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In order to understand this writing, I think it is best to explain the term #Catfish or #Catfishing.
"A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they're not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances."
I would like to reference it to a home for sale (Listing).
"A catfish listing is a house who pretends to be bigger or better using a special camera and a wide angle lens to create the illusion a small home or room really is large, particularly to pursue buyers to book an appointment." The most common example is backyards.
There is a romance in real estate, as I think most people pick the homes they want to view based on the quality of the photos and the short "bio" of the home. This is very similar to how dating sites work. I'm sure we can all appreciate Sellers/Listing Agents using fancy cameras to make you #swiperight
(#Swiperight phrase used to describe your acceptance of something. The term was originally a reference to the Tinder app. On Tinder, swiping right means you approve of a male/female after judging them by a few picture and a short bio. "Swipe right" can be used anytime you make a good choice or approve of something.)
Nice photo + Good Bio = #Swiperight
I want to leave you with a few tips to help you find the right home and avoid disappointment.
#1 - Don't skip homes with one or less photos, as they often need work (but have the best upside potential). If you skip homes with one or less photos, as do majority of buyers, the ones who explore this opportunity get the best rewards.
#2 - People still list homes with poor/bad quality photos. Explore more options. I often hear how much nicer a home is in person than in the photos.
#3 - Learn the room sizes and detentions (don't know what this word is supposed to be)during your visits. You can change the feel of a room and add so much value with the right paint, flooring, lighting and decorating. There is a number of reports that state professionally staged homes sell for 5-15% more then ones that don't.
#4 - Don't fall in love with the decorating/decor/feel of the house. Point #3 is very important. Once the deal is signed and all the fancy decorating is taken away your left with an empty house. I often see buyers fall in love with a home, only to be disjointed once all the items are removed.
#5 - Be a buyer who has the vision and can see the bigger picture.
Happy House Hunting!