Lipstick on a . . .

By
Real Estate Agent with Realty One Group # S.0190863

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And she saw nothing but beauty. She gushed over the very first photo. It was the perfect home. She said, “we can look at 5 homes if you like but I am buying this one for sure. So, we took her through her top 5 choices knowing that she knew she was only going to buy that special home.

 

Until we drove up to it. You see, the featured photo for the home was actually virtually staged. It showed a lawn instead of dirt, weeds and rocks. It also showed a great driveway for RV parking – instead of dirt weeds and rocks.

 

It seems not only did the listing agent virtually stage the home, he also changed the brightness and contrast of the photo so that it was impossible to read where it said “virtually staged”.  So all of these special web site services were taking that virtually staged photo, making it their feature photo and so when buyers drive up, all they see is disappointment.

 

Kind of like a bad and misleading Internet dating profile. Perhaps that is why this home is still “available” and not “in a relationship”.

 

 

Comments (32)

Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning Kat Palmiotti the worst part is the changes suggested in the virtual photo woul dsubject you to massive fines

Jul 13, 2021 06:56 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning Brian England it's a shame it has come to that.

Jul 13, 2021 06:57 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Rocky, photographers can make a dud look good with lens and shadows, etc.

Jul 13, 2021 07:02 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Rocky, for sharing your observations.

Keep cool, stay safe and have a great day.

Jul 13, 2021 07:19 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Rocky,  I know the guy that took my last picture had to do alot of touch up and more he said plus I broke his first camera.  Remember my last name is pig no wait HAMM

 

Jul 13, 2021 08:36 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning Joan Cox and even better when they create things that are not actually there

Jul 13, 2021 08:36 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning Roy. Looking forward to your upcoming posts for the challenge

Jul 13, 2021 08:37 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning Will Hamm wait - you aren't saying that you wear lipstick, right?

Jul 13, 2021 08:38 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Rocky - sometimes the picture looks better than the reality.  Somehow it should show the house in the best light but not be fictitious.

Jul 13, 2021 09:08 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Rocky- when I first learned of virtual staging, my concern was that it could end up being misleading to the buyers-to-be. And this reflects poorly on the agent and the industry as a whole. 

Jul 13, 2021 02:41 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Rocky you can put as much lipstick on a pig as you want, but in the end it will still look like a pig.  😋

Jul 13, 2021 02:48 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Hey there Grant Schneider yeah, this agent definitely stretched the boundaries too far

Jul 13, 2021 03:04 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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You are right Kathy Streib I also saw one house where they staged the interior with furniture at only 60% of scale - just to make the place larger than it really was

Jul 13, 2021 03:05 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Hey there George Souto (here is where my wiseacre remark went which would have got me into trouble) LOL

Jul 13, 2021 03:13 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I actually feel that pigs might feel better about themselves and life with a little lipstick Rocky Dickerson 😎

Jul 13, 2021 04:02 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good evening Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS it is so kind of you to be concerned for the pigs

Jul 13, 2021 08:50 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Rocky.

In our MLS/Commission rules, that would jeproprise your license, not only with them but also with the commission

Jul 14, 2021 12:33 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning James Dray I wish we were as stringent here. This was quite misleading.

Jul 14, 2021 06:28 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

There are a lot of crap photos on listings as agents feel they only have to list it and the flock will come running.  A misleading photo will get a drive by at best

Jul 16, 2021 08:54 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Hey there Ed Silva this scenario only took a prospective buyer for that owner and turned them into a cloud of dust.

Jul 16, 2021 09:12 AM