The Lazy Agent Series: #4

Real Estate Agent with United Realty Group, Inc. BK641413

Today's selection for "The Lazy Agent Series" was chosen because it left me wondering "How hard could it have been to move a few items before taking the picture?".  Don't get me wrong... I wouldn't expect any agent to start acting like wife and real estate agent, Carolyn, did in the movie "American Beauty" when she went on a cleaning spree of her listing just before her open house.  However, there are times when taking a minute or two to just move a few items out of the way can make a huge difference in how a property is presented to prospective buyers and whether the property is appealing enough to make a buyer want to take the next step... make an appointment to see it in person.

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


Comments (23)

Laurie Mindnich
Centennial, CO
That's the body of the puppy head from Lazy Agent #1, Becky.  Remember?  The puppy head on the stairs?
Jun 26, 2007 03:03 AM
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

Joe - I would say that they can edit some of the items out of the photo but if they're too lazy to move items out of the way, they're probably too lazy to edit the photo!

Ginger - I don't know about them smoking something, but maybe there's something in the water?  I agree, there ought to be fines but it'll never happen!

Becky - I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought "what the heck is that?"

laurie - I would just like to know what anyone has against stuffed puppies that they keep getting left behind and treated so poorly (LOL).  I'm glad I made ya' laugh!

ALL - I wish I could say it's hard to come across selections for this series but, sadly, it's not.

Jun 26, 2007 03:29 AM
Laura Karambelas
Baird & Warner Downers Grove - Downers Grove, IL
Realtor - Downers Grove
LOL...I think they should use the mop in the corner and clean up the "thing" in the middle of the floor.  It would have taken that agent 3 minutes to move that stuff out of the way.  I give that agent a "10" on the scale of lazy agents.
Jun 26, 2007 03:32 AM
Cait ODonnell Donohue
Red Key Realty Leaders - Frontenac, MO
This is the worst one of the group. It could be a nice room, but obviously you can't see it through the dirt and clutter. I'd give it 9.
Jun 26, 2007 04:03 AM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
I am enjoying your series, even though I don't comment all the time, it is fun !
Jun 26, 2007 04:12 AM
Kaye Thomas
Real Estate West - Manhattan Beach, CA
e-PRO, Manhattan Beach CA
Oh my gosh.. makes you wonder  not only where the agent's brain was but why would you take this picture..maybe it was a new camera and they were practicing?
Jun 26, 2007 05:01 AM
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

Laura - three minutes is well worth it if the end result is a very nice photo.

Cait - exactly my point... it's hard to see just how nice a room it can be with all the "stuff" everywhere so why bother including it?

Missy - thanks for stopping by and letting me know you are enjoying the series!

Kaye - even if I were to take a "practice shot" with a new camera, I wouldn't have uploaded something like this to the MLS for all to see.

Jun 26, 2007 05:19 AM
Laurie Mindnich
Centennial, CO
Leanne- who said anything about stuffed?  Your lead- ins to these photos are a riot- by the time I read your very polite words to lazy agents, I'm thinking that this photo  won't be so bad... IT'S REALLY, REALLY BAD!  Those curtains must be designer- some kind of new style of tie back without the need for a tie back?  They probably used the stepladder to help them create the look.
Jun 26, 2007 06:04 AM
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

laurie - "is it real or is it stuffed"... that's the burning question which I hope to answer in tomorrow's selection.  I do try to be polite in my lead-ins in part because I want the picture to speak for itself and the posts to reflect the fact that they are supposed to be educational, not just for fun... though it is hard to not crack up looking at 'em!!!  It started out of frustration over what I see in the MLS on an almost daily basis and has taken on a life of its own.  I doubt this series will ever end, but wait till you see my next series.  I think you'll like that one as well.  Stay tuned!

Jun 26, 2007 06:15 AM
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

I forgot to share this photo of Annette Bening as Carolyn in 'American Beauty'.  This is an example of the other extreme!  Hover your mouse over the photo to see what I wrote.

They don't pay me enough for this!

Jun 26, 2007 06:20 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
That is really bad....might as well have not taken one at all! It amazes me how many of these agents are sitting around scratching their heads and silently asking themselves, "Why aren't there any calls for showings?"  lol!
Jun 26, 2007 06:37 AM
Kimberly Grant
Exit Leon Crawford Realty - Huntsville, AL
Real Estate Agent - Huntsville Alabama

I am laughing so hard my eyes are watering and my stomach hurts.  I don't know what was funnier... the lead in to the photo, the photo itself, the ghost puppy, the tiebacks that dont tieback....  I don't know.

Leanne, this is another great one!!! 

Jun 26, 2007 10:47 AM
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Jeez, I think I'd just not take that picture at all!  What on earth goes through someone's mind to think that including a picture like that in the MLS is okay to do?!?!?!?!  Good grief!

On the other hand, maybe this agent is using a bit of reverse psychology with this seller.  Maybe they tried to get this seller to clean this joint up and they either didn't or thought they did.  And this agent's picture being included in the MLS might be a way to get this seller to actually wake up and see what others are seeing since they didn't clean up like they should have........   

Either way ----   YKIES!!!

Jun 26, 2007 10:45 PM
Robert Schwabe
Herron Real Estate - Orange Park, FL
Orange Park Real Estate

I rate the picture a 9. It would have been a 10 but, since the area rug looks correctly centered under the light I'll give them one point back.

Jun 26, 2007 11:37 PM
The Moore Team
Keller Williams Integrity First Realty - Gilbert, AZ
This is just awful!  What a mess, definitely not going to make someone want to come show or see that home.  This series is great!  makes me laugh!
Jun 28, 2007 04:51 AM
Tricia Schneider
Keller Williams At The Lakes - Windermere, FL
Bad but when compared to some of the other posts, not so bad.  I think this is what is called settling.  When you've been exposed to so much BAD photography eventually bad photography gets to be OK.
Jun 28, 2007 05:15 AM
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

Sally - I'll bet you're right... that some of the agents that are wondering why they aren't getting any calls for showings are the ones that have no photos, only 1 photo, or really bad photos.

Kimberly - what are you saying?  That the photos that make buyers frustrated are making us laugh?  They've got to have some redeeming quality!  :-)

Ann - Oh, wow!  You give them much more credit than I would!  Interesting scenario, though!

Robert - True, but a '9' is still not MLS worthy.

Tony - I sure wouldn't want to show that home, either!

Tricia - "Settling"... hmmm... interesting theory.  So, are you saying that the bad photographers lower the bar?  Yikes!

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 07:30 AM
Art Blanchet
On the Outside Lookin' In - Sebastian, FL
Stranger in a Warm Land

Needs the chalk outline of a body to be complete...

Jun 30, 2007 06:19 AM
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist
Art - maybe that's why the area rug is there... to cover up the chalk outline!
Jun 30, 2007 06:50 AM
Vincent Arcuri, P.A.
Cooperative Real Estate - Tampa, FL

Pictures and virtual tours are so important!  We have sold 2 this year just from the pictures and tours.  The Buyer never say the house in person until AFTER they closed!

Oct 08, 2008 04:56 AM