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?