Almaden Valley, the area that has the best schools that San Jose has to offer. While out previewing properties recently a fellow Realtor and I stumbled upon two properties that were bank owned in this quiet community.
The first one was priced at one of the lowest list prices for the area so I was excited to see it. The prior owners had removed doors, faucets, etc. While this did not strike me as odd what did strike me as not very smart was the home was not even really cleaned up or prepped for sale. Mound of dogs hairs were in the corners of the floor for instance. There was no spit-n-shine applied to this home. I look to the real estate agents that list such a home as owing a responsibility not only to the lender/owner they represent but also to the community to try to prep it to garner a higher sales price. That sales price will have an impact on the neighborhood.
We arrive at home #2 – listed in the high $800K range. Nice younger home from the exterior, nice location on a cul-de-sac BUT… The first thing we see is a gross dirty carpet in the living room and in the attached dining room were animal feces on the carpet. YIKES! Now that was pretty disgusting. How much would it have cost to clean up the droppings and do a deep cleaning of the carpet? A couple of hundred dollars? Instead the neighborhood will be a proud recipient of low sale for the area.