DO REAL ESTATE PHOTOGRAPHS MISLEAD?

Reblogger Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Real Estate Agent with Realty ONE Group 211236

Vegas Bob just had to (repost) this blog by Sandy & Norm.

How true it is when agents use photos of such beautiful homes not even knowing they exist in these neighborhoods.

 

Similar to switch and bait homes ... Frustrating ;o/

Original content by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 CA 01938972,CA 00902455

The quick answer:  They Can!

 

 

Trained in Professional Landscape Photography and having applied my critical ‘eye’ in how best to convey the story about the specific home being photographed, I know that keeping up-to-date with technology and the reaction of the public is critical for success.

Often seen in real estate photographs are stunning homes that could only be found in a far-distant paradise, yet; the listing agent advertises that this home is in my neighborhood.

How can this be?

I know my neighborhood and know of no home as breathtaking within miles!

So I drive to the listing and behold this ‘palace’ only to discover that the home listed is not recognizable from the advertised photo.

Is it dishonest to mislead peers and the public in this manner?

You bet it is.

You see, it does cost valuable resources for your fellow agents to spend their time pre-selling buyer prospects on why they should go out of their way to stop by to see your listing. Not to mention you will very soon be avoided like a pariah as more of a ‘snake-oil’ salesperson, than a trusted professional.

It is for this reason that we try to allow our clients to allow us to review properties with them prior to physically showing them the subject home. And in many cases, preview target homes to prevent our clients from wasting their time.

Guess who the client will blame for showing them a home they are not even interested in, if the photographs mislead?

That’s right; YOU, not me!

Over many years of full time professional experience, I know that until we deliver, we are not respected by many who work with us. So I am asking you as the professionals that you are; live by the ‘Golden Rule’ and do unto us as you would have other do to you.  Without this fair cooperation, the merry-go-round will never stop to allow clients to either get on-board, or get off with a set of home keys in-hand.

Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, J.D., GRI
CA BRE# 00902455 &  CA BRE#01938972 & FL Bkr# 3090255

Allison James Estates & Homes

San Diego, CA & Sarasota, FL

760.985.2055 & 941-416-5737 Sandy
858.444.7060 & 941-320-8711 Norm

SDLuxHomes.com

PRESENCE ~ PERSISTENCE ~ PERSEVERANCE

 

 

 

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Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
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This is quite the eye opener Sandy & Norm and a great post!

Jun 18, 2017 10:14 AM #1
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Grant Schneider
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Hi Vegas Bob - I cerytainly think that it is not helpful for that agent building trust..

Jun 18, 2017 11:32 AM #2
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James Dray
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Good morning VB.  While it happens in my neck of the woods from time to time, it does not happen often.

Jun 19, 2017 02:58 AM #3
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386
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Thnk you, Robert Vegas Bob Swetz. I am truly honored by your re-blog.

Jun 19, 2017 04:27 AM #4
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Vegas Bob, great choice for a re-blog. Misleading photos never payoff in the end - lots of showings and no offers doesn't get a house sold!

Jun 19, 2017 05:00 AM #5
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Jane Chaulklin-Schott
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Hi Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, and a great post to re-blog.  Yes, let us all live by the 'Golden Rule.'  Unfortunately, our team once showed property  that in no way let us know ahead that we would be trying to walk through rooms with 3-6 inches of standing water.  It was disgusting.  Pictures should always be honest, not meant to deceive in any way.  Yup, the Golden Rule.....

Jun 19, 2017 11:13 PM #6
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Oh, this is a GREAT one to re-blog, Bob!  I totally agree - too many misleading photos in our MLS. You arrive at the home to find it looks NOTHING like the photos - and it's RARELY looking better than the photos too!  

Happy Sunday, Bob!

Jun 25, 2017 08:47 AM #7
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Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
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I think it makes us all look bad, especially if we carry a client to see this incredible home, only for them to be disappointed upon arrival. Minor touch-ups are one thing, but turning a neglected home into a showcase with photo-editing software is a big no-no.

Jun 26, 2017 12:15 PM #8
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Dave Halpern
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Some Realtors and photographers are in love with ultra wide angle lenses. They distort and misrepresent the home.

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