Todd Phillips, Buyer/SellerRep,CashOffers,Wholesale,Photography (AZHouseAZHome - Realty Executives)

Spam prevention
Rainmaker
5,570,474
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

there's no reason to hide the crack in the driveway....it's included in the sale!!!!!!! full disclosure.... 

Jan 15, 2018 04:28 PM
Rainmaker
863,423
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

GASP! Do you mean actually Photoshop out the defect? No that's not acceptable! Do they understand what misrepresentation is?

Jan 15, 2018 04:02 PM
Ambassador
1,799,383
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

Nope.  Misrepresenation.

I can't believe they wanted you to photoshop out the lengthy crack in the driveway, but leave the grimey discoloured sidewalk, and the telephone pole and it's associated power lines peaking out over the roofline. 

(I mean if you're going to lie, go "big", right?)

Jan 15, 2018 04:45 PM
Rainmaker
522,604
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Not good. An obvious defect should be shown.  But better yet, repaired!

Jan 15, 2018 04:09 PM
Rainmaker
3,867,343
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

This is a defect that has been hidden... not a great idea as it's false advertising.

Jan 16, 2018 03:43 AM
Rainmaker
1,164,311
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Only if you like getting sued in court. 🛑

Jan 15, 2018 08:09 PM
Ambassador
4,056,251
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

No, sorry! Let your seller know that this is misrepresentation and is not allowed. 

I would advise him to powerwash the driveway and the crack wouldn't stand out so badly OR take the photo from a different angle if he doesn't want to repair the crack!

Jan 15, 2018 07:08 PM
Ambassador
2,540,249
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     You forgot to photoshop out the powerline in the backyard.

Jan 15, 2018 04:40 PM
Ambassador
4,469,282
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Nope, not in my book. That's misrepresentation.

Jan 15, 2018 04:09 PM
Ambassador
4,312,167
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Todd Phillips show it all! If not, they will come to know anyways... lol!

Better to fix it before taking such pictures.

Jan 15, 2018 11:31 PM
Rainmaker
1,654,690
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

No.  It's not right. Anyway, why disappoint the prospects when they get to the house? It would probably be a non-issue if they saw it in the original set of pictures.

Jan 15, 2018 07:31 PM
Ambassador
2,992,691
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Not a seller I would want to represent.  Good Lord - what else is that seller hiding that may not be as obvious as the boil on their ass-tronaut. 

Of course, it is not acceptable. Hello - Full Disclosure. People will see that. If they don't have sight they will likely trip on it. 

Jan 15, 2018 06:13 PM
Ambassador
3,986,518
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Nope, not acceptable at all and in Tennessee it is subject to having a charge of a license violation for false advertising.

Jan 15, 2018 06:01 PM
Ambassador
2,054,897
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

I think if you are showing the driveway, you need to show the crack, otherwise it would be misleading. If sellers don't want the crack to be shown in the listing photos, take out the photo completely and show the home from a different angle.  

Jan 15, 2018 04:03 PM
Ambassador
5,175,471
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Seems like your client wants you to commit fraud.

Jan 15, 2018 08:22 PM
Rainmaker
2,605,794
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Unacceptable...

Jan 15, 2018 05:21 PM
Rainmaker
746,869
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

What THEY ALL said.  ;0

Jan 15, 2018 04:57 PM
Rainmaker
1,357,243
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Lighting lights and popping color is one thing.  I do not agree with photoshopping water into a pool as an empty pool can get damage and photos of fake water in the pool can mislead buyers as to the level of care taken with the pool and it's condition.  Editing out the crack in the driveway, absolutely not.  That is misrepresentation and hiding of a material fact.  Most driveways have cracks, mine got them 6 months after being poured, it's a fact of life.  Fix it and take a new photo or show it as is.

Jan 16, 2018 09:25 AM
Rainmaker
1,441,527
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Todd Phillips No, this is deceiving the potential buyer. You did a good job covering up the crack, but your selling the home not your photo. Educate you seller on the topic of misrepresentation.

Jan 16, 2018 06:29 AM
Rainmaker
1,693,563
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

A crack? That's all you think it wrong with the pic?

Jan 16, 2018 06:00 AM
Rainmaker
3,293,205
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It is a horrible picture but i would not edit it. i would take from another angle. NEVER cover over defects

Jan 16, 2018 05:47 AM
Rainmaker
827,758
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

The reqirement is to present a true picture of the property in all advertising. There are numerous products available to fill in a crack in concrete. I doubt if the crack will be a deciding factor in someone deciding to buy that house. This will just cause potential buyers to wonder "what else are they trying to hide? ?

Jan 16, 2018 12:57 AM
Rainmaker
808,447
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Nope, no good. -Kasey

Jan 15, 2018 08:10 PM
Rainmaker
804,437
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Buyers will see the driveway when they come to see home, so why hide? 

Jan 15, 2018 07:54 PM
Rainmaker
3,839,203
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Too much photo shop

Jan 15, 2018 07:31 PM
Rainmaker
577,189
Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

Was the crack actually repaired?  If you phoshopped it out that is clear misrepresentation... and totally unacceptable

Jan 15, 2018 07:26 PM
Rainmaker
1,706,140
Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Deceiving 

Jan 15, 2018 07:26 PM
Rainer
11,175
Nick DeMers
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Lancaster, NH
Your Dreams My Mission

I agree with everyone else here and say no, it is not okay.  I'll even add that no, it's not okay to even photo shop an expected repair before it's done.  There are two ways to handle this in my opinion.  You take the pics as the property is and post them in the listing and return to update the pics when the repair is made or secondly you withold taking the pics until the repairs are made.  You can always add photo's after the fact, but never in anyway should you mislead anyone about the condition of the property and as their listing agent it's on you to inform the owner of proper full disclosure. 

