I'm Beautiful Inside and Out! Uh, Really? How Would I Know?

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I'm Beautiful Inside and Out! Uh, Really? How Would I Know?

If you don't put photos on your listing beginning DAY ONE, you've failed your clients.Any agent worth their license has their buyer clients set up on automatic searches that alerts them whenever a home meeting their criteria becomes available on the market.

The Raleigh/ Cary/ Apex area MLS system, the Triangle MLS, updates around 4:00AM each day. Emails notifying my buyers go out shortly thereafter.

It's kind of neat that when they wake up, there's already an email from me.

"Look honey, Craig was up at 4:00AM this morning working to find our new Raleigh/ Cary/ Apex area home! What a dedicated Realtor that Craig is."

Disclaimer time... I'm really not up at 4:00AM. Well I might be. But that's a different post! However, it's nice to know that even when I'm sleeping, I'm doing my job... and my clients feel that way too.

Nothing peeves me more than when an agent lists a home with no pictures on it.

You've been hired to market and sell what is likely someone's biggest asset. You'll be paid handsomely when it does sell.

Could you at least do your job and put pictures on that listing...


You see, I might have taken my buyers out to look at your new listing. It met their criteria and that's why it showed up in their inbox this morning.

But so did three others. So we looked at those... and made an offer on one of them.

Maybe your new listing looked like this...

Yes, we have affordable homes in the Raleigh/ Cary/ Apex area that look like this!

Or, maybe it looked like this...

Just a little TLC and this one can be yours!

But, we'll never know.

You very well could have sold your client's home today. You would have been a hero in their eyes. You probably would have received a bunch of referrals from your happy sellers.

Instead, your home is still on the market... and these days, it could be for a very long time.

Not to worry though. You'll sell it. Because....

I'm Beautiful Inside and Out! Uh, Really? How Would I Know?

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Craig Rutman is a North Carolina Residential Real Estate Specialist that can assist you with the purchase and/or sale of real estate in the Raleigh - Cary – Apex metro areas; or any place else in the country by connecting you with a relocation professional in your destination of choice.

To find all available homes for sale in the Triangle area of North Carolina, please visit www.justnchomes.com

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Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Craig,  I'm going to call you around 4 a.m. tomorrow just to see if you answer !  LOL   Actually, many MLS'S require at least one picture.  Now let's work on the quality !  Have a terrific weekend !

Sep 30, 2011 10:23 AM #30
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

I completely agree Craig! Our MLS requires one photo and many times that is what you see and a bad one at that! I refuse to 'drive by' 'just in case' it may be an exceptional property.

Sep 30, 2011 12:58 PM #31
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

It's always disappointing when you read a nice description of the property, and they don't follow up with any or enough pictures.

Sep 30, 2011 02:16 PM #32
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
Craig ~ yet another pet peeve of many Realtors that would like to see pictures of a home but even more important, we want our clients to see pictures of a new listing. Why bother putting a listing on the market withoutnpictures. Do Realtors realize first impressions make lasting impressions? Why hurry or rush a listing entry on the MLS without photos? What a waste of time because most will not bother to go back in a day or two or a week to followup on pictures!
Sep 30, 2011 03:26 PM #33
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Craig - Congrats on the feature! You speak the truth and your posts are always excellent to read.

Not only do buyers get turned off by no pictures, they refuse to look at houses when the photographer doesn't know how to use the correct settings or the flash correctly. There's nothing worse that looking at dark shadows and trying to figure out what the room looks like or seeing nothing at all!

When a Realtor doesn't put in good pictures, they are not marketing the property. 


Sep 30, 2011 04:52 PM #34
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029


Well, let's try this again. Looks like AR did it's thing again this morning...

Good Morning, Craig. I see this far too often with lazy real estate agents. There are some that need to do everyone a public service and get out of the business. Congrats on the feature...

Sep 30, 2011 11:07 PM #35
Toronto, ON

Hey Craig - You are lucky that you can get credit for sending out new listings at 4 am while you sleep.  My MLS sends the automatic updates out shortly after midnight.

