What Are Some Realtors Thinking? Part 2 - Good Photos Please

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville

We've read a few funny posts lately regarding what comments and pictures an agent will put in the MLS.  While it seems like the mistakes provide great blog fodder for some, this will probably be our only weigh in on the topic.  And while it might seem "all in good fun," there is a lot of truth to the messages.  CHECK YOUR LISTINGS!  There really seems no quicker way to come off as unprofessional and sloppy.

As for pictures?  The MLS has it all!  No pics, blurry pics, grainy pics, super dark pics, pics with tons-o-clutter, pics with pets in them, and the list goes on. 

Scott's pet peeve is pictures on cloudy days or pics with snow in them long after winter has passed.  He makes a point of getting his photos on a sunny day (even if it means two trips).  He even plans what time of day to take photos according to when the most sun will be on the front of the house.  He will re-shoot all his exterior photos if the season changes.

WHICH PICTURE IS BETTER?

A cloudy day or a sunny day? 

First impressions are everything.  You can't change the color of the house or make the grass greener, you can only control the conditions in which you take the first picture a prospective buyer will see.

A Cloudy Day

A Sunny Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My personal pet peeve is pictures of a single piece of furniture.  Every picture should show some architectural feature of a home or give a real sense of the room sizes, amount of light, flow, etc.  The buyer is not buying a bed or a couch, so if there is no window, doorway, or even flooring in the photo, it tells me there is nothing special about the home to even photograph.

WHICH PICTURE IS BETTER?

A bed or a bedroom?

A Bed                   A Bedroom

 

To read Part 1 on text, click here.

~Lisa

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Michael Setunsky
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Lisa, not doubt the photos taken on a sunny day and the bedroom are the better photos. Thanks for the tips.

May 19, 2010 05:54 PM #1
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Richard Strahm
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I love the signle furniture pictures!  It reminds me of shopping on Craigslist for used household goods!

May 19, 2010 09:23 PM #2
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Lisa, this is a great point!  Thanks for reminding us to think about laying out our photos!

May 20, 2010 01:22 AM #3
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Michael, You do see the difference when they are side by side.

Richard, I hate the single furniture pictures - drives me crazy!  Yes, they belong on Craig's List not the MLS.

Tony, Thank you.

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I must say my favorite pics are the ones people take of an empty small bedroom . . .what is the point?

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