What No Pictures?

Real Estate Agent with The Keyes Company 3195704

Today everyone is going high-tech, as we can see here on active rain. The latest courses being offered at the local boards are about Bloging, Search Engines and getting a Internet presents. It is an exciting new world for the Real Estates Industry. I can say that my plate is full with new opportunities using this new technology.

I am also surprised in the number of listing that have zero pictures and 80% of the amenities are blank. I try my best not to skip over these listings since I just may find that diamond in the rough for my customer. Every I come across a blank listing and do my homework and check it out more I pretty much find the same thing, the poorly listed home does not show well and the listing are not even in the market. I still get more excited when the search finds home that are match my criteria and then have some meat and bone in the listings.

I feel it will be an up hill battle, if not an impossible transition to the high-tech world for the agents that can't upload picture or even fill out the amenities, who will they ever set up a web-page or write a blog. The time is coming where 90% is started on the Internet, and if these agents don't join the system soon they will be left out.

I'm not sure why someone would buck this trend since it has made our jobs so much easier. I can remember the day of searching the MLS by books 3inches thick, and send photo off to be added to the listings. No day if you see a error in your listing you do need to wait till the next book come out to see the correction, you can take action and see the results most of the time right away. So why would anyone not want to get on the band wagon?


Comments (4)

Michele Reneau
Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor - Summerville, SC
Realtor, GRI ~ Charleston, SC Relocation Experts Team
I agree with you. The multiple photos are the best marketing tools and probably one of the least expensive. It's time to think outside the box and also include photos of amenties and what's across the street and what does the house back up to. Houses without photos are skipped over by buyers b/c they also assume it must not be too pretty inside if the agent isn't proud enough to include interior photos.
Apr 27, 2008 10:41 AM
Cathy & Gary Elmore
Coldwell Banker Tomlinson N - Deer Park, WA


I totally agree, but to my knowledge here in Ocean Shores there are no agents who lack the skills you discribe, never really thought about it but you are right on.  I update our listings on MLS, upload, maniupulate and change photos.  Really good point.  Our elder stateswoman of Real Estate agents just retired think she was 87, but she had a computer!

Apr 27, 2008 10:42 AM
Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate
I agree.  The internet has made the realtors job so much easier.  It's also very difficult for me to take much interest in a listing with no pictures.
Apr 27, 2008 11:11 AM
Roy T Robinette
the Real Estate Firm - Springfield, IL
I've seen properties with pictures...the pictures were for a  3bedroom, 1 bath home and the realtor had only 4 pictures...the listing was priced right and the property was on the market for a total of 11 months.... HMMMMMMMM...what could be wrong?..... the pictures were of the exterior........ could that be the reason the property Expired........LOL
Apr 27, 2008 11:40 AM