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Dallas Real Estate- Color or No Color

I have a listing that is very colorful.  At our initial listing appointment, they asked if they should repaint the house more neutral, and I told them that I felt it looked great, and that buyers could see past the colors if they didn't like it.  I said that because the walls weren't pink or purple or blue or lime green or anything not considered a "today" color. 

The entry and combo formals are a mustard yellow, very common.  The Family room is a moco shade of brown, again, very common.  The Kitchen is a slate grey tone, and it all looked really nice.  Our comments throughout the listing were about 60/40 on the paint.  If they like the floorplan, paint shouldn't deter a buyer from spending $50 on a few gallons and buying some brushes.  Each time we received feedback that the buyer didn't like the paint, my sellers asked, again, if they should paint. My response was always, what about all those buyers who have loved the paint and made nice comments... you can't please all the buyers all the time.

At the end of the day, the buyer on the house is color blind!!  He loves the "Green" entry and formals!  He even asked if he could buy the furniture since he assumes it matches.  Too funny!  I almost gave into my sellers' continuous questions about the paint, and I just saved them much needed money, time, and energy to not repaint.

Comment balloon 3 commentsDonna Harris • September 06 2006 08:14PM


My previous residence was a townhouse where I had three different colors on the kitchen walls (deep ruby red, mustard yellow and heather green -- each on different walls). When I was getting ready to place it on the market I thought about repainting the kitchen white or beige, but decided not to and instead let prospective buyers know that I'd be willing to paint it their color of choice if they didn't like my color selections. As it turned out, the girl who bought the place loved my kitchen colors and 8 years later still has not repainted.

Posted by S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL, Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist (United Realty Group, Inc.) over 12 years ago

That drives me crazy!  I have a listing with a gorgeously romantic deep red color in the luxury Master Bath.  The agent's that toured it Tuesday all screamed "New paint!  Neutral color" - the feedback I've been getting froms showings is "Love the color in the Master Bath!"

 Go figure.

Posted by Jennifer Kexel (Plantation Properties) over 12 years ago

You gave the right advice. Unless the color is a total turn off, keep the staus quo.

In colors will not scare most buyers away

Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) over 12 years ago