IS THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE ALWAYS THE BEST PICTURE?

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Real Estate Agent with Chevaux Group, PLLC

IS THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE ALWAYS THE BEST PICTURE?

I am seeing more and more MLS listings that are using other pictures of the house rather than the front of the house for the main picture. I can see that this can really be clever if used wisely. Sometimes doing something a bit differently from the same old, same old can get your listing some attention.

Perhaps there is a really unique feature about a property? Perhaps that would be a true eye-catching shot and pull in a potential buyer. Remember, buyers are shopping thousands of homes on the Internet and you need to make sure they pull over and visit your listing for awhile.

Here is an example. I actually like the pool picture! It is different and shows a great feature with the back porch and outdoor living area which is very popular here in Texas!

Mix it up and try out some different pictures to use as the main one. I would love to hear some of your creative ideas too!

Chevaux Group will list your home using the best photography and will use our creative edge to get your home noticed! Give us a call today! Let us market your home and get it SOLD!

 

94 W Ambassador Bend

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   Paula L. McDonald ~ REALTOR®

       Broker ~ The Woodlands, Texas 

 936-203-0279 Direct

Selling The Woodlands real estate and surrounding areas!

Paula@ChevauxGroup.com

 

 

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Rainmaker
278,886
Jerry Murphy
Anthem AZ Real Estate
Long Real Estate

I've used the backyard as a feature photo on many of my listings in the past.  Here in Arizona outdoor living is part of the package.  So if a backyard is spectacular we want that to be the first thing potential buyers to see.  On those particular listings where the backyard was fantastic I got many more inquiries than the homes where we just used the front exterior as our feature photo.  Good post Paula and best of luck to you.

August 15, 2012 04:27 PM
Rainer
53,128
Susan Shaw
Premiere Plus Realty Co.Marco Island, FL

I agree that sometimes the view from the back of the house epecially a water view is a good selling point or a pool view too. But I find that if on the MLS there is not one picture of the front of the house, you just know it's going to be really BAD.

August 15, 2012 04:28 PM
Rainmaker
46,762
Alisa McKeel Willson
Certified Res. Appraiser
Appraisal Pros in Texas

As an appraiser, I don't really care which picture is the feature photo just as long as they are all there..and the more the merrier so to speak.  With new appraisal rules photos have become very important in the appraisal process.  I agree with Susan Shaw...if a photo is not there -- like the kitchen, say, then it usually means it's not good...LOL...

 

Thanks to all who put great photos in their listings! Just saying...

August 15, 2012 04:33 PM
Rainmaker
598,264
Richard & Beth Witt
Broker/Owner RE/MAX Wittney Estates Long Island NY
RE/MAX Wittney Estates 516-795-6900 www.longislandrealestatesearch.com

Hi Paula.. as for me I love mixing it up... and yes I am pleased to say that I have fully lived today... hope you have too..

August 15, 2012 04:34 PM
Rainmaker
706,314
Winston Heverly
GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
Winston Realty, Inc.

It depends on the house and location. As a former builder's standpoint, I can appreciate all aspects. That being said I think the majority look at what the front looks like to capture the curiosity, and or the features inside. As on recent client commented, I love the pool area, but i don't live outside. In my opinion both photos are equally brilliant. 

August 15, 2012 04:48 PM
Rainmaker
565,341
Kathy Sheehan
Branch Manager
Movement Mortgage 770-634-4021

Mixing it up keeps it fresh especially if the home has been on the market for awhile.

Love the pool in this photo!!!

August 15, 2012 05:20 PM
Rainmaker
141,910
Suzanne Taylor
Home Sales In Corpus Christi, TX
361-510-5413 http://www.CorpusChristiHomeFinderOnline.com

Our MLS requires that a picture of the front of the house shows first otherwise they hit us with a $50 fine!  A shame when it is a condo on the ocean front and we have to show the front of the building instead of the view they are buying.

August 15, 2012 05:24 PM
Ambassador
1,113,027
Dick Greenberg
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
New Paradigm Partners LLC

Hi Paula - Very interesting post. With our predominant architectural style placing the garages in the front of the house, we run into a lot of homes that leave us searching for a better way to catch some attention.

August 15, 2012 06:01 PM
Rainmaker
781,081
Paula McDonald
CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
Chevaux Group, PLLC
Thank you all for your great comments. Yes there are those pictures that we all cringe over. Sometimes we do have to get creative.
August 15, 2012 06:10 PM
Ambassador
2,366,825
Patricia Kennedy
For Your Home in the Capital
Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.

Paula, even if you use something like this woderful pool shot, I think it's still important to have a shot in there of the front of the house.  This one is beautiful.

August 15, 2012 07:18 PM
Ambassador
1,088,791
Joni Staples
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties
In the market I work in, the lake side is typically the prettiest side to feature. Like you, I do just that!
August 15, 2012 07:47 PM
Rainmaker
781,081
Paula McDonald
CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
Chevaux Group, PLLC

All great points by everyone.  I agree that not using a particular picture is usually because it is not the best feature of a home.  My main point in this post is just changing the main picture or the feature picture.  The other pictures are very important.  Just like to change up the feature picture sometimes.

August 15, 2012 08:09 PM
Rainmaker
378,248
Rose King
Friendswood / Pearland Homes
UTR, Texas Realtors

If the front of the house is boring, but it has a nice pool, I might feature the pool picture on the MLS. The main picture needs to be interesting enough to hook the potential buyer and get them to look at the rest of the pictures.

August 15, 2012 08:33 PM
Rainmaker
1,187,946
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366

I'm in favor of showing the home in the best possible way. Front, back, crawl space... :)

Thanks Paula.

August 16, 2012 12:05 AM
Rainmaker
946,751
James Dray
AR., MO., or OK. I can find the home for you.
Wise Custom Realty

Morning Paula I like what the agent done if the first picture you see shows off something that look sinviting and call to the buyer  this is your home.  Smart use of the lens.

August 16, 2012 02:02 AM
Rainmaker
1,776,282
Gabe Sanders
Stuart Florida Real Estate
the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales

The first picture should be the best feature of the home, within limits.  I also try to mix up the initial picture for different display options, so it doesn't appear to be the same home when potential buyers are searching on different platforms.

August 16, 2012 05:09 AM
Rainmaker
1,885,427
Roy Kelley
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger

Thanks for sharing your observations.  Creative marketing should lead to the use of eye catching photographs.  A property this attractive should have many photographs that can be featured.


Enjoy the summertime activities with your camera in hand.


August 16, 2012 07:30 AM
Rainmaker
393,895
Nancy Laswick
Your Phoenix/Scottsdale REALTOR®
REALTY ONE GROUP

Paula, I'm on the fence with this one as I always in believe in leading with your best image, (you don't get a second chance to make a first impression) when you only get to show one image, however, if you can feature several images then I like to show the property in the order that the viewer will see when visiting the home, as I believe this reinforces a positive memory of the property.

August 16, 2012 10:03 PM
Rainmaker
1,104,898
Myrl Jeffcoat
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
GreatWest Realty

It is certainly something that needs to be considered.  Each home can be so very different as to where the most effective photo may be.  I'm very fond of your first photo with the pool as well!

August 19, 2012 04:54 AM
Rainmaker
467,599
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ

I always remember the class I took where the instructor said a bad photo is worse than no photo.  Now...I do appreciate ANY photo on say...an REO or Government-owned home vesus a blank site but I have to agree that often if the front of the home doesn't have that catch-your-attention curbside appeal...it's time to look over your photos and find what will hook the viewer.  Juli's re-blog sent me over here.  Good thoughts on this posting!

September 10, 2012 07:12 AM
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