This is a real tragedy, people. What you’re about to see should never, ever happen.
Brace yourself. Here is an adorable home in Shamrock Shores inside Little Forest Hills, with three bedrooms and two baths, and photos that would send homebuyers running.
Candy talked about this on KLIF this past weekend. Basically, if your Realtor isn’t taking professional photos of your home, then you need a new agent. I agree 100 percent, and nothing shows this to be true more than 8822 Redondo — a three-bedroom, two-bath home with 1,386 square feet priced at $369,000.
Now, there are several fantastic, well-trained real estate photographers in Dallas. Karen Eubank did a wonderful series profiling some of our favorites. If you need a refresher, check out the series right this second.
OK, so basically this home is brand new to the market and in a very hot area, and I’m sure it will sell thanks to the location and updates, and the Realtor marketing this property will undoubtedly save a few bucks on overhead by taking her own photos, but honestly, if I were a homebuyer looking to score a move-in ready home in a market like this one, I would not put this house on my shortlist. Why? Because my time is limited, I need to tour only the homes I would consider putting in an offer, and I am going to make a lot of snap decisions based on what I see in online listing photos.
Now, I know that this living room is cute, and I like the moulding and trim, and the windows and lighting upgrades. But thanks to the odd angles and bad flash photography, I am missing the real charm of this home. I can’t tell if these floors are in good shape, and what does the other side of the dining room look like?
Now, the kitchen … I bet it is cute in person, and I like the finishes the sellers chose. But all of those fabulous details are impossible to see thanks to the under-exposed photos and weird angle where we only see the sink and the backsplash. What’s up with that? I really want these photos to sell this adorable home, but they are such a turn-off for me.
There’s no picture of the master bedroom, and all we get to really see of the master bath is this weird angle and a full-on shot of the vanity. A wide-angle lens would allow buyers to see the scale and layout of the bathroom.
And the backyard, much like the front, was photographed during a time of day when the sun was directly overhead and cast shadows over the home and its landscaping. That means that, without a well-placed flash and a wide-angle lens, I see nothing. Nada. Of course, it’s better than a turned-up toilet seat and catching yourself in the mirror …