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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Buyers treat properties like Blind Dates; they don't care if there's a "good personality" !

Sep 02, 2015 12:16 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Winston Heverly I would say the condition of the outside will dictate what it looks like inside.

Sep 01, 2015 11:46 PM
Paul Durry
Collateral Specialist Inc - Lawton, OK
Former Broker Associate, CDPE, CIAS, CHMS

Although both are important, I would say the outside had the edge. If the home is not appealing and in bad condition, the buyers will not want to enter the interior. At that has been my experience on several occasion while showing properties. I have driven up to properties, check my rearview mirror, and seen clients waving the house off before even getting out.

Sep 01, 2015 11:42 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

if the outside is really in need of repair, the potential buyer may never get inside!!!

Sep 02, 2015 12:24 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Definitely the outside, if you can't get them to the front door you're sunk.

Sep 01, 2015 11:45 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

It's a combo.  The outside usually tells the tale of the inside.

Sep 01, 2015 11:21 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The common rule is the inside will look like the outside.

A shabby outside may pre-empt any opportunity to show the gold plated fixtures inside.

There are ways to make a shabby outside work but it takes a little imagination and true planning.

Sep 01, 2015 11:09 PM
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

If I had to choose I would go against the grain here and say the inside. On all showing appointments 95% of the showing is done inside so while the outside might look like hell I can easily just say "let's head on inside.. trust me".

Whereas if we pull up and it looks beautiful I can't say to them "You don't want to go in there."


Sep 02, 2015 06:23 AM
Renee Paray
Coldwell Banker Realty - Blue Bell, PA

I have noticed that if the seller is unwilling to make the exterior of their home look appealing, many prospective buyers will drive by and never go in the front door. They will make a judgement that if the outside looks like this than the inside (where the owner(s) spend the majority of their time) must be worse condition. 

Sep 02, 2015 01:15 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Outside: First impressions matter a lot; curb appeal. If they are not feeling the look, the view or the neighborhood, they don't care how great the inside is.

Sep 02, 2015 12:24 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Both would be a good choice; but if the roof is bad and gutters growing trees we may assume the inside will have problems as well.

Sep 01, 2015 10:54 PM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

If the curb appeal is not there, many will never see the inside.

Dec 21, 2018 12:16 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Curb appeal is important.

Jul 03, 2018 10:43 PM
Chris Lima
Turtle Reef Realty - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

Great question!  I am with Richard Robibero, ABR, SRS on this one. 

Sep 08, 2015 12:00 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Winston, I think, inside and outside should be in good condition.

Sep 04, 2015 10:53 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I say the outside.  If the outside is bad buyers won't go in.  Kind of like the dating app Tinder.  If you find the person unattractive, you left swipe and are on to the next without reading their bio.  Same with houses. If it has bad curb appeal, you're on to the next without ever getting out of the car.  Buyers judge the book by the cover.

Sep 04, 2015 07:03 AM
Debra Peters
Referral Realty - Manorville, NY
NY Real Estate Salesperson

I think they are both equally important. There have been homes that look presentable from the outside and then the inside is that of a hoarder. 

Sep 03, 2015 07:45 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I vote for the outside because if it doesn't have enough appeal to get the buyers in the front door, the inside will never matter.

Sep 02, 2015 03:51 PM
Gwen Banta
Sotheby's International Realty - Los Angeles, CA

I'm with Susan. In the absence of pheromones, I'll go with sizzle - inside and out.

Sep 02, 2015 06:44 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

They go hand-in-hand. John McCormack got it right.

Sep 02, 2015 03:16 AM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Hi Winston Heverly . I'm with the others that the outside is likely more important. To that end, if the outside is really liked by a potential buyer, much on the inside won't "seem that bad".

Sep 02, 2015 01:13 AM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Typically there is a correlation between the inside and out.  Although I did show a flip last week where the inside was great...and the outside had loose lights hanging on the wall, trash in the yard and a ripped screen on the front door...yeah..we didn't stay long. The buy was afraid of what he couldn't see! Generally if they haven't bothered to pay attention to the outside you won't be happy with the inside, unless it priced very well!

Sep 02, 2015 01:05 AM
Jonathan Hall
William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty - Danbury, CT
Realtor - Danbury,CT Area Real Estate~203-417-0523

Depends on what the particular issues are outside and inside which would determines the buyers decision

Sep 02, 2015 12:28 AM
Andrzej Niemyjski
Realty One Group - Sun City West, AZ

Outside condition of the property gets buyers into the house.  

Sep 18, 2015 02:44 PM
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

I am siding with the idea of "both"!

Sep 18, 2015 02:38 PM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Conroe/Willis, TX

Both.  If the outside condition is not good, then it will be hard to get buyers in the door.  Once you get them past the front door, you want to keep them there.  If the seller is selling as is and has the home priced right, then it doesn't matter.  

Sep 14, 2015 03:10 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Both.  However - a Buyer will see the outside BEFORE they see the inside - so if a Seller wants to get them in the door - they better have curb appeal!

Sep 14, 2015 04:52 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Both.... In our area, crappy interior is manageble. The location is the key. Outside.  Most million dollars homes mostly have brown weeds this year.

