Do Pictures Tell the Story?

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Cascade Real Estate

Not if they are bad or few or not a good representation. It is so easy. Get a decent camera and learn to use it. Take some time to take some photos of your listing. Then take an extra couple minutes to set the picture up (I actually saw one, on line, if you looked close you could see a rat) Some web sites restrict your access based on the number of photos. Generally, there are cutoffs at 6, 12, and 20. With more photos getting more exposure. One major company will not even post the listing if there are less than 6 photos. So take time with your photos, take lots and clean them up a little before posting.

 Here is a house that there were  only two photos posted for several months. Consider, this house sold March 31... snow leaves our area in early February. I also wonder what the inside looked like?

Keep up with the season

And it is not just more photos but quality. This was done with a cell phone and the agent didnt take the time to get lint off of the lense.

Listing..done wth cell phone

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Perrin Cornell, Broker, ABR

Century 21 Esclusively

135 N. Missin

Wenatchee, WA 98801

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Comments (7)

Vera Gonzalez
RE/MAX Suburban, Inc. - Sterling Heights, MI
Gonzo For Real Estate

That's crazy Perrin Cornell .  The pics are the extra words you can't fit in the listing description. The first impression  in most cases. 

Nov 19, 2015 10:50 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I am always amazed at some of the photos in the MLS etc...what are they thinking?

Nov 19, 2015 11:05 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Perrin, here in DC, more brokers are using professionals, even for our more modest listings.  And the difference is huge!  Not sure what could be done to help the house in your pictures.  It looks like it would need to be de-Dogpatched first!

Nov 19, 2015 11:05 PM
J Perrin Cornell
Coldwell Banker Cascade Real Estate - Wenatchee, WA
Broker, ABR, VAMRES

Vera, that is a good way to look at it. And consider all the online exposure they are even more important!

Kristin... it is part of the job... can be fun and creative too. But if you are just going through the motion what message does that give other people that might be considering you?

Patricia, we are using them here too. Generally unless there is something unusual I do the photos on properties 250K and below and a pro on the higher priced. But it depends case by case. Also I never use a cell phone for photos. 

Nov 19, 2015 11:18 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

There is no excuse for poor pictures today!  NO excuse!  Great post!

Dec 10, 2015 06:15 AM
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL
GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA

I enjoyed your post, I'm glad I came across it in the achieves. Have a super week this Christmas season.

Dec 19, 2015 09:19 PM
J Perrin Cornell
Coldwell Banker Cascade Real Estate - Wenatchee, WA
Broker, ABR, VAMRES

Winston Heverly, thank you and Merry Christmas to you too!

Dec 19, 2015 10:13 PM