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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I aim for 3-5 days to get ready before the photo shoot.  Most of my listings are show ready as that is how they live but there has been a few that needed help.  We don't go for that "sterile" look up here and homes that are over staged don't provide that "feeling" most people need to get. I always find it interesting how different markets operate.

Mar 02, 2016 12:07 AM
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Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, Realtor | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

Yes and on average I give them 4 weeks of work to do. People rarely realize how behind they are in maintenance. Kids paint is common, colors are too loud. Deep cleaning. Decluttering.

Mar 02, 2016 12:22 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Yes.

To the extent it's practical; some are tenant occupied, others are people that just are not going to do much and it would strain the relationship to "require" it. So, I do the best I can, with what I got in the time allowed.

Mar 02, 2016 12:09 AM
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
PREA Realty - Laguna Niguel, CA

I strongly advise the sellers to get the property in showing condition.  I sometimes hire a stager to come in prior to photo day to offer advice and suggestions on making the home show it's best. 

Mar 02, 2016 12:09 AM
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

For Sure...Seller left house, and the dishes were piled up in the sink and the beds weren't made - We got to work quickly!

Mar 01, 2016 11:51 PM
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Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

Yes.  I tell them that they are losing money if they don't.

Mar 01, 2016 11:49 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

yes

Mar 01, 2016 11:44 PM
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Mitchell J Hall
Compass - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Yes but their idea of  "ready for showtime" may not be the same as mine. When photographer arrives, if the home still needs to get ready for photos with help from the photographer's direction I can usually make it ready. I've rearranged and removed furniture and clutter from photos. 

Mar 01, 2016 11:29 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Yes! You only have one chance to make a good first impression!

Mar 01, 2016 10:52 PM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Strongly recommend.  The motivated ones will comply.

Mar 01, 2016 10:51 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

YOu bet. I take photos on my iPad in advance so they can see what their home looks like "online." Most have looked at homes online alrady and get how important this can be

Mar 01, 2016 10:50 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

There's always prep work to be done prior to the listing going "live".   

Mar 01, 2016 10:48 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Like to have the home show ready a few days prior to photos, and often they want me to walk the home again to be sure.  

Mar 02, 2016 10:20 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Wise approach Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers !

Mar 02, 2016 06:37 PM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

YES. We hire a photographer and want the property ready for the photo shoot. Not over-staged but decluttered and polished.

Mar 02, 2016 04:14 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

with the exception of REO properties yes. Then I am at the mercy of when the bank say to go and sometimes it's before the clean up.

Mar 02, 2016 12:34 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Yes.  Once we're ready for prime time, our office photo whiz comes in for the shoot.

Mar 02, 2016 12:19 PM
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Sharon Kowitz
CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN Fonville Morisey Cary, NC - Cary, NC
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

Absolutely! I don't activate a home without pictures and I don't send the photographer until I consider it ready. 

Mar 02, 2016 11:53 AM
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Melissa Jackson
Citiwide Alliance Realty - Weatherford, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Yes I do.

Mar 02, 2016 11:25 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Depends on how bad things are.  If I can shoot around it and give them some time to get the house ready for showing, I will.  Usually, most of my houses are ready to go when I show up.

Mar 02, 2016 10:50 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

absolutely.... the phrase "the eye buys" is drilled into them....

Mar 02, 2016 07:04 AM
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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers 

It is good to prepare a property before taking photos and activate the listing.

Mar 02, 2016 06:34 AM
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Jenna Dixon
DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate - Marietta, GA
Empowers You With a Better Real Estate Experience

Yes, I usually give them a list of suggestions.  When I come for pictures, if it's not ready, I make it ready!

Mar 02, 2016 05:58 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes, I try to.

Mar 02, 2016 03:46 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes, I don't take photo's until they will look good

Mar 02, 2016 03:18 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers Yes, otherwise you're wasting days on the market and a photographers time.

Mar 02, 2016 02:22 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Yes,

Mar 02, 2016 12:27 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Yes! You don't have but once chance to make a good first impression.

Mar 02, 2016 12:25 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

If it is not quite show ready when pic time arrives, I make it show ready.

Mar 01, 2016 10:52 PM
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Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Yes I do

Mar 21, 2017 10:31 AM
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Yes. It must look it's best in photos or it's not worth taking them. This is the first time the potential buyers will view the home!

Sep 23, 2016 02:25 PM
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Becca Rasmussen
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Highlands Ranch, CO

I certainly plan to encourage it by giving them the option of getting it show-ready (based on a previously discussed list of suggested items) by an agreed upon date, and:

(a) If they don't, I'll take the pictures (or they can hire a professional photographer at their expense, or get a friend to do it, or whatever, but I'm not paying for it) and have them indicate in writing that they understand the potential for a decrease in showings due to images of an un-ready home. 

(b) If they do, I'll gladly cover the standard (based on property type, price, etc) costs to bring in a professional photographer. 

Mar 03, 2016 10:41 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Yes, and often it postpones a listing of that property a lot. I have two listings right now that are not active since owners are still ''preparing'' their houses. 

Mar 03, 2016 05:56 AM
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David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

My excellent stager Kim Gaston walks the property with the seller giving them detailed instructions on what to do. Then it get staged. Then we shoot professional pics.

Mar 03, 2016 02:25 AM