Sometimes NO Pictures is the better choice

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Reviewing some investment properties today for an out of state buyer I came across this gem.   The link below is to the listing including all the pictures.  This might be one of the worse ones I have ever seen, I would have listed with no pictures at this attractive price.,12,1


So, open it up to discussion, what would you do?  Also, what is that on the wall below?  Yikes!


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Paul Viau
Nova Scotia Real Estate Blog - Halifax, NS
Nova Scotia Real Estate Blog + Photo Services

As a photographer. When I'm called in to photograph some flats or units usually I like to spend a bit of time and get one shot of the kitchen. And a shot showing how large the place is interior wise. But most time is spent outside to get some half decent shots of the yard/ Buildings.  Most people don't want to see the inside especially if the tenants are staying.

Dec 20, 2015 08:30 AM #63
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

I have properties in my radar like this all the time. I could sell this baby in a heartbeat even with those photos compared to what some of the inner city properties are like. This photo is an eye catcher indeed, but not the first photo of the series. I wouldn't have include the @#*!! on the wall photo, but the rest just show what it looks like. No issues to me. If the price reflects the location and condition it will sell to an investor in no time at all.

Dec 20, 2015 10:59 AM #64
Diane Lipps
DA Rock of Homes - Broker/Owner/REALTOR (469-879-1301) - Rockwall, TX
Broker "Lake Ray Hubbard Real Estate"

It is much better to show inside pictures as opposed to a buyer having  "visions of granduer" only to become truly disappointed.  Not so much the above picture, that looks more like a health concern.  However, including pictures of the  kitchen, living room and other main spaces will usually tell most of the story to the rest of the home.  

Dec 20, 2015 11:51 AM #65
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

On the other side of the coin, it's about the BEST truth in advertising there is!  These types of photos show the condition of the property and that's what buyers want to see.  This one is probably priced to sell, no??  Needs some TLC and if buyers aren't able to see passed that, then this is NOT the house I'd be showing them.  Might be a time saver.

Dec 20, 2015 12:32 PM #66
Doyle Davison
Hawaiian Beaches Hawaii - 714-968-6767 - Huntington Beach, CA
30 years as your Concierge services listing broker

I say any pic is better than no pic. I am a visual person so pics really help even if they are disgusting. those types of homes are money makers in my area. Id buy that and flip it in a heartbeat.

Dec 20, 2015 12:40 PM #67
Bill Dean
Haggerty Team St. Louis, Mo. - Fenton, MO
William Dean - Broker, Salesperson

What most of us see as an ugly wall investors see $$$ to be saved!  Ugly pics are better than NO pics.  A majority of ugly homes are bought by someone, very small percentage of these expire  compared to traditional sales!  Agents who sell uglies usually do a large volume of them.

Dec 20, 2015 04:16 PM #68
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

If it's a distressed property that will most likely be selling only to investors then I'd upload a photo like this one. If I'm still trying to market the home to traditional buyers that's a catch-22. If you upload the bad photos for full disclosure then some buyers won't even look at the house. But if you don't show the true condition of the home and buyers show up to see a disheveled mess then they'll be upset and turned off that they were misled. 

Dec 20, 2015 11:34 PM #69
Brad Lauritzen
Santiago Financial, Inc. - Riverside, CA
Manufactured & Mobile Home Lending

I work in a predominant manufactured home enviroment and I have to say that the pictures taken of these homes is the worst. If I were an agent I can't imagine having my name associated with these poorly staged photographs. I would simply tell the client to clean and stage the home before the photo shoot or there is going to be NO photo shoot.

Dec 21, 2015 02:39 AM #70
Becca Rasmussen
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Highlands Ranch, CO

While there's a potential buyer for most any property, I think most people, even investors, would rather have some insight into the condition rather than have their expectations dashed after they've taken the time and trouble to see it in person.

Thus, I'd rather present the faults up front than to have prospective buyers picturing something else in their heads. I definitely wouldn't use the "what's that brown spot on the wall" picture though! 

Dec 21, 2015 07:51 AM #71
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Definitely not a photo I would use. Instead I would note the general repairs needed, and only include shots of the exterior. Let the buyer make their rehab decisions on site rather than eliminating the house online.

Dec 21, 2015 10:24 AM #72
Affinity Home Realty - Riverside, CA
I Sell Homes. When would you like to Sell Yours?

I am not just a Broker but also an Investor. I think it is a mistake not to upload photos to your listing. I do agree that the Board of Realtors should hold a class teaching basic photography skills. With today's Androids, iPhones and tablets everyone is a photographer and that is the reason why we see so many tasteless selfies of people in the bathroom standing in front of a toilet while the toilet still has contents. The pictures that get me the most are the ones where the "person pretending to be a photographer" could easily had moved a trash can, or hid the clutter just by changing the angle but doesn't. It used to be that a photograph was a huge deal and folks would go out of their way to dress up and show their better side. Well a house is the same way. There is nothing we as Agents can do about the condition of the property. Do not hide what the property is all about. If its a castle it should show as such and if it isn't well it simply isn't. As an Investor I do not always have time to see each and every property so I prefer having some sort of idea. As to what is on the wall, you may be standing in a crime scene. Good luck!

Dec 21, 2015 11:55 PM #73
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Spirit, while the photo would not attract say a family with young children, it might be just the ticket for an investor that might have great visions of improving and flipping the property or renting it. It might say to them "value", discount, etc.

Dec 22, 2015 12:17 AM #74
North Jersey Property Inspections, Inc - Saddle Brook, NJ

First of all, why take a picture of a wall?  Really.  Why?  Unless the wall has a unique selling feature, it's not worth a photo.  What was the agent trying to communicate?  Looks more like a home inspection photo to me.

Dec 22, 2015 07:20 AM #75
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

A property should be shown in its true light, the good, the bad and the ugly! BTW, that is a digusting stain Spirit!

Dec 22, 2015 07:28 AM #76
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Actually, I do post pictures regardless of the condition, even those student occupied rental properties near the University. First of all, someone who wants turn-key isn't going to buy it anyway and, second, photos of "ugly" listings still provide an indication of the floorplan, room sizes, etc. and help a buyer to imagine the potential. If they knowingly go see the actual property, it seldom looks as bad as they expected!

Dec 22, 2015 08:49 AM #77
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

I would find something that I could post with the listing or investment property. maybe an aerial or a picture(s) of the neigborhood or a picture(s) of a nearby shopping area or restuarant that you could hipe up.  It is Marketing 101.  It is our job to find that redeeming quality in a property and own every second of it! 

Dec 23, 2015 03:32 AM #79
Nancy Robinson Ranked #6 in MI
Century 21 Town and Country - Royal Oak, MI
#11 Century21 Realtor in the US, #16 in the World

YUCK>>>>  makes me glad  that the photos do not carry the smell of this place.  Back in the foreclosure days would have to show a dump like this, and i still cant get the smell out of my olfactory memory.  Thank God real estate photos don't Carry anything more than the memory of smell. 

Dec 23, 2015 09:11 AM #80
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Best wishes for a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Dec 24, 2015 08:30 PM #81
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good Thursday morning -

As I look at this I just shake my head.  Our local MLS recently decided to make at least one exterior photo mandatory.  You should see some of those pictures.

Jan 13, 2016 07:37 PM #82
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

I can't imagine putting this picture up. Yes, no picture is so much better. 

Jan 14, 2016 01:12 AM #83
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