WARNING – this might set you up for a riot, let steam come out of your ears, and you may even send me an incendiary email with a fierce protest against my suggestions. Read at your own risk.
While the First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides for freedom of speech, you may wish to exercise your own restraint when it comes to showing your political, social, racial or gender complexion when your home is for sale. . Head out for home shopping today.
With these and other lines polarizing like this, consider “de-issue” your home and yourself if you’re in the market. The status quo of any kind of political or social issue is fraught with potentially unintended consequences, such as marking your home as haunted by ruthless spirits.
Here are some things to consider…
Take down yard signs. You know, in favor or against the recall of any candidate running for or against any office and for any prevailing public issue before the professional photographer arrived. Put them down for the duration of the home sale process.
Also, take the platform down or release the flag that you have flown with your flag. In fact, don’t even store them in your garage! And speaking of your garage, remove any such stickers from your car, your outdoor refrigerator, skateboards and surfboards hanging on the wall of your garage, and your entrance to the laundry room.
Then take a look inside your house. Look at the posters on the walls of your children’s bedrooms for any virtue signs and political/social platform indicators. Look in your closet for any hats that are declaring your position or opinion.
Likewise, when visiting a home that looks like it meets your search requirements; Remove yourself from apparel and insignia that possibly or actually signifies. Stay away from political or social issues with T-shirts, ball caps, or car decorations.
I would even go so far as to avoid wearing blue, black, red or iridescent clothing or accessories. Assume that you will be videotaped from the time your call begins, including your tour of the exterior and interior of the home, and that this surveillance video will be thoroughly reviewed by the homeowner.
As much as we should all learn to accept “those people,” you would be best served to keep a lid on who you are one of those people, or whom you support when buying or selling a home.
And if you choose to ignore any of these suggestions, be aware that you may alienate some people and prevent them from transacting with you.
The choice is entirely yours, thank goodness.
Leslie Sargent Eskildsen is an agent with RealtyOne Group West and a member of the Board of Directors of the California Association of Realtors. He can be contacted at 949-678-3373 or [email protected]