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That darn mirror image, especially that first glance before the mornings shower. Why do we always expect to see that 18 year old us even now when we are ??? (70 for me). After the shower and after dressing for work I can look again and convince myself that I look like I'm 50 years old. Now if only my body felt like I was 50 again.

Mirror images don't lie BUT today's photography can lie BIG time. Often it's hard to know if what you are seeing is real, filtered, or even totally created by AI.

Despite the photo above I am not railing against virtual home staging. Virtual home staging can be very beneficial to Buyers that they may not imagine the best use of space without it. What I am railing about is listing photos that make homes look like they were freshly painted, recently roofed, or that room sizes are larger then they actually are. One of my favorite fake representations is an exterior photo showing a near Olympic size pool in the back yard where there was no such pool.

Working with a licensed Real Estate agent is your first defense against fraud. It should be no surprise that many fraudsters target Real Estate as it is the biggest purchase most people make in their lifetimes. Real Estate fraud can be as small as a For Sale By Owner not mentioning unlicensed repairs to the home and as large as a totally false listing by someone claiming they own a property for sale when they do not ( I have seen this several times on Craig's List right in our little community of Minot North Dakota).

If you are a first time home owner or if you have purchased Real Estate many times an experience/licensed Real Estate agent is a great defence to protect you from fraud.

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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Bob,
I definitely see those wrinkles and gray hairs, but I'm embracing them. I earned it all.

Jun 07, 2024 07:56 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Great way to look at it Carol Williams , thanks for the attitude check.

Jun 07, 2024 08:01 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Top of the morning Bob.  Glad I caught your post on my scroll this morning.  Was thinking I had not seen you in a bit.  What mirror in the bathroom?? lol  No mirror and it is all in my minds eye, which fortunately has become blurred as well.  Make it a great weekend.  m

Jun 07, 2024 08:51 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I am glad you caught it as well Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho . I try to post every weekday but I have not been consistent at getting it done first thing in the morning lately due to my medical problems.


Wishing you a good weekend as well.

Jun 07, 2024 11:53 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Bob,  I wish I look 20 yet but at 73 I am not there but maybe 50 I try to tell myself.

Jun 07, 2024 09:23 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

You and I are on the exact line of thinking Will Hamm .

Jun 07, 2024 11:54 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Bob... I'm a fan of virtual staging... most people have no imagination and it's very helpful to help them understand potential. Besides, what's more boring than pictures of vacant rooms. That being said, how you stage is very important. And it's important to identify what is staged.

Jun 07, 2024 01:00 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I agree with all your points Nina Hollander, Broker . I used to try to make that clear to sells starting with curb appeal.

Jun 07, 2024 07:19 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I look in the mirror and realize that whatever I see is what I have generated over my lifetime. Not a regret as I appreciate being able to see that image,

Jun 07, 2024 02:13 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

That is a great way to look at ageing Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 .

Jun 07, 2024 07:14 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

We are dwelling in a time of deep fakes.  It's not always easy to determine what is real or what is not.

Jun 07, 2024 08:02 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

It is definitely not easy to spot the fakes Myrl Jeffcoat . It think it is always good to go on Realtors tours to see the properties before we show them to clients.

Jun 08, 2024 09:26 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Bob, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOSgroup!

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Jun 07, 2024 08:02 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thank you Myrl Jeffcoat for featuring my post in the PHOTOSgroup!

Jun 08, 2024 09:28 AM