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JackJ9


Posts:0


06/30/2021 1:12 PM  
I've noticed that the real estate agents like to take pictures of our community amenities (like a playground, a monument sign, a park, etc) but they take really crummy pictures of them that don't show our community well. I have taken much better pictures myself.

Has anyone tried providing HOA-owned stock pictures to real estate agents of community amenities? I know it sounds strange, but it bugs me when poor quality images of the things we have put our heart and soul into making look nice are featured on real estate listings.
LetA
(Nevada)

Posts:1466


06/30/2021 2:13 PM  
That would be a good Idea, but RE agents are much better than others. I have seen some top notch agents take stellar pictures and drone footage of the property, and I've seen some agents that are using a 0.9 megapixel camera that first came out 20 years ago. I have seen some agents use pictures from previous property listings. There are some instances where I have seen homes in my gated community showing pictures of amenities in an adjoining HOA, I reached out to one RE agent and they were so self conceited that "I know what i'm doing" attitude so I don't even bother. Quite honestly, leave it to the RE Agents. When those $#!tty agents wonder why their commission checks are nonexistent, they need to look at how their producing agents are listing homes.
PatJ1
(North Carolina)

Posts:295


06/30/2021 2:18 PM  
I agree.I too love it when they take pics of a pool that isn't ours. Ours looks so much better.

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DouglasK1
(Florida)

Posts:1689


06/30/2021 2:32 PM  
I know that in my neighborhood, agents regularly recycle old pictures for rental listings.

Escaped former treasurer and director of a self managed association.
JackJ9


Posts:0


06/30/2021 2:43 PM  
Posted By DouglasK1 on 06/30/2021 2:32 PM
I know that in my neighborhood, agents regularly recycle old pictures for rental listings.




That's the problem. They are recycling old images of our playgrounds, monument, etc, that have been dramatically improved since when they took the picture. Plus the pictures they use aren't very good. I have much nicer ones.
BarbaraT1
(Texas)

Posts:589


06/30/2021 2:43 PM  
In the community I manage, the landscaping was very poorly maintained before I came along. It's getting better, but it will take years for it to look great. I've seen many realtor photos that have been photoshopped to improve the appearance - I wonder what the clients think when the actually come to the property.
MelissaP1
(Alabama)

Posts:10590


06/30/2021 2:54 PM  
It will be nearly impossible to make "stock" photos of your HOA to distribute. Each RE work as individuals. They may work within a "bigger agency" like Century 21 but still independent. You could always contact their main offices in town. Only other option would be to contact the seller/owner to provide them pictures to give their realtor. Otherwise, it really doesn't matter too much. Someone wants to buy the house they get stuck with the HOA...

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DouglasK1
(Florida)

Posts:1689


06/30/2021 7:28 PM  
Posted By BarbaraT1 on 06/30/2021 2:43 PM
In the community I manage, the landscaping was very poorly maintained before I came along. It's getting better, but it will take years for it to look great. I've seen many realtor photos that have been photoshopped to improve the appearance - I wonder what the clients think when the actually come to the property.

My daughter was house shopping last year and found at least one listing with a photoshopped lawn and landscaping, she drove by and there was very little resemblance.

Escaped former treasurer and director of a self managed association.
DeidreB
(Virginia)

Posts:106


06/30/2021 8:54 PM  
When a homeowner lists their home for sale with an agent they hired, that is a private transaction between them exclusively and the HOA has only one responsibility -- providing the resale disclosure package (at least in all the states I have lived in this far). During our last home sale, the HOA board "busy bodies" (and I'm being kind - they were intrusive people) tried to get involved in every way possible, to include meeting with prospective buyers curbside during appointments and interfering with my agent's perfectly legal drone photography of our home. My realtor and I nipped that in the bud right away. Even so, I understand how normal it is to want to see homes in your neighborhood look nice online and sell at the highest price possible. The good thing is that it is a competitive endeavor so any lackluster photos in one listing will surely be outdone by some go getter agent in the future.
MaxB4
(California)

Posts:1601


06/30/2021 9:42 PM  
Posted By DeidreB on 06/30/2021 8:54 PM
When a homeowner lists their home for sale with an agent they hired, that is a private transaction between them exclusively and the HOA has only one responsibility -- providing the resale disclosure package (at least in all the states I have lived in this far). During our last home sale, the HOA board "busy bodies" (and I'm being kind - they were intrusive people) tried to get involved in every way possible, to include meeting with prospective buyers curbside during appointments and interfering with my agent's perfectly legal drone photography of our home. My realtor and I nipped that in the bud right away. Even so, I understand how normal it is to want to see homes in your neighborhood look nice online and sell at the highest price possible. The good thing is that it is a competitive endeavor so any lackluster photos in one listing will surely be outdone by some go getter agent in the future.



Agree 110%.
ND
(PA)

Posts:637


07/01/2021 1:32 PM  
I think the best you could probably do is post your photos online somewhere, appropriately indicate that they can be used without restristion, inform members where they are, and ask that they relay this info to their agent when listings are created . . . then keep your fingers crossed that your photos get used.

I suppose, if you feel so inclined, you can reach out to many of your local agents (before properties are listed) and inform them of the same so they could possibly retain the info in their files for use/reference later. And I suppose you could also reach out to agents (after properties are listed) and let them know about the photos that are available for their use if they'd like to substitute or add to existing ones.
KerryL1
(California)

Posts:8729


07/01/2021 2:07 PM  
I like ND's ideas and have previously considered them for our high rise HOA. Pics that show up on listing here are sometimes ridiculous because they're so bad. Some even have pics of our lobbies from 5 years ago before we rehabbed them. A photo of our nice pool, jacuzzi, sundeck shows almost nothing but pool water.

Jack has indicated he wants to cut back a bit on the work he does on his Board and ND's idea about posting some attractive pics on your website for owners to pass on to their realtors sounds the least time consuming.
JohnT38
(South Carolina)

Posts:794


07/01/2021 2:26 PM  
The market is so hot right now that unless the pics are really bad I don't know how much this matters. I'm not saying it's not worth doing but it would be low on my priority list.
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