Thinking of selling a home? Tip # 1

If you are among the many that are considering selling a home to downsize, upgrade or just a change of zip code, here is some advice.   I have worked with many buyers and sellers over the years and there are a few things that I have learned that buyers look for in their new home and it’s not what you think it is.  The NUMBER ONE COMPLAINT IS:

PHOTOS.   Buyers hate when the photos are too dark, not enough photos or the lens used is a “fish eye” lens.  Buyers want photos, and lots of them and they want to see ALL the aspects of a home (good, bad and indifferent).  Contrary to what you may think, buyers will decide if they want to see your home based on the photos and if you don’t have enough of them on line, they won’t schedule an appointment to see it.   If the pictures are took dark, blurry or there aren’t enough photos, they won’t want to see your home.

Many sellers think it’s more important to NOT show the “ugly” aspects of their house and that would be WRONG.  By not showing the good, bad and indifferent, all you are doing is setting up buyers for disappointment, which, more often than not, results in no offers and longer days on market, or, worse, low ball offers. Put it all out there!  You may not get tons of traffic through your home, but the buyers that do come by will already know what they are in for.  By setting them up mentally they come away with thinking “well, that wasn’t as bad as I thought…I can live with that”. 

I take the maximum number of photos for my listings and I show everything about the property.  I consistently get compliments on the photos of my listings – buyers AND realtors alike appreciate it.

Hope this helps and look for future emails with more helpful tips.  Also, if you have a home to sell and are interested in a more indepth discussion and market analysis, please call, text or email

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About ihaterealtors

I have been a realtor for 6 years, I have been in real estate as a Real Estate Paralegal for 20 years (ok, maybe more years than that :) But, yes, I have been in real estate for a lot of years!
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