Technology has changed nearly everything, including how home buyers go about searching Del Mar homes for sale. A recent study estimates more than 85 percent of home shoppers start this endeavor at the computer. For the most part, this has been a good thing, as you can quickly compare property details, such as bedrooms, square footage, yards, views, prices, and more. You can also “map it” and read reviews about schools, jobs and local businesses.
Most of this is great, but beware of a this one very important tip that is rarely discussed: Home pictures can be very deceiving — both good and bad.
The reason this is important is because viewing a home online does not tell the entire story. If, for example, you’re searching for a Del Mar home that has a minimum of three bedrooms and is located in a particular neighborhood — and in the pictures the rooms look small — you will likely rule it out. Most people quickly rule out potential homes when they read or see something about it that they don’t like. Makes sense.
But, what if that home, in realty, has very spacious rooms? Well, then you ruled out a home that fits your needs and budget based on misinformation — in this case — poor pictures, or at least pictures that did not accurately portray the size of the rooms.
This happens frequently when it comes to showing how light or bright a home is too. The rooms look dark and gloomy on the computer screen, but in realty they’re bright and airy.
In general, this isn’t intentional. It’s usually just the result of an inexperienced — or lazy — photographer. Whether it’s the homeowner, the listing agent, or a hired gun, they didn’t take the time to use the right lens, get the proper lighting, or even clean up the clutter in the bedrooms or the counter tops in the kitchen. It’s just bad staging. And, unfortunately, a few bad pictures can misrepresent the property resulting in less interest.
The same on true on the other side, only this is intentional. A home looks super bright and very spacious but in realty the rooms are small and the lighting isn’t that great. Obviously, that’s the goal of the home seller and listing agent, to make the home look as good as possible so more people will see it.
Here’ an example of this: You’re looking at Del Mar homes for sale, in particular, light and spacious two bedroom condos. You find one online in your price range, and the pictures look great. But when you see the home in person, the rooms are tiny and dark. What gives? Ah, the power of illusion. A good photographer knows how to make rooms, and lots, and views, look good.
This is especially true when looking at view pictures. On the internet, the listing pictures showed crashing whitewater ocean views. In person, the home has a partially-obscured bluewater peek. How’ did that happen? Can you say telephoto lens?
The point is this: Don’t rely on photos alone when searching for your Del Mar dream home. If the price, number of bedrooms and square footage is on the mark, it’s probably worth checking out. It might surprise you, but home buyers rarely buy the home they first wanted to see. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. Only previewing the property in person will tell you what you need to know to make a good decision.
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