Julie Webber, a real estate professional at Roger Martin Properties and author of the Clever Confidante blog, has contributed this article.  She warns real estate seller about some do's and don'ts of photographing pools. 

Seller floating in her pool"Remember the song on Sesame Street, 'One of these things is not like the other?'  The first photo is a REAL photo from a real estate site.  The floating, topless person is the seller!  Um...  maybe not a good idea when trying to attract buyers. 



Serene reflection of home in poolI am well aware not everyone has the means for a pool like one of the others shown.  However,  people-free, clutter-free photos are the way to go!  ...  If this photo doesn't convey, 'resort - right in the privacy of your backyard,' I don't know what does. 



A professional pool photo with fountainsThe last two seem very serene.  I can hear the water from the fountain in my head in photo [three], while photo [two] seems so peaceful and quiet, it almost lowers my blood pressure just looking at it.


'Research has shown that people make extremely sophisticated judgments in a fraction of a second.  Once they've drawn that conclusion, they resist changing it'*.  So please...  if you are selling a house with a pool, refrain from donning your bikini on a float for the MLS shot!"  


Photos from: (1) Hooked on Houses (2) Architectural Digest (3) House and Home  *Quote from author, Seth Godin

Julie Webber, www.cleverconfidante.blogspot.com