I have been looking through pictures of listings for the last 2 hours trying to find some homes to show my buyer. I have to laugh. I have never seen so many pictures of dogs in listings. Don't get me wrong, I love dogs, my client loves dogs and we both have dogs. But do you really want to see a dog in a listing photograph?
Honestly, I want to see the floorplan, what type of counters are in the kitchen, did the bathrooms get updated, how big is the yard, and what type of flooring is in the house. I don't need to see a picture of the family pet laying on a couch.
Please, listing agents, put pictures in the MLS that show what buyers want to see. What if someone is looking for a house that doesn't have a pet because they have allergies? You would have just turned off a buyer and they didn't even make it to the next picture.
The seller's probably aren't that happy that you have their pet in there either. They want you to market their house in the best way possible. The blurry pictures that I have seen with a dog upside down or licking himself, is probably not putting the house in the best light or working the best for your seller. Just a thought. I might be wrong though.
I did put my Lab puppy in a picture once when I was selling land up in the mountains. He sat next to my sign with a smile and I sold it in 1 day. So, what do I know. So if you insist in putting the pet in the picture at least have them looking at the camera and the lens focused. Thank You!