Sometimes I have to wonder if these surveys really took place, and if they did, where did they take place. The reality with buyers I've worked, and am currently working with don't match Trulia's survey results of homebuyers.
If you're read the current Trulia Newsletter article about " The 4 Biggest Photo Listing Mistakes", I think you'll be surprised at their survey results.
They claim the following items make a home most attractive to buyers: 70% said bathrooms, 63% said closets, and 56% said gourmet kitchen.
I can't think of a single buyer that I've worked with that ever said a bathroom and/or a closet was more important to them than a decent kitchen. Occasionally I will take a photo of a large luxury master bath, and even a walk in closet now and then, but usually most are too small to get a decent photo.
Also, I never had any trouble selling a listing that didn't include pics of bathrooms or closets. I believe the consensus on AR blog posts indicated that most agents don't take pictures of bathrooms. I can see a large walk in closet with custom shelving, etc, but a basic walk in closet?
Are there actually buyers out there that would say: This house looks perfect, great commuting distance, great school district for kids, I can walk to metro, backs to parks, love the floor plan, but I don't want to see it because the agent didn't put any pics of the bathroom or closets in the MLS?
Jeff Pearl / REALTOR / Lic in VA
RE/MAX Distinctive / Reston VA
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