Real Estate: The Beauty Makes the Beast More Attractive

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Recently in jest, I posted a line on Facebook about how amazed I am that pretty ladies often end up with goofy-looking guys. Let’s be honest. When you see this, don’t you wonder what makes the guy so special?

Take Ric Ocasek and Paulina Porizkova, for example. Anyone in my generation know who they are?

You’re probably wondering what this whole concept of having a beautiful woman on the arm of a goofy-guy has to do with real estate.

Imagine an ugly house. A REALLY ugly house. Then imagine a BEAUTIFUL house. A REALLY BEAUTIFUL house.

Now ask this question: Does the ugly house make the beautiful house look worse or does the beautiful house make the ugly house more tolerable?

A recent article in the New York Times¬†goes into the effect that a down-trodden property has on a whole neighborhood. All it takes is one lousy-looking house to drag down the entire neighborhood’s image. Similarly, a too-beautiful house makes you wonder what the heck the homeowners were thinking when they over-improved a home surrounded by a sea of ugly ducklings.

Hopefully reading this post will motivate you to clean up your yards, trim the trees, pick up the dog poop left behind by yours or someone else’s canine, clear off the neighborhood juvenile’s WASH ME imprint on your car’s windows, etc. Getting involved in your neighborhood association helps too and so does knowing what the local ordinances are that help protect you from being the bad guy when neighbors need to be pushed to clean up their act.

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