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Pictures tell the story - especially when you are selling your home!


This is a post from my friend Lori Cain out in Tulsa Oklahoma... what's true in Tulsa about photos is true in Central Ohio too.  Universal?

Lori's post A picture tells a thousand words - especially when you are selling your home!  is so true.  A picture is worth a thousand words.

I hate taking photos of homes but I have to admit to Lori being correct that buyers need photos of homes online. 

I don't know how to take 2 dozen photos of a 2 bedroom home.  I will admit I don't like to pay for a professional photographer for an inexpensive home that may never sell. 

Thanks to Lori Cain in Tulsa Oklahoma for letting her post be Re-Blogged!


A picture tells a thousand words - especially when you are selling your home! Prospective home buyers are shopping on the internet and whether they choose to consider your home is greatly dependent upon the quantity and quality of photos available.

Professional photo of home front

Yes, we run across listings every day that have only four photos, when every property should have a minimum of two dozen photos, even if it's only a two-bedroom home. Extensive verbiage detailing the FEATURES of your home need to be included in your internet presence and advertising also, but this post is just about the photos - we'll get to verbiage in another post.

Quality counts. Is your Realtor using a professional photographer who gets the best shots from the best angles and understands the importance of lighting?

Quantity counts. Prospective Buyers won't consider the unknown. They want to see every angle of the dining room; they want to see where the washer and dryer are in relation to the rest of the house. They want to understand the flow.

Virtual tours. Virtual tours are a must. As mentioned above, prospective home Buyers want to understand the flow of your home. Is the butler's pantry in between the kitchen and dining or in between the kitchen and living area? Is the washer and dryer located by the kitchen or garage entry? After viewing the virtual tour, do the Buyers WANT to come see your home?

Well lit, light and bright photo of living and diningBright and light photos sell a home!

A Picture Tells a Thousand Words - and it makes or breaks whether Buyers will ENTER your home. They won't consider purchasing it, if they don't ENTER it. And, prospective home buyers are shopping on the internet -- the photos of your home displayed will be a deciding factor as to whether or not your home will be selected for consideration.

Lori is a residential Realtor with Chinowth & Cohen Realtors serving the greater Tulsa area, and specializing in midtown Tulsa real estate. Please visit Lori’s web site, or call 918-852-5036.


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Comment balloon 3 commentsMaureen McCabe • June 30 2010 09:37AM


Those are some great photos!  It's so important to have really good photos when selling your home.  I haven't justified paying a photographer yet since a lot of  homes never sell, but I do take tons of photos of every size home to help insure I get a good shot.  Buying a higher end, fast speed camera helps with that.  I get compliments all of the time on it.  

Good luck & enjoy your holiday weekend!


Posted by Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner (Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group) about 9 years ago

Good general ideas - I was just looking at a listing this morning on a house that is 2x local median price. ONE exterior photo. That's just crazy talk.

On the other hand, I'm with you in that I don't see the need for 24 pix of a small tract house. When I post pictures of a listing, I post the pictures that will draw people to it. And sometimes that means less is more.

Posted by Julia Odom, Chattanooga Homes for Sale (Select Realty Professionals) about 9 years ago

Thanks ladies.

Lori's photos.

I am NOT a big listing agent.  Perhaps if I listed more I would take better photos.  No when I listed a lot my ex-husband took photos for me.  Long before the Internet.

I seldom like posts about photography or what someone else's agent ought to be doing but I think Lori wrote this classy (unlike a lot of real estate bloggers.)


Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) about 9 years ago