OMG – the pictures of the home looked so different online

    Am I smelling something strangeReal Estate Photographs.

    While viewing properties, my real estate clients, from time to time, comment on how “different” the home appeared online. Even within the virtual tours than seeing the “real thing” in person.

    Photos don’t always look the same when viewing them on a 2 dimensional surface versus doing it live.

    However, some real estate photos are “doctored” in order to mislead you.

    Some look as if the agent did not slow down to less than 35 miles per hour when taking the photo in true “Los Angeles Drive By Fashion…”

    Some seem to be warped, the rooms appearing distorted.

    The angles of some photos seem to lead one to believe the home appears more “dramatically inclined” than it truly is.

    Photoshopped photos – You have probably seen these too. Larger than “real” rooms – extra space created at the “photoshopper’s” whim. Totally distorting realty 🙂 – not “reality” – intended inference.

    Those are the times when the agent’s take the photos.

    How about “professional” photographers?

    They can really create, morph and modify, above and beyond the “ametur photo level real estate agent”.

    Then there are the bad photos.

    What about the photos of full closets or taken in poorly lit rooms?

    Dirty camera lenses can make “ghost type” aberrations appear on the photos – Casper anyone?

    Mirror flash shots from 15 feet away – or those “ghost photographers” appearing in the scene within a mirror.

    Here is the deal, the reason why real estate is going to always need someone to show the homes, is because of all of the “non visual” clues people experience when viewing homes.

    Visual home appearances, that fail in most photographs, require in person viewing.

    Homes have other items of offering as well which necessitate an in person viewing.

    How about the locations in the home that did not have photos taken and or published online?

    What about the smells contained in the home?

    Urine and various pet odors can be a “no deal” for some real estate buyers. Those are not present in the photos.

    Maybe it’s a home where your sense of taste is activated.  The owners cook a particular dish every night, they don’t smell nor taste it in the air any more, but it’s something you HATE…

    Mold has a certain smell – that could lead you to saving yourself from some horrific issues if you were to buy the home.

    With regard to online real estate photos – the more the merrier. Even if those photos show something that maybe a turn off to a real estate buyer, within reason. This way the sellers time is not wasted and the buyers don’t feel as if they had been tricked.

    Paris and Connor MacIvor

    Connor and Paris MacIvor are in the Top 1% of Realtors Nationwide, starting their real estate business in 1998 with RE/MAX Gateway - Santa Clarita Valley and Valencia CA. Their becoming licensed real estate consultants and representatives came from the horrible experience they had when they bought their first home. There were many things that the agent they had hired did not explain and disclose, which per law he should have. Getting that agent on the phone after they closed escrow and after he had gotten paid was impossible. Paris and Connor called the broker, the board of realtors, the office manager and all they received was the promise of a phone call back. The remedy did come, but not as fast and in the way they wanted. That act - that bad agent was the reason why Paris and Connor became Realtors. That was all they needed to vow to never let the same fate befall anyone else, that befell them. Today Connor and Paris are focused on client service. Protection and top-shelf service with regard to their real estate clientele. They primarily work within the Santa Clarita Valley and Valencia CA. However, for a referral, where 80+ of their business is referrals they have License and Will Travel to other parts of Ventura County, Los Angeles County, and Orange County to handle real estate transactions for those who trust their real estate operation. Writing on their Real Estate Blog is a passion. is where you will find over 10,000 real estate articles. Go to to listen to their latest real estate radio broadcast.
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