The Lazy Agent Series: #5

Real Estate Agent with United Realty Group, Inc. BK641413

Do not attempt to adjust your computer monitor!  The latest addition to "The Lazy Agent Series" was selected because it is an example of why it is not only important to proofread your MLS listings for accuracy but also for the quality of the photos uploaded.  I can only hope that this agent possibly did not realize that the resolution of the photo was too low and had they seen how the photo looked on the MLS, they would have returned to the property to take better quality photos.  Apparently, the seller did not see the photo either.

Anyone new to digital photography should consider spending time learning the basics as it can make the learning curve a little less frustrating.  Kodak offers tips on digital photography and cnet offers an online course on digital photography basics

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

               Do not attempt to adjust your computer monitor.

Comments (30)

Becky Troutt
No longer practicing real estate as of 2008. - Bradenton, FL

Ok, Leanne.  I think maybe I need to start my own series.  Look what I just found in our MLS.  This photo is for a new construction house.  And this is the main photo!!!  So I went to look in and guess what?  It's on there too.  LMAO....Here it is on  Can you say DUH!!!!!!


Jun 28, 2007 05:18 AM
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

Ray - Ghosts?  Yikes!  As for the can of Pledge, I think we can excuse that when compared to the examples in this series.

Jeff B. - Unfortunately, bad examples can be found in every type of business.

Jeff S. - There's no excuse, I couldn't agree more!

Tony - I'd rather see NO picture than see the one above.

Cait - Maybe it's a living room... it looks like there's sliding glass doors with curtains & a TV set.

Sarah - should we really have to squint?  ;-)

Mana - I'd be furious, too.

Tricia - I guess it's true what they say... "What happens in _____, stays in _____!"

Ronda - I'll bet you're right - that it was taken with a cell phone camera.

Becky - No banging your head, but I love the photo!  What is that... the sales center?  Makes no sense why anyone would put that photo on the MLS.

Jun 28, 2007 05:37 AM
Adrian Alvarado
MGR Real Estate Inc. - Ontario, CA
Inland Empire Real Estate

This is definetly a 10 on the laziness scale. What a horrible picture. Cell phone pic's are what alot of agents use but this one is really horrible.

Jun 28, 2007 05:41 AM
Kimberly Grant
Exit Leon Crawford Realty - Huntsville, AL
Real Estate Agent - Huntsville Alabama
This is HORRIBLE!!!  Does this mean that the agent didn't even go back to look at what they loaded??  If they didn't, why not???  If they did, why would they leave this in there???  I'm not sure which scenario is worst!  This one is BAD BAD BAD!!!!
Jun 28, 2007 05:53 AM
Robert Schwabe
Herron Real Estate - Orange Park, FL
Orange Park Real Estate
Leanne, This a 10 all the way. I can't believe you are finding all these pictures on your MLS.
Jun 28, 2007 05:54 AM
Cynthia Sloop
Community Association Manager - Indianapolis, IN
What a great picture. . .  I'm sure it'll help the listing sell, very well.  Another mystery listing.  Very good point about watching, checking and thinking about what you're doing.
Jun 28, 2007 06:19 AM
Teresa Boardman
Boardman Realty - Saint Paul, MN
Not sure lazy agent is the right term.  maybe try ambitionally challenged instead.  We must always be politically correct when writing our blogs.  Which is why i stopped called the folks here at active rain the geeks that run the asylum.
Jun 28, 2007 06:20 AM
Joe Dallorso
Ocala, FL
Ocala Real Estate
I think bad photography & using only one token image, which is a requirement on our MLS, is such a huge diservice to the customer in this day & age.
Jun 28, 2007 06:32 AM
Joe Gomez
Realty Executives of Treasure Valley - Eagle, ID
Hey  Leanne  wow what a lazy bum ! all kidding aside i see things like that in my market , sometimes no pics for a long time or very bad photos in a 500K Home what are they thinking ?
Jun 28, 2007 07:03 AM
Dwayne West
Atlanta Real Estate - Canton, GA
Canton Georgia Real Estate
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Jun 28, 2007 07:56 AM
Laurie Mindnich
Centennial, CO
HAHAHAHA!  Seeing your sweet little face gets me EVERY TIME, before I see the photo- nah, it's not going to be bad.  IT'S BAD!  I can't even find anything to criticize, it's so bad!
Jun 28, 2007 11:52 AM
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Leanne - ok, this one takes the cake out of all those you've posted so far.  Good grief - what on earth would make this agent think this ridiculous picture was worthy of going into the MLS to be seen by anyone?!!?  Jeez......


Jun 28, 2007 12:30 PM
Sandra Cummings
William Raveis Real Estate - Guilford, CT
Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut

I think my son painted something like this in 1st grade. Are you sure it's a photo?


Jun 28, 2007 12:39 PM
Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO
this one makes me head hurt; ten!
Jun 28, 2007 01:37 PM
Angie Vandenbergh
Crye-Leike, Realtors - Memphis, TN
A Crye-Leike Blogger
very funny. I wonder if its possible that the upload did some automatic resizing that went badly. Or maybe the agent saved a thumbnail of an interior photo that had been taken on a previous listing of the property and just reused it. Who knows. Its bad, bad, bad.
Jun 29, 2007 04:51 AM
Dawn DeGroff
Fredericksburg Realty, Inc - Fredericksburg, VA
I'd love to see a flyer by the same agent.  Bet it's printed on newspaper.
Jun 29, 2007 06:41 AM
Dan Homan
Coldwell Banker Ellison Realty, Inc - Ocala, FL
Should you see that agent please say gesundheit for me.
Jun 30, 2007 01:47 PM
Jennifer Kirby
Kirby Fine Homes - Minneapolis, MN
The Luxury Agent
Maybe it's an action shot...the agent running through the home with the listing contract in hand, snapping away with the other, to leave up to the expectaion that we are multi-taskers.
Jul 01, 2007 05:43 AM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

I see this constantly here in Atlanta.  It isn't just a few agents, either.  What is really sad is when I see this on a home over $500,000... and even over $1M, and no virtual tour to fall back on. 


I actually took a few FSBOs to task for it on my blog a couple days ago. 

Jul 20, 2007 11:38 AM
Debbie Summers
Charles Rutenberg Realty - New Smyrna Beach, FL


I'm new to AR and I have to tell you that I loved your series on Lazy Agents...  My favorite photos in the MLS are bathroom toilets with the seat up.  PLEASE.....  I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks about the photos that they are putting out there.


Oct 29, 2007 10:35 AM