Get off the Couch and Go Look at that House

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. BK629999
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Get off the Couch and Go Look at that House by Sandy Shores Brevard County Real Estate Broker

Let's face it. We all love surfing the internet. It has streamlined our lives. We depend on it for so many conveniences, today.  It's a way of life. So, in shopping for a home, surfing the internet is great! Or is it?

When looking at houses on the internet, buyers are making judgments based on the pictures included with the listing. If the picture quality is poor, often these houses are overlooked, only to sit on the market for an endless number of months, growing stagnant. Many buyers don’t want to look at them. On the other hand, some pictures highlight the home’s best features. They leave out the details about the unfinished work that needs to be done or the room that is falling down in the back.

Three times in the past 2 days I have had buyers say, ‘This house looks nothing like the pictures advertising it online.’  Is that good or bad? Does it look better or worse than the pictures advertising it? In one case, the buyer indicated that they were glad they looked at the house, because it was so much nicer than the poor quality pictures representing it online.  On the other hand, one house had unfinished flooring, garbage strewn about and miscellaneous pieces of furniture that look forgotten. The floors were filthy. It turned the buyer off.  A day’s work could have turned that house into a shiny penny and helped secure a buyer quickly. However, this buyer wasn’t interested in seeing past that. ‘What else is wrong that I can’t see?’ she asked.  It was a valid question. She’s looking for a well-loved house that feels warm and cozy when she walks in.

Today, homebuyers are searching online for houses for sale. They often zip through the listings, and send them to the junk bin because they don’t like the pictures. It’s unfortunate, because shopping for a house requires a buyer to go out and see the house. The majority of the time, a buyer chooses a house based on the how he likes the neighborhood and surrounding areas when he drives through. His sense of smell is engaged and he listens with his ears to see if it’s a peaceful, quiet area. All of the senses kick in when looking for a house to buy. How does it feel to him?

So, the next time you see a house online that looks like it suits your wants, needs, price point and the area that you want to be in, grab that lender preapproval letter and call your local Realtor, who is representing  you in the buying process. Ask them if the house will qualify for the type of financing you will be getting.  Then, get off the couch and go out and look at that house. See it with your own eyes. Don’t let it be the one that got away.

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Rainmaker
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

So many properties are simply overlooked due to poor quality pictures Sandy Shores Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate. This is exactly why I go out to preview and with any luck find that diamond in the rough that's being avoided.

Mar 10, 2015 12:27 AM #1
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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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Good morning Sandy Shores Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate -

When I set a buyer up on the online MLS portal to view listings I touch base weekly to see if they're ready to go look in person.  The system and prompting works well.

Mar 10, 2015 12:34 AM #2
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Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
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Photos simply have to convey the best featjures of a home in order to get buyers off the sofa and into their car. The public expects great photography and it is up to us to provide it.

That said, photos are no replacement for an in-person viewing.  Prospects are doing themselves a disservice if they plan to rely entirely on listing photos.

Mar 10, 2015 01:38 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Kevin J. May I agree that many houses are not seen becaue of the pictures used to advertise them. This is a shame, because so often a nice house is overlooked. Previewing is always a great idea!

Mar 10, 2015 01:53 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

John McCormack it's important to keep that telephone dialogue going with the buyers. Sometimes the prompting needed to head out and look at a property that may have been overlooked online.

Mar 10, 2015 01:54 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Eric Kodner you're right, great photography is a must in our business. Picking up the phone and getting off the couch and into the car are the only way a buyer is going to find the house that suits their wants and their needs.

Mar 10, 2015 01:56 AM #6
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good afternoon Sandy,

More times than naught the pictures either do no do justice or do not have enough.

Lately REO's here are showing pictures of the home in all its glory and none of the disrepair.

Make yourself a great day.

Mar 10, 2015 02:58 AM #7
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

The thing about pictures is they can make a dog a beauty queen (or king) or make a beauty king (or queen) look like a dog! 

Mar 10, 2015 03:40 AM #8
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Sandy, for those unfamiliar with an area, Internet shopping can be a big surprise once they actually see the property and the neighborhood.

Mar 10, 2015 10:23 PM #9
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