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Correcting A Bad Hair Color....Cheaper Than Correcting A Bad Real Estate Deal

Karen Fiddler, a real estate pro in California, wrote a fantastic story about do-it-yourself gone wrong.  This can apply to many things: hair, real estate, car repairs, home repairs, self-medicating...you get the picture.  Sometimes you do have to call in the pros.  Enjoy her story.




I got my hair done yesterday. At my age, and with my amount of hair, this is a long process. Base color to hide my roots, highlights to pretend it's sun-streaked, trim, style...you get the idea.

I do enjoy it though...the salon I go to is filled with friends of mine. These are women that my kids have gone to school with and clients and personel all have a great time.

Yesterday, however, one poor woman was having major color correction done. She had been "impatient" (her word not mine) and a bit "cheap" and had tried a box of color on her hair. Nothing wrong with this....we've all used boxes for our color during tight times....tight on money or tight on time. This, however, was her first effort and she decided to spice it up even more by going lighter....ie, it had a lot of bleach in it.

Yes, it was a mess!

Orange in some places, still gray in others, dark underneath....pure disaster. To top it off, this was an expensive correction. We were all laughing about it....including her...but doing it right the first time would have made a lot more sense.

Later that afternoon (remember I told you how long my hair takes?) we were talking about real estate and how things were going. I said "great" which is true. One lady said that she knew people who just weren't paying for the commissions and listing on Craig's List and just "doing it on their own."

I couldn't resist reminding them that earlier they were dismayed that someone would try and color their own hair....but selling their own home? The paperwork, the disclosures, the title, the lending, the appraisals? Allowing unknown people (from a Craig's List Ad) into your home? Really?

A "do-it-yourself" real estate mess is a lot harder and a lot harder to correct than a bad hairdo.



 Karen Fiddler
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Comment balloon 6 commentsKathryn Acciari • February 01 2012 06:12AM


NAR surveys show that seller's who use Realtors to sell their home average more than those who go FSBO.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 8 years ago

Hi Conrad.  Even after paying an agent, home sellers who use agents do better than those who sell on their own.  As we know, FSBO often attracts a bargain buyer.  But hey, we humans tend to think we can do things better than anyone else, thus the attraction of DIY!

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) over 8 years ago

WOW - Kathryn, what a great story to re-blog!  What a great opportunity to 'educate' - I'm sure that impression will stay in the minds of the people at that hair salon - Thanks for sharing ! 

Considering a home purchase or sale in the Sturbridge MA area - contact Kathryn for all your Real Estate needs!  

I did once sell in Southbridge - but way too far for me - I'm ending my "go West" trek in real estate at the Douglas line!

Posted by Marcia Kramarz, CDPE,LMC,CBR (Re/Max Executive Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Kathryn! thanks for the reblog. This one hit so close to home, you should have seen that poor woman's hair. :)

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 8 years ago


I can sooo relate to that. I, too, have tried cheap, i.e., do it yourself...and I was never satisfied with the results. So when it comes to something as big a project as selling a house, sellers are best advised to use a professional who does this day in and day out.

Good reblog.

Posted by Pacita Dimacali, Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA (Alain Pinel) over 8 years ago

Marcia:  Thanks for your comments.  I appreciate the endorsement!  Let's see if we can do some business together this year.

Karen:  It is a *great* article, certainly relevant to those of us who pay to look good.  :-)

Pacita:  That's exactly right.  It's quite often easy to see who is trying DIY.

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) over 8 years ago