No, I’m not going to actually show you bad photos. For one, the real estate agent that used them might be offended if I did. And for another, it just plain wouldn’t be nice. So I’m just going to tell you (and hopefully other real estate agents) about the two worst types of photos that you can use for your main photo in a real estate listing.
The very worst, and a relative new-comer to the real estate world, would be the drone picture. This is an aerial photo taken from high above that shows an excellent view of …… the roof! Now if that isn’t something that would make you interested in a property, I don’t know what would! Ignoring the fact that it isn’t even legal for an agent to use a drone to take the pictures, or for that matter to hire someone else to take the pictures, they’re just downright bad pictures in most cases. If it’s a lovely home next to something really nice such as a lake, maybe including a drone photo isn’t a bad idea if it’s done well – but not as the main (first) photo in the listing – ever. People want to see the house. That’s what they’re buying. Yes, it’s nice to let them know if it’s next to a lake but don’t make that the main photo. And don’t overdo the aerials. Jeez. I’ve seen listings with more aerials than interior pictures. Makes me dizzy. Don’t do it.
Speaking of lake homes, one of the other ‘worst photos’ to use for the main picture of a listing is a picture of the lake. What does that tell a prospective buyer? Not much. A lake is a lake is a lake. Sure they’re nice, and sure it’s nice that your shiny new listing is on a lake. But again, people are buying the house not the lake. Save the pics of the lake for something other than the primary listing photo.
If you agree, let me know. If you don’t, tell me why! Until next time, happy house buying/selling. Let me know if there’s anything I can help you with.