Up until recently I focused most of my attention on Listings. But, as my buyer appointments increase, I am just dumbfounded by the photos posted in MLS. I most certainly am NOT the best photographer either. But really?? If there is any advice I can give the consumer, ask to proof the photos that are being posted. As simple as it might sound, search for your home online to get a good idea of how your home is being advertised. Buyers are online, sometimes months before they even talk with a Realtor.
Of course I may be way off base by assuming that the same Agents posting these terrible pictures are at least advertising you home. If they are, then you have to imagine that 1,000's of potential buyers are seeing your unmade beds, dirty dishes, cluttered floors and that beautiful tree in the front of your house. Oh, wait, that was the front of your house behind that beautiful tree.
The listing price of this home $995,000.
If you can't splurge for an aerial, let me suggest: Google Maps.
I am also a firm believer in staging. 99% of our listings are staged and we post photos AFTERwe stage the home. But, even some of the greatest listings can have bad pictures. Say for example you post pictures of a spare bedroom or powder room. Do you just see a picture of the bed? or toilet? A vacant home with lots of pictures of bare rooms and no descriptions? That's pretty bad too, and certainly doesn't make my list of "must see's".
Hallelujah! This home has a media room.
"A Wall of windows with lots of Light"
This is probably a great house, but is it worth the gas to find out?
Of course, the worst of the worst - NO PICTURE AVAILABLE. So you are basically telling me, "Not worth my time to see".
So... if you currently have your house on the market and haven't seen the advertising, Call your Realtor!
For the record, none of the above pictures came from Short Sales or Foreclosures. And, if you think they aren't your competition? Think again! Even some of the Lenders are cleaning up when they have to. The truth is, these photos came from Expired Listings. Are you still wondering why your home did not sell?
If you see your house, and want to try again, give us a call - your photos won't be an issue!