I’ve heard about real estate agents doctoring listing photos a little to remove things like telephone poles and cell phone towers in the background. But this is the first time I’ve seen a house where objects were noticeably Photoshopped in.
Apparently this was an empty house and the agent thought it could use a little staging. And why bother schlepping real furniture and books and flowers in when you can do it all with the click of a mouse?
It didn’t take long for me to realize something was not right here.
The lemonade in this kitchen is clearly a computerized addition, but what about the rest of it?
It made me wonder if the cabinets really look like that. Or has the kitchen been gutted and this is just an idea of what you could do with it? I started questioning everything in the house.
I appreciate that the agent is trying to make this house look its best. Believe me, after all the fuzzy photos I see in the real estate listings of filthy open toilets and overflowing trash cans, I’m always glad to see someone make an effort.
But it’s a little distracting. I searched every photo, trying to spot all the fake-outs. And it made me question what else wasn’t “real” in the listing.
Do you think there’s anything wrong with Photoshopping real estate photos? Or is it just a clever way to dress rooms up a little without having to hire a professional home stager?