Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Let's make a tract house seem huge

After years of ranting about dumb real estate sales gimmicks, here I am seeing them applied to my own modest tract house. It's listed on the MLS and boy does everything appear HUGE! My back yard isn't large at all but with a wide-angle lens it looks like an acre back there. Still, there's nothing here like Jim the Realtor sees.

Too bad he didn't do the photos before the hard freezes turned everything brown a few weeks ago.

16 comments:

Lou Minatti said...

Going through the interior photos, the agent turned on every single light in the house, even with bright sunlight coming through the windows. It does seem to look better.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised you found a Re-litter who can actually operate a camera; much less one that uses the proper lens. The most important tool for getting the attention of potential buyers and the pictures they take usually look like crap.

Ahumado said...

Yeah, what anony said. And it's not just real estate. I've been very successful on ebay and craigslist over the years moving everything from riflescopes to guitars and amps to motorcyles. A few good photos can make all the difference.

Anonymous said...

Do you know how easy it will be for people to figure out who you are? I would take that post down immediately if I were you.

Lou Minatti said...

How so?

Anonymous said...

Let's see, you listed your home for sale very recently, it's in Houston, it wouldn't be too hard to find that photo.

Lou Minatti said...

I appreciate your concern, but I am not sure I am important enough to sift through literally thousands of photos on the MLS.

Anonymous said...

OK, but FYI I found your house in about 3 minutes.

Lou Minatti said...

Shoot me an e-mail.

Another Anonymous said...

Is the house staged, or merely half-empty because you're half-moved out? Like, are you taking the loft/dresser thing with you? I like the walls in that room, especially the umm, whatever you call the trim stuff around the top.

remodelNerd said...

So what am I missing? I guess I was under the impression that Lou's name was Lou Minatti. First and last name + city- anyone could "find" someone with that info. Who cares. And espically who cases if you "find" a house someone used to live in.

Bob said...

Lou is his superhero name. His real identity is a closely-guarded secret known only to the NSA, the Mossad, and MI-6.

Anonymous said...

"And espically who cases if you "find" a house someone used to live in."

Because then it takes about 30 seconds to find out the person's identity.

Lou,
I was just trying to help out. I remember what happened to "Rob Dawg". Good luck with the sale.

Anonymous said...

I'm curious, what happened to Rob Dawg? Can't someone find out about me by driving past my house and putting the address in HCAD to get my identity? (not trying to be snarky...just concerned I may be exposed!)

In relation to the original comment; I am always shocked at the poor quality of pictures out there...a decent camera, lens, and HDR software is not that hard to come by.

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Anonymous said...

Dude, you never gave an update! Congrats on the sale.