Most of the blog posts I write, come from experiences with clients. After all, real estate is like any other profession, in that what we learn in the field, is much more applicable, than the information we get in a class or seminar. At Austin Real Estate Agency, we like to tell sellers, don't get taken out of the game, before it even starts. What we mean by that, is you shouldn't give buyers a reason to discount your home, before they even get a chance to see it.
Just last week, I was working with a buyer, who assumed a home wasn't very nice, because the mls listing only contained eight pictures. As real estate brokers, we can talk until we're blue in the face about the need to give consumers lots of photos, but we constantly see listings that don't show many. Often this happens in the luxury market, which is more of a head scratcher.
How Many Photos Should I Take Of My Listing?
Our mls in Austin allows for a total of twenty five pictures. Virtual tour companies and various real estate websites offer even more. In our opinion, the more photos you (or preferably a professional photographer) can take, the better. While twenty five may be a challenge for smaller properties, here are five things you can do, to attract the attention of buyers online:
* Take mulitiple photos of the same room. This works particularly well in kitchens and bathrooms. Two rooms in which buyers have a great deal of interest.
*Multiple photos of the exterior and landscaping will give the buyer the mood of a home.
*Do you have a floor plan of the home? Buyers love floor plans and including them in your photos may help the buyer get a feel for the property.
*Display photos of the surrounding amenities. Buyers who aren't familiar with your neighborhood might not have any idea about the pool, golf course, or great elementary school.
For the record, I told my buyer that eight pictures isn't indicative of a bad home. Agents and sellers, don't always use the maximum number of pictures. But the fact is, my buyer approach isn't all too unusual. Brokers and sellers will be wise to show as much of a property, as they can.