Your photo's are your online curb appeal!

By
Managing Real Estate Broker with The Cascade Team Gig Harbor 98335

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I will not fill this post with a ton of horrible pictures but if you are an Agent or a seller looking to sell, not a set of old golf clubs, but your most valuable asset.  Demand the best!

     I don't think anyone really gets in a car anymore to look for a house, they get on the computer.  If the pictures of your house are small, or fuzzy, or came from a ­­camera phone, people will pass you by.  Curb appeal starts online not in the driveway anymore.  You can hire a professional photographer for a couple hundred bucks or buy a nice camera and take some classes.

     Whatever you do, DON'T POST BAD PICTURES ONLINE!

 Crayola picture

This is a friend's house in WA.  Waterfront picture taken with a "Crayola, your first digital camera" ages 1-3. 

I Think!  Are you kidding me??????  I won't even put up the pictures of the inside there so embarrassing.

 Point and shoot camera

This is the same yard taken with a POS.  Not what you're thinking, just a point and shoot camera.  It is a lot better but doesn't yank you off the couch and make you want to go look at the property.  Well it kind of does!

 eye catching pro photo

 

Are you starting to see the difference?

If you're selling your home ask for the best!  If you settle for less coming out of the gate you will probably settle for less all the way to the closing table.

 

Best of luck to all you sellers out there and if you have any questions about this or anything else feel free to shoot me an email.

P.S.  They are changing Short Sales, if your underwater and need or want to sell shoot me an email and I'll give you some great info.

Brady Howard

bradyhoward@kw.com

 

 

Comments (5)

Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Local Knowledge & Global Network

Brady, huge difference and I so agree that the photos are criticial to marketing a home!  ~ Susan

Aug 12, 2010 02:36 AM
Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

Great pics Brady! Absolutely makes a big difference!

Aug 12, 2010 02:40 AM
Lorraine Sayer
Monument, Black Forest, Falcon, Fountain homes - Colorado Springs, CO
Realtor ABR,CDPE,GRI - Colorado Springs,CO RE/MAX

Brady. You have hit on one of my pet peeves.  I agree that photos can make or break showings on a property.  They have to stimulate the buyer to seek more information and visit the home. What really gets to me is the number of homes in our listing service that have only one photo- are you kidding?  The other issue I have is not updating photos for the seasons......."it's August and your listing photo has a snow drift in it."  Now that's customer service............NOT!

Aug 12, 2010 02:43 AM
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Brady - photos are the first thing that grabs people. Make sure that they are in focus, properly lit, and, if possible, interesting (although sometimes it is hard to get that last piece). And for gosh sake, if you have to photograph a toilet, put the lid down.  Lorraine has it right, seasonal photos make a big difference.

Aug 12, 2010 03:44 AM
Brady Howard
The Cascade Team Gig Harbor - Gig Harbor, WA
Managing Broker, The Cascade Team Gig Harbor

Susan, Fred, Lorraine and Mike,

I see this all the time and your all right, I guess it just never REALLY got to me until a good friend listed with someone I didn't recommend and I saw the photos.  It is a beautiful water front home, and absolutely the best bang for the buck in the area.  He called me and was wondering what was up so I checked it out and was shocked.  There were 4 inside pictures and you couldn't even tell what rooms the pictures were taken in.

   And for that matter along with seasonal pictures being a huge issue, if its pouring rain or gloomy out, take a minute on a nice sunny day and get back out there.  I can't think of any venue where you can't edit and change photos.

 

Aug 13, 2010 03:53 AM

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