I was dream-searching homes in Gunnison, Colorado just now and was struck, again, with the low quality, dumb photographs used by some agents to market their listings. Here’s one, of several, that simply screams “lowball me” – that may not be the case, but the pictures show that it’s no longer being lived in and that, in turn, sends the message that the seller might be receptive to a very, very low bid. That may not be the case, but a decent agent would at least make the beds, straighten the blinds and create the pretense that there’s a happy family still ensconced and not at all eager to move out. Of course, the phrase “seasonal access”, buried in the text, might explain the vacant look, but someone could at least bring some sheets and fake family pictures along to pretend that someone’s still on the premises.
On the other hand, I suppose it could be a deliberate strategy: it certainly caught my eye as a target for a 1/2-price offer, and if it weren’t for the fact that I’m not looking for a summer-only mountain home, I’d investigate it further.