Warren County Ohio Real Estate News and Observations: Good Pictures Say Come On In

Good Pictures Say Come On In

step on in!Admit it.  Whether you're really thinking about buying a home or not, you've probably looked online at some homes for sale.  Whether it's just curious about the neighbor's house for sale or because you're starting to get an itch that will need scratched because as the kids are getting bigger your house feels like it's shrinking.

And when you start poking around you notice things don't you?  Some homes feature pictures that make you want to go visit and take a look in person.  And other homes have photos that look like they were taken by a 2 year old who's about to fall out of the high chair because they're so tired after double fisting two bottles of milk.  Blurry.  Tilted.  Things are getting dark....  You've seen those photos haven't you?

And you know why those pictures are out there?  Because there's a violation of trust.  Sellers hire an agent and trust them to present their home in the best possible way, and then don't verify once their home is live on the market.

And like many things in life, sometimes it's a matter of people not knowing what they don't know.  An agent might be inexperienced and think the pictures they took themselves are just fine.  Or photos that look fine at 2" x 3" look absolutely horrible at full screen.  Or maybe it's a conversion issue and when they made adjustments the pictures are stuck in "tiny" mode.  Or again, an agent that rarely lists a home for sale may not understand how important it is to get the cars and garbage cans out of the driveway and to ensure a home is tidied up prior to the photo shoot.  Or maybe it's just a matter of money being tight and the agent doesn't have the funds to pay a pro for photos.

Personally, I prefer to hire a professional photographer.  We have a trio of pros to select from that we use depending on location, schedules and need. 

Our time as agents is much better spent writing a check to a professional and focusing our efforts on other aspects of customer service and marketing.  Frankly, it's well worth it to us to trade those dollars for time.  And that means we have skin in the game.  We don't sell your home, that expense (along with others) is deficit spending.

When we go live in MLS, we'll send you a link to your home's MLS listing so you can see the photos and the rest of the online marketing.  While we want you to trust us, we want you to verify too.  We think you'll love what you see, and why we expect buyers to want to come on in and see your home!


Ready to talk  Cincinnati area real estate?  Just give us a call  at 513-520-5305 or email Liz@LizSpear.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Bill & Liz aka BLiz


Serving Warren County Ohio & Adjacent Areas

The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite
Elizabeth Spear, ABR, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

William (Bill) Spear, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
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Comment balloon 3 commentsLiz and Bill Spear • August 03 2018 03:22AM


I am also in the habit of sending links to my sellers, MLS, website, blog, and even the syndication sites.  I always tell them check or errors, let me know what they think and how do they like the photos.  I recently had a food photographer tell me my photos were great of his house.  That was nice.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 7 months ago

Good morning Bill and Liz. This is terrific and I agree. Always seek the best possibble professional to take the pictures.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 7 months ago

Hi BLiz- When I visit the MLS, it is amazing to me how many truly bad photographs there are. Sellers need to understand how important it is to work with an agent who will hire a professional photographer to make sure their house looks its best. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 7 months ago