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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394

Would you take the time to call a listing agent to ask them why they placed a certain picture in the MLS? I know I have far better things to do. Lets take a look at my Manchester NH area ESTATE SALE Listing. The Executor chose not to have it cleaned out and requested it be sold "AS IS" to a cash buyer with no contingencies. The home had been vacant a couple of months and people were in and out before the chose me to list with and secure it. Although given values to what it was worth after being cleaned and or fixed, the son lived out of town and had no money to do anything. He wanted it gone. He called one of those "We pay cash" buyers and they offered half of what we listed it for. It is a good thing he questioned the price calling me and introducing me to his estate lawyer. 

My thought and strategy is to market it to cash buyers who know what they are going to see based on "truth in advertising." That means actual pictures in it's actual condition. The must pictures are of course all four sides, kitchen, bathroom, living room and a picture of the three bedrooms. I like to include a basement picture and one of the furnace and electric panel. There is nothing worse than showing up at a home you think is fixed up or in good repair and finding a mess and a home needing work attracting buyers who want a home in need of repair. Weeding out those who do not want a fixer upper. Soliciting highest and best cash offers from all the buyers brings two hand full of offers. It results in a top price to the seller who was very happy getting an offer over what their appraiser placed the value to be. Twice what the we pay cash for homes people offered. Mrs. Buyer Broker who took the time to call could not believe the home sold. She said "I would have to give it away to get it sold".  



THE MORAL OF THE STORY is that for you to know that all agents are not created equal and every consumer should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest agent. Let me show you there is a difference. Please Support locally owned and operated business. Locally owned and operated since 1985. THIS SELLER was referred to me. They loved that i took the time to listen to them and come up with a plan to sell the home. They loved even more I executed the plan that resulted in a quick sale. 


One of the most important thing in Real Estate for me is provide GREAT SERVICE. I want to stand out from the crowd. My philosophy is simple. To provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the selling and buying process. Experience matters.


To CONTACT Scott Godzyk please call 603.661.2121 or EMAIL: Sctprop@aol.com .


About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 35 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area. We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs. Servicing Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Belknap counties. 






George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Scott Godzyk the Realtor that posted that picture must not want anyone to view this house.

Mar 01, 2022 04:09 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I've seen worse pictures posted in the MLS.  In this case, since the house was unoccupied, there's no reason to have all that junk in there which detracts from the property itself.

Mar 01, 2022 04:25 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I've seen MLS photos worse than that one, and been surprised the homes sold in a reasonable amount of time.  However, I have also noted they often go far below comparable properties in reasonably good condition, and great marketing photos.

Mar 01, 2022 05:15 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

A realistic photo of the cash house with necessary photos of all necessary rooms as well as basement and panels is a must to better expose the issues. Well done

Mar 01, 2022 06:16 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Scott - that is unbelievable.  That is really saying take it off our hands.  We will take whatever you offer.

Mar 01, 2022 06:18 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I have seen worse and showed some to Diane and she could not believe it... my take is some one needs to show the pictures to the sellers and they would see that they hired the wrong agent...but that is just me thinking out loud:)Endre

Mar 01, 2022 11:31 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Scott... not a day goes by that I'm not shaking my head at what pictures agents post in MLS (and then wonder why their homes don't sell)). What always amazes me is that their clients don't call them on it.

Mar 02, 2022 04:32 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

So when I saw the picture before I read the post, I was critiquing it - I'd get rid of this and that, redo the cabinets, move this and that.... Then I read the post. And there are times when it makes sense to show the house as it is, warts and all. Great job getting that sold!

Mar 02, 2022 05:13 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Scott - everyday life, even the quirky world of real estate, includes a number of head-shaking examples.  This photo definitely qualifies.  

Mar 02, 2022 05:47 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Scott, I would not post that picture.  I have listed several homes that needed a lot of work however they are cleaned out and presented in the best possible way.

Mar 02, 2022 07:57 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Scott - Even if I was marketing to cash investor buyers it would be such a simple task to simply put all that junk in a cupboard and move that desk or whatever it is. I just read Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist comment and am in agreement with her thinking.

Mar 02, 2022 12:38 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Scott, for sharing some of your personal experience.

Have a very productive March.

Mar 03, 2022 05:57 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Scott, I have seen much worse pictured in the MLS, and still see the agents who take the selfies with their cell phones showing up in the bathroom mirror.

Mar 04, 2022 03:16 AM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Conroe/Willis, TX

Good morning Scott.  I have wanted so many times to write an article like this.  It is not beneath me to pick up the junk and move it out of the photo.  I have even done this with sellers when they were not quite ready for pictures. It takes a little extra time, but to get the most for their money it is necessary.  No I would not post a picture like this.  I like others, have wanted to send the photos to the sellers and ask "Is this really how you want your home presented?"

Mar 07, 2022 06:37 AM