The Lazy Agent Series: #3

Real Estate Agent with United Realty Group, Inc. BK641413

In keeping with the title of "The Lazy Agent Series" , I found this example that at first blush may not appear too terrible, until you notice (among other things) the date imprinted by the camera on the photo and then check the MLS info only to find that the house was built several years after that date.

I know this series is probably being read much more by ActiveRain members than sellers, but I think it's important that sellers realize how important the marketing of their home is, how it is possible that it can affect their bottom line and that they should be comfortable with what an agent's marketing plan includes (or doesn't include) before they hire them.  Perhaps they should even insist that the marketing plan and its timeline be part of the listing agreement - before they sign on the dotted line and put the sale of what is likely their biggest investment in the hands of just any agent, relatives and friends included.

                Anyone got a spare set of sunglasses?

The Lazy Agent Scale:  (not so bad) 1....2....3....4....5....6....7....8....9....10 (worst)

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Laurie Mindnich
Centennial, CO
I wonder if their camera was ruined when the sprinkler system came on.  Or, is the sprinkler turned on to put out the bonfire on the left?  Is that a huge spider on the bottom right?  Keep 'em coming!
Jun 22, 2007 09:00 AM #6
Angie Vandenbergh
Crye-Leike, Realtors - Memphis, TN
A Crye-Leike Blogger
was this an actual photo you found in mls? If so I am just dumbfounded that anyone would really use a picture that said 1972 - let alone the obvious sun stream problem.
Jun 22, 2007 09:28 AM #7
Teresa Boardman
Boardman Realty - Saint Paul, MN
I think the date on the photo is a nice touch.  I find pictures like that all the time.
Jun 22, 2007 09:47 AM #8
Boomer Jack Boardman & Carl McIntyre, the Codgers
Noted Curmudgeons - Saint Paul, MN

Leanne: With or without the date imprint, it is a very poor picture. 10


Jun 22, 2007 10:08 AM #9
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
1972??? Did they have cameras invented then that would give you a date print? Wow.
Jun 22, 2007 10:16 AM #10
Amber Smith
ERA Showcase Real Estate - Yuba City, CA
It looks like the photo was taken right as a nuclear bomb went off. 
Jun 22, 2007 12:30 PM #11
Bonnie Erickson
Tangletown Realty - Saint Paul, MN
I've gone back and retaken pictures because the sun wasn't right at the time I took the first batch.  Even with the bad sun, I've never had one that looked like this.  It's a 10.
Jun 22, 2007 12:57 PM #12
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
I would give it a ten. Poor quality. Almost as bad as an agent who doesnt show property.
Jun 22, 2007 02:00 PM #13
Paul Viau
Nova Scotia Real Estate Blog - Halifax, NS
Nova Scotia Real Estate Blog + Photo Services
My fav. post. I'm gonna give it a 10  as well. Photography at it's best!
Jun 22, 2007 02:28 PM #14
Tricia Schneider
Keller Williams At The Lakes - Windermere, FL

A definite 10. 

Jun 22, 2007 02:32 PM #15
Rita Taylor
None - Sanford, NC
Sanford NC Real Estate - Homes for Sale in Sanford North Carolina


This picture is pretty darn awful - probably even worse than "no photo".  You could use these in your listing presentation to show how you provide a level of service others do not.


Jun 22, 2007 03:03 PM #16
Debbie DiFonzo
Debbie DiFonzo - United Country VIP Realty, SW Missouri - Lebanon, MO
Lebanon MO and Buffalo Missouri Real Estate

Great series Leanne!

Rita - I have done just what you suggest many times - especially with an expired - I show the seller the old data sheet usually with no pictures or with a bunch of "10's." I love photos, use visual tours and color - so do most sellers!

