Four Examples of Poor Real Estate Photography

June 6th, 2011 · No Comments

Four tips for taking better real estate pictures:

1. Hold the camera steady.  It’s not an action photo.  It looks like ghosts live here.

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2. Don’t over-expose the picture.  Keep the colors natural.  This is not what they mean by going green.

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3.  Get close to your subject.  Taking a distant picture of the local park and zooming in on the subject makes it look unfocused and blurry.

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4.  Again, please keep the camera focused.

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Before & After Home Staging In Durham, North Carolina

June 5th, 2011 · 4 Comments

A wise ol’ owl once said, “Better to clean up your home before selling it.”

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So they did!  The room looks much better.  But you can see the outlines from the pictures.  So why did they include the cluttered first photo with the rest of the home’s photos?  Must be a Duke thing.

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Meet the Kids

June 5th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Houston, Texas home with the son attempting to leave the picture frame.  He begged dad to take down the Christmas lights.

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Wait.  Mom just got home and parked on the grass.  Sis is too embarrassed to get out of the van.

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Impractical Kitchen

June 5th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Not a lot of thought went into the kitchen design of this Durham, North Carolina home.  Not enough counter space next to the sink, especially since there isn’t a dishwasher.  No counter next to the door when you come home with arms full of groceries; the door opens toward the sink.  No counters next to the stove.  Who knows where the refrigerator is.

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Selling Your Home Is Like Having a First Date

June 4th, 2011 · 2 Comments

10 Reasons Why Selling Your Home Is Like Going On a First Date:

1. You wouldn’t go on a first date without combing your hair or shaving your face (and legs).  Your date will form an initial opinion about you based on outward appearance.  You wouldn’t sell your house without cleaning up the mess & clutter outside first.  Mow your yard, trim the bushes, rake the leaves.

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2. You wouldn’t go on a first date without putting on fresh clean clothes.  You wouldn’t sell your house without cleaning up.  No dirty walls.  Fresh paint looks better.

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3.  You wouldn’t go on a first date without putting on clean nice shoes.  They say women notice men’s shoes.  You wouldn’t sell your house without vacuuming and cleaning the carpet or floors.  Buyers look down.

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4.  You wouldn’t go on a first date with bad breath or body odor.  You wouldn’t sell your house with food smells, pet smells, smoke smell, or musty smells.  Keep it clean and fresh smelling.

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5.  You wouldn’t talk about your baggage on a first date.  No trash talk.  You wouldn’t sell your house with your trash on display.

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Put away the trash.  Doesn’t this 2nd photo look better?  Also, complete unfinished projects, patch cracks, sweep away cobwebs, fix leaks, etc.

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6.  You wouldn’t talk about yourself and dominate the conversation on a first date.  You wouldn’t over personalize your house so that buyers couldn’t imagine themselves living there.  Or make the buyers feel like they are intruding.  Put away the names with big letters.

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7.  You wouldn’t bring your mom, your kids, or your pets on a first date.  You wouldn’t sell your house with your kids or pets in the photos or in the way when buyers show up.

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8.  You wouldn’t go on a first date without making plans or reservations.  You wouldn’t sell your house without considering furniture placement or home staging.

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9.  You wouldn’t go on a first date without washing your car first.  You wouldn’t sell your house without cleaning your rooms first.  Little things/details matter.

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10.  You wouldn’t go on a first date with ugly, wilted flowers.  You wouldn’t sell your house without fresh flowers.  No dead leaves, no dead bushes, no plastic flowers, no piles of laundry, no stacks of newspapers.

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Deny it all you want, but dates and buyers form opinions about someone or a house based on outward appearance.  Don’t miss out on an opportunity to make a good first impression.  You could get a second date or better yet an offer on your house.

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First Impressions Do Matter

June 3rd, 2011 · 5 Comments

90% of buyers start their home search on-line, relying on photos to excite them about homes.  First impressions really do matter.  Once a buyer has seen photos of your home, they’ve formed an opinion (good or bad).

What will buyers think of this living room?  It’s being used as an office.  There’s a fly strip!!!  The drapes don’t match.  Christmas garland.

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Over in the kitchen…we see eggs sitting on the counter.  Dirty cabinet doors.  Grease has dripped down the wall from the ceiling!

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This is the back yard!  It’s filled with junk and garbage.
[Folks, we don’t make this up.  These are actual photos used to sell homes.]

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The closet’s throwing us off.  Could be a bedroom, dining room, or family room.  Why is the closet door open?

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They also included a photo with the closet door closed.  Looks better.

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Paint Splatter On Cabinet Doors

June 3rd, 2011 · 3 Comments

If you’re a sloppy cook and splash grease all over your kitchen and don’t clean it, the easiest way to cover it up is to paint your cabinets to match.  That way, no one knows if the cabinet doors are dirty or not.  And it distracts your eyes from the clutter on the counters.

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Modern But Impractical

June 3rd, 2011 · 10 Comments

Remodeling a bathroom requires more than just aesthetics.  There are practical matters to consider such as ease of use, convenience, and storage.

This newly remodeled bathroom looks modern, new, and fresh.  Bowl sink, modern faucet, retro table vanity.  But wait.  Let’s think about a woman using this bathroom.  The sink is at least 6 inches from the mirror, plus another 12 inches in diameter.  And another 6 inches or so to the edge of the table.  At least 2 feet from table edge to mirror.  How will she put on makeup so far away?  Will she have to lean forward?  What about the lighting above?  Is it adequate for applying makeup?

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Where will you put your toiletries, hair dryer, curling iron, hair spray and gel, perfume, towels?  There is a cabinet on the other side of the bathroom.  How quickly will that get old, having to transfer items back and forth every day?

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Same house, different bathroom.  At least the distance from the vanity edge to the mirror is shorter, but all of the lighting is from the sides.

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The moral: think before you design.

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Blissful Living

June 2nd, 2011 · 5 Comments

This Phoenix home is a little behind the curve when it comes to home staging.

This is the dining room, if you can’t tell.  Hat rack, stuffed animal, fish tank, bottled water, TV trays, ugly painting, and, oh yes, a dining table.

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The photo’s caption says this is the family room.  I hope they don’t play darts while the drummer is playing.

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This is the living room.  They’ve created an office in the front entry.  Buyers will have to enter the home through the back door.

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Pan right and we see more of the living room.  The chair faces the tiny TV, not the much bigger, newer one in the corner.  Random items around the room.

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There’s the seller!  She’s getting ready to clean up the house.  She’s almost done with the refrigerator magnets.  Now to work on the counters.

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Wait.  She’s gone.  Why not use only this photo and eliminate the previous one?

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We’re blessed with a third photo of the kitchen.  This one shows more clutter on the counters.  She was just there.  How about putting away the silverware for the photo?

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The photo’s caption reads, “Carport.”  Now it’s a pool hall.

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Road Kill

June 2nd, 2011 · 6 Comments

What is that thing on the floor?  Road kill?  Raccoon?  Wombat?  Why is it there?  And why in that exact spot?

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