Warren County Ohio Real Estate News and Observations: Beware Of Pigs Wearing Lipstick

Beware Of Pigs Wearing Lipstick

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When there's a shortage of houses for sale it's tempting to buy the first suitable house that checks off most of your criteria.  You've lost out on a few multiple offers and you want a home NOW!


And home flippers, and some sellers, are very good at dressing up a home to make it look appealing.  Fresh paint, new carpet, some updated lighting fixtures, maybe a new backsplash and a new vanity straight from the big box hardware store.

On the surface the home looks terrific!!!  But listen closely and you might hear some oinking going on.

Don't get me wrong, some home flippers take their work seriously and do things right.  Other home flippers (and some regular sellers) have watched one too many late night videos about flipping homes and use the "lipstick on a pig" approach.  Surface fixes only.  At a glance, the home LOOKS great!


But go to the telltale places and take a harder look.

The wood facing on the bay window looks a little wavy.  Oink.  Vibrant Pink #5.

The trim at the base of the patio sliding door.  Don't touch it or your finger will push into soft wood up to your first knuckle.  Grunt.  Crimson Coral #8.

Where's the grout at the base of the backsplash?  Oink oink.  Shimmering Sienna #7.

You get the drift, right? 

In the heat of desire to get that home, you might not look as closely as you should.  You might even be tempted to waive home inspections to beat out those other offers.  And if you didn't look for the lipstick, it might be you whose bacon is cooked later.

Before putting ink to offer, take a good look with eyes wide open.  That's part of why you hire me to help.  I've seen things :)

Serving Cincinnati area home buyers and sellers,

Bill of Liz and Bill aka BLiz



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Comment balloon 3 commentsLiz and Bill Spear • June 28 2018 02:48AM


I've seen this first hand looking at homes for myself.  Found what I thought was a dream home at first glance, and turned out to be a nightmare when I actually inspected things.  Flippers using the lipstick approach should be ashamed.

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) 8 months ago

This is good advice for home buyers. I hope they will read this post.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 8 months ago

Good morning Bill and Liz. Great picture and wonderful and apt point. Enjoy the day.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 8 months ago