As I'm sure some of you may know from reading some of my other blog posts, I'm currently looking to purchase my first house.
The market in the Mission Viejo area of Orange County, CA is red hot, and properties are in pending status soon after they are listed in the MLS, so as soon as something comes on the market that looks great in photos, you need to get out there to see it in person immediately to determine if an offer should be placed or not.
I recently found a condo in Mission Viejo, that was fairly close to my office, and had an incredible view from the backyard. The pictures of the place were amazing, and I couldn't wait to see it!
Luckily, there happened to be an open house that weekend, and I drove all the way out to go see it. I was so excited walking up to the front door because the neighborhood was great, and I could already see myself living there.
Then I walked in the front door, and my excitement dropped.
The place looked NOTHING like the pictures. Instead of the clean, well decorated, move in ready home, I was met with a dirty, smelly, fixer-upper.
After talking to the agent, it turns out that people were currently renting the house, and the pictures he had used were from when the owners originally lived in the home. He told me to not worry though, because the place had "great bones!" It did, I agree, but it wasn't what was advertised.
So my immediate thought was, why didn't the agent take the time to redo the pictures? The property had obviously changed since the original images were taken, so why couldn't he reflect that in the MLS? I feel like I wasted HIS time, not just my own by following a promise that wasn't true.
It's time to change those MLS photos! Photos and file changes are so simple with today's technology, so there's no excuse to continue to use old photos - regardless of how red hot the market may be.
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