Thursday Three Hundred: Lake Highlands Home Shows The Value in a Good Real Estate Photographer

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Thunderbird Front

One of my biggest pet peeves is seeing homes listed for more than $100,000 that have horrible photos accompanying them. Sometimes they look like they were taking with an iPhone while the person was shakily balancing a clipboard with one hand. Some are so horribly out of focus all you can see is perhaps a light fixture — the rest is just a blurry mess.

Thunderbird Dining

But when you hire a professional real estate photographer (and trust me, in this age with everyone and their dog shopping for a home on the internet, you absolutely should) you get amazing photos that show off every detail in every room. These photos put your listing’s best foot forward. They catch eyes, and, more often than not, they catch extra dollars.

Thunderbird Kitchen

Case in point: 8504 Thunderbird Lane in the coveted Lake Highlands neighborhood just north of Flag Pole Hill. This is the place where peacocks roam up and down streets, huge parks are within a stone’s throw, horses tramp around just down the way, and White Rock Creek flows peacefully just down the road. It’s idyllic, and the homes are just fabulous here. It’s marketed by Ebby agent David Frank for $375,000, and it’s already under contract.

Thunderbird Living

While there are entire streets lined with gorgeous luxury homes that net a half million or more just blocks from this home, this house was snatched up because it shows so well. Don’t you agree? This 1960 White Rock Forest ranch has four bedrooms, two baths, and 1,737 square feet on just over a quarter acre. While we don’t get a view of either bathroom (serious oversight in my book, but I’ll forgive), every other room in this wonderful family home is absolutely perfection.

Thunderbird Master

I have only one critique on the photography, and that’s the use of the flash in this home. The photographer should have used a lower power and a diffuser so that the ceiling doesn’t feel so short in all the photos. Still, from the gorgeous dining room, the spacious living room, and the lovely updated kitchen, I am in love with this home.

Thunderbird Backyard

The backyard is just begging for a party to happen, too. Check out how the photographer was able to highlight that with turning on the twinkle lights and letting the whole back deck glow! There’s also a spacious rear lawn for a game or two of ladder toss — a favorite at my house!

What do you think?

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Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for CandysDirt.com. While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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  1. mmCandy Evans says

    Right on… we in journalism know this only too well: you get what you pay for! On another sad note, speaking of journalism, did you know that the Chicago Sun Times recently laid off their entire photography department telling reporters to just take iphone pictures with their iphones (personal ones) of all news stories? The continuing downfall of print media! I am hearing that a lot of those photographers are finding work shooting real estate!

  2. mmCandy Evans says

    Right on… we in journalism know this only too well: you get what you pay for! On another sad note, speaking of journalism, did you know that the Chicago Sun Times recently laid off their entire photography department telling reporters to just take iphone pictures with their iphones (personal ones) of all news stories? The continuing downfall of print media! I am hearing that a lot of those photographers are finding work shooting real estate!

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