A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words.....Sometimes.

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams INTEGRITY SP00054677

Realtors were many hats and one of those is being a good photographer. I'm not talking about just being able to take reasonable digital photos of each room and some exterior shots for the MLS, I'm talking about having the ability to capture a clear image of what this particular property has to offer and entice a buyer to set up a showing.

We have the ability to take and load multiple photos of a listing and I believe that buyers rely on these images when choosing what properties they want to see. So here is a list of things I do and don't do to be sure my listings are picture perfect.

  •  Take front photos from several angles and straight on, then choose the best one.
  •  Take multiple photos of the kitchen, be sure to clear counters and table tops as you go.
  •  Put the toilet seat down if it is in a photo, PLEASE.
  •  Again, clear any personal items out of the pictures as you go.
  •  Be sure to take a close-up of any feature that adds value.
  •  Take a close-up of any beautiful fruit or foliage the property has to offer.
  • Do not use a wide-angle lens.
  • Make the bed if it is in a photo.
  • Not every room has to be included. I am selective. Only the best shots make the cut.

 When listings go out to other websites like  Trulia and Realtor.com only the first 4 or 5  photos are shown, so be sure to include a property's best features in those first few photos.

What do you do to make your listings stand out?

Lawrence Kansas Listing Expert 

 

 

Comments (5)

Bill Kennedy
Keller Williams Greenville Upstate - Greenville, SC
Homes For Sale Greenville SC

Great advice Lisa Bullerman 

Jan 14, 2015 11:02 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Lisa Bullerman photos are the most important item when it comes to marketing.....THE EYE BUYS.....and that's why I use aerial photos for every listing not just high end homes.... a rat trap will have aerial photos...

Jan 14, 2015 11:05 PM
Lisa Bullerman
Keller Williams INTEGRITY - Lawrence, KS
NE Kansas Realty Specialist

Great advice Barbara. I list a lot of rural properties and aerial photos are a wealth of information for rural buyers.

Jan 14, 2015 11:11 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Photos are the first thing that captures a buyers attention.  A lack of photos will have a buyer moving to the next house quickly and poor photos are just as likely to lose their interest

Jan 14, 2015 11:19 PM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

Good advice Lisa. Excellent photos can help so much when marketing a listing.

Jan 14, 2015 11:20 PM