By Paul Murnane

EDGEWATER, NJ (WCBS 880) – In Jennifer Glussman’s home in Edgewater, New Jersey, you see a remarkable order for a place that’s home to a mom, a dad, two small children, and a Cocker Spaniel, too.

They have moving plans, but first, it’s a summer of keeping things just so.

“You make my place as nice as you can make it look. Tell me what I have to put away and then I’ll tell you what I can’t put away,” she says. “We put things away and you just do what you gotta do.”

“It’s a very difficult conversation with everybody,” says realtor John Schwartz. “You’re basically telling somebody it doesn’t look perfect.”

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He starts the dialogue with photos of market-ready homes.

“Put them in the buyer’s shoes. Which one are you going to buy for the same price? If I take a picture of this, how will it look,” he says. “If a home shows the slightest bit of disorder in it, the potential homeowner is not going to buy it.”

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“They pick up on that,” asked WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane.

“Immediately, immediately,” he answered.

An avid lensman with a photographer’s eye, some of his work graces the walls of the properties he’s trying to sell.

One home in this complex, which he described as being in model condition, sold in about a week.

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