Why Is There a Photo of a Pig In Your Home's Listing?

Real Estate Agent with Realty Executives Of Kansas City SP 199913849

Why Is This Pig Photo In Your Listing?  Every once in a while as I am looking through expired listings I run across something that I find amusing and confusing. In this particular case, a photo of a pot belly pig sunning itself on a $625,000 listing.

Pot Belly Pig

The pig is cute, if you like pet pigs. I guess the listing agent and seller are conveying that this would be a great place to bring your pet pig. They were marketing it as a great place to divide into 4 lots and or build your dream home on 43 acres. The home on the property needs renovation per the listing and there is not a single interior photo of the home to show the potential buyer how much renovation might be needed.  I feel that today's buyer might want to have some idea before committing to looking at the property in person.  Also, a pot belly pig as a pet is okay. However, I believe, in Jackson County, MO you are not allowed to raise swine. This photo may send a wrong message (in my opinion).

I've seen photos of farms and land that have horses and cattle in the photo of the land at a distance to give the potential buyer an idea of the dimensions of the acreage or showing how it's fenced and crossed fenced but you don't see a close up of the pet pig in a listing photo every day.

A photo of the entire acreage using a drone camera might have been a better choice.

What do you think? Does the photo of the pig work for or against the appeal of this property?

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


I assume it was used intentionally, but I'm not sure I understand the purpose nor that it is an effective strategy, especially give you mentioned this was an expired listing. Guess it didn't work very well.


Jul 04, 2016 02:33 AM #30
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

It works against the sale IMHO.  I think your idea sounds perfect. Aerial, drone photography would be perfect! 

Jul 04, 2016 06:13 AM #31
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Kalene Bagwell I guess they were looking for the perfect buyer... Charlotte 

Jul 04, 2016 11:42 AM #32
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

When showing homes, my buyers always nickname the homes - the pink house, the candle house, the whatever it is that reminds them of the home.  I don't think I'd want potential buyers to call it the "pig house."  

Jul 04, 2016 11:55 AM #33
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Hmmm... since the pig is featured and there are no interior photos, I'd be inclined to think the worst. I once knew some folks whose pet pig got mad at being left home alone one day - so he "rooted up" the living room carpet. 

Jul 04, 2016 12:58 PM #34
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Works against the seller & if there are no pics - the pig has his way with the house too. How cute, the pig ate the kitchen cabinets.

Actually, I had something like this happen & the pig destoryed the house & the village made them get rid of it.

Jul 04, 2016 11:16 PM #35
Morris "Bill" Austin
Team Price Real Estate - Dripping Springs, TX
Exceptional service is my standard expectation.

Maybe the picture was included after it expired and didn't sell as a message to the rest of us.

Jul 05, 2016 12:10 AM #36
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

If the photos has no relevance to the property either as a promotion or disclosure then why oh why have it?

Jul 05, 2016 01:34 AM #37
Joan Valverde
Synergy Realty Group Inc - Colorado Springs, CO
GRI,CDPE,CNE,MRP,SRES Colo Sprgs, Blk Forest, Monu

In our business there is definitely things that make us say hmmmm????  This is one of them.  lol

It will be interesting when the house does go on the market again, to see the inside of the home.


Jul 05, 2016 03:26 AM #38
Betty Jones
Amenity Properties, Inc. - Hiawassee, GA
GA/SC Real Estate Agent

It's definately an attention getter to the listing as we can tell by the multiple comments of opinion!!  Creative marketing...hmmmm :)

Jul 05, 2016 04:32 AM #39
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Sure is hard to figure out what the listing agent had in mind, but I do know that Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert needs to see this post--she'll love it! Thanks for the smile you've given me today.

Jul 05, 2016 06:50 AM #40
Matthew O'Hare
Osterville, MA

As innapropriate as the pig may be, the fact that people are talking about it has opened up the marketing bubble to a larger audience.

Jul 05, 2016 11:06 AM #41
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

What an interesting strategy!  Depending on the area, and whether pigs are common pets, maybe it could be a way to show that there are no pet restrictions compared to other similar properties?  Either way, no photos of the interior can be a disservice to a seller and feel like a waste of time for a buyer resulting in fewer showings and a smaller buyer pool that is willing to take a risk.  

Jul 05, 2016 12:32 PM #42
Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Perhaps the pig picture was placed to obtain more inquiries.

Jul 05, 2016 02:19 PM #43
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

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Jul 06, 2016 04:55 AM #44
CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren

Ok. I think I have seen it all. Curb appeal? I think so... At least that is what the listing agent had in mind. LOL~

Thanks for a well needed laugh...

Lauren Selinsky

Jul 08, 2016 07:03 AM #45
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

the pig is very cute, in a pig kinda way, but no way should that be in the listing photos!

Jul 08, 2016 01:37 PM #46
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

I think it was a great idea. Creates a buzz. Photographers should always have a pig in their back seat ready to be staged into the photo shoot.

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