had better have some curb appeal.
sarkao / Shutterstock
Your house had better have some curb appeal.

You’ve driven by the front of your house so many times that you barely take notice. And unfortunately, once you decide to sell, most of your focus will be

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Online platforms make the most of people staying in with new features to keep them hooked



a man standing in front of a laptop: The co-watching space has, in fact, gained a lot of traction due to the restrictions in place and with people being unable to hang out together.


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The co-watching space has, in fact, gained a lot of traction due to the restrictions in place and with people being unable to hang out together.

By Shriya Roy

In the past few months, the tech world has proven to be a saviour, enabling not just remote working, but also prompt delivery of good and services as a majority of people stay at home. Not surprisingly, tech firms have taken advantage of this, rolling out one new feature after another to keep users hooked and entertained. There’s been a remarkable boom in updates, services and upgrades.

Social media giant Facebook has been at the forefront of this, launching a new feature almost every week. Interestingly, it has cashed in on the things that people have been missing sorely. One of its most recent features, for instance, focuses on college students who have had a

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Retro home decor we still love



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These Face Masks Meet the CDC Requirements For Cloth Face Coverings

As coronavirus cases continue to rise across the country, government officials are now encouraging people to keep their faces covered at all times when they’re outside — even if they don’t have access to a face mask.

While hospitals continue to deal with a shortage of face masks, the CDC says many cloth face coverings could still be effective in helping to “slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.”

The CDC says cloth coverings are most effective when they follow these five guidelines:

  1. Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  2. Be secured with ties or ear loops
  3. Include multiple layers of fabric
  4. Allow for breathing without restriction
  5. Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Keep in mind these face coverings are not surgical

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20 major turnoffs that can scare away homebuyers

20 major turnoffs that can scare away homebuyers
20 major turnoffs that can scare away homebuyers

If today’s seller’s market for homes and fantastically low mortgage rates have you thinking it’s time to sell your house, take a good look around your property.

It probably needs some work to make it sell-ready. What you do or don’t do to get the place ready for the market will determine whether potential buyers come flocking or go fleeing.

Face it: Your house may have some icky issues. And if you don’t address them, you’ll have fewer showings and get fewer offers.

Here are the 20 biggest buyer turnoffs and how to avoid them.

1. The place looks hideous from the street

<cite>sarkao / Shutterstock</cite> <br>Your house had better have some curb appeal.
sarkao / Shutterstock
Your house had better have some curb appeal.

You’ve driven by the front of your house so many times that you barely take notice. And unfortunately, once you decide to sell, most of your focus will

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Social media influencers drive retail sales in the pandemic

Influencers are shaping the way people shop during the pandemic, as more people spend time on their phones and online.

In a year marked by working from home and staying inside, the influencer sphere has adapted to meet followers where they are. Influencers, or content creators who have built a reputation and following for their knowledge or expertise on a niche topic, have tapped into a new type of brand: relatability.

Gone are the days of travelling to luxurious resorts or dining at extravagant five-star restaurants.

Enter the era of dressing up living spaces, trying new home workouts and finding the best skincare products. Instagram photos of designer-label handbags and matcha lattes from the local barista are being replaced with yoga pants and home-cooked meal ideas.

Now that everyone can live like an influencer, platforms

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Only the misinformed want to abolish ICE

For almost three years we have all heard the battle cries from the left to “Abolish ICE.”  I heard it when I was the Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and I still hear it in retirement. These verbal and increasingly physical attacks on law enforcement are dangerous to the stability of our nation and need to stop immediately.

Hundreds stood in front of the ICE headquarters building in Washington, D.C., chanting to abolish ICE, and I heard it from about 80 protesters that showed up at my home on a Sunday. Just this past week protesters were arrested in New York and Portland chanting the same old theme. 

I know these people are wasting their time because ICE isn’t going anywhere. The ICE mission is too important to the safety and security of our country. That is something else that those protesters don’t understand.

Even members of Congress have

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Geneva Girl Scout’s Silver Award project aids shelter dogs

GENEVA – The dogs like chew toys made of recycled denim, they run through a sprinkler/dog wash and work on other puzzle toys to get treats – all in the name of doggie enrichment.

Kane County Animal Control Administrator Brett Youngsteadt said the items were the work of Frances M., an eighth grader at Geneva Middle School South for her Silver Award project as a Cadette Girl Scout in Geneva Troop 1384. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Cadette can achieve by showing leadership, organization and dedication to improving the community.

The Kane County Chronicle agreed not to publish Frances’s last name at the family’s request.

“We do a lot of work in the cat room and we were looking into ideas for dog enrichment,” Youngsteadt said. “Frances adopted a cat here and asked how she could help. … We had a blast working with her.

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The 20 biggest homebuyer turnoffs

The 20 biggest homebuyer turnoffs
The 20 biggest homebuyer turnoffs

If today’s seller’s market for homes and fantastically low mortgage rates have you thinking it’s time to sell your house, take a good look around your property.

It probably needs some work to make it sell-ready. What you do or don’t do to get the place ready for the market will determine whether potential buyers come flocking or go fleeing.

Face it: Your house may have some icky issues. And if you don’t address them, you’ll have fewer showings and get fewer offers.

Here are the 20 biggest buyer turnoffs and how to avoid them.

1. The place looks hideous from the street

<cite>sarkao / Shutterstock</cite> <br>Your house had better have some curb appeal.
sarkao / Shutterstock
Your house had better have some curb appeal.

You’ve driven by the front of your house so many times that you barely take notice. And unfortunately, once you decide to sell, most of your focus will be on the

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Amazfit Zepp E Square smartwatch hands-on: Gorgeous design, long battery life, and focus on health

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We’ve seen watches from Amazfit before and they have always had high-quality design and materials. The Zepp E Square, also available in a Circle form factor, switches the brand naming and offers a compelling activity and health tracking wearable available for $249.99 on Amazon.

The Zepp E Square design is reminiscent of an Apple Watch, but after opening up the retail package it clearly has a higher quality feel to it. It is made of stainless steel with a gorgeous AMOLED display. It doesn’t hold a candle to Apple’s ecosystem or third-party apps, but let’s take a closer look at what it does offer.

Specifications

  • Display: 1.65 inch 348×442 pixels resolution AMOLED
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100
  • Water resistance: 5 ATM
  • Connectivity and sensors: Bluetooth 5.0 BLE, optical HR, acceleration sensor, geomagnetic sensor, ambient light sensor
  • Battery: Up to seven days in typical tracking usage
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