Usually I post some really pathetic photos from my colleagues here in the Northwest. This week is different. These photos are clearly professional quality. Given the nature of the photo, I would even say the photographer is trying for art. My questions is… are real estate marketing photos supposed to be art?
Here is the photo that I came across today…
As I have mentioned in some of my previous posts, the MLS in our area only allows 15 photos to be input with each listing. These are the photos that go out to all the brokers websites and is the first impression agents and buyers have of the home.
In all but the smallest of properties, I will shoot dozens of photos and then pick the best 15 to show of the floorplan, features and quality of the home and yard. The photo above is of a 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 2500 s.f. home in Redmond. So I am sure there was many more opportunities to describe the home to potential buyers. Here is the another photo of the kitchen:
This shot gives a much better sense of the space and still shows off the tile and faucet that the photographer was attempting to highlight in the first photo. My point is… I think it would have been a better use of the top 15 photos, than to choose the sink picture.
Here are two that I took from a home that is in the same area as this one. BTW… my listing sold for above list price in 4 days and closed escrow today. You can view more details on this listing here: http://eastsidehomes.com/Listings/6605-152nd/index.htm
Okay, one thing is for sure… these are not Architectural Digest photos. :-) However, that is not what my goal is. Many agents hire photographers who want to be artists and that is the slant they place upon their work. I am agent, who enjoys photography. My number one goal is to photograph the home so it sells, which meets my clients objectives.
I have seen all kinds or crazy photos in the MLS for homes… just look at some of my past posts:
If you are seller and you wish to not only sell your home in this market, but get the best price you can – make sure the photos your agent is using shows your home in its best light and as complete as possible.