As they say, pictures really are worth a thousand words! <G>

Jun 24, 2007 04:03 PM #17
Ali Payne
not sure yet, still interviewing - Madisonville, KY
That is amazing. A definate 10. I am looking forward to the next installment!
Jun 24, 2007 04:57 PM #18
Dawn DeGroff
Fredericksburg Realty, Inc - Fredericksburg, VA
Pretty bad, I still thing the dirty kitchen was worse. 9
Jun 25, 2007 06:07 AM #19
Cameron Richardson
uSee360*, LLC - Gainesville, VA

I'm curious to know who had a digital camera in 1972...notice the date on the lower left corner.

I'm crossed between Lazy Agent #1 & #2...they are both pretty bad.  I think I'll give the worst to #1, just because you can tell #2 was a picture of the computer screen, further making the picture bad.  But, they're both terrible.

#1 - 9

#2 - 8

#3 - 5

I'm in the virtual tour business, and have seen some terrible shots.  So, it's harder to surprise me at this point.

Jun 25, 2007 06:15 AM #20
Cindy Roeschen
Tricon Homes - Wylie, TX

Love the date on the bottom!

 Sad to say this is not the worst picture I have seen. 

Jun 25, 2007 10:31 AM #21
Cait ODonnell Donohue
Red Key Realty Leaders - Frontenac, MO
I'd give it a 7. At least there IS a picture, and you know its sunny there sometimes... dirty house pictures are worse.
Jun 25, 2007 01:47 PM #22
Robert Schwabe
EXP Realty - Orange Park, FL
Orange Park Real Estate
I give it a 9. More and more buyers are looking online at homes before they go out with a Realtor. I think good pictures are important for first impressions and get the buyers to want to see the home.
Jun 25, 2007 11:38 PM #23
The Moore Team
Keller Williams Integrity First Realty - Gilbert, AZ
These just keep getting better and better.  Maybe this agent should try standing at a slightly different angle?  I dont know, maybe thats too easy...
Jun 28, 2007 04:58 AM #24
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

Kimberly - I'm glad you're enjoying the series! Even though the photo was likely taken in the last few years, it does look much older, doesn't it?

Greg - Unfortunately, bad photos abound in the MLS.

kk - amazing how that sun looks scorching, huh? (even though the date on it is Jan. 28th when it's probably coolest in South Florida)

Robert - Tell me it ain't so!!!  UNbelievable!

Krisy - I wish more sellers would check how their home is marketed.

laurie - bonfire... LOL!  The 'huge spider' is probably some dead plant... hard to tell, even with sunglasses on!  ;-)

Angie - Yes, any & all photos in my series are photos I've come across in the MLS.

Teresa - I'm not a fan of the 'date stamp' feature myself.

Jay - indeed!

Silvia - I have no idea what year the 'date stamp' feature was introduced but I've personally seen them as far back as the late 70's/early 80's.

Craig & Amber - nuclear bomb... yeah, I guess it does look that way!

Bonnie - I've found that 10:30-2:00 seems to be when you're least likely to get shadows that make the photo look bad.

Frank, Paul, Tricia, Ali, Cindy - thanks for your comments & votes... always appreciated!

Rita - I already do and others should consider doing the same.  Perhaps we'll start seeing an improvement in the quality of photos in the MLS.

Debbie - some sellers are 'visual' and appreciate the examples.

Dawn - yeah, nothing like a dirty kitchen to turn people off.

Cameron - I'm not altogether sure it was taken with a digital camera.  It may have been a regular photo that was scanned.  No doubt you've seen many bad shots!

Cait - the sun in this one is a bit overpowering, though... it almost hurts to look at it in the photo and I have no idea what that black round thing is in the top right corner.

Robert - pictures... lack of them & quality of them can make a HUGE difference in the number of buyers that will want to make an appointment to see a property.

Tony - the angle makes all the difference when taking a photo when the sun is rather low.  It probably would've looked quite different had it been taken at a different angle.

In case any of you are interested and have missed others in "The Lazy Agent Series", here's a link.

I also started a new (2nd) series titled "As Seen on the MLS" for photos that don't quite fit that title but are educational & interesting in their own way.

Jun 28, 2007 07:07 AM #25
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