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Do Costa Rica listing agents pay attention to bathroom listing photos?

Do Costa Rica listing agents pay attention to bathroom listing photosI’m a Costa Rica listing agent myself but I am always surprised about the bathroom listing photos some listing agents post on their website. Is the listing agent really interested in selling the property advertised or is it a joke?

When you hire a Costa Rica listing agent, you want to make sure you hire one who cares about you and looks out for your interest. You want an agent who will come up for you when wheeling and dealing with another agent or a seller. It is important not only getting the best deal. You are looking for an agent who will pay attention to the details.

A listing agent who pays attention to the listing photos usually pays attention to all the details of the transaction too.

I have seen bathrooms that are open and pleasant to be. I have also seen bathrooms that are claustrophobic. Some are elegant with chandeliers and marble. While others have enough toilet paper rolls stacked on the toilet to last the rest of the century.

Some have shower curtains that are barely hanging onto the rod. Others have an inviting Jacuzzi with an ocean view.

Some have their bathroom so cluttered with bottles, wet towels hanging over the shower door and the toilet lid up. Other sellers take the time before the agent takes photos to get rid of the mess that makes a bathroom look terrible.

Do Costa Rica listing agents pay attention to bathroom listing photos?

How NOT to show a bathroom

Kitchens and bathrooms sell

Bathrooms are like kitchens, they are important to a buyer. I know quite a few agents who don’t even bother to post a bathroom listing photo. I also know that a lot of bathrooms are not really beautiful, they’re just a bathroom. If I were a Costa Rica house buyer, I’d want to see bathroom listing photos before I’d even go and see the house in person. In fact, a lot of clients buy a house BECAUSE the bathroom or the kitchen is so great.

Pictures sell

A picture is worth a thousand words – and an article on Trulia reported that 84% of buyers and sellers said they would not consider buying a photo-less listing. Stellar photos can hook a buyer and may make for a lucrative close for your clients.

Do Costa Rica listing agents pay attention to bathroom listing photos?
A picture is worth a thousand words

A lot of website photo slide systems will take an x amount of photos. so it’s logical the listing agent will first upload

the front and the back of the house,

the social areas,

the master bedroom

and then all nice social spaces and extras that the house has to offer.

These might include photos of

  • a state of the art home theatre,
  • a pool,
  • the views,
  • a wine cellar,
  • a top-notch barbecue area

Then, they leave the bathrooms for last IF the bathrooms are not really worth looking at.

You can safely assume that if the listing agent didn’t post any bathroom listing photos, they’re NOT worth looking at. Find some even more baffling bathroom photos here.

A teaser?

Many bathrooms in a home in Costa Rica are not very large and it is necessary to take a vertical shot of a bathroom to see from floor to ceiling. Unfortunately most slideshow systems, just like ours, cuts the vertical photo in two and turns it into a horizontal photo. I manage the system, so I know and make sure I take only horizontal photos when taking a new listing.

Do Costa Rica listing agents pay attention to bathroom listing photos?

This is the vertical bathroom listing photo that the agent took

Do Costa Rica listing agents pay attention to bathroom listing photos?

This is how the same photo shows on the website

Many listing agents post just enough photos on a listing as a teaser, so you will call for a showing appointment. Some might not realize that by leaving out certain photos, the buyer will NOT call for listing appointment assuming the missing spaces look so bad, they are not worth showing.

The standard answer from listing agents, when asked why they don’t post bathroom listing photos is that the bathrooms are tiny. The listing agents do not realize that most buyers want to know if the tiles are outdated, what the sink and the countertops look like, so they can budget the cost of a remodel, which is why they are looking online so they might or might not include those houses in the tour with their agent.

Do Costa Rica listing agents pay attention to bathroom listing photos?

This bathroom photo invites the buyer to have a good look at the property

My opinion

Personally, I love buyers who take the time to look at the listings online, so I don’t have to show them a couple of hundred homes before they make an offer. THAT is the reason that I like to post as many photos on my listings as possible, so my buyers can pick what they want to see and I am saving myself a lot of time on the showings.

Are you ready to list your property and you are looking for a serious listing agent? Contact us now.

Are you ready to purchase a home in Costa Rica? Check out our inventory of homes for sale with bathroom listing photos on our website. Then let us know which ones you’d like to see in person.


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If you are looking to buy a home in Costa Rica or invest in a condo anywhere in the central Valley, or looking for any property for sale in Escazu, you need to call me. I have been selling real estate in Escazu for over 20 years and can show you hundreds of happy buyers of real estate in Escazu and other areas. To me, a deal is not a good deal unless both buyer and seller are happy.

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