Are You Ready For Photos

Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

One way to get ready for the photographer

A seller who is getting their home prepared to list in the next few months wants to know if their house is ready for a professional photographer?

You can wait until I get over for a listing appointment or...take out your camera/smartphone and start clicking away in each room.

Now look at these pictures ask is this the way you want your house shown?

How would this shot look in a print advertisement? How would it look on a website? How would it look in my blog? How would it look on the brochure?





Since most buyers start their search on the internet, they don't want to read how beautiful the home is. They want to see it...they want pictures and lots of them.

These photos, go into the Multiple List System, also known as the MLS.  Our system allows 150 photos (we don't need that many), but there are times when we have a small house or condo that is vacant, and no way can we find numerous angles to capture this type of property.  So what do we do with these spaces? I like to use exterior shots, landscaping, the neighborhood, playground, a nearby shopping center, or proximity to the pool or neighborhood parks.




The first week in May is perfect for the flowering bushes, like the azaleas above from my garden. We could go ahead and get a few exterior photos for a teaser ad.


Margaret Rome




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MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Like you, I like to include photos of the nearby area-parks, schools, nature, etc.

Apr 27, 2020 08:09 PM #3
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Sound Advice!

Apr 27, 2020 09:46 PM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Margaret.

150 photos, that is a lot, we can only have 32, why that number, not a clue, but that is the rule

Apr 28, 2020 01:34 AM #5
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 I've said it for decades.... "THE EYE BUYS".... people do not read...they're lazy....they'd rather just look at photos...and make initial decisions from that point.... if the photos are what they're looking for, they will read.... not everything must have glitz... some are looking for cosmetics to be done; or a teardown; and then there's the "eye candy" that  most want....

eyes always call the shots and lead the way to the next step or NOT.....

Apr 28, 2020 03:54 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Margaret - it's about marketing.  And, in my opinion, there are standards but the end result is not standarized.  

Apr 28, 2020 04:51 AM #7
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

We were just allowed by Our MLS to present 40 pictures for each listing. I have trouble finding that much content however 150 pictures is impressive.

Happy Tuesday Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 

Apr 28, 2020 04:52 AM #8
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Margaret. Sometimes seeing what is outside the box gets the creative juices flowing about the opportunities to personalize within the box. Enjoy your day!

Apr 28, 2020 05:05 AM #9
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I have for a long time included local photos of neighborhoods, usually include the road the hme is on, local stores. People buy a neighborhood as much as a home.

Apr 28, 2020 06:47 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi, Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 - As I have always said, the first showing are the listing images.  If you want a second showing they better be good! 

Apr 28, 2020 07:42 AM #11
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Back in 1981 when I was first licensed.  Marketing for the most part consisted of a single black and white photo in the MLS, and occasionally, in the local paper. We are a far cry from that.  The Internet has brought a whole different perspective on the importance of good professional photos for home marketing!

Apr 28, 2020 04:00 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

HI Margaret- this is what I would ask my sellers to do when I provided a staging consultation. It helped them see what a camera would see. I didn't have to tell them, they could see what they needed to do. 

Apr 28, 2020 06:41 PM #13
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Myrl Jeffcoat So true. Ten years ago, there were very few agents using a professional photographer. I remember taking an entire roll of film of the same exterior front, taking them to the photoshop, a real store, and having them make double prints for my brochures! 

Apr 28, 2020 08:30 PM #14
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Kathy Streib  The pictures talk...

"It helped them see what a camera would see. I didn't have to tell them, they could see what they needed to do. "

Apr 28, 2020 08:33 PM #15
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Prospective home sellers will be in very good hands when they seek your professional real estate advice and assistance. 

Apr 29, 2020 07:21 AM #16
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thank you Roy Kelley 

Apr 29, 2020 07:50 PM #17
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