Out with the Old, In with the New

by Teresa Smith on January 5, 2015

DSC07184 300x225 Out with the Old, In with the NewIt’s the beginning of a new year. Out with the old and in with the new. Don’t we all wish it could be that easy. Don’t you wish that with the each new year, new month or even each new day… you could fully let go of things that don’t serve you anymore and embrace the things that do.

I was reminded of that this week during my work. We had signed a new property. Normally, I would take photos of the house, key in all of the information concerning the property and release it for all to see. However, with this property, the homeowners wanted to use the pictures they had used in the previous two listings of their home. I understood the reasoning from the homeowners. At the time they took their pictures, the home had furniture. The home has been vacant for a while and they believed their home would show better with the furniture.

Normally, I would agree, however their pictures showed more of the furniture and not necessarily the home. The photos were also taken from strange angles and from my perspective, the photos didn’t really show off the house in a positive manner.

I went to my employers and begged them to have another conversation with the homeowners and allow me to photograph their home. When I thought of the home and the previous listings, it reminded me of a situation I’m sure you are familiar with. Somewhere in your city, there is always a building where a restaurant moves in. Things don’t go so good and the restaurant closes. Another restaurant moves in and the same scenario… a few months later and another restaurant closes. It’s not until someone comes in and totally ‘guts’ the building and changes everything, that a successful restaurant is created.  Same scenario for this home. Agent number one uses the photos, time goes by, the listing expires. Agent number two comes by, reduces the price a little, but uses the same photographs. Once again… the listing expires. My employers come along and the home owners talk them into using the same photos and reducing the price one more time.

Maybe the price reduction will help because the price is more in line with where it should have been all along, but will using those same photographs make an impact with buyers?

Time will only tell, however my employers were able to change the mindset of the homeowners and I was sent to do the photographs. I knew nothing of the home, just the previous photographs I had seen. The home was amazing. It photographed beautifully, even without furniture. I’m really hoping that the combination of the price, continued low interest rates and the freshness of the new photographs will bring in some buyers immediately.

Take a look at your life. When you aren’t seeing the results you want, look at what you’re doing in your life. What is that popular definition of insanity?  Doing what you’ve always done and expecting different results.

It’s a new year, a new month, a new day. If you’re looking for different results, try cleaning house, bring in the fresh and the new.

Blessings throughout the coming week,


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Velma January 8, 2015 at 7:58 am

Hey Teresa,
Awesome!!! I am so happy that you intuitively knew what needed to be done, spoke up for that idea, and thank God they had you come over to photograph it!!! There is something so divine in the photos you take. I know when I view your nature, flower, and animal photos, I feel closer to God, closer to the Divine. These photos of the home will now call into it the perfect family to call it Home Sweet Home. Well done!! xox

Teresa January 8, 2015 at 1:10 pm

Velma,
You’re always so kind in your comments. Thank you

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