Oct 01, 2011 12:18 AM #36
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Excellent Post Craig Rutman!  And this is why you sir are the Realtor of choice in the Raleigh/Cary/Apex area of NC!  You know what has to be done to market a home and you do it beautifully! 

Oct 01, 2011 01:00 AM #37
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Craig, some agents are so anxious to get the listing into the system that they fail to get all of the materials ready first. Taking enough photos to put into the system is as important as putting the number of bedrooms. First impressions do matter, and an agent that doesn't want to make a spectacular first impressions,m doesn't really want to get the house sold.

On the other hand, I do like it when my clients comment that they liked the last home that I sent them. Got to like that automatic sentry

Oct 01, 2011 01:40 AM #38
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

You and me both Craig.  Some offices at the Jersey Shore have secretaries enter the listing.  Once it's in the MLS the agent goes in and loads the pictures...but for me and my clients it's too late!   

Oct 01, 2011 02:15 AM #39
Jennifer Chiongbian
Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses - Manhattan, NY
Real Estate Broker - NYC

That is a pet peeve of mine, having no photos of the listing up or puting up really crappy ones that it may have actually been better to maybe leave it without a photo!  It's so affordable to hire a professional photographer these days, there is no excuse.

Oct 01, 2011 03:44 AM #40
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Hey everyone,

Thank you one and all for stopping on by and taking the time to comment on my post today.

I see from everyone's comments that this is a big issue and pet peeve for nearly all of you too.

Hopefully, any agent who doesn't insert pictures on day one will see this post, and all of your comments, and do the right thing by their clients going forward.

Thanks again for your input here.

It is sincerely appreciated.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Oct 01, 2011 05:47 AM #41
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Craig, I was just thinking of doing a similar post.  I recently showed two homes to the same client and the first only had one exterior picture of the front of the house and the second had a picture of the American flag in the front yard...just the flag...no house.  The second home actually turned out to be nice, but you sure couldn't tell it by the flag picture.  I still might do that post.

Oct 01, 2011 12:17 PM #42
Jacki Shodja
Home Staging in Orange County and LA - Ladera Ranch, CA

THANK YOU< THANK YOU!! I just posted a blog myself referring to the fact that some listings only show a photo of the outside of the house, or no photo. It makes me wonder, "what is so bad about the interior that you could not show it?" or even worse, that you didn't care enough to do more!!

Thanks for the post!

Oct 01, 2011 12:38 PM #43
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Oh, sure. Here's a topic we can all agree on. Your 2nd house picture looks an awful lot like the house I photographed for my short sale and foreclosure post.

Oct 01, 2011 02:45 PM #44
Coleen DeGroff
eXp Realty - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL
Hi Craig - For goodness sake - pics should go into MLS at the time the listing is entered! When a home enters the MLS that is it's big debut into the market. You only get ONE shot at that. Geez. This isn't rocket science.
Oct 01, 2011 04:53 PM #45
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Nick - Do the post Nick. The more we address this, the less it'll happen... hopefully! Maybe the flag was selling for $200,000 with a free house included in the flag purchase price!

Jacki - It's a shame that we even have to write posts on this topic. This is the type of thing, that if everyone is doing their job, should never be an issue.

Jill - Ahhh, the old tobacco shack. We still have a lot of them in our rural areas.

Colleen - Thank you for summing it up PERFECTLY Colleen. Tis isn't rocket science!

Oct 02, 2011 06:48 AM #46
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Craig, I know I'm way behind on commenting, but this just smacks of unprofessionalism. Basically, get your (damned)ducks in a row before you go LIVE. It makes everyone look bad.

Oct 03, 2011 03:49 PM #47
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Gayle - You said it perfectly. It's unprofessional and it makes everyone in the industry look bad. Just take a picture for goodness sakes. Even if it's only one picture. But do your job.

Oct 04, 2011 02:34 AM #48
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Craig, nice angle with the cost of the flag...thanks buddy...I'm ripping that idea off from you.

Oct 04, 2011 11:30 AM #49
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