Real Estate Agent - I'd like to recommend you but . .

Reblogger Donna Schoby
Mortgage and Lending with Liberty Bank of Arkansas


Original content by Margaret Oscilia CCB #180695


Dear Real Estate Agent –

I’ve enjoyed getting acquainted with you and think you have a great many admirable qualities that home sellers will find important.  Perhaps your attention to detail, negotiation skills and networking abilities set you apart from other agents, and I should start referring clients to you.  I know you have lots of experience and vast areas of expertise.  Yes, your personality is fun, witty and entertaining, but your real estate photos online are killer. 

Killer in a bad way.  They kill any thought of me referring business to you and are an example of what I tell my clients to look for when choosing an agent.  With over 85% of home buyers looking online for a home they can’t afford to go onto the MLS or real estate listing site with too few or poor photos. 

Now I know you have probably received training on taking great photos and marketing  -- then WHY am I continuing to see . . .


bad real estate photo



Cars - in the driveways drawing attention from the house and blocking the view or parked in front on the house. 

The house is for sale - not the cars - right?







tilting photos make me sea sick!




Tilting Photos -- I'm sure the house doesn't have a structural problem, but when your photos lean to the right or left I'm feeling like I'm going to slide out of the room.  Any simple photo editing software can help remedy this problem -- Let's all straighten up please!








poor agent photos




The mysterious photos of . . . who knows what.  Photos that don't feature the focal points, room sizes or architecture shouldn't be posted.  Sometimes less is more - seriously!







is this all you have to feature?


I'm sure this home has other features to highlight than this!








don't keep me in the dark!


Please don't keep me in the dark!  I've looked at your listing photos and they are all so dark, that I still don't have a clue on what your listing looks like.  Additionally, when I look at this photo I have no concept of this room's size or flow. 






Clutter . . . I am overwhelmed by the stuff in the photo that I can't see the room.  When it's wall to wall furniture or counters full of stuff the photos buyers are going to click on by.  At minimum - have the seller move some items out of the area to get a better photo.  Better - refuse to take photos and list until the house is properly prepared for sale!



Yes, I think you may be a great real estate agent, but in this market, you can't afford to appeal to each and every home buyer that checks out your listing!  Top agents must have top quality online photos in order to market effectively.  When we get asked for a recommendation on a real estate agent in our area, we always advise clients to view agents listings online first.  What do your photos say about you?


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Christine McInerney
Great Life RE - Knoxville, TN
The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale

These kind of pictures drive me crazy, I don't understand how/why sellers put up with this.  We have a home stager on our team...she is invaluable.

Aug 22, 2009 03:08 PM #1
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR

Christine/Jennifer, I had to re-blog this post. Margaret nailed it! I'm with you these photos drive me crazy also. I just want to call the sellers and ask if they even looked at their online photos. Good for you for seeing the value of home staging and having one on your team. You are a step ahead of your competition. 

Aug 22, 2009 03:21 PM #2
Ron Parise - Cape Coral, FL

I agree that bad photos will limit your showings, but worse than that (in my opinion) are the photos so staged and/or photo-shopped that the home is misrepresented. i would rather have my buyer say that the place is much nicer than the online photos than be upset by the lousy home that looked so much nicer in the photos.

Aug 22, 2009 04:51 PM #3
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR

Ron, I agree, when I stage a home it is to show the features of the home. Buyers need to see the potential in the home. Not a "decorated" home or photo-shopped home. I like to show how buyers will actually "live" in a home when I stage.

Aug 22, 2009 05:18 PM #4
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