Truth in advertising?

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Truth in advertising?

I was doing a lot of real estate reading late last night and found a nice slide show of what obviously was a foreclosed property.

There were a few slides that I would have left out unless you're 200% behind truth in advertising. This was the slide that most offended my real estate agent marketing senses:

I'm not quite sure what that slide is supposed to say to the viewer: hole in the ceiling, foreclosure, needs a little TLC?


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Patty Luther
Rock-n-Roll Realty - Lewiston, ID
Lewiston ID Real Estate, Idaho-Washington

~ looks like it needs some work!  a little sweat equity!

Oct 15, 2010 08:21 PM #1
Maureen Fukumoto
Help-U-Sell Realty Pro - Mililani, HI

Holes in the ceiling are never a good sign but if priced right someone will want it.

Oct 15, 2010 09:50 PM #2
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

Is that an electrical outlet in that hole?  Well, at least the potential buyers won't say, "They didn't show this in the pictures!"

Oct 15, 2010 10:44 PM #3
Lynn M. Bower
John R Wood Realtors - Naples, FL

Jim~ wouldn't it be funny if it were animated and a cat stuck it's head out with a mouse in it's mouth. Honestly, I don't know what or why some agents do what they do. My favorite are the foreclosed home pictures used from the last time it was listed and in pristine condition. Truth in advertising...NOT. Have a great day.

Oct 16, 2010 12:04 AM #4
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

I have seen that hole before...and it was related to a previous roof leak - a repair half way done!

Oct 16, 2010 01:12 AM #5
Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker

Jim, Yet another mystery. Why do photograph what we do?

Oct 16, 2010 01:34 AM #6
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

Yikes! That needs some TLC alright.

Oct 16, 2010 01:43 AM #7
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

I think it's a good idea to include shots that show some of the defects in REO properties. Most of the REO's are rough and have been neglected for months. The banks aren't going to make repairs. Buyers need to understand that the house is not in perfect condition. Not showing at least one or two pictures of some of the defects is misleading.

Oct 16, 2010 03:15 AM #8
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jim, maybe that was camera taking pictures?     Definitely a strange photo to take at a listing!

Oct 16, 2010 04:50 AM #9
Liz Flint
Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty - Houston, TX
Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066

Hi Jim, I'm guessing that this agent must have gotten an earful before for not showing just how bad a particular property was.

Oct 16, 2010 05:17 AM #10
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Jim, is it a foreclosure?  If not, I would advise the seller to finish whatever repair that was started!

Oct 16, 2010 05:20 AM #11
Mike Carlier
Lakeville, MN
More opinions than you want to hear about.

I've seen a lot of foreclosed property with pictures of items of interest in the listing.  If the purpose is to give a prospective buyer an idea of what work needs to be done, it's probably appropriate. 

Oct 16, 2010 07:13 AM #12
Carra & Shae Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Jim...I think pictures which depict the condition of a property are appropriate.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words!

Oct 17, 2010 05:07 AM #13
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Maybe it means, leak has been fixed and mold remediated.  Who knows.  It baffles me what agents will take pictures of.

Oct 17, 2010 05:27 AM #14
Sonsie Conroy
I serve buyers and sellers everywhere in San Luis Obispo County - San Luis Obispo, CA
Energetic, Enthusiastic, Knowledgeable Realtor

I think probably the photograph was to indicate an electrica outlet is available for a ceiling fan, light  fixture, etc. I can't be sure, but it looks like one of those heavy-duty outlets, maybe for 220? Not a pretty sight, but perhaps useful to a prospective buyer.

Oct 17, 2010 11:19 AM #15
Mike Martin
(909) 476-9600 ~ - Fontana, CA
The TCR Group - Realty Masters & Associates

That might not be so bad with an explaination - like Chris Ann said, maybe it's proof of something positive. Just the picture though... Gives a really bad impression!

Oct 19, 2010 08:32 AM #16
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Hi Jim - How about "Room with a View?"  Bset, Gay

Oct 20, 2010 08:47 AM #17
Dave Miller
RE/MAX Integrity, Dumont, NJ 201-385-8100 - Dumont, NJ
RE/MAX Real Estate Dumont,NJ - Bergen County, New Jersey Homes for Sale

Jim, I've taken some shots like this one... - with an explaination, when I'm selling a home 'as is' that needs alot of work....Just to save agents/buyers time that would not want to tackle repair issues...

Oct 22, 2010 12:59 AM #18
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

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