(More) Real Estate Cliches

Two of the more overused real estate cliches (redundant, I know) is “curb appeal is deceptive” and its first-cousin, “not a drive-by.”

So, are they ever true?

Usually, not.

However, there are exceptions to every rule.

Exceptions to the Rule

Once in awhile, you do see a listed home with a plain (or ugly!) exterior, where the inside is in fact smashing.

When that’s the case, there are usually lots of flattering interior photos (the maximum on MLS is 18) that back up the Realtor’s claim.

The other instance where the curb appeal is in fact deceptive is when the home is especially deep and/or it’s a walkout (it’s on a sloping lot, so the basement is all above grade).

Both of those are true of this split-level located in St. Louis Park’s Lake Forest neighborhood, as the front (above) and rear (below) photos make clear.

P.S.:  For more real estate cliches, seeReal Estate Euphemisms; “Real Estate Cliches and How to Avoid Them“;  “Show and Sell!”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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