A Tutorial On How NOT To Take Pictures of Your Listings! These Pics Cost The Seller A Showing!

Reblogger Jennifer Spanbauer Brodoway
Real Estate Agent with Lethbridge Real Estate.com

I always am amazed by the photos that I find on MLS sometimes.  Or sometimes I am amazed by the lack of photos.  Unless you are a really private person, your house when listed should have as many photos as possible.   More photos always means more interest.

Original content by Sherri Berry

When I list a Murfreesboro TN home for sale the first step of my marketing plan is to take lots of great quality images!  The cornerstone to an effective internet marketing campaign is great photographs!

But, not all real estate agents put as much effort into photographing their listings.  There are always posts on Active Rain that complain about real estate agents who don’t take pictures of their listings!  Lack of photographs has always been a major pet peeve of mine too!  I usually assume the house must be a complete mess if the agent didn’t want to showcase any pictures, but we all know that sometimes it’s just because the listing agent is lazy.

But, what about those listings you come across that have pictures that make you wonder...WHAT was the agent thinking!?  I’ve been searching for a home for some new clients.  They are in the upper end price range for the area so I would expect that the listings would all be marketed extremely well with lots of great photographs and virtual tours. If I were a seller in ANY price range I would expect my agent to provide attractive images on the internet.   Imagine my surprise when I came across this great listing today:

This is a slightly blurry shot of the formal dining room!  I especially like the angle that the agent used in this room.  It really makes it easy to see the size of this room and the features such as hardwood flooring, trim and windows. 

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How about this close up of a picture window that “only needs to be trimmed out” that was chosen to be photographed as a selling point.  If you were a potential buyer, would this picture help you get a feel for the master bedroom?  Help you envision the size, or see ANY potential at all with this space?


Or then there is this wonderful picture of a room that needs a little work but all you can see is a blank wall and some clutter!  

And my all time favorite, this wonderful candid shot of...well, I’m not sure, but it looks like an open electrical box in the garage or basement.  That is certainly unique to a high end home and needs to be spotlighted with a yellow tinted picture!

So there you have it folks!  The next time you read a blog post that is complaining because the listing agent didn’t take pictures, send them to this post!  In this case, the sellers would have been better off if their agent hadn't posted ANY pictures!  We will definitely not be scheduling a showing for this special home!

If you are thinking of selling your Murfreesboro TN home, or have real estate in the Nashville Tennessee area you would like to sell, please contact me today at 615-566-3789!  I can promise you that a high quality video and digital library will be created that accurately showcases your home’s BEST features!  




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Sherri Wellborn, Keller Williams Realty

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Murfreesboro, TN 37128

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Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ

HI JENNIFER!  I can always tell a photo taken from a cell phone too! Nice re-blog!

Oct 05, 2011 10:52 AM #1
Carlotta Remong
Berkshire Hathaway HS N.E. Prime Properties - Newport, RI

Jennifer, Great post on the importance of taking good photographs vs. taking bad photographs. And  taking a bad photograph is worse than not not taking any pictures at all! Taking no pictures is not good but it is better then taking  bad pictures. Thanks for sharing

Oct 05, 2011 11:03 AM #2
Sherri Berry
Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro - Murfreesboro, TN
Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate

Thanks so much for the reblog Jennifer!  With agents like this being our "competition" it makes us look like rock stars!  Taking great pictures is a MUST if you are going to be a listing agent!

Oct 05, 2011 12:38 PM #3
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