Can anyone think of a real estate agent who doesn't have a camera? Even in our cell phones we have picture-taking capabilities. So why is it that when I'm in the MLS looking at a listing that's over 30 days old there's still not even one photo of the property?
I belong to several MLS systems. My local closed-board MLS lets us put in 8 photos, and doesn't let the listing go actively to the MLS membership without at least one photo. That's progress in a way, but I really wish they'd let us put in more than 8 photos. I would say that we need more than 8 photos on any listing -- heck, I like to use three just on the exterior to show different angles and the setting! There's another MLS I belong to that so far hasn't stopped me when putting in photos. I think that on average, in that MLS I put 15 photos of a listing up and a couple of them have more than 20. Even on the properties that are, shall I say, 'cosmetically challenged' I'll have at least three photos to start.
With gas prices being so insane and with so much property on the market -- at least here in Southern California -- I would think that more photos in the MLS would be a good thing! How many photos do you put in a listing on average, and how many are you allowed to place into your MLS? I'd really like to hear some feedback on this one... :)
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