Listing Photos - Importance of the Main Thumbnail

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Listing Photos

Everyone knows that listing photos are among the most important aspect of an agent's online marketing of a home.  Statistics show that listings with several images get a much higher click rate than listings without, but what about the difference between an image that catches your eye as opposed to just another picture of a house that looks like every other picture on the list.

It's just like curb appeal.  Everyone knows how important curb appeal is.  Most people still generally judge every book by it's cover, and a home buyer will often not give a home a chance when it doesn't get their attention from the outside.  The same is true online, if your home doesn't have "thumbnail appeal" (I just made that up as far as I know) you are likely to have the same results. 

Nowadays, every MLS or 3rd party IDX vendor uses a similiar approach when displaying a list of properties in the search results.  Just like the image above, with a small thumbnail of the property, and some of the information highlights as a summary.  So when the average consumer is scrolling through the list of homes, they will quickly scan the thumbnails and prices and the difference between a property view and a scroll by is often the quality of image in the thumbnail.  

For this reason, our team strives to have our listings stand out from the rest by having that extra degree of pop necessary to catch a buyer's attention.  We have all of our listings professionally photographed, and make sure we always have several exterior options to choose from.

Obviously this isn't the most important aspect of selling a home, there is no quality of image that can sell a badly overpriced home, but it can make the difference in the amount of exposure a home receives, which is your duty as an agent, and can possibly result in a sell in a situation where the buyer would have never even viewed the home otherwise.

Article by: Jacob Hebert - Director of Technology
The Marion Franke Team - Lake Conroe Real Estate and Homes for Sale


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Marcus Valdez
Berkshire Hathaway Rocky Mountain Realtors - Fort Collins, CO

Cool.  i like that format you used is that a template i could use too?  or did you custom make it?  Great blog good info. 

Jun 11, 2009 12:01 PM #1
Acai Berry Select
Acai Berry Select - Downers Grove, IL

Good post, finally a Realtor that understands this! I am so happy now. I would also take it a notch further by providing an interactive online tour so you get buyers engaged on a emotional level too. Quality over quantity. Always.


Jun 11, 2009 12:05 PM #2
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Photos are critical. I saw a llisting today with nothing but "canned" photos.

Jun 11, 2009 12:10 PM #3
The Marion Franke Team
Lake Conroe Real Estate - Conroe, TX

That is actually one of our property search tools called "Tigerlead" that designed that results layout, but many of the property searches you see today are very similiar.

A sample of the actual results page can be seen here: (Although ironically, the detail pages on this site are currently showing pixelated images due to our MLS feed, which will hopefully be solved any day now!)


Jun 11, 2009 12:11 PM #4
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

Interesting, I like it. Thanks for putting it out on AR for us.

Patricia Aulson/Portsmouth nh real estate

Jun 11, 2009 12:22 PM #5
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Marion ~ Great point! The main photo does have to be carefully selected - it's definitely the most important photo in your listing.


Jun 11, 2009 03:46 PM #6
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