Personal SEO ~ Website Marketing and Content Writing: Seriously People.. Who Takes Your Photos??

Seriously People.. Who Takes Your Photos??

I market for a lot of real estate agents and I market their photos too so I see a lot of different styles and types of photos but if you are selling the property, to me, the photo needs to be amazing! It's the first impression of the home that most home buyers will see and if the photo doesn't evoke excitement, there is no way they are going to want to see more.

Now, I know that professional photos do cost money but in many cases are well worth it especially on homes that are over the median price for your area. I was really impressed with a local client that paid to have professional photos of a home in the area. But in marketing them, I also found old photos of the same listing in which the agent didn't take such good photos. You can see the difference below. 

Almost the same shot here but one of course is much more inviting!! 

But you don't have to spend hundreds on professional photography to make the image look good. Tell your clients what they need to do to spruce up the house for the photos. This is the biggest showing factor and if the house looks cluttered, dark, blurry or dull, no one will want to see it in person. 

This is not deceiving the buyer but simply offering them the home in the best light, the best viewpoint and the cleanest look. Make sure there is great light, highlight them on computer programs, get the image in the best part of a beautiful day, put nitrogen on the yard to green it up fast, continue to add better pictures if you take them on a different day, have it professionally staged then take bright photos... there are so many tweaks you can do to make it better!

Unfortunately I have several agents that want to focus on luxury real estate but no luxury homeowner will contact them if they are not impressed with the marketing. Make even the cheapest home shine and the luxury clients will follow.

Please! look at those photos before publishing them.... would you want to look at that house?

PS- The home above is currently listed in Newcastle Washington and you should see the amazing photos of this home!

 

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Comment balloon 80 commentsTammy Emineth • July 15 2014 10:39AM

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Hi Tammy - I have a whole folder full of terrible MLS photos!  I just can't help myself - but I can't publish them, unfortunately.  Well, maybe . . . someday

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 5 years ago

I know.. I really don't want to post any more photos of examples without upsetting a client or two.. HA HA.. 

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) over 5 years ago

Tammy don't get me started on bad photos!  It's so easy to hire a professional photographer.....so easy. We do on all our homes and it makes a huge different as you pointed out.  I don't understand how sellers don't get it - and why they'd hire an agent who doesn't do all that's possible to market the home professionally.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales, 603-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 5 years ago

I know Anna! If you're set to make $12K on a property, you better spend a couple hundred on some killer photos. You can clearly see the difference.

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) over 5 years ago

Put the toilet seats down for goodness sakes.

Posted by Monica Nunchuck, St. Augustine Buyer's Agent (Florida Homes Realty & Mtg) over 5 years ago

I sell the best homes in Tatum Ranch & Desert Ridge Arizona using the best photos and agree with you completely.  Not only home photos being the best but great photos of our agents.

Tatum Ranch Home Sold by The Tice Team

 

Patrick Tice - Tatum Ranch Realtor

Posted by Patrick Tice over 5 years ago

Tammy,

You hit my hot button. Paying for photos means that you are having a professional produce professional grade pictures, Ones that portray the home as well as can be done. Everything in each photograph will be as the subject is..... Color will be RIGHT ON, not several shades off .... Not looking like it was a picture that was airbrushed or drawn in colored pencil (I'm talking about unskilled use of HDR methods and using HDR instead of abundant and PROPER LIGHTING). Perspective will be right..... not like you are looking into a mile long cave. Dimensional portrayals will be right...... Where single windows are not turned into proverbial picture windows by the camera lense. Keystoning will be eliminated. Barrel distortion corrected. Parallel lines will be parallel. Textures will be accurately portrayed. Composition will be professional and photos of blank or converging empty walls will not be  submitted.

The biggest trend is to cut corners by using HDR (High Definition Range) photography, and because they do get a portrayal of the objects after a fashion without loosing them to shadows, they can possibly get by without using quality lighting techniques. Too many don't know when to use HDR and when not to use this tool, have terrible tools/programs or don't know how to set the parameters.

There are relatively high priced photographers that are using this tool and producing flat, lifeless photos and charging for them. Unfortunately, so many in our business don't know quality photo work........ obviously...... or they would be using it. By comparison, even bad HDR may look better. That by itself may be SOME improvement.

Forgive the tyrade Tammy.

