2014 Rental Listings- Photos You Shouldn't Post

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2014 Rental listings- Photos You Shouldn't Post

 

2014 Rental listings- Photos You Shouldn't Post

We've all seen 'em- those ads we can't believe someone posted, yet they posted.  I'm not sure what goes through the minds of some, but I figured that as we head into 2014, I'd offer a few examples of photos you shouldn't post.  For those who are into lists of "do's and don'ts" and such, these would surely be "don'ts".

The photo above is a decent example of Photos You Shouldn't Post Type #1:  blurry photos.  Perhaps this photo's snapper was intentionally blurring the entire photo in order to hide a stale date in the corner of it or something- not too sure, but folks can't really "get a clear picture" (couldn't resist) of how a property looks if photos are blurry.

 

2014 Rental listings- Photos You Shouldn't Post

Photos You Shouldn't Post Type #2:  photos of garbage

This should be a no-brainer.  If you happen to be taking a photo on Garbage Day and the ol' garbage man hasn't yet picked things up, do yourself a favor and put the bags out of sight before bustin' out your Polaroid.

 

2014 Rental listings- Photos You Shouldn't Post

Photos You Shouldn't Post Type #3:  photos with you in them

It's a good idea not to include any humans in your photos for privacy reasons- and it's best not to include an owner or tenant's children for safety purposes.  And youLeave the "mirror selfie" for Instagrammin' later on.

 

2014 Rental listings- Photos You Shouldn't Post

Photos You Shouldn't Post Type #4:  photos of a messy/dirty/cluttered house

Where to begin?  Generally speaking, the goal of putting photos in your ads is to provide an inviting illustration of a property you're looking to sell/lease.  The inviting part goes right out the window when the viewing public sees a stained carpet and wonders just how much better it would look once steam cleaned- and you've lost that prospect forever.  It's also quite possible that you've not only lost them as a prospect for one of your properties, but you've lost them as a prospect for all of your properties.

Folks seeing a photo like this can't help but think to themselves "If this is how they let this place get, can I expect their other ones to be much better?"  And can you blame them?  Though rare, you can run into liability issues by using a photo like this as well.  Just as we're reminded not to put our new TVs' boxes on the curb the day after Christmas and send up a "Great stuff here!" flare to the thievin' world, we have to be careful not to picture something in our ads that might come up "missing".  You'll be in a world of hurt when an owner/tenant calls and asks you to replace something of theirs that you "advertised".

 

2014 Rental listings- Photos You Shouldn't Post

Photos You Shouldn't Post Type #5:  blurry photos from afar

Come on, now.  If the blurry photo in Photos You Shouldn't Post Type #1 above is a bad idea- and it is, one can't reasonably expect any good (or prospects) to be heading their way when using a blurry photo taken from a distance!  For the most part, shots like this give one of two impressions:  either the photographer is lazy/incompetent/broke and can't afford better equipment or that the photographer is a hard-charging genius with tons of money that just happens to have something about the subject property he's trying to hide.

While this group of photos is by no means all-inclusive (I've got more), I hope all find a bit of value in my somewhat informative, somewhat whimsical look at them.

 

2014 Rental listings- Photos You Shouldn't Post

 

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Rainmaker
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Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
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great examples. I probably would add no cell phone photos. Just don't work for me. Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2013 05:50 AM #1
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Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
Orlando Property Manager and Realtor

Hi, Bill:  Thank you for dropping by, and for your comment.  The list could go on- sometimes I think I've come across more than my fair share of bad shots!  Cell phone photos can be pretty bad- main reason being that while some phones can take great ones (I think the camera on an S4 is 13MP), folks want to believe that all phones take great ones.  More often than not, it's those "non-believers" who post their bad shots.

Happy New Year to you and yours as well- hope you have a healthy and prosperous 2014!

Dec 31, 2013 06:06 AM #2
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Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
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pretty pathetic actually, but it never ceases to amaze me that they exist.

Dec 31, 2013 06:55 AM #3
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Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
Orlando Property Manager and Realtor

Hi, Janis:  Thank you for stopping by, and for your comment.  Indeed.

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Dec 31, 2013 07:04 AM #4
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
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Dennis, I bet those photo brought people in by the droves.  You wonder what someone is thinking on these.

Jan 02, 2014 05:54 AM #5
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Cathy Wolters
Wolters Realty & Property Management Company - Cocoa, FL
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Great post, I have seen so many photos like that, and shake my head at how poorly that owner is being serviced. 

Jan 10, 2014 11:47 PM #6
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Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
Orlando Property Manager and Realtor

Hi, Donald:  Thank you for dropping by, and for your comment.  No doubt about it!  Although they would make great conversation starters...."Hey, did you see that bad MLS photo with the trash out front?"  "No, but did you see the one with all the trash in the house?"

Hope you and yours are having a great 2014!

Jan 13, 2014 08:40 AM #7
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Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
Orlando Property Manager and Realtor

Hi, Cathy:  Thank you for stopping by, and for your comment.  You bring up another part of this, of course:  the owners of these places and the way they're (not) being serviced.

Has to have many going through others' listings on the web and wondering "If those guys can have great photos with their listings, why are mine so crappy?"

On the positive side, though, those of us doing things better will be there to pick up the business when those not doing it well have been fired!

Have a great 2014!

Jan 13, 2014 08:44 AM #8
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