MLS Photos - Tips and Tricks for North Texas

Home Stager with Staging Matters, RESA, HSR

Tips for Making MLS Photos Work for You! 

by Debra Rosser of Staging Matters serving Flower Mound, Southlake, Coppell, Argyle, Keller, Highland Village and other North Texas Communities

  • Make sure that you pay attention to the order you put your pictures in on MLS.  The homes best features and photos should come first.  Capture buyers' attention quickly.  They may only look at the first 4 photos when deciding which homes to consider more closely.
  • Refrigerator magnets are not a good thing.  Trash cans aren't either.  Remove these before shooting your picture.
  • If a child's name is on the wall in big letters either remove the letters or take the picture from a different angle.  Advertising a child's name with their address is a safety issue. 
  • After you take the picture look at the photo in the camera window.  I often notice something is out of place, crooked, etc when I see the picture in the window that my eye missed when just looking at the room.
  • Really evaluate each shot.  Every picture should look great.  Avoid throwing pictures in just to fill up the listing page.  It is better to include 2 shots of the same room from different angles if the room really looks great.  If a secondary bedroom isn't special looking in the photo's  find something else to post in its place.  Consider zooming in on a feature of the home; a fireplace, a built in, a gorgeous front door, great kitchen counter tops or beautiful finishes on cabinets.  Be creative and be picky.  Take time to showcase the homes best features and you will maximize the number of showings! 
  • If you can't find anything good to take a picture of; call a stager.  If the pictures look boring, empty, crowded, monotone, dated or blah; call a stager. The best time to stage a house is before the MLS pictures are taken!  The place where first impressions are critical is the internet and we can help you get your homes best features captured in photos!  We will even work as a photo stylist of sorts; adding props and removing clutter right before you shoot the picture.  Let us help you find the "magic".
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Debra Rosser is the President and Creative Director of Staging Matters.  Staging Matters is a full service home staging company located in North Texas and serving the communities surrounding Flower Mound.  Home Stagers help their clients make money. 

Comments (6)

Dan Jasmer
Fine Properties - Sarasota, FL
Changing the way you look at real estate

Great tips for sellers and agents.  Our MLS requires photo #1 to be the exterior front of the property for sale or we are fined. 

Aug 29, 2010 05:26 AM
Joyce Godwin, Realtor, CRS
RE/MAX Elite Properties; Serving Cypress, Spring, Tomball, NW Houston - Houston, TX
RE/MAX Elite Properties

Great tips - thanks!

Some photo editing programs will let you remove things like a child's name on the wall, dirty dishes, clutter on the floor, etc.  I have removed a car from a driveway -one of my greatest photo editing accomplishments I think!  Great tool, as long as it isn't used for anything that would be misleading -- for example, power lines in the background or something of that nature.

Also, some photo editing programs will allow you to straighten a photo or object.


Aug 29, 2010 05:52 AM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Good suggestions - particularly like the reminder to check the photo in the camera window.  Too many times we noticed somthing out of place after getting back to the office.

Aug 29, 2010 06:12 AM
Debra Rosser
Staging Matters, RESA, HSR - Flower Mound, TX
Home Staging/Redesign North Texas/Flower Mound,469-322-9113

Dan- Good to know; I wasn't aware agents had to list the exterior first

Joyce - Removing a car???  You made me laugh and I'm in awe.  What editing program/software do you use?  I've been playing with piknic.

Mel and Gretchen - Happens to all of us.  Sometimes the window on the camera just isn't big enough! 

Aug 29, 2010 07:52 AM
c m
Colorado Springs, CO

Great post!  Couldn't agree more with your points, and one last thing that has happened to me several times.  A house has been on the market for a couple of months before they stage.  They decide to take the plunge, and  staging is completed. I take new photos and send them to the agent and they DO NOT CHANGE THE PICS ON THE MLS...what was the point of staging?  No one was looking before, and buyers see no change online...P.S. I use Picasa, which has now merged with Piknik, they are GREAT for removing things, like cars...LOL

Feb 12, 2011 11:31 AM
Debra Rosser
Staging Matters, RESA, HSR - Flower Mound, TX
Home Staging/Redesign North Texas/Flower Mound,469-322-9113


Yep that happens to me too. I'm now sending the pictures to the agent and cc the client.  I'm hoping this will help in the future.  Thanks posting and I did not know Picasa was now one with Picknik.  All is right in my universe I guess.

Feb 15, 2011 03:00 PM