FINALLY - My MLS will require at least one photo on all new listings!

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX GoLD

WONDERFUL NEWS! Photos required on all listings in the BARIES MLS.  It has always bugged me how an agent can take a listing and feel that's it O.K to not provide photos in the MLS.   You would think that it is always the case that the home is in such poor condition that they want to try to avoid showing the photos however it's not always.  Often you can go and find out that the home is in fine condition the agent was just to busy or lazy to go take photos and place them on the MLS.  This was a poor business practice and I for one am thrilled that it will not be allowed any longer.

Original content by Cynthia Larsen CalBRE# 01433049

Starting November 1st, the Bay Area Real Estate Information System, affectionately known as BAREIS, will require at least one photo be added to each new listing. This is a requirement that is long overdue in my opinion.

I'm sure most of you agree ... how can any seller allow his/her home be marketed without a photo? Most buyers won't even consider looking at a house without one. Why would an agent minimize the number of buyers that are interested in seeing their listing?

Many real estate sites allow a buyer to filter out listings that have no photos. Others allow the buyer to sort a qualifying list of homes by the largest number of photos available. If I were a seller, I wouldn't want to end up at the bottom of that list.

This new MLS rule is a good first step. Personally, I would like to see a 10 photo minimum for every property. The more photos, the better.



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Comments (4)

Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

This has always bothered me, NO pix??? what are they crazy?  it is actually getting to the point that just one pic is annoying.  it is proven that pictures sell homes, so you should post as many as possible for the given home/mls.  If you dont it is a serious disservice to the seller

Oct 05, 2010 10:46 AM
Stanley Stepak
Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH - Avon Lake, OH
Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,

That is great that they do that. i hope they do that for my MLS

Oct 05, 2010 10:48 AM
Garth Jones
Prudential Tropical - Valrico, FL

We moved from ten to twelve photos about 8 months ago.  Most listings will still only show ten, as the listing agents just don't seem to know that you can have twelve?? 

Oct 05, 2010 10:49 AM
Don Spera
CR Property Group, LLC - East York, PA
Serving York and Adams County, PA

Our MLS you can submit up to at least 20 photos.  I am sure those that have lazyitus will find a way to cut corners on the one picture aspect, but it will definitely help, as long as it is policed properly.

Oct 05, 2010 11:07 AM