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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

April 24 2012

anastasiaThere are two very large investments I need to make during my lifetime. The first, to find a man. Now I am not shallow by any means (well, maybe just a little), but when I was shopping for a man, I wanted to find someone with a good sense of humor who was easy on the eyes. Okay, I admit, I wanted to find someone smoking hot, it's true. And lucky for me, I found him.

I don't think there is anything wrong with being picky. After all, I would be spending the rest of my life with the guy (and we all know good looks make morning breath a little more tolerable). Point being, I had to inspect the goods before I invested my life in someone. Understandable, right?!

One very large investment down, one to go! Which brings me to the point of this article...

The second very large investment I need to make during my lifetime is to buy a house. So, I did what most people do when they are looking to buy a home--I called a girlfriend who is an agent, got hooked up to a super cool email feed that pushes listings from the neighborhood that my husband (Investment #1) and I wanted to live in directly into my inbox, and the search began.

Since then, everytime my inbox announces a new email, I grab my phone and look at the listing photos. I imagine my Danish modern furniture collection resting easy on the hardwood floors, my rustic reclaimed wood headboard sitting snugly beneath two open windows--perfect for lying in bed reading or daydreaming.

And then the unimaginable happened--I started getting listings without photos! The more listings I got, the more it happened! I called my agent and asked her what was up. How was I supposed to picture myself in these houses without photos? How was I supposed to turn an empty house with a sign hammered into the lawn into a home--my home?

"We have a few days before we have to put in photos," she responded.

"Who else gets these ghost listings?" I asked.

"They get pushed to all agents and their websites," she responded. "I think it's really a shame, too. It takes away from the whole expereince. Especially because it diffuses the excitement and hinders our ability to connect with our customers in an immediate way."

"I don't get it! Doesn't everyone have a phone with a camera these days? Especially REALTORĀ®s?" I asked.

"I do. But old habits die hard," she concluded.

And how! Imagine online dating sites without any photos. I mean, if I am going to go dancing with Danny DeVito, I want to know that I shoulnd't wear my favorite ALDO heels, you know what I mean? In fact, I don't even buy underwear online without examining them from five different angles.

Of course, I am being snarky. I realize I can always call my agent and set up an appointment or do a drive-by, but honestly, I work full time, take night classes and have a five-year-old. Clearly, I don't have to tell you where my time goes. Fact is, I don't want to waste my precious time setting up an apointment just to be disappointed. In terms of house hunting, I want to "feel it out" before I "check it out." I think in a world full of visual information that this is not too much to ask.

In other words, I bought those heels to dance, baby, and I want to know I'll get to put 'em to good use before the music starts!