Why are there so many terrible pictures on the MLS? It's not just the local MLS, it's every syndicated website on the Internet, including Realtor dot com, Zillow and every other site that pulls listings from your local MLS.
Here are some of my beliefs:
1. The agent listing the property is doing so at a drastic reduction in typical commission (or is working for free) and simply does not care about the outcome of the sale. (See most builder photo's).
2. The listing agent is working a short-sale, foreclosure or other type of distressed sale and..... refer to number 1.
3. The listed property is a lease ..... refer to number 1.
4. The agent listing the property has a multitude of reasons to "not care." One example could be that he or she is working on behalf of a friend or family member (see number one) and that family member has no access to the internet so there is zero accountability.
A person considering hiring a listing agent should take the time to review current listings by the person they are about to hire. It doesn't take a seasoned Realtor to take pride in what they do. Real estate agents don't require special training or ridiculously high end equipment to make your property shine on the mls. It's not hard to take a good quality photo and it's even easier to learn how to adjust the hue & contrast.