There is a lot of conversation inside the industry right now on listing agents doing photo editing on their listing photos.

Some photo editing can really be mis-leading, but some can actually be useful for us on the buying end.

The comment I commonly hear from our buyer clients is: “that room sure looked larger from the photos online!” Just heard that yesterday as a matter of fact.

I see a lot of photos where the listing agent has edited a fire into the fireplace. I’m not sure how I feel about that.

Here is a promotional page for a company that does photo editing for real estate agents: https://www.tourdrop.com/virtual-staging/

There is another page on the same site that offers a slider so you can compare before and after on the same photo: https://www.tourdrop.com/before-after/

Here is a virtual staging example from this same company. TourDrop.Com:

Actual home’s dining room.

Virtually Staged Dining room

What do you think?

If you are interested in a buyer’s agent’s view on actual staging here is a report our national association did a couple years ago that talks about staging and how home buyers need to look beyond the staging to properly evaluate a home: http://naebareports.org/200708142151StagingReport.pdf