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Daily Real Estate News  |  June 30, 2006  |   Cigarette Smokers Have Tough Time Selling Smokers are having more and more trouble finding a place to smoke. Even smoking in their own homes has consequences, as selling a cigarette-fogged house can take far longer than it would without the smoky smell. “Smells don’t sell,” says Anne Kedl, the owner of Interior Assets, a real estate staging business in Centennial, Colo. Smoke seeps into everything, even light fixtures and windows, says Courtney Ingram, a real estate with Keller Williams Executives in Denver. Air fresheners and opening the windows don’t help, she says, because nonsmokers will smell smoking residue instantly, despite such efforts. If a smoke-saturated house won’t sell as is, get rid of upholstered furniture because it traps odors, experts say. Pulling up carpet can also help. But ultimately, if the house has been home to relentless smokers, it seeps into the drywall and getting rid of the odor may involve replacing that as well. Source: Denver Post, Douglas Brown (06/29/2006)

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