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THe view from the front porch.....

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605

White Plains NY - Real Estate PhotographyPorches can help sell homes.  This year I had several homes with impressive porches to photograph.  I see a lot of agents attempting to photograph porches and they almost always try to capture the porch from the street level as part of the money shot of the house, with perhaps a close-up closer to the front door.  And that's great as far as it goes.  And its very important to photograph that porch so that buyers can see the full potential of this amenity.

However, beyond the porch itself, is the view from the porch.  If the view is a good one, you need to show it in all its glory....After all, if you've got it, flaunt it!   Now, it doesn't matter if the porch reveals cityscape suburbia or countryside.  After all, some buyers are really into the new urbanization and would be thrilled with a porch overlooking a downtown scene. People who prefer a more suburban location will be thrilled with a rolling front lawn and sparse traffic. For those who prefer the country life - a view of a babbling brook or simply a wooded area is very appealing.

The point here is to utilize the porch to inform the buyer about the immediate surroundings.  Think about it.  The porch is not just an amenity, in this case, it can provide a "frame" for a neighborhood snapshot and if carefully done, it can have dramatic impact and appeal.  One way to achieve this is to take a photo from the porch on an angle so that the view from the front is clearly displayed. This can be seen in the photo above.  You probably need a good wide-angle lens to do this effectively.  Also, the ability to use photoshop is probably needed as well.  the type of angle tends to lead to barrel distortion, so the ability to straighten walls and landscape to compensate for this is a must.

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Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Wow! Impressive photograph! I love porches in general, and being the great feature they are should be shown off. Like your "perspective" in showing a different view of the porch, not just staight-on from street level.

Oct 04, 2013 06:18 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Ruthmarie.... I love front porches and this one is exceptionally presented.... nice slate decking in this photo...

Oct 04, 2013 07:36 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Ruthmarie - This is a beautiful porch with a charming view.  I love it, and I this is a wonderful angle.  Well done.

Oct 04, 2013 07:36 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

There would be less problems, drama, long cold silence in a personals live if more time was spent with the TV turned off and loved ones, family and neighbors spending more quality time communicating back and forth on the open porch. Or in winter, in front of a fireplace on the other side of that outdoor living room some folks are lucky enough to own, enjoy, use.

Oct 04, 2013 07:47 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Ruthmarie- I love front porches as well!!!  It's such a great opportunity to say "welcome" to any visitor. 

Oct 05, 2013 01:41 AM
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Hi Pamela, I had a great "subject" to work with. However, the view was really terrific.  So I wanted to capture both the porch and its view in the same shot. 


Hi Barbara, I did have a great subject - but the view was as important as the porch in this case.  Glad you liked the photo. 

Hi Debbie, Thanks.  It really had a great view. 

Hi Andrew, My grandmother used to talk about evenings spent on the "stoop" in her NYC brownstone on the upper east side.  Everyone was out and about. 

Hi Kathy, It can be, if photographed well. Sometimes people don't know how to tell the story. 

Oct 05, 2013 08:22 AM
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Ruthmarie, What a great photo, but then again you always take great photos!  I will keep this perspective in mind in photographing the next home with a porch.

Oct 12, 2013 12:02 AM