Entries from April 2009

Ugly Refrigerator

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

You have a nice clean kitchen and then it’s ruined by an ugly spray painted refrigerator.  What were they thinking?

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Tags: Kitchen · What Were They Thinking?!?! · Phoenix Homes

Tacky Window Coverings

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

What possesses people to hang pieces of fabric or sheets in windows?  A curtain rod costs $5 at KMart.  Sheer curtain panels cost $10.

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A different home.

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Another home, but this one put the sheet on the outside of the window!!  Ugly floor tile too.  Really ugly.

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Tags: Tile · Window Coverings · Phoenix Homes

Amateur Shower Tile Job

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

An amateur tiled this shower.  The lines are off.  The grout space varies.

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Tags: Bathroom · Remodeling · Phoenix Homes

Wood Paneling Is Durable

April 30th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Wood paneling can last for decades.  Let’s take a look at six Phoenix homes.

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old original wood paneling walls Phoenix home house real estate

old original wood paneling walls Phoenix home house real estate

old original wood paneling walls Phoenix home house real estate

old original wood paneling walls Phoenix home house real estate

old original wood paneling walls Phoenix home house real estate

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Tags: Carpet · Window Coverings · Phoenix Homes · Wood Paneling

Evidence of Mold

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Bank-owned foreclosure homes can sometimes be a dicey purchase.  The previous owners are long gone.  The bank has never seen the house and does not know about its history.  Banks therefore usually do not provide any disclosure or details to the buyer.  However, a bank did disclose that there was evidence of mold at this Phoenix home.  Imagine if they had not; it would have been up to the buyer to discover the presence of mold.

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Tags: Foreclosure · Phoenix Homes · Mold & Mildew

Real Estate Photo Rule #1 - Clean Off the Camera Lens

April 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

In a highly competitive market, real estate photos can make or break a sale.  Homes are judged by the photos.

Please wipe off the camera lens before taking real estate promotional photos.  Otherwise, it looks like it’s snowing inside.

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Poor Photography

Real Estate Photo Rule #2 - Don’t Shoot Into the Sun

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

90% of homebuyers begin their home search on the Internet.  Their decision to see a home is based upon the photos.  How can they see the house if they are blinded by sunlight?  For homes on the south side of a street, take real estate photos in the morning or afternoon when the sun is to the side or lower in the sky.  Or use your hand or a piece of paper to block the sun.  Or shoot from the side.

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shooting into the sun sunlight bad MLS photos poor photography real estate Phoenix

shooting into the sun sunlight bad MLS photos poor photography real estate Phoenix

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Poor Photography

Real Estate Photo Rule #3 - Use a Flash For Dark Rooms

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

How are buyers supposed to see a room’s features if the real estate photo is too dark?  Try using fill flash for all interior photos.

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The photographer was worried about blinding the mother and baby with the flash?

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Poor Photography · People In Photos

Real Estate Photo Rule #4 - Remove Cars From the Driveway

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Curb appeal is important.  Homebuyers want to see the house.  They do not want to see cars and trucks out front.  It takes all of one minute to move a vehicle from the driveway or from the front walkway before taking real estate promotional photos.  First impressions matter.

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cars trucks vehicles parked on the driveway bad MLS photos poor photography real estate

cars trucks vehicles parked on the driveway bad MLS photos poor photography real estate

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Phoenix Homes · Poor Photography

Real Estate Photo Rule #5 - Remove Pets From Rooms

April 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Many homebuyers are allergic to dogs and/or cats and some homebuyers are afraid of pets.  Better to not show a pet or pet toys or pet food in your real estate promotional photos.  No pets allowed.

This big dog is sure to scare away buyers.

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Please remove the climbing tower for cats.

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A cat is hiding behind the blue pillow.  Bonus photo suggestion: Remove oversized decorative items such as the gigantic vase; it’s out of proportion for the room and will distract buyers.

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Pets · Poor Photography