Sep 11, 2015 04:48 PM
Pam Mork
Coldwell Banker Schmidt Real Estate - Suttons Bay, MI

I agree that the exterior is likely more important than the inside -- if the outside is unappealing or actually scary the buyer won't venture outside of the car.

Sep 11, 2015 04:02 AM
Jim Joeriman
Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty, Inc - Lacey Township, NJ
Helping Agents Reach New Heights

The outside of the home will can them in while the inside of the home can get them out!

Sep 10, 2015 08:39 PM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

I think the outside is more important because if it is bad, the buyer will probably not even go inside.

Sep 07, 2015 08:48 AM
Allison Bernard
Keller Williams Central Rhode Island - East Greenwich, RI
Real Estate & Relocation Services 401-533-6916

So it seems great interior with an exterior in need of work may be the secret gems for buyers looking to avoid the competition.

Sep 06, 2015 04:13 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Both, of course...but I've seen buyers never walk in the door based on the outside. 

Sep 06, 2015 03:18 AM
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Great question Winston Heverly   The outside definitely.  Sometimes the inside is messy and can be perhaps explained away with people living in the house.  The interior is of no consequence if you can't get the people in the house because the exterior frightened them.

Sep 06, 2015 12:20 AM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, SFR®, e-PRO®, GRI, AHWD, REALTOR®

Good morning Winston,

I just went to preview a home on Friday and the outside looked so much better than the inside. Looks can be deceiving.

Sep 05, 2015 10:37 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Hard question - can't get the buyer inside if the outside is bad - and generally the outside is SO easy to fix.

Sep 05, 2015 01:28 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Both are important. But it's also important to remember that most people make up their minds about a house in the couple of minutes it takes to walk up to the front door.

Sep 04, 2015 11:43 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I agree with the others. Many prospective buyers do not want to enter a house that they do not like from the outside.

Sep 03, 2015 09:26 PM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

By the time I get there, both those things take on importance! 

And sometimes supreme importance...

Sep 03, 2015 07:31 PM
Curt Hess
ExecuHome Realty - Annapolis, MD
Luxury Home Consultant, Team Leader & CEO

Usually, outside is MUCH more expensive to improve than inside. Either can be a mess with the right price in the right location!

Sep 03, 2015 04:02 AM
Deb Devlin
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group - Belleair Bluffs, FL
It's All About You

It depends on the listing and the type of buyer.  Is the buyer(s) purchasing for investment, then it doesn't matter.  However, I do believe in curb appeal, first impression, especially for a type of home that would be owner occupied.

Sep 03, 2015 03:29 AM
Steve Davis
Davis Coastal Properties - Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad CA

I would say that the outside is more important as the first impression when you drive up to a home makes a big difference. You can adjust price for the condition of the inside but will never make an offer of the outside turns buyers away.

Sep 03, 2015 03:12 AM
Debra B Albert, PA - Keyes Realty
Keyes Realty Treasure Coast, 34986 - Port St Lucie, FL
Ron and Debbie 772.708.3292

Both - cube appeal is important - inside immaculate does not have to be the guideline but neat and clean help a lot.  Debbie

Sep 03, 2015 01:02 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

First if the outside does not look good, they may never even go inside. If the inside doesnt look good, they may run back outside. So my answer is both unless it is priced to sell for cash buyers looking to buy, fix and resell it, 

Sep 02, 2015 10:33 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Winston - Although the exterior can't be so bad that the buyer does not want to enter the home, I would have to say that overall the interior would be more important. I can easily explain to a buyer that the trees can be trimmed, the garbage can be picked up, the lawn can be watered, and plants and flowers can be planted. I can't as easily tell a buyer that the bedroom can be enlarged, or we can add an extra bathroom or formal dining room. I would have to agree that more often than not, the exterior will reflect the interior, but if the home does look great on the inside and fits all the buyer needs, we can work with the outside.

Sep 02, 2015 02:46 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Both, of course, but to get buyers in the door, the ouside needs to be presentable. I've seen buyers drive away without entering.

Sep 02, 2015 07:57 AM
Winston Heverly
Coldwell Banker Access Realty - South Macon, GA

Thanks again for your answers. It seems there are most that believe the outside is the most important and I would agree. The exception is the price point and inventory. If both are limited, you have to look at everything regardless.

Sep 02, 2015 06:54 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good question.  Need something on the outside that will let them come inside, but then it's the inside condition that typically sells the home in most cases.

Sep 02, 2015 05:14 AM
Bill Dandridge
MKB, Realtors - Roanoke, VA
GREEN, ABR, GRI, EcoBroker

The interior is more important. Exterior can more easily be changed.

Sep 02, 2015 04:59 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

In my experience as long as the outside isn't bad the inside matters more. If either is really bad it's a no-go.

Sep 02, 2015 04:32 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

There is no either or.  If the customer takes care of the inside the outside will also be in great shape.  The opposite also applies.

Sep 02, 2015 04:06 AM
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

The condition inside is more important as a yard can be sodded & flowers planeted for less money.

Sep 02, 2015 03:35 AM