Licensed Real Estate Broker NV, MA, & RI
I also caution buyers to try to refrain from passing judgment on a property because of the lack of photo[s]. Take shots of the bathroom for example - it's just plain dumb to think there's something "wrong" with the bathrooms because they're not photographed. Bathrooms almost always are NOT photogenic or its too difficult to get a decent shot.
There are few properties that warrant dozens of shots. And there are more properties online with lousy photos than great photos. I don't think it's doing anyone a favor to have lots of so-so or irrelevant photos.
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Another possibility is that the home was just released onto the market and for one reason or another all the pictures are not ready to be released. Sometimes you will see the pictures posted a day or two later, so it is a good idea to check back frequently or contact the listing agent and ask.
The thought process that "they're selling fast, I don't need to.." show complete disdain for the public and Realtors who think this way should do the public a favor and quit as Realtors.
This all comes back to the question of why the bar is set so low for entry into an industry that works with people who are generally making the largest financial decisions of their lives.
I can only speak from experience in the Las Vegas market. It seems to me that many agents started to get lazy in regards to adding pictures when the foreclosure market became the norm years ago and homes started selling at warp speed. Why take pictures? The house is going to sell any way seemed to be the attitude. Since many experienced agents felt this way, it seemed to filter down to many other agents as well.
I understand the client that does not want their belongings plastered all over the Internet. I'm sure we have all had one or two clients that felt this way. These are few and far between. This is not the problem. Adding only one picture because that's all experienced Investors need to see makes no sense. Granted you may be right if that's all you work with and it sounds like it is but not all of us have that luxury. Not sure about everyone else but my investor clients have always wanted to see pictures.
Since 75% to 90% of buyers are now searching the Internet for homes before talking to an agent, you are not doing the seller any justice by inserting 0-6 pictures and many times 5 of the 6 are of the outside. All that does is create a red flag to agents and buyers there is something wrong with the home. Granted you may find a needle in a haystack with limited pictures but good luck with that.
In my opinion, the least amount of pictures of any home should be 12 pictures and that's on small homes. Most should have 20 or more. Since most of the buyers are going to see these homes on the Internet, the agent should do the seller justice by exposing as much of the home as possible to the buyer market. The days of adding zero or one picture to get the buyer to come look at the home are over. The last few buyers I've been out with have ask me what's wrong with the homes that don't have pictures?
The sad part of this issue in Las Vegas is up until now the home is going to sell whether it has pictures or not. Just because we're in a busy market does not mean we should avoid our duties. It helps the sellers, buyers and fellow realtors to add pictures. Hopefully, one day we'll see this be the norm. Thanks again!
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This is why I may only put ONE image, the street view in for a home.
This is for an experienced investor.
The experienced investor has knowledgeable agents working with him/her.
This team already knows the values in the community.
After all, does not the buyer select the community FIRST?
If they do not know the community in which they want to buy, they are not as serious as you want to think.
These professionals know a 3/2/2 will rent for $2,600.
To make that work the home must be purchased at $143,000 or lower.
The buyers knows the cost of a new kitchen, hvac, water heater, flooring, painting, wall repair and roof.
I WANT the buyer who knows the numbers.
Sorry, I don't want to talk to the FHA buyer.
No, if you are packing Wells Fargo paper, don't what to talk to you.
If your cash purchase is stuffed with contingencies, I DON"t want to talk to you.
The seller wants a clean deal, and the single image strategically eliminates the Zillow and Trulia zombies. The serious buyers and the professionals knowledgeable of the area will respond. In over 80% of the cases, these home are sold by simply sending the 'First Look" notice to the agents and they do the rest.
There are many, many reasons, that is just one that I know you will understand.
The street view, Kitchen, baths and recreation areas.
The majority, the overwhelming majority of homes sold in the USA are priced lower than 1.5 million, lower than 1 millon, lower than 800 thousand, lower than 500 thousand.
Most homes sold in the USA have 8 rooms and maybe a garage. A few have a pool.
The professional that believes they need 35 images to create the sizzle in an eight room house is truly lost.
I understand. We need to have the seller believe we are doing something, Much of what a listing or buyer agent is does can not be seen or observed by their client. so we need to create a nice show and tell.
35 Pictures, a slide show, an Open House a Brokers Open. It is what we can show, however worthless these things have proven to be in securing a serious buyer. It does assuage the sellers concern their agent is not doing anything.
Now...I am not saying don't take 50 images. To be correct you need to take images of everything, the hot water system, furnace, air handler, garage, service panel, pool equipment, roof, structural imperfections, wood damage, facia and anything you can bring into focus. This level of detail is for the serious buyer; The remote buyer; The cash buyer; Not the guy, doing night shift, trolling Zillow dreaming of moving from the land of the frozen chosen.
How many images do you think are needed to create the sizzle for a 3/2/2 1975 constructed rancher?
Those images are ALL that is needed to stimulate a serious buyer.
Those pandering 35 images are flailing about blindly. They drank the kool-aid and have sent their marketing down the volume path.....and all it's attending excesses
It may be a subjective regarding whether strategic thinking requires more effort than spewing stuff without thought.
Unlike some, I have invested the resources and energy. I have paid for user group studies to know for myself, not drink the Kool-Aid offered by marketers, what really happens.
It may be true. Most real estate professionals are mentally exhausted. Nothing left in the tank. For them, a strategy for each home is simply to complex. So, lets substitute something that gives the appearance of being worthwhile.
35 images. After the 3rd view of the kitchen I'm done already!
Now all you who have drank the kool-aid. Does this should familiar.....
"I do all the work, and find the house, and my agent did NOTHING!"
Of course that is not true...however....because there is so much meaningless, repetitive junk they must wade through (35 images) the frustration and fatigue factor experienced by the buyer ultimately leads to resentment.
For those who have ears that hear.