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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I have the same situation up here and I'm keeping the furnished photos online but stating the home is now vacant.

Sep 30, 2015 02:01 AM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

  I would continue to use the photos -- they are a true representation of the home  --- in fact, unless you made a lot of changes as the photos were taken, I would not even call them staged.  

Sep 30, 2015 02:00 AM
Andrzej Niemyjski
Realty One Group - Sun City West, AZ

I would say it all depends how many images your MLS allows and if the number is small I would use the best possible and if more I would just add couple to the end of the vacant house

Sep 30, 2015 01:59 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Keep the photos, but just note in the Realtor remarks that the home is now without any staging. Do not show the remark in the public section; you might invite scammers renting it, or sustain security issues.

Sep 30, 2015 03:17 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Debbie Reynolds I believe Susan Emo has the right answer.

Sep 30, 2015 03:16 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Interesting because what you are advertising and what they will see is not a match. Imagine viewing a picture of a home with furnishings and then walking into a empty home? It does raise the eyebrows...Why do that?

Sep 30, 2015 03:02 AM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Keep using the photos, but mention in the MLS the house is now vacant. Furnished/staged homes usually get more traffic since people can invision themselves there better.

Sep 30, 2015 02:54 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I would continue to use the photographs while furnished. 

Sep 30, 2015 02:38 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Keep the photos, and explain the house is now vacant, and I think this can give a buyer the idea how furniture can be laid out in the home.  Here in SB many of the agents do bring in furniture for vacant homes, it is what works here, and what works in your area may be totally different.  A

Sep 30, 2015 02:36 AM
Amanda at VA HLC & FedHomeLoan
VA Home Loan Centers - San Diego, CA
Social Media, Content & Client Relations

I would take photos of the place cleaned up and vacant. It lets people get ideas of how THEY want the home to look rather than judging someone else's asthetic. 

Sep 30, 2015 02:34 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I would use the photos you have.

Sep 30, 2015 02:06 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

The house looked great with furnishings (not overdone). The seller thinks vacant might show the rooms as being larger. MLS limits photos to 20. So something would have to go if I add even a few vacant ones.

Sep 30, 2015 02:06 AM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

I would just use the current photos, nothing has changed with the structure of the home.

Mar 25, 2019 10:05 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I had a similar situation and I had two sets of pictures( our mls allowes 70 or something). 

Jan 29, 2018 11:28 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I would likely keep the photos but put a note in the agent only section of the mls remarks.  

Oct 03, 2016 02:33 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I would show the vacant home

Oct 02, 2016 11:49 PM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I would continue with the staged/furnished photos. For some buyers it is too challenging to imagine the use of the rooms or the size without furniture. It's easier to SHOW empty, but not easier to VIEW.

Aug 22, 2016 02:59 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential



This is about as unanimous as answers to questions get. I would also keep the photos but note in the agent remarks that it is now vacant.

Oct 04, 2015 07:37 AM
Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo

I would have the best pictures that would make a buyer want to see the home.

Oct 01, 2015 02:52 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

If the photos with furniture are good, I would keep them. If they look cluttered, I would re-take.

Sep 30, 2015 08:44 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

This is a great question Debbie.  I have continued using the staged pictures before and also use some vacant along with them to emphasize the size of a room or some other benefit that may not be quite as noticeable when shown furnished.  Mark

Sep 30, 2015 02:33 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I think a home looks more inviting when it has furniture in it and pictures on the wall. I would keep the furnished photos, but make it clear in the MLS that the house is vacant. That way agents know it will be easy to show. 

Sep 30, 2015 01:22 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I would keep the same photos.  Why let everyone on the internet know it is vacant?

Sep 30, 2015 11:58 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I would continue to use the furnished photo's; with disclosure. It's good to show buyers what the home could look like.

Sep 30, 2015 11:09 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Keep the staged photos, but mention that it is now vacant and ready for them to move their lives into it.

Sep 30, 2015 11:01 AM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Use the best photographs. Keep it super clean, perhaps borrow a dining table and chairs and w-fi for open house(s).

Sep 30, 2015 09:10 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Debbie - I would have to go with the majority here and say continue to use the staged/furnished photos. Photos of an empty house don't do much for a potential buyer looking online (in my opinion). Just make sure to note that the home is now vacant on the MLS.

Sep 30, 2015 09:07 AM
Anjanette White
Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Co LLC - Summerville, SC
Real estate agent serving the Lowcountry of SC.

I think I would use the vacant photos.  They would show the true condition of the home.  In a resale situation, I would much rather see a nice clean vacant home than a furnished home that I have to wonder whats going on under the rugs or furniture. 

Sep 30, 2015 07:45 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Some MLS's allow for 2 virtual tours, or maybe you could create a vacant tour using another site, and just provide a link to it? But i doubt too many potential buyers are going to be disappointed if they show up and house is vacant. in fact, i think many prefer it vacant.

Sep 30, 2015 07:20 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Definitely say in the MLS that it's now vacant. I have a commercial listing that had a tenant who had way too much stuff so you couldn't see the proportions of the spaces. Now that it's empty and I took new photos, you really do have that feeling of "space". So I changed them.

Sep 30, 2015 07:13 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Keep using the photos, just note the property is now vacant. 

Sep 30, 2015 06:05 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I would keep the photos of the furnished home as this will get the most interest and is a truthful representation of what the home can and will look like again.

Sep 30, 2015 05:28 AM
Andy Madrid
Hawaii Coast Realty, LLC - Kailua-Kona, HI
Expertise, Professionalism, and Service

I would continue to use the staged/furnished photos (unless the furniture is absolutely awful!) but state that the home is now vacant.  If the market can support it, I would think about having it staged and reshoot the photos.

Sep 30, 2015 05:16 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Imaginations being what they are keep the originals intact they'll figure out how to arrange their stuff within a minute after opening the door.

Sep 30, 2015 05:15 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Keep the original photos and disclose in the agent remarks that the property is now vacant.

Sep 30, 2015 04:27 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I will use the exisiting photos.

Sep 30, 2015 03:38 AM