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No Interior Pics? Clever Or Not? ... Do you Prefer To Visit To Verify?

What would happen if agents stopped putting interior pictures of their listings on the Internet? Oh yes, there would be an outcry from surfers and hobbyists who love to see what is inside. And there would be some agents who don't understand the usefulness of actually communicating with buyers.

So why would one think of that no interior pics would be useful? Maybe it would be so more people would make an appointment to look at a property. Maybe it would be to make the interior pics on your personal or company web site more useful that the listing sites are. maybe it would be so the public doesn't have to spend so much time "verifying" the pictures of multiple listings.

Imagine a world where buyers actually crossed the threshold of properties to see what is inside. Imagine if you will, a world where agents know more about the inside of a property than the surfing public. And consider the time saved in a transaction when professionals who actually know the market, and who have seen the insides of properties actually shorten the time necessary to find a property.

Here on Cape Cod, I have to often say, "those pictures are not WYSIWYG." What You See Is not always What You Get. Pictures of beaches that are actually a mile away, or pictures taken from a the only place on the whole lot that you can view the water from, or pictures of a tennis court that is actually owned by the town and is down the street, can have a consumer not only frustrated and confused, but angry at the deception.

The demand for public pictures has caused some agents to use "bait" pictures so the public will be fooled into Visiting To Verify.

Just some food for thought: Would eliminating or minimizing interior pictures, help or hinder real estate?


Heath Coker, Associate Broker
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It's an interesting question.   What's really bad is that we will always have bad apples in the barrell and people who misrepresent themselves.  In the age of new technology I don't think it will encourage buyers to look at the property.  I think they will just ignore it and move on to the next.  We are not in a seller's market so unless someone is just stuck on a particular area it could just back fire.

Posted by Janet Sebile (Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors) about 10 years ago

I think consumers want photos... or the general public wants interior photos anyway.  And they want them to pop up via Google not have to track down on the listing agent's or broker's site.


Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) about 10 years ago

I think definitely people will move on if there are no photos.  Good quality, realistic photos actually help everyone: they save time by letting buyers more efficiently sort through the plethoora of available inventory; they also help sellers avoid vacating their house for a showing, only to have the buyers take one look and say "not for me".  That is a waste of time for everyone.  It is great if an agent wants to take the responsitiliby to screen every house that is on the market, but how many times has a buyer said "I want only colonial houses, and not ranches stumble on a completely differnt ranch house, fall in love with it, and buy it? 

Then there is the issue of the value of the photos after the house sold.  Agents use them to comp other properties.  In listing presentations, Agents use them to showcase what they do to market their listings.  And when that house is improved and later put up for sale, it helps show the "before " photos and justify the new price.

I just had a buyer complain that a year after she bought the house, interior shots could be still seen on the internet.  has anyone else encountered this? 

Posted by Darcy Sledge over 8 years ago