Posted by Brad Rachielles, REALTOR, CDPE, Upland, CA (CENTURY 21 Peak, Ca BRE# 01489453) over 5 years ago

Tammy,

I have to ask, in the above photos, did the client actually trim the trees or is that the result of editing the photos?  I can see where it looks much better in photo # 2 but is that reality? 

Posted by Bill Dean, William Dean - Broker, Salesperson (Haggerty Team St. Louis, Mo.) over 5 years ago

Hi Tammy... Be it professional or not, it should be a better than a good photo! Since photos hold the eyes online more than anything else on the page. I agree with "simply offering them the home in the best light"... With real estate, a great photo is a call to action.

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) over 5 years ago

Tammy, I hire professional just like my clients hired a professional to sell their home. Cutting corners wil cost agent more marketing and time to sell above all reputation.

Posted by Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949 (Samson Properties) over 5 years ago

HA HA! No kidding Monica!

Great photos!! Patrick and I completely agree!

Brad, even some simple cameras can take awesome picture if done correctly. It's lazy and just plain convenience that produces mediocre pictures.

The two photos were about 2 years apart so I'm not sure if anything was done with the trees but on a good day in our area, I can imagine this is what it looks like. (I'm 30 minutes from this listing)

Rene, thanks! Great images with great lighting produce amazing photos. 

 

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) over 5 years ago

That's a good example, Tammy.  It really is amazing why somebody wouldn't want pro quality photos.  I've talked to several agents with bad listing photos and they just don't think photos are important.  They place far more value in personally interacting with their clients to verbally communicate the features of a home, visual media doesn't interest such agents.  Still, a photo of a home is the first thing a potential buyer will see, it needs to be a perfect photo.

Posted by Gill Couto, Professional Photographer in Scottsdale, Arizona (Gill Couto Photography) over 5 years ago

Couldn't agree with you more Tammy! And a perfect example with the 2 photos above. The property in the top picture gets far fewer showings than the property in the bottom picture. This leads to a smaller pool of Buyers for the home, which leads to more time on the market, less negotiating leverage on the Seller's part, and, ultimately, a lower selling price.

I see too many Sellers in my market - Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and Boca Raton, Florida - with great homes, represented by poor pictures! I start EVERY Listing Presentation by educating the Seller that the very FIRST thing that Buyers are doing, is looking at pictures of the Seller's home on a computer screen, and immediately forming their first impressions. I have my Professional Photographer shoot every house that I list, and those pictures are used to develop the marketing campaign.

Posted by Geoff Braboy (Balistreri Realty) over 5 years ago

Very true Rita!

Gill, I'm wondering if those that need to fix it will actually read this or if they just won't comment ;-) A great photo says it all

Geoff, EXCELLENT! You are the one to list in your area!

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) over 5 years ago

Hey Patrick needs to shave, just sayin'. I find a lot of agents take photos with their cellphones, of all things! I also had a seller last week cancel her existing listing to list temporarily with me until she discovered she could not buy the home she wanted, send me photos she shot with her cell and she turned down professional photos. What are ya gonna do? This is unthinkable.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) over 5 years ago

Tammy, this is one of my pet peeves. I've actually heard agents say they don't use professional photos because it distorts the size of rooms. Hogwash! They are just too cheap. I use professional photos for all my listings, no matter the price point. It pays off for me. Homes sell quicker for more money.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 5 years ago

Tammy,

 

Great topic of discussion. Photo's are definitely key to the listing. I use a professional when marketing homes in my area, northern California. I am new to blogging and loof forward to what it has to offer. 

 

-David

Posted by David Calvello, Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty over 5 years ago

Wow Elizabeth.. that's unreal.. ugh.. yeah, what ARE you to do??

yes they do, Tammie!!!

David, let me know if you have any questions. Blogging coupled with amazing photos really help the home sell!!

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) over 5 years ago

I always see some very interesting photos in the MLS. Crooked, DARK, blurry.....

 

 

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) over 5 years ago

Than, toilet seat up, messy, beer bottles everywhere.. yup... these bad photos are everywhere! UGH

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) over 5 years ago

WOW #6 . . . 

I actually like the angle of the top photo.  It shows that there are VIEWS.

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 5 years ago

Carla, if you click on the bottom picture you can see all the amazing photos, and several show the great view of this property :)

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) over 5 years ago

I take my own photos and use a good photo editing program.

