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Turning browsers into buyers – make sure your online real estate advert stands out

If you’ve ever searched online for a home yourself, you’ll know how many listings there are. The broader your search terms, the more results are going to come up, and then you start scrolling through…

So, what is it that makes you stop scrolling?

When you’re selling, how do you make sure your headline details stand out from the rest so that buyers click to find out more? Importantly, is the rest of your listing good enough to grab their interest and make them want to book a viewing?

The trick is getting the right balance of images and words: enough to whet people’s appetite so they’re keen to view, but not so much that they feel they’ve already seen everything your home’s got to offer. If you overdo the information, buyers could just put you on their shortlist and keep scrolling. Remember, the whole point of marketing is to get people through the door – so make them want more!


Image of a bed used in an online real estate advert.


Captivating imagery plays a pivotal role in elevating the impact of your online advertisement. Given that approximately 90% of the information our brains process is visual, the significance of high-quality photographs cannot be overstated. Visual data is absorbed several thousand times faster than text, underscoring the undeniable potency of a compelling photo collection.

To maximise the visual appeal of your advert, prioritise your premier image as a stellar full frontal shot of the property – a twilight image with all the interior lights can be a good option to create a truly striking impression. Once this is in place, choose between six and ten great professional photographs of the inside and garden. The aim is to show buyers the main rooms and some of the best features, leaving them excited about discovering the parts they haven’t seen.

Make sure your chosen agent uses a professional photographer who can not only take the shots well, but also work with the team styling your home to create the best possible images. Interior shots look best taken on a bright day, so your photographer may need to make another visit to capture the all-important exterior twilight shots that will help ensure you have a great selection of images.

Help Buyers To ‘Connect’ With Your Home

When preparing your home for photographs (and viewings) it’s important to remember that buyers tend to connect with things that are both familiar and aspirational. The closer you can get your photographs to the images shown in glossy home improvement magazines the better.

Here are some of the things you can do to get your home ready before the photographer and styling team arrive:


  1. Vacuum and dust
  2. Clean the windows and mirrors
  3. Empty all the bins and put away your half-used toiletries
  4. Tidy away any work, toys and kitchen clutter
  5. Have some new candles, plants and/or flowers in the main reception rooms
  6. Fill a fruit bowl for the kitchen
  7. Straighten/plump soft furnishings and towels
  8. Take away rugs (plain floors make rooms look bigger)
  9. Make sure all the light bulbs work, and have some spares, just in case!
  10. Mow the lawn, prune the shrubs and flowers, and spruce up the garden furniture.

And once you’ve gone to all this effort try your best to keep your home looking like that until it sells!


A dining room in a home that has been styled to appeal to buyers in an online real estate advertisement. Currans Homes.

Ensure Your Marketing Materials Flow

Upon receiving the brochure and online advertisement from your agent, pay special attention to the seamless flow of photographs. Focus on ensuring that they follow a ‘natural’ progression, mirroring the potential route of a viewing through your home. Consider a sequence starting with the front exterior, progressing through the hallway, into the living room, kitchen, staircase, master bedroom, and so forth.

When the photographic sequence aligns with the logical flow of a physical walkthrough, it facilitates a more coherent and engaging visual narrative for the prospective buyer. This thoughtfully organised presentation enables them to effortlessly envision the spatial layout of your home, and hopefully connect with the property to form a memorable first impression and ultimately book a viewing.

The written details

Your headline and summary paragraph need to say what your home is, show where it’s located and make its best features shine in a way that entices potential buyers to look for more details. So, if your home is ideal for a family, highlight things like a fabulous open dining kitchen, games room, large garden and proximity to schools.

Then, bullet point between six and ten things that ‘snapshot’ the biggest selling features of your home. You’re trying to give buyers reasons to book a viewing, so make sure each point is a real benefit, for example:

  • Unobstructed views across open countryside
  • Master suite with private, south-facing balcony
  • 24’ modern dining kitchen with Miele appliances and Range Master cooker
  • Versatile, open-plan reception space
  • Soundproofed home office with separate entrance.

Once people have seen the bullet points and been dazzled by your photographs, chances are they’re pretty much decided on whether to view. So, although they may want a little more information, they won’t want to have to scroll through reams of paragraphs describing every last detail.

The best approach is to have a short and sweet description of each room – the size and key fittings that will be included in the sale – and then any other particular features, like an incredible view, unique architectural detail or tech feature. At this stage, buyers really don’t need to know how many sockets or window locks there are; you’re just trying to get them interested enough to book a viewing, so stay focused on the key selling points.

Floor plans & PDF brochure

Floor plans really help buyers put room sizes into perspective and see whether the layout could work for them. They’re more-or-less standard these days, so make sure your listing has one.

Once you’re happy it’s correct, there are three things to check:

  1. There’s a compass rose so buyers can easily see which rooms and areas of the garden face south
  2. The total square footage is stated – that helps buyers compare homes to see how much space they’re getting for their money
  3. The image opens at a decent size online.

A digital version of your full brochure should also be available as a downloadable PDF that buyers can save and print out. Although the agent may provide a hard copy at the viewing, many people like to check the brochure in advance to see if there are any photos or other information they might have missed – and it’s also useful for them to make notes on.


You’ve grabbed their attention – what next?

If you’ve ticked off everything so far, you should have buyers who are really keen to view. You’re halfway there. Now, this is where the personal and professional skills of your agent come into play, to turn enquirers into buyers.

The buyer calls your agent

Some people know for sure that they want to view and they’re just calling to arrange the appointment. Other people have questions, and this is where an enthusiastic agent who’s familiar with your home can really help increase the buyer’s interest and firm up a viewing. So, check with your agent to make sure every member of staff has viewed your home and been briefed on any other relevant information, like whether you’ve found an onward purchase.

Whoever’s handling the enquiry should also qualify the person viewing, checking how they’re going to be funding their purchase and whether they have a home to sell. If you’ve found a new place you’ve fallen in love with and the person who wants to view hasn’t even put their own home on the market yet, there might not be much point in booking an appointment. On the other hand, if they’re a cash buyer or they’ve sold and their buyer is desperate to proceed, they could be the perfect fit!

Well presented photograph of a bathroom for a real estate adverts online marketing.

Accompanies Viewings

We’d suggest it’s always better to let your agent carry out accompanied viewings. Our experience means we know what information to give and how to sell the best features of your home. Also, importantly, when the owner’s not there, buyers tend to feel more relaxed and talk more freely. That means we can usually get good feedback there and then and possibly even start negotiations on the spot.

Turning an offer into a sale

If a buyer really loves your  home (and if your agent has done their job selling it!) they’ll often make an offer after just one viewing. It’s then down to your agent to negotiate the best possible price on your behalf, keeping you informed of every offer.

If for some reason your home does not sell despite your online marketing being in tip-top shape, check out our ‘’ blogin it we discuss how you/your agent can use feedback from unsuccessful viewings to good use.

Get In Touch

Whether your home is already on the market or you’re just beginning to think about selling, we’d love to hear from you!  Click here to contact us for advice or to arrange a valuation and one of our team will get right back to you.