Choose Your Realtor By Their Photos
No, not the pictures of themselves--of the houses they are selling! The Internet is where 85% of the buyers are searching. And they eliminate houses based on the photos. So really, the pictures of your house on the Internet are your FIRST SHOWING. Also, great photos make your house look as valuable as it really is.
Make sure your house makes its best possible first impression! When you interview an agent, along with all the other important questions:
-Ask them how their photos of their listings compare to other agents.
-Ask to see examples.
-What kind of camera do they use? (Phone cameras don't count!)
-Do they use a professional photographer?
-is the lighting good? And the exposures correct?
-Are the photos in focus?
-Are they showing off the features?
-Are they using a wide-angle lens to capture all the space?
-Do they have an "eye"?
-How many photos do they typically post for each listing?
-Will they take outside photos, and photos that are relevant to your residential community? (Community pools, parks, etc.)
-Do they recommend having your house staged professionally prior to having photos taken?
-Do their photos evoke an emotional response in you?
Study Photos On The MLS (Check out Realtor.com)
You'll see what works, and what doesn't. And you'll be amazed at what you'll find:
-No photos posted
-One outside photo only
-Toilet seats up (ugh!)
-Underexposed shots, with windows "blown out"
-Photos that make you feel "tippy" (room is slanted strangely) or "unfocused" (blurry)
-Strange pictures of walls, hallways, doorways, etc.
Notice great shots:
-Unique angles (high, low)
-Photos where the outside is visible while the inside is perfectly exposed
Demand That Your "First Showing" Be The Best it Can Be!
Be sure and check your listing online once it is posted. Request that photos be retaken if they don't meet your standards. In fact, insist on it!
When it comes to the MLS, a picture can be worth a thousand dollars...or more!!!
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