Jan 15, 2018 06:54 PM
Rainer
300,871
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Crop the photo and don't show the lie. Seller needs to address the problem, as anyone at curbside will...

Jan 15, 2018 06:49 PM
Rainmaker
513,090
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

TOTALLY DECEPTIVE.  I would not take the listing if a seller asked me to deceive the public.  This would not only make the seller look like a liar but it would not be good for my reputation.  This would be MISREPRESENTATION.

Jan 15, 2018 06:23 PM
Rainmaker
1,707,197
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It's not my focus to criticize. I wouldn't do it but to each his own.

Jan 15, 2018 05:50 PM
Rainmaker
398,423
PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent)
PropertyMinder, Inc. - San Jose, CA
Modern Tools for the Modern Agent

Impeccable editing, yet glaringly dishonest. #FalseAdvertisement #UNacceptable - Tim

Jan 15, 2018 04:51 PM
Rainmaker
6,323,045
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Not acceptable.

Jan 15, 2018 04:46 PM
Rainmaker
1,768,036
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

If the picture is being taken with the driveway in the forefront, it needs to include the crack. If the crack is fixed in the future, then the picture should be replaced at that time. Most people who say they are going to fix things after the house is on the market do not fix them. 

Jan 15, 2018 04:45 PM
Rainmaker
290,569
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

I would take this photo from a different angle, more 'on center' without the driveway taking up as much space as the lawn does, especially since the garage doesn't look like a double (maybe it is, it just does not look large).  I would not hide the crack.  I would power-wash the sidewalk (next to the driveway) and add some Pot Gardening, because Curb Appeal is so important Todd Phillips, and I don't see any 'color' out front. 

Jan 15, 2018 04:11 PM
Rainmaker
259,017
Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Winter Springs, FL
Residential Real Estate Broker Associate

In Our MLS we cant alter the pics

 

Jan 15, 2018 04:08 PM
Rainmaker
3,982,389
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

You can't hide the obvious for long!

Jan 16, 2018 07:37 PM
Rainmaker
4,122,332
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Leave it in..full disclosure..not acceptable!

Jan 16, 2018 05:26 PM
Ambassador
3,016,737
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

in a word, NO

Jan 16, 2018 11:32 AM
Rainer
116,985
Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
Excellent Sales and Property Management

No. i think that could be grounds for a lawsuit- hiding something that needs to be disclosed

I would take the photo from teh angle from the left side of the house.  No need to point out the defect, but hiding it is completely out of the question. 

Jan 16, 2018 08:15 AM
Rainmaker
865,881
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Hmm, I often see images in the MLS for new communities of houses that have not been built.

Why are these builders not in real estate agent jail? 

Would the example be different is 4 inches of snow concealed the imperfection?

The buyer responds to an advertisement. They arrive and SEE the actual property with their real estate representative. The "full service' listing agent is present and makes certain no one parks on the drive.The buyer hires an inspector who walks the real estate. The appraiser assesses condition and value.

And when the Evil Empire replaces the street-view with the google street view image it becomes clear many seek a idealistic, non-existent, utopia.

What one includes in the text of the property description is important. Maybe in that text is 'Driveways represents condition after seller completes resurfacing before closing."

 

 

Jan 16, 2018 06:32 AM
Rainmaker
4,799,256
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't think so.

Jan 16, 2018 05:35 AM
Rainmaker
3,069,684
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Jeff Dowler nailed this one!

Jan 16, 2018 05:20 AM
Ambassador
3,380,540
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

crop and lighten

This house needs a professional photograher!

If this was the only photo...I would crop and lighten. Todd Phillips 

Jan 15, 2018 08:53 PM
Rainmaker
1,088,301
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

If only it were that simple to repair a crack problem. Seriously, a Quikrete concrete repair would have been a better choice. I would not want the looming possibility of a potentially expensive misrepresentation.

Jan 15, 2018 08:23 PM
Rainmaker
3,985,765
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

f they are showing both photo's then yes

Jan 15, 2018 07:24 PM
Rainmaker
526,705
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Unacceptable 

Jan 15, 2018 06:08 PM
Rainmaker
1,132,570
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Unless it is really sealed you can not doctor up a photo. Lose your license that way. Suggest go to HD getting a gray color cement silicon. $5.95 a tube. 

Jan 15, 2018 04:56 PM
Rainmaker
1,596,146
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Yes, great question. 
And the answers too. 

Nov 17, 2018 01:20 PM
Rainmaker
2,061,599
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

Intersting question and great answers. Thank you.

Nov 17, 2018 01:05 PM
Rainmaker
1,621,047
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

No, the driveway crack is a property flaw that directly affects the value and is a disservice to the consumer.

Jan 21, 2018 08:33 AM
Rainmaker
54,478
Jordan Ayan
The Lifestyle Collection - Scottsdale, AZ
Luxury Market Expert, CLHMS,Million Dollar Guild

Total misrepresentation.  Tell them no can do - if they push back tell them you may not be the agent for them, and that any agent that does, is putting them in potential legal peril.

 

Jan 21, 2018 06:08 AM
Rainer
27,758
Jim McCord
Keller Williams Pinnacle Group - Cincinnati, OH
#1 Best Selling Author & Real Estate Coach

Few realtors understand the importance of photos of a listing, especially the

"First Photo"...

Importance of the "First Photo"

Jan 19, 2018 03:24 PM
Rainmaker
3,797,625
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Will they fix it or not.  Full disclosure

Jan 18, 2018 01:13 PM
Rainmaker
4,697,407
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

It is not wise to "edit" photos to enhance the exterior photo.

Jan 18, 2018 10:24 AM
Rainmaker
4,433,483
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good luck.

Jan 16, 2018 02:45 AM