Okay. Not everyone wants to pay for professional photographs. I disagree with that decision, but I understand it. Some agents are pretty good with their cellphones, and can take a decent shot.
In this instance, however, the agent is listing a two bedroom, two bath condo in downtown Evanston, for almost half a million dollars. All of the photos in the listing are obviously shot with the agent's cell phone... they're blurry and dark and not a very good representation of the property. Certainly not doing the property any favours.
And before you say "well, maybe she's selling her own property"... the listing is not marked as "agent owned", and I looked up the title, and it's not her name as the owner.
But overall, here's my biggest issue. This photo that I've posted is her first picture on the listing. The one that's supposed to draw the potential buyers in. I won't get into the quality of the photo, and the fact that it's not clear which property is for sale, and it's kinda dark... but she's got two police cars in the picture, which I suppose could cause buyers to wonder "gee, is this a safe area?"... besides that, if you look toward the bottom of the photo, you'll see there are raindrops... raindrops on her #$%ing windshield.
For the commission on an almost half a million dollar listing, she couldn't even be bothered to get out of her car to take the lead photo!
This. This is one of the reasons that real estate agents have a bad reputation.
Also... don't worry... there is not someone out there risking their life on an i-beam. That is a wonderful sculpture
installation in downtown Evanston called The Encounter Created by artist Hubertus von der Goltz and installed in 2009.