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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

In searching on the MLS for listings for a buyer to look at a while back who were shopping within a fairly low budget to be on the lake I discovered several we had not seen and they had not picked out to look at on their saved search. I asked them why they had decided not to look at those homes and they said "well, they looked yucky"  

One of those homes I had previously had listed when it sold a few years back and it was charming and anything but yucky.  So I dug a little deeper to discover that the on line impression was pretty darn yucky. The following photos are screen shot taken my my IDX website of antoher agents listing in my local area. This listing is more than $150,000 and this is how it's represented to buyers:

The photos you see are the first 5 photos any buyer sees when looking at the presentation of this listing. I'm almost embarrassed that it's even on my website. Most buyers and even many agents it seems are confused by IDX and think everything on my site is my listing.  Yeah, I wish I had hundreds of listing, but I don't. 

So do these photos that were obviously snapped with a cell phone while the upright position make you want to come and see this lake house? No? Are you sure? 

It used to be we listing agents needed to get that ONE great shot to put in the MLS book. That one great photo that would show "curb" appeal and make buyers want to see what was down that driveway and behind that door in the magazine ad and if an agent showed them our MLS book.  Then we went on line with MLS and had to get 4 great shots. Generally of lake property two were outside and two inside.

This week I listed a property and I untilized all 45 photo spaces in my MLS. The photos there now are my own, tomorrow I will meet my professional photographer at the listing and he will get the real photos. Just just for kicks you can see mine now.  My photos are there on April 10, 2015 and will be for about three more days. After that you will be looking at the professional photos.

I don't always hire a professional.  I do take what I consider decent photos. Just to give you a little comparison from the ones above to photos I took for a listing that I will not hiring a professional to do...  The listing to the left is the first 5 photos that buyers on line see on my listing located at:

222 N. Steel Bridge Road

Eatonton, GA 31024


Feel free to google the address and see for yourself.  This listing is $58,000.  It not on the water, but it does have deeded lake access. Are my photos better? If you were a seller which on line photo taker would you want?

This is one of my listings that I did hire the professional to photograph.


Did your mom ever tell you that you only get ONE chance to make a good first impression? Well for your home, 93.7% of the time that impression is not when I buyer drives by, has an agent show them your home or sees it in a print ad... but rather that first impression comes when they view your home on line. When a buyer looking in your price range views your home on line what do you want them to see? Dark blurry cell photos? Before you hire an agent to list your home please, do your self a favor and go check out their on line presence on their site, their company site, find their listing on zillow or trulia and see what YOUR first impression of those listings is and then ask yourself... is that the first impression I want potenial buyers to have of MY home when I sell?

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Tammy Lankford, Broker/Owner


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Comments (11)

Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Tammy - I would agree that 97% of the time potential buyers are looking at photos of homes online to determine whether they are worthy of physically previewing. So, yes, photos are critical to selling a home.

Apr 10, 2015 03:40 PM
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Great post Tammy. I always warn my clients that pictures lie and some great homes can look awful online, usually due to poorly taken pictures.  We've found more than a couple good homes overlooked by others by not getting hung up on the pictures. 

Apr 10, 2015 03:46 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Tammy. This such an important topic. Photos of home going on to the market need to able to get the attention of prospective buyers, but with average or bad photos, the chances for a quick sales is usually gone.

Make it a great weekend!

Apr 10, 2015 07:30 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Anyone who wants their home sold in your area should list with you. 

Apr 10, 2015 09:27 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Tammy, no second chance to make a good first impression! Most people are visual! Enjoy your day!

Apr 10, 2015 10:23 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I have to agree with teh buyer that these photos are less than appealing. Sometimes they have to look deeper and realize that there may be more to the story.

Apr 10, 2015 11:51 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Great information on Lake Sinclair Tammy. What a beautiful place to call home. Too bad they did not present these excellent choices with better photography.

Apr 11, 2015 12:22 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Tammy. Your pictures are nice but I'll bet the professional ones are even better. I thought I was good too, until a professional shot my former home. Enjoy the day.     Sheila

Apr 11, 2015 12:45 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Tammy,

My mom always told me you only had one chance to make a good first impression and believe it! I have found the right professional photographer and now use her on all my listings..there is a difference among-st photographers and you can't always go by the cheapest if you want good results. It's like anything..you get what you pay for!

Apr 11, 2015 04:18 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Tammy, It baffles me why more sellers don't check the way their home is presented and demand better than they're getting.

Apr 12, 2015 10:14 AM
Georgia Weaver
Weaver Realtors - Storm Lake, IA
A Promise Made is a Promise Kept! 712-291-0118


I run into this a lot, I wish ALL sellers insisted on at least good pictures, if not great. It really takes a Realtor who is willing to work and educate a seller that they need to think like a retailer or a model home and a buyer. That home has to draw people in through those pictures!


Apr 13, 2015 02:31 AM