Realtors, Some of the Photos Put on MLS....Oh My !

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Real Estate Agent with HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone 780403182

 

 

Some of the Photos I Have Been Seeing on MLS....Oh My !

 

 Today I was researching the MLS for one of my buyers and I am pretty amazed at the photos I have been seeing in the listings. I research the MLS each day for new listings, price changes, sold, pending  and  what I have been seeing in the photo section are photos that leave a lot to be desired. 

Dark Living Room


Sometimes I think no photo is better than photos that are dark, where one can barely see what is in the room let alone a room that is probably actually inviting.

 

    Oh this is difficult to See

 Light and Bright Living Room

 A Better View, not perfect a little bright, but at least you can see the room

 Photos of the bed.  What? I want to see as much of the bedroom as possible, not only the bed.  

Photos of the toilet, and many with the lid up, another what are you thinking. There is not a buyer or seller that I have known that is pleased with that photograph.  

Photos that are filled with clutter, hey where did the room go.

Photos that are stretched and look as though you are looking through a fishbowl or looking at the funny mirror at the fair are not attractive and hard to see. 

Fuzzy photos are also hard to look at, maybe someone was not wearing their glasses when they took those photos, clear photos are easy and inviting to look at.

Photos need to tell a story, a story of the home that is listed.  When filled with good light and angles of the room suggesting how the room may be furnished, plus the ambiance of the room, then the viewer is intrigued and wants to see more. I want people to actually want to see the house and when the MLS only gives you a certain amount of space for photos so it is important that the story is told. I believe it makes the viewer want to see more.

My feeling is we have an obligation to the seller who has entrusted us with the marketing of their home that they want to sell.  It is our job to make sure the public sees the home in the best light possible, to be inviting and make the public want to see more. To make someone want to see and perhaps buy the home. 

I don't care if it is a bank owned home, short sale or sellers who want to sell, good photos  matter.

As a caveat I must also say, I have seen some beautiful photos of homes that tell a great story and my hat is always off to those Realtors who make sure that happens.

Some of the Photos I have been seeing on the MLS lately is a real, Oh My !

 

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Comments (16)

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hey Mary, Happy New Year - it's great to see you in the Rain. What isn't great to see are all those photo faux pas in MLS. There are some doozies...if an agent can't take good photos, hire a professional to come in and do it for you. I had a high end listing last year - 2010 last year - :) and for the life of me I couldn't get good photos of it...always dark. I had to hire someone to take the photos - it was well worth it.

Jan 05, 2012 07:28 AM
Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas

Dark photos, potty shots with lids up, sinks with dirty dishes, unflattering shots of rooms with heaps of items/boxes.  And I ask "what was the agent thinking"?  The first impression begins with the photos, if you can't take good shots then please don't do the dis-service of uploading them on MLS.  Of course when a see a listing without photos my first thought .. must be a mess or lazy agent!  Sounds like we share in pet peeves!

Jan 05, 2012 08:00 AM
Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

Hi Debb,

I have been very quiet lately in the Rain but that is beginning to change.  It is a place I love to be.  For the life of me I cannot figure out why some Agents take such horrid pictures and them post them to their listing.  I would be willing to bet the listings I went through today, and it was a lot, that 85 percent had bad photos.  It only takes a few minutes to put on photo shop lighten, brighten, focus whatever.  If one's camera does not work well do as you did and hire it done.

I have to say some of the photos were really good and most of those you can see were done professionally.  The time on the market was less as well, so who knows.

Jan 05, 2012 08:08 AM
Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

Hi Connie,

You are so right the first impression is one of the most important and it does begin with the photos.  The public is pretty finicky and if they cannot see what a place looks like they pass it over a lot of times.  We don't because we are agents and it is different for us, however I won't lie, I do on occassion pass some by. I believe in hiring it done if I am not able to take good photos like Debb said she did.  Well worth it.

Jan 05, 2012 08:12 AM
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Mary, I SO AGREE with you.  With over 90% of home searches beginning on the internet, the photos are SO very important.  Just yesterday, when searching for a client, I came across a listing with 67 photos - many were duplicates of a room just from different angles - none were very interesting.  And, get this, the 67th photo was the front picture of the home which was wonderfully landscaped and very neat and trimmed - great curb appeal.  But, I doubt many would have taken the time to get to that 67th photo.  The ONLY reason I did was because the amount of listings in this particular neighborhood which fit my clients' needs were VERY limited.  And, yes, we are looking at that home tomorrow.  