Posted by Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii (Elite Pacific Properties Maui) over 5 years ago

Tammy professional photos are not that expensive and are the back bone for most marketing.  I use professional photos for most of my listings with rentals being the biggest exception.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 5 years ago

Tammy, what a difference in the two photos. I agree and have seen some very bad photos on our MLS. I just wonder if the sellers ever look at their listing photos.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 5 years ago

There is no doubt that great photos are more enticing.

Posted by Jeff Jensen (The Federal Savings Bank/Lending in 50 states) over 5 years ago

Steven - as long as they represent a great listing, you're good I think

Cindy, They are certainly crucial to great marketing

Rebecca, I know!

Jeff, yes they are

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) over 5 years ago

I take own photos.  Using a good camera and not just a cell phone helps.  Good photos are a.must.  II can use 18,and I take 50,to60,on average so I have a few to pick fro

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 5 years ago

Thats where you can really find the right ones. Not just 10-20 photos and you have to use them all. Great thinking William

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) over 5 years ago

Tammy,

I used to want to do it all by myself. I have learned to leave the picture taking to the professionals.

Thanks for the great post.

Posted by Barry Kessler, Barry Kessler (CENTURY 21 Troop Real Estate) over 5 years ago

good deal Barry!

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) over 5 years ago

Tammy, it amazes me the number of agents who take photos themselves and they are just plain horrible - even for luxury homes.  I focus on expired listings, and it's amazing the number of sellers who never see the photos or any part of how the prior agent marketed their property.  Of course during my listing presentation, I make sure they see those photos and compare them to ones from one of our current listings.

Posted by Ann Zieve, Unmatched Ownership Experience (Keller Williams Success Realty) over 5 years ago

Ann, that's a great tactic. I can't believe people didn't see their own photos! I even took a local agent's photo and made a great flyer but touched them because they were too dark. 

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) over 5 years ago

Tammy- I could not agree  more!  I've seen MLS photos with a trash bag sitting on the kitchen floor in plain view.  Were I listing my house for sale, I'd get online and look at the MLS photos of any agent I was considering. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 5 years ago

Tammy, The use of professional photography is a service provide to most of my Sellers.  In the case of a lower priced home,  or an uncooperative Seller,with a cluttered home refusing to take any staging advice, I sometimes will take the photos myself.

Posted by Bette Gottwald, "Bet"on Central PA Real Estate! (UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA) over 5 years ago

No kidding Kathy... and demand a retake if they sucked! HA

Bette, That makes sense.

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) over 5 years ago

No agent should screw up the single most important aspect of the listing...the pictures. $125 for a professional photographer will pay of handsomely in a quicker sale.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 5 years ago

Just bought a Sigma 10-20 mm wide angle for my Nikon. Better than the stock optics and wide angles are good.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 5 years ago

I sued to wonder if they let theri kids take the pictures, but then they may be of better quality. Great topic for a constant problem

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) over 5 years ago

Good post, Tammy. A recent stroll thru our MLS was totally appalling - and even prompted me to contact a couple of agents.  LOL

Posted by Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (Falcon Property Solutions) over 5 years ago

Richard, that's not bad when you know you will get it back from great photos.

Joe - Get the listing in great light and images!

Ha, no kidding SCott

Mimi, wow, they must have been bad... sheesh

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) over 5 years ago

What a difference that photo is. Professional photos really are the way to go.

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) over 5 years ago

Agreed.

The same is also true with a contract offer.  Sure, if the home has been on the property for 17 months, any offer is a good offer.  But if the property has been on the market for 17 hours, then perhaps beyond the price itself, a professional package will convey the buyer agent's and the buyer's intentions and probably set a set of expecations of how they will work to get to closing.

Yes, as realtors, marketing is key to what we do.  Sometimes it's forgotten.

Posted by Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life (Real Living | At Home) over 5 years ago

I take my own photos, but after years of practice, a few classes in both photography and editing I think my clients get a good deal.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 5 years ago

Tammy, whether I'm listing an historic mansion in Georgetown or a starter condo in Georgetown, it's professional photos.  I know a lot of people right here on ActiveRain who think they are terrific photographers, and their listing photos are really, really crappy.

Did I say that?

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Photos are the key.  I was looking at some older listings.  Often there were 5-10 photos.  Thing have really changed.  Now we have up to 33 photos.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 5 years ago

Why not take professional quality photos yourself? Get yourself a basic DSLR and a nice sharp lens. 

