Why do many agents only show a picture of the outside of the home and not the inside?

Asked by Elc, Orlando, FL Tue Jan 6, 2009

I'm currently searching for a new home and use Trulia to search out target areas. I've run across many properties where there are only exterior pictures of the home. This leads me to believe the inside is not worth my time so consequently even if the home is in my price range and there are no interior pictures I won't even give the home a second thought. Just a comment to be given to sellers who may not want interior pictures taken for agents to pass along.

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Alan May, Agent, Evanston, IL
Tue Jan 6, 2009
In my opinion, with the condition of today's marketplace, there's truly only one reason why an agent would "choose' to show only one photograph.

S/he's not doing a good job.

Even if the interior is not beautiful, there are additional shots that can be taken. Additional exterior shots, close ups of appliances, view from the property, local colour (a photo of the local beach, local market, downtown).

If they don't have access to the interior, then they can't really do a good job in marketing the property, can they? How can they even SHOW it, if they don't have access?
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Vicki Masell…, Agent, Duluth, GA
Tue Jan 6, 2009
Thanks, Elc, for confirming what I already suspected. I forgot what the exact NAR statistic is but an overwhelming number of buyers looking on the Internet lean toward listings with multiple photos and virtual tours first. Makes sense to me... As consumers, we want the ability to efficiently screen potential listings and focus only on those that best fit our wants, needs and preferences in a home. Most MLS's and brokerage offices (including mine here in GA) now require at least one photo of the property to be uploaded by the listing agent.

It has been my observation that many agents who list bank and HUD foreclosures have been guilty of not making the best use of exterior and interior photos (I always assumed that it was due to the sheer volume and workload they faced). I am certain that there are also retail listing agents who sometimes neglect the importance of not only having multiple photos but offering high quality photos with the property properly staged. Just because a cell phone has a camera doesn't make it the best choice for taking pics of a home. A few explanations for missing photos have been noted below but most are not excusable.

As someone who worked as a professional photographer while in college, I have been fortunate to learn a few tricks of the trade. Even if the interior is in poor condition, cluttered with furniture, or dated, I always manage to take some pics that will showcase the home and put it in its best light. If more agents (or staff/contractor) applied common sense techniques when shooting photos, they would be better serving their listing client (home seller, bank or otherwise) and stand a better chance of more showings for the property. More showings = higher probablitiy of offers = more sales.
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Tue Jan 6, 2009
If you are talking about trulia it allows for only 1 picture with the listing. in our mls we are allowed 12 pictures and you bet other than front and rear the other 10 are interior pictures.
Web Reference:  http://www.ScottSellsNH.com
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Debra B Albe…, Agent, Port St Lucie, FL
Tue Jan 6, 2009
Good question. It is a matter of marketing. Our MLS will now not take listings with no photo. Can you imagine?? ...no photo...

It could be possible that the site you are looking at only allows a single photo to be entered. You might want to to to the listing agents site and see if there are additional photos and possibly a visual or virtual tour. That really gives you a great fieel for the property.

Good Luck, I hope this helps you!
Ron and Debbie Albert
Coldwell Banker
Web Reference:  http://www.ronanddebbie.net
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Glen Hagen, , Suffolk County, NY
Tue Jan 6, 2009
There are only a few possible reasons for this:

1) agent can't enter the property when taking the listing (many reasons).
2) agent doesn't know more pictures will help sell the home.
3) agent doesn't care more pictures will help sell the home.
4) agent feels the inside is so bad nobody would look if shown pictures.
5)) agent knows the inside is nice and wants to be the one to find a buyer.

If there were more reasons for only exterior photos, I'd love to hear them.

Bottom line - Don't pass on a property just because it only has exterior photos... You may be passing up a tremendous opportunity!

Glen Hagen
Web Reference:  http://www.GlenHagen.com
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