Jan 05, 2012 08:24 AM
Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

Wow Juli it is pretty amazing don't you think? How many people even agents would wade through all those photos. Our MLS only allows for 16 photos plus the first photo is required to be of the front of the home. A good requirement I believe. Good luck with your showing I hope they will love it Anne you will be writing an offer.

Jan 05, 2012 11:02 AM
Linda Urbick
RealtyOne Group - San Ramon, CA
Selling San Ramon Valley - 925-786-5132

It is so disappointing to see crummy photos. I often wonder if the sellers get to see what their agents put on the MLS. And so many times the photos are misleading--when you get to the property and it doesn't look like the pictures. And please everyone - put the toilet lid down - no one wants to see a toilet.

Jan 05, 2012 01:32 PM
Ken Brandon
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage (Jacksonville, NC) - Jacksonville, NC
Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC

This is why it is important for sellers (particularly in this market) to have someone that understands the value of marketing and that has proven results for getting homes sold. Your clients can be happy that you understand the importance of things like this.

Jan 05, 2012 03:54 PM
Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

Hi Linda,

I am with you all the way.  I also wonder if the sellers see the listings however they can go on line and check it out if they wish to.  My sellers always check it out although I give them copies of everything.  The Toilet seat lid,,,please is right, put it DOWN !

Jan 06, 2012 11:49 AM
Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

Hi Ken,

Thanks for the compliment and you are correct, it is very important for sellers to have an agent who cares and understands marketing and the value it brings. I do know there are a lot of agents who provide this, but photos that detract...oh my!

Jan 06, 2012 11:51 AM
Susan Harding, HomeStar Video Tours
Portland, OR
Showcasing You and Your Listings, 855-579-6284

So true Mary!  And I do think it would be better to not even have a photo if someone is going to post a dark, uninviting view of the house.   Well lit, wide angle, uncluttered photos are so important.  As you said...oh my!   

Jan 08, 2012 05:32 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Came back to say thanks and love ya back. I appreciated your visit on my recent milestone post. We really "must" get together soon. ;)

Jan 09, 2012 05:49 AM
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Yesterday an agent who hires us to provide staging consultations for his clients just posted pictures of a new listing.  I had given the sellers a consultation and know that he has been frustrated they have been taking so long in preparing the home for sale -- it was a rental and needed lots of work.  I was sickened when I saw the photos yesterday.  Obviously taken with a low quality camera AND they were in the middle of cleaning and getting the work done.  The photos were bad, the rooms a mess.  Bye bye big wow first impression for all the agents who saw this on the hot sheet -- they will not be tempted to show it!  This agent is some I work with well and respect . . . do I tell him how to do his job and not to do this poor representation for his clients?  Probably not!

On the flip side - I work many agents who wait until everything is PERFECT before photographing and also use a professional photographer (so much more affordable than most people think).  You can imagine whose properties are selling the quickest.

 

Jan 18, 2012 01:50 AM
Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

Hi Susan,

I am so sorry I did not acknowledge your comment sooner, I missed it for some reason.  I just cannot figure out what is wrong with listing agents who provide such poor photos.  Does not matter to me what the price of the home is or where it is located, I believe the object is to get the house sold for the best price possible for the sellers that begins with good photos showing the home in the best light possible. That is part of the reason you do what you do, at least that is my guess.

Jan 18, 2012 03:20 AM
Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

Debb let us look at our calenders.  Perhaps after the first of the coming month.  I look forward to a good visit.  M

Jan 18, 2012 03:21 AM
Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

Good Morning Margaret,

Wow is all I can say on that one.  I would think if you have a good relationship with the agent and have good dialog, you could carefully broach the subject, if you feel it is appropriate, I know it bothers you (it would me). You could ask if they were temporary photos (LOL), but as well you do not want your reputation tarnished when the sellers see such poor photos.  People do talk especially emotional sellers if these people are emotional.  The agent should not have been upset that they were taking so long, the owners might have had a lot going on. Understanding is key isn't it.

I agree there are a lot of Realtors as well that take excellent photos or have them professionally done. Can really make a difference.  Thank you so much for commenting, I love to hear the stories and experiences, makes me a little more well rounded.

Jan 18, 2012 03:31 AM

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