By Lambeth Hochwald

Ask real estate agents and they’ll admit that they’re just as frustrated about some quirks in the home buying process as you are. Here, seven things that bother them the most:

We like when you keep your property tidy
Usually, it’s no one’s business but yours if you’re messy or tidy—but when your place is on the market, your cleanliness habits can affect how quickly your home sells:

“It should go without saying, but I have to say it all the time: Tidy up!” says Alexis Godley, an agent at Corcoran in New York City. “I don’t always recommend staging but a clean, pristine, knickknack-free apartment is a must in my opinion. This really creates a lovely and fresh blank slate first impression of the unit for buyers to imagine its potential.”

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