$330 Rokinon 14mm f2.8 ultra wide lens brand new (believe it or not, this is mega cheap for a great lens. I own it and it is SHARP.)

$599 Canon Rebel T5i DSLR camera body (no lens)

Spend a weekend learning how to use the camera (there is a bit of a curve to DSLR, but theyre easy if you have someone experienced to speak with or dont mind watching some youtube videos)

Spend under $1000 and less than 2 days time and youre practically a pro. Id take it one step further and tell you to buy yourself a tripod (100+), an HDR photo editor ($50-$200), and spend a weekend learning how to shoot HDR.

Dont want to spend the money? Okay, go ahead and pay a photog $250 a pop. Or, go ahead and lose 1 single listing because an agent across town had an edge over you. 

 

I get that some of you are just woefully inadequate photogs, and that's okay. I've seen your type on my MLS, and I'd be glad to see you hire out. And yes, then paying the photog does make perfect sense.

This comment is meant for those ambitious and thrifty ;)  

Posted by D M over 5 years ago

A picture is worth a 1000 words, I could not agree more. I always pay for professional photography.  Every listing deserves to be presented in the best possible light.

Posted by Mary Stewart (Keller Williams Atlantic Partners/Southside) over 5 years ago

It's true!  Just today I was looking at a listing for a buyer - and it said right in the blurb that the property was owned by a Realtor.  But the pictures were TERRIBLE.  Taken in the dark without a flash...  You could barely even make out the furniture or the doorway, the room was so dark.  Crazy...

Posted by Jean Singleton, Specializing in Your Special Needs (Keller Williams Capital District) over 5 years ago

What a stunning difference between the first and second photos!  With internet marketing being an important part of selling a home, pictures play a vital role.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 5 years ago

Perhaps you could point out the good or bad parts of each picture. While the 2 pictures look different, I'm not sure I can identify which one shows the house in the best light.

Posted by Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta (Solid Source Realty, Inc.) over 5 years ago

A long time ago we got a high end Canon camera and bought a high end lens with a separate flash. Good thing with digital cameras you can shoot pictures forever until you get it right. Plus you caneasily update if something changes.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) over 5 years ago

Pictures are so very vital to our listings.  I seriously don't know how some agents can not go the extra mile.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 5 years ago

Well done professional photos are not all that expensive (my photograhper does 25 - 29 for $199!!) and they make a huge difference...provided, of course, that the home has been appropriately, prepped. Great photos of a messy home won't impress anyone

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 5 years ago

Featured in the group:  BARTENDER, MAKE IT A DOUBLE.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 5 years ago

I really do wonder about some of the photos that I see of homes for sale Tammy.  :)

Posted by 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) over 5 years ago

I couldn't agree more -- a great picture will invite people to come look.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!)) over 5 years ago

Thank you for sharing. Great advice. Good photos are important .

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 5 years ago

That's one of the things we focus on the most.  95% of people start their home search online.  That means our pictures and videos need to be SHARP.  

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) over 5 years ago

I'm so glad this post got Featured....well deserved.  Why is this such a mystery to so many agents?????

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 5 years ago

There are photos that comply and then those that are part of the transaction...Good post

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 5 years ago

Well deserved featured blog, it rubs me the wrong way when agents don't take the time and  effort to post decent pictures.

Thanks for sharing!

 

Posted by Stacy Ann Stephens, Realtor, New Haven & Hartford CT Homes For Sale (Keller Williams Realty CT - 860-704-9070) over 5 years ago

Tammy, photos are a huge component to marketing a home. Fancy brochures with poor photos is a waste of time.  Agents do need to invest in professional photos.  There is always the risk of losing marketing investment dollars if the seller changes their mind or the home does not sell. It’s the cost of doing business.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 5 years ago

Cindy, They really are

Dale, Exactly!

Claude,  It really could be beyond the price, true! It’s all about marketing

Tammy, And that really helps!

Patricia, yes, yes you did… heaven help the agent that prompted me to write this post….  ;-)

Joan, And they better be good ones, eh?

Drew, hee hee. If only EVERY agent took this to heart.

Mary, Absolutely!

Jean, Are they crazy!?

Myrl, Just taking a photo on a clear day at a different angle highlighting all the colors really REALLY helps

Cheryl, really? (see above)

Bill,  Oh my , yes, digital has saved the real estate photos… yet we still have crappy ones out there.. what gives?

