By John Montone, 1010 WINS
“Secrets that Sell” and “Designed to Sell” can go straight to hell.
Twenty-one years ago we sold a house that was becoming too small to accommodate our growing family and pile of possessions.
That house was littered with Legos. Barbie dolls and baseball bats were strewn about eating up what floor space wasn’t occupied by remote control cars, an Easy-Bake Oven and a vast population of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
When a realtor called with a prospective buyer, Sweet Mary Montone and I would stuff what fit under the sofa or line up the toys in the playroom — in part to cover the juice, milk, cereal and peanut butter stains on the carpet.
A couple without children and with no desire to produce them ignored the mess and purchased the house.
But that was then.
Thanks to the proliferation of real estate reality shows on cable TV, selling a house has evolved into an elaborate and expensive scam perpetrated upon people by the realtors and their spin-offs.
Stagers, house cleaners and photographers have now joined appraisers, attorneys, mortgage brokers, home inspectors and moving companies fighting for a piece of the seller’s real property pie.