Yesteryear

I had to chuckle to myself this morning upon seeing some “bad real estate” photos online.  It made me think back to my college days when all the students sought new apartments every year.  In essence, we all just ran around aimlessly, touring apartments and houses, hoping one would have a cool deck or a backyard to throw parties in.  We had no idea what we were doing.

Our only strategy was to browse Craigslist or other listing sites online.  The gems were always the listings with photos.

“No way!  I get to actually see inside??”

Our excitement came from a sudden confident feeling, and the confident feeling came from the photos.  Evidently, there was something here worth seeing!  Right?

No.  There never really was.

Now that I work in the realm of real estate, I look back at these times and compare my past apartment-hunting experiences with my most recent.  Back in August, I was looking for a new place near downtown Denver.  While exploring various listings’ photos, I caught myself thinking things like:

“Is the entirety of this bathroom a toilet and wastebasket?”

“It’s blurry, but it looks like the kitchen.  Nope, the laundr—wait…”

“Is that the ceiling, or is the photo upside-down?”

This was probably the reason my apartment hunt had been taking so long this time around.  Having no time to meet realtors during their normal working hours, most of my searching and “touring” was happening online.  Yet, there wasn’t much “touring” to be had with the photography I encountered.

Viewing incomplete “tours”, bad photos, or lack of photos altogether was an indication to me that the property had something wrong with it or wasn’t kept up, or it simply wasn’t worth the realtor’s effort.

And if a realtor doesn’t have 30 minutes to spend taking decent photos of the apartment, I doubt I’ll want to spend hundreds of dollars per month to live there.

I’m appreciative of the knowledge I now have of real estate; after all, real estate is where we live!  It’s our shelter, one of our basic needs.  So when I’m flipping through thousands, if not millions, of real estate listings I can look at, why waste my time guessing?

Or in some cases, laughing:

 

Here’s a corner….of….some room.

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  Ah, yes.  The leaning house of 5th Street.  Forget the head-on shot, just make sure you capture this lovely shrubbery here.

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Nice….microwave?  The paper towel roll and cleaner are a lovely accent, too.

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