The Best View of The House

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Century 21 Sherlock Homes


I just read a post by Paula McDonald and there was a lot of comments back and forth over whether to show the front of the house or something really interesting about the house. You can check the post at 


It made me think about a listing I have in Belle Harbor.  Belle Harbor is a section of Queens with the unique ability to give you views of Lower Manhattan and a beautiful beach.  On the first look of the listing I have a picture of the house.  Now I'm wondering if I should change it up and show what the view from the front porch is.  

I'm putting it out there to the experts and see what the general opinion is.  Here is a sunset view.  On the other side of the channel is lower Manhattan.

Posted by

Liz Wallace

Broker Century 21 Sherlock Homes

cell: 516-225-0960

office: 516-764-2601

Serving the South Shore of Long Island, We Take The Mystery Out of Buying and Selling Homes.

Comments (11)

Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc.
pha logistix inc - San Francisco, CA

Liz... that is a great photo.  I'll stop back and check out the comments; I have a feeling it's going to be 50/50.


Aug 16, 2012 02:51 AM
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

I use lots of alternative shots with my listings and try to rotate them every few weeks as well

Aug 16, 2012 03:05 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I remember in 1995 the first time I wanted to do something "different" on the cover of a real estate magazine my area brokers thought I'd lost my mind.  I sold that lot in 13 days and also sold 7 other lots in the subdivision from that cover ad.  It's framed on my wall now.

Aug 16, 2012 04:23 AM
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

While I'm no "expert" by any means - I say go with the BEST.  Personally, I WOULD put this picture as the first photo in MLS.  It's different, eye catching and would make me want to look at the whole sheet - good curiosity factor, Liz.  Then, of course, the front of the home as the second photo.  But, if the back porch with amazing views is what will sell this home and attract them, go with what makes this home special, in my opinion.  Can't wait to see everyone's answers.  

Aug 16, 2012 05:12 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Liz,  Erie MLS requires that the first photo be front of house.  Try split screen or collage effect or PIP (Picture in Picture).  Use technology to feature the strong points.  Good luck.

Aug 16, 2012 07:22 AM
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Liz - As a professional MLS photographer, ordinarily I'd say always show the front of the home. However, with a view like this, I'd go with the view. It's obvious why you would make this your first photo as this view is probably one of the biggest selling features and buyers LOVE water views. I'm looking forward to checking back to see what other people say.

Aug 17, 2012 04:17 AM
Michael O'Donnell
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Arizona Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
GRI, ePRO, Accessible Homes

Having sat for many years on our regional MLS Committee here in the Phoenix area, as well as several MLS task forces, I was involved assisting with and amending our standards for photographs of listings.

I believe the MLS group's consensus opinion applies here: an outside photograph of the home's front elevation is mandatory, but does not need to be the primary photograph.

The view is gorgeous. Omit this picture, or bury it somewhere in the listing and you have failed to provide what must be one of the outstanding features of this home - this amazing panorama! I'm sure your clients have enjoyed this view many times.

You owe it to your clients, the home, yourself, and potential buyers to highlight this view. Go for it!

Good luck!!

Aug 17, 2012 10:46 AM
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

Thanks for all the comments and I did switch out the pictures.  The sunset is my lead picture for now.

Aug 19, 2012 03:24 AM
Debora Nichols
Residential Sales, Purchases, Investors, Vacation Homes - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor Anthem,Phoenix,Scottsdale,Glendale,Peoria

I think your first/front photo needs to be something eye catching.  If that is the front front of the house then great.  If not then another photo that really draws your attention.  Especially if you have a photo as fabulous as the one you posted.  Just stunning.

Aug 21, 2012 05:20 AM
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Liz, I stopped back to see if this sold.  Also, did you get any comments from other agents in your office and/or area?  Did you get any feedback from potential buyers as to why they were drawn to this house?

Nov 17, 2012 11:15 PM
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N
Julie it is still on the market and one of the few homes still standing and functioning in Belle Harbor
Nov 18, 2012 08:17 AM