Show Me the Money - I Meant to Say, Show Me the Backyard

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Real Estate Agent with United Real Estate TX #0552717

My newest buyers don't really care as much about the inside of their next home as they do Landscaped backyardabout the outside.  Specifically, they are absolutely certain they want a landscaped backyard. They don't want to have to do it themselves - they want it already done.

 

There's no way to search for this in our MLS. I have to pull up each house that otherwise meets their criteria and then look through the photographs. It is absolutely amazing at the number of listings that have NO photographs of the backyard!

 

The second amazing thing is that most of the backyards in the communities they're looking at have no (zero, nada, nein) landscaping at all. Many don't even have a tree. Almost all have grass surrounded by a fence. But that's it.

Landscaped backyard

Whether or not your home has a landscaped backyard, make sure to include at least ONE photograph of the back. If there was no photo and the backyard was landscaped, your home was eliminated from those my buyers went to look at. If you've got the greens, show me!

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Hannah Williams
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Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417  Very interesting post. The only time I do not take a picture of the back yard is when it is horrid or I absolutly cannot get to it -mud- snow or something like that. Most people would like to see what the yard looks like. A nice lot may of course be a selling plus to many buyers .

Jul 05, 2019 03:20 PM #1
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Jul 05, 2019 03:23 PM #2
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Sheila Anderson
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Good evening Lorrie. I think you make a great point. Yes, show the yard, the property, and everything I might want.

Jul 05, 2019 03:49 PM #3
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Lorrie- that's a very good point about no backyard MLS photos and of homeowners who do nothing with their backyard. In FL, for example, where I used to live, that backyard/pool area could be a huge selling point. 

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Great advice. It's so important to show all of the property.  We have buyers looking for a low maintenance year - front and back. Can't see it without photos. :) 

Jul 06, 2019 08:43 AM #5
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Hannah Williams Thanks for the feature!

Sheila Anderson You just never know what's important to a buyer. Show it all!

Kathy Streib When I bought my current home, a big plus was the small yard.

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD Like they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!

 

Jul 06, 2019 12:48 PM #6
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                                                    Thank you, Lorrie. 

Jul 06, 2019 07:25 PM #7
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417 every listing we secure has several photos of the backyard and sideyard....buyers want to know the layout.

Jul 07, 2019 05:30 AM #8
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Kat Palmiotti
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it is important to show the property (the real property). There's a house for sale near me that is basically ON the road. It's got a little almost straight drive that pulls in front of the house. None of the photos showed the front "yard" so I bet there are a lot of disappointed people when they get there.

Jul 07, 2019 06:32 AM #9
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Barbara Todaro You won't miss out on any potential buyers by including the front, back, and side yard photos!

Kat Palmiotti I'll bet you're right - there will be lots of disappointed buyers when they see the "yard" in front of the house near you.

Kathy Streib Thanks for including this post in your weekly roundup!

 

Jul 07, 2019 07:21 AM #10
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Kay Van Kampen
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I want that back yard!   Love all the landscaping and trees.  We try to get all inside and out photos as well.

Jul 07, 2019 07:33 AM #11
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Hi Lorrie:

Here in SoCal the outdoor lifestyle is pretty important, so showing the yard is a must, unless it's dreadful. Sometimes the photos do the yard justice, other times not.

Jeff

Jul 07, 2019 05:42 PM #12
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John Wiley
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Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Great point.

I would go on to say that not many backyards are ready for a photo.

I suggest to the seller that getting the backyard cleaned up will help them achieve their goal.

Jul 09, 2019 03:36 AM #13
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Jeff Dowler, CRS IMHO, the yard should be photographed, no matter the condition. There may be buyers who want a blank slate so they can plan their own landscaping.

John Wiley That's a great recommendation for sellers. They should stage the inside as well as the outside.

Jul 09, 2019 06:13 AM #14
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Jan Green
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Looks like you have a winner of a backyard in your photos.  Interesting that they don't show the backyard photos!

Jul 09, 2019 06:53 PM #15
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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much for sharing your experience. Our back yard is a work in progress.

Jul 13, 2019 07:00 AM #16
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