There once was a wonderful little town home for sale in Nebraska. It was remodeled, priced right, and had over 100 showings. The listing agents could not figure out what was wrong and asked us to look it over and give them our opinion.
When we entered the home, the first thing that caught our attention was the vignette of three stuffed, flying geese above the fireplace mantle, and the beautiful mounted buck over the entrance into the dining room. However, our attention did not linger. The home was tastefully decorated in neutrals with a few punches of color and well-placed furniture. The rooms flowed together nicely.
Everything was perfect.
We left shaking our heads. Not until we were in the car reviewing the scene in our minds did we realize the problem. Dead Eyes. The first thing everyone saw when they entered that house were the dead eyes. The dead eyes of the geese. The dead eyes of the deer. A person's mind could not escape being imprinted by the well stuffed, but lifeless hunting trophies. Time and again prospective buyers ooo'd and awed at the beautiful home, but left never making an offer. We called the agents and told them to ask the owner to remove the animals. They were good sports and did so.
The happy end to this story: After patching up the holes, the next couple who came through bought the place.
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