The Lazy Agent Series: #1

Real Estate Agent with United Realty Group, Inc. BK641413

I'm sure all of us have our pet peeves about the MLS and what we see (or don't see) on it.  I'm starting a series of posts which I've decided to title "The Lazy Agent" to illustrate some of the things that I see on the MLS that just make me shake my head and think to myself "What were they thinking?".  I hope you'll come along with me for the ride.  I promise it'll be an interesting, if not funny (albeit sad) one.

Below is a photo I found recenlty that just makes you wonder why the agent bothered to not only take it in the first place, but to actually include it with the listing.

               Cluttered stairway 

Let's take a vote.  On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being "not so bad" to 10 being "the worst", how would you rate this photo, keeping in mind the title of this series (The Lazy Agent).



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Laurie Mindnich
Centennial, CO
That looks like a teenaged daughters handbag carelessly left on the bannister.  It's pretty far away, but I think that I see makeup stains all over it.  I missed that- thanks for pointing it out!  Leanne, could you call the listing agent for us and find out what that is? 
Jun 20, 2007 11:57 AM #90
Maureen Houston
Lancaster Real Estate Sales - Hilton Head Island, SC
Hilton Head Real Estate

First of all why would anyone want to see a staircase!!! and besides that a cluttered one. I give it a 9 but still one why they eveb took it and you can say at least the hangbag and shoes give you a reason to even look at it LOL  and you can see it Trust me i have seen some pics on MLS that are so blurry you cant read them or they are stretched so bad you feel like your looking in a mirror at the carnival...

Its a bad stupid picture :)

Jun 20, 2007 12:15 PM #91
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

Craig & Amber - now that's what I call creative thinking!

Gregory - since the top part of the photo is dark, I know it's hard to tell, but that's actually the handrail that takes over where the banister ends at the ceiling level.

laurie - sure thing, laurie.  NOT!

Jun 20, 2007 12:26 PM #92
Sue Nelson, Broker/Associate Las Vegas Real Estate ~Team Rhino~
ERA Sunbelt Realty - Las Vegas, NV
Yikes!  Do you realize you could blog about this for YEARS?  Great idea!
Jun 20, 2007 02:52 PM #93
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist
Sue - sad, isn't it? ...that this will likely be an ongoing series about something that shouldn't even be an issue, yet it is for anyone who uses the MLS or is buying/selling property. 
Jun 20, 2007 09:50 PM #94
Jim Hirschhorn
Real Living Real Estate Solutions - Orlando, FL
GRI, Real Living - Orlando
Reminds me of a guy I used to know who had piles of underwear all over his apartment. He left them where he took them off. Looked like land mines. (Everybody down)
Jun 21, 2007 12:56 AM #95
Cathy Tishhouse
RE/MAX Showcase Homes - Royal Oak, MI
Royal Oak Real Estate

I agree with Rita - a 10 is no picture; and 9 is one picture - so I would give this an 8.  Great idea, I will be watching the pictures on my MLS more closely.  I showed an agent's home once and my buyers noticeed her signs in the garage and we realized it was her home - definitely had some issues and their comment was - how that this person guide sellers to keep their home ready to show.  So, you might think, this agent did not think it out of the ordinary. . .

Jun 21, 2007 10:57 AM #96
Jennifer Kirby
Kirby Fine Homes - Minneapolis, MN
The Luxury Agent
so does my buyer have to fill out a personal property addendum to get the bag and flip flops included?
Jun 21, 2007 11:41 AM #97
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

Jim - ...and that reminds me of "ugly naked guy" in the Friends TV show.

Cathy - there will always be people (agents included) who think buyers should be able to overlook their mess; or they just don't care.

Jennifer - ...or maybe the listing info should say "bag and shoes not included".  :-)

Jun 22, 2007 05:15 AM #98
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist
Gotta Wear ShadesOK, my latest installment into "The Lazy Agent Series" is up and ready for viewing. 

Be forewarned, however, you may need your sunglasses for this one!


Jun 22, 2007 08:37 AM #99
Angie Vandenbergh
Crye-Leike, Realtors - Memphis, TN
A Crye-Leike Blogger

A note to everyone reading this article. The Lazy Agent Series was featured in Active Rain's Week in Review 6/18/07---6/24/07

This post was one of the Top 25 picks for the week! Congratulations and thanks for writing a great blog!

Jun 25, 2007 02:22 AM #100
Vanessa Plante-McDonald, MBA, REALTOR® - Cash Rebate to ALL My Buyers!
Bethel Equities, LLC - Laurel, MD
What was this agent thinking. Or not thinking?
Aug 19, 2007 01:19 PM #101
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Maybe this photographer (agent) needs to go to some kind of Staging 101 class. Hey, whatever happened to common sense? Not so common I guess.
Oct 27, 2007 12:01 PM #102
Ryan Martin
Windermere Real Estate / Whatcom Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Commercial RE Broker
Leanne - Wow this is an old post. I would have to give this agent an 8 on the lazy scale. To earn a 9 or 10 in my opinion the agent has take all of the photo without getting out of their car. 10 is for those agents that not only do not get out of the car, but get a photo of a portion of the car in the photo.
Oct 27, 2007 12:26 PM #103
Tina M. Atilho
William Raveis Real Estate - Milford, CT

Ok I have a good one.  How about this.  It says there are like 10-15 pics of the house on the MLS.  You click and the pics are of

 Front of the house 2 same pics

Side of the house 3 same pics

Other side of the house

Street view of the house

Close up pic of the house


What are agents thinking!!!  My clients skip right over that one..

Dec 09, 2007 01:53 AM #104
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Now we know that it's a 2 story house, in case that wasn't mentioned anywhere else!

Feb 06, 2008 08:15 AM #105
Ryan Vivo
Gateway Realty - Fairfield, CA
NRBA Realtor Solano County, Gateway Realty 707-384-5894
cute dog.  I think.  9+.
Mar 06, 2008 05:54 AM #106
Carol J. Black
Keller Williams St Joseph - Saint Joseph, MO

Ok, lazy is the qualifier....definitely 10 maybe 11 or more as it sure would been difficult to walk up and move that stuff!  Too funny!



Mar 26, 2008 07:57 AM #107
Bob Cumiskey
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL
US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor

This is definitely a 10.  Not only is it a stupid picture with all the clutter, I can't believe they didn't have a better picture of of a room.  Who wants to see the stairs?

May 30, 2008 03:04 AM #108
Andrew Monaghan
The Monaghan Group - Glendale, AZ
CRS, GRI, EPro Associate Broker

and they willl wonder why their home did not sell for asking price.

May 17, 2012 05:50 AM #109
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