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Sometimes you need a little Photoshop...

By
Real Estate Sales Representative with Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam

We've all had those listings.  Cluttered, abandoned car in the driveway etc.  In times like these I use Photoshop to help clean up the pic before I publish it on my website.  My clients have always appreciated how great their homes look after a few minutes under the knife.  Now if you are wondering if the Real Estate Manual is against such practise:

"A licensee must not publish real estate advertising that the licensee knows contains a false statement or misrepresentation concerning real estate, a trade in real estate or the provision of real estate services" 

However the manual continues: "While editing out such items as a garbage can or an automobile parked in a driveway would be acceptable, removing nearby power lines or changing any physical characteristic of a property such that it results in a misrepresentation would not be acceptable."

I find cleaning up a photo helps get people through the door.  Of course once they are inside, the house has to speak for itself.

Here are a couple samples below:

Front of House

Front of House 2

Bedroom

Bedroom 2

Sherry Scales
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Leander, TX
Realtor, for Austin, TX and surrounding areas

Wow! I really need to invest in Photoshop. Just think what I could do with my... well... I could do it!

Oct 29, 2009 11:27 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Kyle, photoshop is such a great tool. There are so many times when we take a photo and when we get ready to upload it, there's something in the shot that we overlooked when we were taking the photo. A couple of minutes of work and it's gone.

Oct 29, 2009 11:35 AM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Kyle, Great examples of what you can do with Photoshop.  It really can be used to place the property in a state where the viewer sees the property instead of a lot of things in the way.  But, I am curious, why did you change the painting in the bedroom?

Oct 29, 2009 12:06 PM
Kyle Hislop
Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam - Chilliwack, BC

Gary, I took out the horse pic mainly cause I didnt like it and I thought the other one blended with the room better.

Oct 30, 2009 09:34 AM