Chris, I don’t either!

Jeff, It’s our job to market that home in the best possible way… why wouldn’t you make that one of the most vital parts?

Chris, THANKS!

Tom, if it were up to you, you’d photoshop yourself into most.. LOL! JK! ;-)

Kat, absolutely!

Gita, yes!

Amanda and Jared, And well represented! Yes J

Sharon, I don’t know… but I’m wondering if most won’t comment if they are guilty…

Richie, thanks!

Stacy, me too!

Kathleen,  yes, it’s the cost… on top of all the rest, ha,,, but well worth it.

 

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) over 5 years ago

that first picture is quality from what I see down here.. second pick looks great

Posted by Gina and RJ Hackworth, South Florida - The Hackworth Real Estate Group (Coral Shores Realty) over 5 years ago

Those photos were great examples of what good photography can do for a listing and why it is so important.  Thanks for the post

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 5 years ago

I am taking over an expired listing with the same issues.  Poorly lit photos did not make the home appealing.  Add to that lackluster remarks and incorrect information, and it is no wonder why the home only had a handful of showings in 4 months.  Hopefully we can do a little "spit-spot" and get it back on the market looking as sharp as it should have been in the beginning!  Thank you for posting.

Posted by Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group) over 5 years ago

Terrific  pictures and example of what good photography and good photos mean to a property.  

Posted by Kathleen Vetrano, Helping YOU Achieve YOUR Dreams (RE/MAX Gateway) over 5 years ago

Tammy, I am sharing your blog post, I know the photography of a home is so important.  Thank you once again!

 

Posted by Kathleen Vetrano, Helping YOU Achieve YOUR Dreams (RE/MAX Gateway) over 5 years ago

There is a big difference in photos and something to consider.  Marketing is key.

Thanks for the tip.

Posted by Rose Mary Justice, Synergy Realty Pros (Synergy Realty Pros) over 5 years ago

Gina, wow, really? HA

Gene, I love the difference in the two

Karen, Should be a no-brainer! Good luck with your listing

Kathleen,Awesome! Thank you!!

Rose, It’s everything in real estate sales. J

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) over 5 years ago

Great blog.  Sometimes you have to wonder.....what were they thinking when taking those pictures.  Picture of a toilet or capturing your reflection in a mirror when shooting a bathroom.  Getting prospective buyers in the house is key and when the pictures scare them then it becomes an uphill battle.   

Posted by Jody Amenell, RE/MAX Properties (RE/MAX ) over 5 years ago

Hey, I think we need more toilet pics. Can't get enough of those. 

Posted by Beth Skinner, World class service - with a personal touch! (Skinner Realty, Inc.) over 5 years ago

Photo's are the key to getting buyer's in so it is so important to make them good. You definatly don't need a professional to take pictures just someone with creativity and software to brush it up. Not only modles are photoshopped. It's amazing when you can make the sky look ultra blue and just brighten up a blurry image you take. But I agree the difference in the pictures above are amazing.

Posted by Kim & Kristine Halverson, Sisters, Realtors (Compass) over 5 years ago

Hi Tammy - this is a great article that drives home an important point which is why I sometimes laugh at the listing photos with snow on the ground and it's May.  Those agents are certainly doing a disservice to their clients.

Posted by ReadySetLoan Condo Approval Team, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Specialists (ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC) over 5 years ago

Most of us decide with our eyes at least initially. Common sense here!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 5 years ago

Hi Tammy - great post and love your comment about agents who are trying to attract luxury home sellers/buyers. Agents often tell me they love to use high quality photos (and video) to attract new clients. It's not just about the home you're selling but it's also about the NEXT home. If your marketing is above the rest, the high end clients will notice.

Posted by Susan Harding, HomeStar Video Tours, Showcasing You and Your Listings, 855-579-6284 over 5 years ago

Tammy - there is a world of difference in those two photos.  Professional image is important.  I also feel the same about videos that I use.  Your photos and videos tell a lot about your value proposition.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 5 years ago

A photo says so much more than words can! 

Posted by Jimmy Williams (352) 874-2354, Lake and Western Orange County Real Estate Expert! (Classic VI Realty) about 5 years ago

Always use a professional now for my pics.

Posted by Bradley Potter, PLLC, National Association of Expert Advisors (Homesmart Realty) about 5 years ago

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