PICTURES ARE WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Midamerica Referral Network

PICTURES SELL

 

Are you ready to sell your house?  You want to get top price for it, and you've heard all the bad news about the real estate market, so you've cleaned and painted and polished anything that didn't move.

And, if you watch any of the shows on Home and Garden channel, you know that you must depersonalize your home.  Pack up most of the adorable grandchildren's pictures.  Remove  notes and magnets from the refrigerator door.  Clean off the kitchen counter clutter . Pack the knick-knacks in the dining room.

Interview and pick a Shell Knob real estate agent you feel comfortable with;  who helps you establish the sales price.  As you do some necessary paperwork, the agent measures your rooms, notes the amenities and takes pictures.

 

PICTURES 

These pictures, which will go with your listing into the Multiple Listing System, are what may entice potential buyers to come see your home - OR they can be the reason the house gets overlooked by other agents and their clients. 

Here are a couple of photos that explain partially why these homes did not sell. 

 

 Bath


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I THINK THERE IS A BATHTUB HERE SOMEWHERE

                                                                                   WHERE IS THE HOUSE?
 

yARD

 WINDOWS - MUST BE A ROOM HERE WINDOWS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Multiples Listing Services do much to sell houses, but the pictures buyers see when they browse the internet, speak louder than words.  By the way, these pictures were all from homes over $270,000.

 

 

 

 Call Joan for help in your real estate needs.  417-858-2209

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes
good post...we see this all the time. We sometimes pass on the simple things we can do to help our clients sell the home faster.
Jan 25, 2008 08:59 AM #1
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Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
Joan, it's interesting what a range of conditions sellers come onto the market with:  from overdecorated to no decor at all!
Jan 25, 2008 09:04 AM #2
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Diane McDermott
Realtor®, GRI, Landis e2 Real Estate, LLC - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Real Estate Market
Joan, that bathroom picture is priceless! There's so much going on it takes a second to realize what the picture is supposed to show!
Jan 25, 2008 09:31 AM #3
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Joanne Hanson
Coldwell Banker Colorado Rockies Real Estate - Frisco, CO
Summit County, Colorado Realtor

Hi Joan, I often see a picture of a sofa for the living room shot. It might work if you were trying to sell the sofa, but where are the windows, the view and how does the traffic flow?  I guess there was just no thought put into it.  This is a good post, thanks! 

Jan 25, 2008 02:32 PM #4
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Konnie Mac McCarthy
MacNificent Properties, LLC - Cobb Island, MD
Broker/Owner - VA & MD "Time To Get A Move On!"
That's what I tell my clients....fancy brochures, fancy newspaper ads, don't compare to great listing photos...
Jan 27, 2008 01:01 PM #5
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Meg Zoller
Keller Williams - Houston, TX
Houston Fine Homes
Joan - Isn't that the truth.  I've seen some incredibly bad pictures.  I've taken one or two of them . . .I'm sure in the past.  Each and every picture is so important.  It's just the simple fact that you must "put your best foot forward".
Jan 27, 2008 02:27 PM #6
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