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A House with Personality

Adding personality to your home is usually a good thing... however, do you think it's best to show all that personality on the outside of your home?  I understand people wanting their homes to not look like the house next door, so it's common to not have the same brick color,  the same siding color, the same stucco color, or even the same colors within their landscaping. The colors you choose are a reflection of yourself and your personality, not your neighbors'...

But then again, is covering the entire exterior of your home in your personality a good thing?  Do you think it might turn people off when it comes time to resell in the future?  The below pictures were both taken just a few houses from each other.

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The blue house even has a blue roof and the green house even has a green roof... isn't there too much of something going on here?  Just because you like a color, I'm not sure it's the smartest thing to smoother the exterior of your house in every shade of that color.  Maybe some accents like shutters or trim color, but the entire house?

If one of these home owners were to call for an appointment, as the agent, would you recommend neutralizing the properties, or would you leave them as they are?

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Comment balloon 14 commentsDonna Harris • December 08 2010 01:44PM


Good advice, indeed!   

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) over 9 years ago

Hi Donna, I see you are really getting to know Austin! You should check out Travis Heights, Hyde Park and Rosedale. As you already know,people here just seem to like it "weird". Like you I try to advise and remind about re-sale but not everyone is interested! Hope you are doing well!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Some people sure love color. But then again, tan, beige is a color too.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 9 years ago

Donna, I think I'd definitely try for repainting the green house, if the seller was open to it.  The blue house doesn't smack you over the head like the green one does.  And sometimes owners surpise us and ready their house with all our suggestions!

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) over 9 years ago

Couple of things here.

One, houses are meant to be lived in and enjoyed, not put away in a safe deposit box like a stock certificate for future sale. 

Two, as said above, this IS Austin and Austin is known for having personality, and not just personality within a little circumscribed box (color of brick, color of trim, color of flowers).  In even the wealthiest areas of town, you will find that personality displayed not only on their person and in their vehicles, but in their houses.  For the most part, Austin isn't interested in being Anywhere, USA, outside of the newer subdivisions that you can drive into and not know if you're in Austin, Houston, Dallas, or somewhere not even in Texas, and the more unique houses become known as our landmarks and old friends. We like our neighborhoods to have personality and have a variety of styles in them.  As said above, check out Hyde Park, Travis Heights (VERY desirable neighborhood if you can get in), Barton Hills, Brykerwoods, Tarrytown, any of the closer in, expensive, neighborhoods, and you're going to find the houses varying in style AND color.

In Dallas (or some parts of Dallas, really), this might be an issue.  Here, not so much!  It's just keeping Austin weird!

The houses above?  Blue one strikes me as a little bit ordinary, really - I've seen that color scheme a lot of places in the area.  The green one a little bit more unusual, but with a little bit more trim paint, perhaps lighten up the garage door, unless you're targeting out of town buyers, not a problem, just Austin as usual! 

Just be glad that the green house doesn't have a blue garage door and burgundy trim!

Posted by Tricia Jumonville, Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense (Bradfield Properties) over 9 years ago

Donna - I would have some BIG recommendations if these homeowners contacted me to sell their home.  ALL blue or ALL green really isn't promoting great curb appeal that buyers are looking for.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) over 9 years ago


Homes need attractive curb appeal but it also needs personality when your walk through the door.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 9 years ago

OMG that is just wrong.  I would absolutely recommend a neutral paint job before one of those went on the market.

Posted by Jeff Harris, Selling Austin. Every Day over 9 years ago

Blue Green... wasn't there a show about that?

Posted by Sharon Lancaster, SRES, Realty Executives Okanagan (Sage Executive Group Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Where are the color cops?


Posted by Adrian Willanger, Profit from my two decades of experience (206 909-7536 over 9 years ago

I think the green house is worse than the blue one.  I would definitely ask both sellers to make some changes. 

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) over 9 years ago

Hmmm...I don't know, Donna.

As I am not from or around the Austin area, it's somewhat difficult for me to evaluate exactly how much of a problem (or not a problem) injecting personality into a home is for a potential seller, or what such an injection would mean for a potential buyer.

That being said, I don't think that it is so much of a problem...considering that if a person really wants a house and doesn't like the color scheme, they can always change it at a later time at their own expense. Also, I think it depends on the color. The pictures you provided aren't what I would find egregious. Something is an ugly red or orange? Change it immediately. Blue and green aren't so bad, imho.

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) over 9 years ago

Hi Donna, my thoughts are simply to much of anything is too much.  I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Have a great 2011

Posted by Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust! (Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions") over 9 years ago

I like Skittles ...can I paint my house rainbow colors?  It's new paint so it should improve the value!!  : )

Seriously, good blog.  Hope you and yours had a great holiday.

Posted by Bob McCranie, Your best advocate when buying or selling your hom (Broker/Owner - Texas Pride Realty) over 9 years ago