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Amateur Hour Versus Professional Real Estate Photography

Regular readers of my blog know that every home seller should demand that their real estate agent hire a professional real estate photographer (not their husband, not their partner but a professional) to shoot high quality photos.  After all, the first showings are now typically from the Internet, and a home seller may have only this opportunity to make a good first impression.

Imagine my dismay to find this new listing in the MLS:

MLS remarks read:

Charming cottage style home. (Actually it’s Tudor, but it is charming)

todays silly mls photo


It has hardwood floors throughout with an arched living room ceiling. (Would have been nice to see that arched ceiling – maybe he meant barrel)

today silly mls photo hardwood floors


The bedrooms are good size with lots of light. It has a formal dining room and a nice kitchen with an eating area. (Sadly no photo of the “nice” kitchen)

 It was painted outside in July of this year and was painted and refurbished inside 2 years ago. 2 bedrooms to be repainted the original color at buyers request. A new automatic sprinkler system has also been installed. It is on a lovely shaded street, very quiet and secluded. Just minutes away from the golf course and parks. This is a must see home.

What this Realtor failed to mention:

That the fireplace has been converted to additional shoe storage (Could be perfect for Carrie Bradshaw if she wanted to move to Glendale).

silly mls photo fireplace with shoe rack


Although there is no photo of the “nice” kitchen, this Realtor thoughtfully included a photo of the “outdoor kitchen”.

todays silly mls photo - outdoor kitchen


The Realtor included a photo of the garage door.

todays silly mls photo garage


And this photo of some type of Spanish tile…. your guess is as good as mine as to where it might be.

silly mls photo - you tell me


And then there’s this “descriptive” photo of the front used brick entry steps. (Notice the empty flower pot?)

silly mls photos - brick entry with empty pot


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