AR 2016 Photo Contest - Real Estate Category Interior Photo

Real Estate Broker/Owner with KD Realty - 408.972.1822 CA BRE#01366594

Dick Greenberg is hosting an ActiveRain 2016 Photography Contest.


cluttered kitchen     

This post is my entry is for the Real Estate Category - Interior Photo


I took this photo with my Canon Camera.  The photo was not edited in any way other than resizing it. I selected this photo because it gives a good perspective on how NOT TO MARKET A HOME.  

While it may sound wild and crazy, I have seen photos on the MLS that look similar to the above photo.  I have also toured homes with clients that look like the above photo.  THIS IS NOT GOOD


The above photo is the same kitchen.  Do you recognize it? 

While even the uncluttered photo above is not ideal it is at least clean and uncluttered. In an ideal marketing photo a home would not only be clean and uncluttered, it would also be staged.  

There are times and circumstances when sellers do not wish to stage a home. For example - homes that are fixers and/or just need updating.


Probate Homes

Probate homes, or homes being sold as part of a probate estate is another example of when a seller may elect not to stage a home. 

When homes are priced right they do sell. That is true of the home shown in the photos.  It was on the market for 7 days and is expected to close at the end of this month. 

Had the home been marketed and shown as in the first photo, it is doubtful it would have sold, or sold at the price the seller received. 


Marketing Photos Matter

The real estate agent hired to list San Jose homes for sale makes a difference. Real estate agents are not created equal.  If you want top dollar for your home, then hire an agent that understands marketing and presents your home in the best possible way.

Call Kathleen Daniels at 408-972-1822 for a no obligation consultation. 



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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathleen,How funny I saw your first picture and I was wondering if you were "crazy" to post that picture for the challenge... then as I read on I understood:)))) love it, great illustration of your message, Endre

Nov 19, 2016 10:25 AM #1
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Yeah, Kathleen, you threw me for a loop! I get it now...showing us a better way, through shock therapy!

Nov 19, 2016 12:49 PM #2
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Kathleen, it does make a difference and listing agents would prefer that sellers have their home in the "after" photo mode when they arrive to take the listing pictures.  Some sellers just don't have a clue and I'd love to have a nickel for every time Sharon has had to move debris for listing photos even when the sellers said they were ready for photos.  It does make a difference.


In extreme cases we have had to get contractor bags and pick up debris to at least get a photo of a room free of debris with a short sale or estate sale.


Nov 19, 2016 09:22 PM #3
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Kathleen - Your photos make a strong case for at least cleaning up the kitchen. Thanks for another contest entry!

Nov 20, 2016 04:53 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Kathleen- even a Bank-owned property should be cleaned!   I wasn't quite sure what I was going to see when I scrolled down the page!!!

Nov 20, 2016 08:24 AM #5
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Good entry Kathleen Daniels  showing two photos one of a messy kitchen (non showable )  one of a clean kitchen (showable)

Nov 30, 2016 02:07 PM #6
The Villages Realty
The Villages Realty - San Jose, CA
"Our Performance Will Move You!"

Hi Kathleen, just passing through and enjoying some of your past posts.

Feb 19, 2017 09:02 AM #7
Eagle Ridge Realty
Eagle Ridge Realty - Gilroy, CA
"Our Performance Will Move You!"

Hi Kathleen, thanks for writing such informative posts!  Keep up the good work.

Feb 21, 2017 07:19 AM #8
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