Seven Suggestions For Better Real Estate Photos

June 30th, 2015 · No Comments

Buyers rely on photos when looking for homes on-line.  Best to have good real estate photos.

Be careful of taking photos too close up.  You’ll get a blurry photo plus your reflection.  Buyers want to see the whole thing, not a portion.

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Be mindful of bright backgrounds.  They’ll overexpose the photo.

poor bad amateur real estate photography photo picture overexposed overexposure too bright Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

Don’t shoot into the sun either.  Come back another time if needed.  Or use your hand to block the sun.  [This was the only photo available of the property]

poor bad amateur real estate photography photo picture shooting into the sun too bright Glendale Arizona home house for sale

Don’t use a fish-eye lens, especially in a bathroom.  It’s creepy.

poor bad amateur real estate photography photo picture fish-eye lens bathroom creepy Tempe Arizona home house for sale

Don’t take a photo of a print.  It’s tacky.  Go outside and take a real photo of your house.

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Be careful of window reflections.  Try a different angle or be sure the street view is nice.

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Don’t use time stamps on photos.

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A-Door-Able People

June 29th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Four persons on the threshold of home ownership.  All near doorways.

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“Yes, cash offers are encouraged.”

man person in real estate photo picture Mesa Arizona home house for sale hallway

Don’t forget to knock before entering a room.

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“When does the open house start?”

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Dry Docked

June 29th, 2015 · No Comments

Are they selling the boat or the house?

speed race boat parked on driveway bad parking Peoria Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

If the boat’s not included with the sale of the house, move it for the photos and showings.

speed race boat parked on driveway bad parking Peoria Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Couldn’t someone just pull up and steal these boats?

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National Walls of Shame

June 28th, 2015 · No Comments

The wood paneling got a little wet.  Now that they have a warped wall, perhaps they can try out for American Ninja Warrior?  [Des Moines, Iowa]

water damage wood paneling warped ruined ceiling tiles fallen down fixer-upper Des Moines Iowa home house for sale real estate photo

This wall was removed at a different Des Moines house.

wall removed drywall damaged fixer-upper Des Moines Iowa home house for sale real estate photo

Wallpaper removal?  [Brockton, Massachusetts]

ugly wall wallpaper removed fixer-upper Brockton Massachusetts home house for sale real estate photo

More ugly walls in the same Brockton house.

ugly wall wallpaper removed fixer-upper Brockton Massachusetts home house for sale real estate photo

Patched wall.  In the corner and by the window.  What happened?  [McAllen, Texas]

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Texas Entertainment Center

June 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Look what we found today.  Another entertainment center.  From McAllen, Texas.

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Centers of Entertainment

June 27th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Entertainment centers were very popular before televisions got bigger and thinner.  Let’s take a look at some recent examples.  They were perfect for your small TV and VCR.

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This one’s not very deep, so it was perfect when the first flat-screen TVs came out (the small ones).  It can’t handle the typical 32″ TV nowadays.

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That 40″ TV won’t fit in the old entertainment center.

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Talk about old school.  That’s a reel-to-reel player.

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It was popular in the Phoenix area to have these built-in media niches, especially ones that were two feet deep to accommodate those monstrous projection TVs.  Now they are functionally obsolete and collect dust.

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Here’s a creative TV stand that blocks the window.

entertainment center circle TV stand Phoenix Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Another window blocker, but no TV.

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Remove One Item

June 26th, 2015 · 1 Comment

That pole with the orange claw & cage on the left side is a citrus fruit picker.  You reach up to get an orange or grapefruit, put the claw over the fruit, and pull down.  The orange falls into the cage.  Citrus pickers are normally kept outside.

orange grapefruit citrus fruit picker pole inside house Sun City Arizona home for sale real estate photo

We will all breathe easier if the oxygen machine was removed for the real estate photo.

oxygen machine tubes in middle of room Phoenix Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

[Insert Uranus joke here]

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Mickey Mice

June 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Mickey Mouse in a window.

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Mickey Mouse hiding behind a table.

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Mickey Mouse & clones taking a shower.

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Christmas Is 6 Months Away

June 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment

It’s June 25th.  Only 6 months of shopping days ’til Christmas.  Here are some homes that celebrate Christmas for a long time.

This house was listed for sale on March 11th.  With the Christmas tree still up.

Christmas tree decorations still up in March Mesa Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

This house was listed for sale on February 17th with the Christmas tree still up.

Christmas tree decorations still up in February Phoenix Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

This house was listed for sale on February 11th with the Christmas tree still up.  Watch your step going to the bedroom.  It’s a doozy.

Christmas tree decorations still up in February Phoenix Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

This house was listed for sale on January 12th with the Christmas tree still up.

Christmas tree decorations still up in January Sun City Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

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Where’s the Fireplace?

June 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Dog cages.  Inversion table.  Clutter.  How do you walk around this room?

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