U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Real Estate
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 04-22-2018, 03:37 PM
 
Location: NC
6,081 posts, read 7,044,848 times
Reputation: 12054

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by just_because View Post
Very, very rarely.

With Google Maps/Earth/Street View, you can tell where the home is located, size of yard, anything desirable/undesirable nearby. Type of street/neighborhood, etc. You also obviously get a full 360 degree view of everything.

Then inside...

In my market, floor plans are the norm so you can see all room sizes and the full layout and flow. From the pics, you can usually tell with a high degree of accuracy:

-Is it neglected?
-Is it taken care of but not updated (e.g. older people with pride and money to keep it up but just not updated)
-Updated - and you can usually tell the quality pretty well and adherence to the history and original design.

Often I don't know the age/quality of the systems, etc but that's not a matter of photos so another topic.
The floor plans, which could be SO HELPFUL, are rarely presented in NC. If only they were available we could get so much better impressions of the house and how well it would work for us. Agree totally with you on this.

P.S. What is your market? Maybe I should look there.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 04-22-2018, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
10,643 posts, read 3,324,377 times
Reputation: 12748
Quote:
Originally Posted by luv4horses View Post
The floor plans, which could be SO HELPFUL, are rarely presented in NC. If only they were available we could get so much better impressions of the house and how well it would work for us. Agree totally with you on this.

P.S. What is your market? Maybe I should look there.


I agree! The only time you see a floor plan here is if it's new construction, but not for existing. Good photos can make a home look fantastic online, but in person it could still look terrible.


When we looked for our new home two years ago I always looked at photos first. If I didn't like the kitchen or something else, then I typically didn't even go look at it. No photos at all, I didn't waste my time.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-22-2018, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
31,641 posts, read 55,374,605 times
Reputation: 30188
Quote:
Originally Posted by luv4horses View Post
The floor plans, which could be SO HELPFUL, are rarely presented in NC. If only they were available we could get so much better impressions of the house and how well it would work for us. Agree totally with you on this.

P.S. What is your market? Maybe I should look there.
A good floor plan costs $100-$150. More on large homes.
Listing agents can sell the house every day here, twice on Sunday, without a floor plan.
So why spend the money?

What gets me is agents who pay $100--$125 for a measurement and only give a perimeter outline of the house.
No partitions in the plan. Gee... That costs another $20, but is the most helpful bit of marketing, IMO, from a floor plan.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-22-2018, 05:59 PM
 
10,274 posts, read 6,519,194 times
Reputation: 10857
Quote:
Originally Posted by MikeJaquish View Post
A good floor plan costs $100-$150. More on large homes.
Listing agents can sell the house every day here, twice on Sunday, without a floor plan.
So why spend the money?

What gets me is agents who pay $100--$125 for a measurement and only give a perimeter outline of the house.
No partitions in the plan. Gee... That costs another $20, but is the most helpful bit of marketing, IMO, from a floor plan.
My county's tax assessment office has a floor plan outline of the perimeter of houses online that can be searched for free. It even shows enclosed porches, or unenclosed and other property features. For my home my front porch is more like a deck and they call that a Stoop and give it's measurements too like a cement slab in the backyard they would measure as a patio.


We have a great system set up that you can search by address. Up north I have only been able to find the system where you can only find a property by the owner's name.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-22-2018, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
31,641 posts, read 55,374,605 times
Reputation: 30188
Quote:
Originally Posted by LifeIsGood01 View Post
My county's tax assessment office has a floor plan outline of the perimeter of houses online that can be searched for free. It even shows enclosed porches, or unenclosed and other property features. For my home my front porch is more like a deck and they call that a Stoop and give it's measurements too like a cement slab in the backyard they would measure as a patio.


We have a great system set up that you can search by address. Up north I have only been able to find the system where you can only find a property by the owner's name.
That is state-specific.
Our tax rolls and building dimensions are so wonky, the NC Real Estate Commission says they are not acceptable for advertising square footage.
No competent agent will list the tax roll square footage in a listing.
If we advertise SF, we are expected to support it with accurate measurements. Agents can be disciplined for advertising inaccurate SF.
The state does not require SF in ads, but the MLS I am in does require SF, so the measurements better be accurate to state requirements.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-22-2018, 06:41 PM
 
4,867 posts, read 2,158,779 times
Reputation: 12391
Yes.
One home that had the perfect layout and divine kitchen. But it didn't show much of the outdoor area. Turns out the home had a very steep driveway. There was no way my car would make it up that hill in the winter time. Ice/snow ...blah.

Anytime photos have the drapes drawn,I know it's not from photoglare but rather to not share with prospects that the view is of a powerplant or an airport ...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-22-2018, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
5,493 posts, read 6,435,052 times
Reputation: 9404
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rocko20 View Post
To be fair, there are plenty of places that do back up their advertisement. I never had a five guys burger I didnít like
After hearing a lot of hype, the wife and I finally went to Five Guys a few weeks ago. We were...severely disappointed, to put it mildly. It was edible, but that's about as far as it goes...over-priced and nothing to write home about. Frankly, I think a Mickey D's burger (ordered with no salt) tastes much, much better...at a fraction of the price. Red Robin was much better...but if I want a *really* good burger, I'll make it myself, at home.

On topic:

I once drove 600 miles to look at a house. The photos looked great. Actually being there told a whole 'nother story...the whole house was canted at such an angle that the toilet needed a 3" block in the front to level it...somebody who is better than math than I am can calculate how much of an angle that is. It also had a stream running through the basement, literally, the water flowed out through a gap in the fieldstone foundation, across the whole width of the house and out under the door.

The photos of the interior looked great, reality was substantially different. Pictures can lie.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-22-2018, 07:14 PM
 
4,633 posts, read 2,619,112 times
Reputation: 4109
Quote:
Originally Posted by brava4 View Post
Google street can be years old. When I googled my apt. building last year it showed a totally different view than what is there. I had huge planters outside my apt. about 5yrs ago and those were what was on google street.

A few months ago an old property I previously owned had imagery dating to 2011 (can tell due to a car I had plus a power pole that was replaced in early 2012.

I just looked again and itís newer, but no newer than 2014. Yet the data says 2018. Odd.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-22-2018, 07:27 PM
 
10,274 posts, read 6,519,194 times
Reputation: 10857
Quote:
Originally Posted by MikeJaquish View Post
That is state-specific.
Our tax rolls and building dimensions are so wonky, the NC Real Estate Commission says they are not acceptable for advertising square footage.
No competent agent will list the tax roll square footage in a listing.
If we advertise SF, we are expected to support it with accurate measurements. Agents can be disciplined for advertising inaccurate SF.
The state does not require SF in ads, but the MLS I am in does require SF, so the measurements better be accurate to state requirements.
Here that detail with the building foot print measurements drawing may be county specific.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-22-2018, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
3,039 posts, read 4,282,878 times
Reputation: 2548
Love the photo shopped exterior photos that show a dazzling green lawn when, in reality, it's more brown than green. I know listing agents want to show the properties in the best possible light, but buyers become skeptical about what else isn't real when agents get heavy handed with the coloring and editing (such as taking out power lines....).
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Real Estate
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top