Last weekend, I had an Open House in a price range I don't usually work in. It was very busy, and I picked up several buyers who came by and who were not already working with an agent. This means that I have to do some homework to figure out what to show these people.
When I checked the MLS listings, there was an overwhelming amount of inventory. Being naturally lazy, I was really hoping that I could check out the virtual tours and save the hassle of hopping in my car to preview.
OK. In my firm, we are totally spoiled. There is a professional photographer on staff who does our tours for us. He has a fancy camera with a fabulous wide angle lens that doesn't really distort the rooms. He is also the God of Photoshop.
And he is the exception! As I flipped through the tours, there were many that did not include the house's facade. There were no kitchen shots in many, leaving me to assume the kitchens must be really awful. There were a lot of toilets. There were a lot of shots of beautiful sofas, canopy beds, and corners of rooms. But there were few tours that provided a real clue to what the place really looked like.
Oh, well. So much for my lazy agent hopes that I could rely on the MLS and virtual tours to avoid going out into the incredible heat and humidity to actually preview some of these places.
Yikes! I had planned to shop for tile for the floors in my new bathrooms tomorrow. But NO-OH! I have to do some real homework.
At least it's not as bad as it was back in the old days before we had lock boxes and had to run all over town to pick up and return house keys! And I am really dating myself!