On the other hand, pictures can be VERY deceiving, so you might want to take Don's advice and just go in person. I work with a lot of buyers and I can tell you that many, many times my buyers were very disappointed upon arrival when the rooms were half the size as depicted int he photos or the photos didn't show the areas of disrepair.
I think we should put in as many quality photos as allowed on each site, but they need to be accurate.
Beyond that, there are plenty of legitimate reasons why photos sometimes are listed. Some sellers feel very uncomfortable, like it's an invasion of privacy.
Sometimes the house doesn't show well and, even if the price reflects the problems, lots of folks nowadays don't read. And they don't pay attention to the price: They just want to see those granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.
Sometimes there's valuable stuff (artwork, furniture, etc.) in the house and the sellers don't want to advertise that fact.
Right now, as I'm answering your question, I'm looking out my window at my neighbor's house. They're moving today--the moving truck is there right now. The owners bought a new house a few miles away. They actually bought it a few months ago, and their old house hasn't sold. They finally decided to move into the new (still empty) house, leaving behind their old (still unsold) house.
Now, they've had a lot of lookers. And their MLS listing has lots of good pictures. If you were in the market in this area, you might have come out and looked. The house is about 30 years old, but in good condition and pretty much fixed up. It's got a great front yard that slopes down to the street. There's an old, huge tree--gorgeous--on one side. The photos look great.
But . . . the house literally has no back yard. When our subdivision was built, the builder put all the houses on the corners of the lots--nice sized lots, 1/3-1/2 acre. So, all the house's land is in the front, on the gorgeous from yard. There's NO back yard; it butts up to the neighbor's. And the house is on a pipestem--a shared driveway serving 4 houses.
So we see lots of traffic there. People come up, they start walking around, and you can see their reactions when they see there's no back yard. It's like "Where's the rest of it?"
Now, even though our neighbors aren't being deceptive about the photos of their home, the photos aren't telling the whole story. the point is: You can NOT rely on photos when buying a house.
So, if you're serious feel free to eliminate houses if you see photos and the pictures turn you off. But photos aren't failsafe, and the lack of photos shouldn't be a strong deterrent.
Hope that helps.
If you can reply with the address of the home you are interested in, I'd be happy to look into it further for you.
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