Remember the Drew Carey Show? One of the characters, Mimi was larger than life! She had big hair and a ton of makeup! Where am I going with this? When showing a very high-end home yesterday, upon walking in the front door Mimi came to mind immediately.

Now I certainly don't mind a variety of decor types but am always amazed when house are "over done"! This particular home was overdone so much so that it was difficult to get past all of it in order to truly appreciate the home. Every wall was faux painted to the max, huge flowery decorations were on every wall and there was so much furniture that it was hard to maneuver in the home.

To put it bluntly, it was overkill and completely distracting. My client commented that she was overwhelmed. I do believe this home needs a complete make-over for sure! Time to tone it down!

An over- dressed and over made-up home is distracting when you are trying to sell your home. If I were the listing agent on this home, I would suggest to the owner to hire a professional stager to come and help them prepare the home to be on the market.

Assess the home from a third party who has a critical eye for what sells. Thin out the decor and pack it away. Remove extra pieces of furniture. Open up heavy drapery or perhaps remove it if necessary.

When selling your home, yes it needs to look pleasing to the eye however, over-dressing it can distract. Just remember that your collections and decor may not be the best thing when trying to sell. Your decor is your personal style yet if distracting, listen to your agent and bring the tone down in order to sell your home.

Contact me if you would like to list or buy real estate in the Granbury/Ft. Worth area. I know the market and I know how to get a home in its best condition in order to get it sold. Give me a call today.

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Comment balloon 24 commentsPaula McDonald, Ph.D. • June 27 2012 05:36AM


What a shame!  I think that some agents are afraid to insult the seller.  But staging is not decorating and you have to frame it as such.

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach (GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881) almost 8 years ago

Every once in a while I come across a photo from the sixties or seventies and someone in the photo is in a clean, simple outfit with a nice, but understated hairstyle.  And whenever I see these photos it stands in refreshing but stark contrast to the rest.  I guess the moral of the story is that flourishes don't usually stand the test of time very well, and I think sellers are wise when they appeal to the largest base of potential buyers.  This can often be done by keeping things simple.  Or as they say, abiding by the K.I.S.S. principle....


Posted by Rob Spinosa, SVP of Mortgage Lending, Marin County (Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA) almost 8 years ago

Paula- I've seen those homes as well.  The eye is so busy bouncing around all of the "stuff" that they can't focus on the structure.  As a home stager, that's where our consultations can come in handy.  As a third party we can help them see the issues.  I think some Realtors have tried to suggest editing all of the "stuff" but sometimes the Seller just won't budge. I think you used the right words "Overdone" and "Overkill". 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 8 years ago

I have this challenge in my own home. I am not the decorator, so I have to keep my mouth shut!

Thankfully, our home is not for sale.

Posted by John Mosier, Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142 (Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert) almost 8 years ago

Paula - while I've often seen Mimi types of houses, I never called them that until right now :)

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) almost 8 years ago
The term the Mimi house has just been coined. The younger generation may not remember this show. Perhaps I need to keep a picture of her on my iPad. Thank you all for stopping by. Have a super week.
Posted by Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) almost 8 years ago

Sometimes less is more...especially when you are trying to sell your home.  It is our job to tactfully let sellers know what needs to go in order to present their home at its' best.

Posted by Candy Miles-Crocker, Realtor - Real-Life Real Estate Training (Online Real Estate Agent Training) almost 8 years ago

I can just imagine what that home looked like.  Your analogy and comparison to Mimi from the Drew Carey Show helped me with the visuals :)

Posted by Carie Shapiro (North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

An overdone house like the one you described swamps one, makes it hard to breathe even. Not a good idea!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 8 years ago

I have seen some recently. One my client said looked like a "dressy New Orleans whore house"...His words as I have never been in one!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Sellers in the Woodlands and surrounding area need to listen to this agents comments, she knows what she's talking about. 

Posted by Adrian Willanger, Profit from my two decades of experience (206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com) almost 8 years ago

Yikes! Picturing Mimi as a house is frightening indeed.

Posted by Adam Brett, The Adam and Eric Group, Fullerton's Finest (The Adam and Eric Group) almost 8 years ago

AMEN! And this holds true whether home is  a high end property in The Woodlands or a cabin beside the water in Riverside! TOO much of anything is NOT a good thing when selling a home! BRAVO, Paula!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) almost 8 years ago

Paula, I showed a house on Monday that I had previously shown 3 years ago. It has been on and off the market for the last three years. The decorating is very taste specific. I gave the same feedback I gave 3 years ago. The decor has to go. This seller won't do it. I don't suspect it will ever sell.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) almost 8 years ago

Hello Paula,

Buyers need to be able to see the house, distractions lose sales!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) almost 8 years ago

Oh my, I saw one of these homes too...they wanted to do a busy type of swirly tile to go with the swirly walls and countertops and cabinets.  I had never seen anything quite like it.  It actually reminded me of a matisse painting.

Posted by Mark Woodward, We bring the flooring store to your door (Floor Coverings International) almost 8 years ago

Paula, that's a great way to put it.  I see them from time to time, and they are distracting.  I find that my sellers get so distracted they forget to look a the house.  They end up spending their whole time finding the next surprise.  Yeow!

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) almost 8 years ago

Too underdressed and it doesn't show well.   Too overdressed and you're right, a pig with lipstick.  Buyers have a very hard time seeing past both extremes.  Good other side of the coin Paula.

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) almost 8 years ago

Paula, so true. Sellers need to look at their homes with a critical eye and remove themselves from their own personal tastes. You described it in such a way that I can visualize it quite well.


Posted by Cal Yoder, Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744 (Keller Williams Elite) almost 8 years ago

Paula -- been there and shown some of these Mimi homes --- most times, less will definitely bring more $$$ to the bottom line.   

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 almost 8 years ago

Describing the home as being like Mimi, would suggest not bothering at all. That's terrible

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 8 years ago

Paula - I've seen homes like you describe, and it's very hard to get past the decorating and see the home for what it truly is.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 8 years ago

Oh my it sounds as if you all have those types of home in your market areas as well.   The one we saw looked a bit overdone in the photos but the true picture was actually being there.  They did a good job not showing it all in the pictures.  The surprise is upon entering and being met with larger than life decor.  It was interesting and so displeasing.  Thanks for stopping by all!

Posted by Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) almost 8 years ago

Good morning Ms. Paula congratulations on the feature.  Overkill is always a issue.  Thanks for the post got to go.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) almost 8 years ago

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