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Ways NOT to Sell a House

by Jennifer Kirby on July 3, 2009
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There are obvious ways that should not be pursued when trying to sell a home. I really don’t care what type of home it is, or what the circumstances are for the sale (foreclosure, short sale, etc), but there is just no excuse for the agents listing these homes to take photos like the ones below.

First of all, I do believe tomorrow is the fourth of July, NOT the fourth of January. Snow has not been seen in Minnesota since March, so why is the photo of this home still in the MLS? The white wire reindeer just scream “Buy Me”.

Now this home is a distressed property…I cannot remember if it is a short sale or foreclosure, and every listing photo of this home shows trash and clutter just like this photo. I have to ask, why even bother? No buyer is going to jump on this home, unless it is an investor looking for a steal. It definitely doesn’t have the “cozy” feeling that a first time home buyer is looking for in today’s real estate market.

I guess I am constantly amazed that agents out there feel photos like these are acceptable. It doesn’t take much effort to pick up some trash, or take a new photo in the summer. Sellers, please take a look at the photos taken by your agent to see just what type of marketing they do. Trust me, if you have photos like these, your home is NOT going to sell anytime soon…unless you list it for $1.

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