There are obvious ways that should not be pursued when trying to sell a home. I really don’t care what type of home it is, or what the circumstances are for the sale (foreclosure, short sale, etc), but there is just no excuse for the agents listing these homes to take photos like the ones below.

First of all, I do believe tomorrow is the fourth of July, NOT the fourth of January. Snow has not been seen in Minnesota since March, so why is the photo of this home still in the MLS? The white wire reindeer just scream “Buy Me”.

Now this home is a distressed property…I cannot remember if it is a short sale or foreclosure, and every listing photo of this home shows trash and clutter just like this photo. I have to ask, why even bother? No buyer is going to jump on this home, unless it is an investor looking for a steal. It definitely doesn’t have the “cozy” feeling that a first time home buyer is looking for in today’s real estate market.

I guess I am constantly amazed that agents out there feel photos like these are acceptable. It doesn’t take much effort to pick up some trash, or take a new photo in the summer. Sellers, please take a look at the photos taken by your agent to see just what type of marketing they do. Trust me, if you have photos like these, your home is NOT going to sell anytime soon…unless you list it for $1.

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  1. Robert Zuniga July 4, 2009 at 9:18 am - Reply

    It's crazy, some of the photos. My scorn involves photos of walls. I'm talking about the quick picture taken at the doorway to a room of the walls meeting at the corner. Seems most listings have a least one of these 🙂

  2. Bing July 7, 2009 at 3:53 am - Reply

    This is how the real estate industry is all about. Thanks for your great post. I enjoyed it. There are lots to learn when it comes to real estate. That's why we have to be resourceful. Thanks again.

  3. costa rica condos July 8, 2009 at 1:11 am - Reply

    The problem with this is they may very likely find a home on that list that day or evening to write an offer on. You definitely want yours to be in the mix. I deal with out of town buyers all the time relocating to the Cleveland Ohio area. Sometimes they are only here for a day or weekend.

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