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5 things homebuyers hate (#s 1 and 2)

Love this! From Tara-Nicholle Nelson at Inman News

 

1. Images that lie
Stretching photos to make rooms appear much larger than they actually are would be banned by listing services, if buyers had anything to do with it. And if your home is pristine and staged during the photo shoot (which it should be), it should still be pristine and staged when buyers come to see it in person.
 
Taking a photo of just one corner of a room that is shaped strangely or stuffed full of personal items is another way to confuse and irritate buyers, who hate nothing more than to feel like they were misled and tricked into wasting their time to see a place that is nothing like the photos.
 
2. Listings with no useful images at all
Listing photos of the piano or a piece of beautiful furniture that is not included in the sale is irritating to online house hunters, who might assume that the house had no other attractive features to furnish. Even worse: Home listings with no photos at all.
 
Nine times out of ten, when the listing has no photos buyers simply scroll or click right past those homes — even the ones that might perfectly meet their expectations. 
 
Sellers, let's be clear: Skilled listing agents who are getting homes sold in today's market are putting 10, 20 even 30 photos of each listing online. That's your competition. If a buyer only has time to see seven homes on a Sunday, and there are 20 listed in your area and price range, chances are good that those with the best, most numerous pictures will capture those valuable showing slots.
 
Often, listings with no photos are that way because of technical difficulties. Check on your home's online listings on various real estate search sites and alert your agent if there's a problem with the pictures.
 
I see this all the time, even with higher end listings! Shameful for the listing agent.