Help! I think my head is going to explode!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene AB37665

It's been a while since I posted a horrible MLS photo for your amazement, so here's one for you.  Honestly, it makes me feel like my head is going to explode when I see photos like these being used to market a home!

What are people thinking?  I'd say more, but I'm speechless.  Hello, anybody home????????

Horrible MLS Photo

Sellers, please don't settle for this kind of marketing of your home!  The photos should highlight your home's best selling features, not make you wonder what that big white thing is on the cluttered counter that the guy with age spots on his hand is pointing to...  Geesh.

Janna Rankin Scharf, AB, GRI, CSP, CNS, CLHMS, provides a superior level of real estate services to home buyers and sellers in Coeur d'Alene and Kootenai County, Idaho. Visit to search for homes in the Coeur d'Alene MLS for anywhere in spectacular North Idaho.

Janna Rankin Scharf, 208.651.9700

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Debra Cain, Springfield Missouri Real Estate
Keller Williams Realty - Springfield, MO

Photos like that drive me NUTS!! Makes me wonder if the photographer is blind.

Dec 23, 2008 12:42 PM #2
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

hahaha, i love that one.  He looks like he is pointing at the toaster oven.

Dec 24, 2008 05:57 AM #3
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing ( - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

There are some really humorous pictures posted on the various MLS.  I don't spend a lot of time looking for them, but it does make me wonder what the agent was thinking when they posted a particular photo that just DOESN'T do a home justice.  Sometimes, I think NOBODY was really looking at the photo when it was posted.

Dec 24, 2008 06:42 AM #4
Mike D
Henderson, NV

LOL!!!  When I'm fried and need a good laugh, I'll often surf the MLS for the top-offenders for things like this and look at the pictures and the descriptions.  It was a while back, but I was looking at a $3,000,000 listing and the agent wrote this in the remarks;

Traverteen floors, close to schools, to many upgrades to mention!

I hurt myself because I laughed so hard when I saw this.  There is so much wrong with that description, the agent should have immediately lost their license.  The pictures were priceless too.  3 pictures for a $3,000,000 property...2 of them totally out of focus.  

Dec 24, 2008 07:21 AM #5
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing ( - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Just makes it easier for you to get the business over those who market like they're third graders. 

Dec 25, 2008 09:25 PM #6
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

Erby - True that!

Dec 26, 2008 05:16 AM #7
Denise Gray
Realty World Alliance - Wichita, KS
Realtor SRES, Wichita Kansas Homes

Oh my. Make you wonder if they even looked at the photos before uploading or just assumed they are an awesome photographer.


Dec 26, 2008 08:02 AM #8
Chris Shouse
Lyoness USA - Las Vegas, NV
Realtor - Las Vegas

I do not understand how sellers can put up with this, better no pictures at all and you take pictures when you are previewing the property.

Dec 26, 2008 03:37 PM #9
Joan Snodgrass
Midamerica Referral Network - Kimberling City, MO

Bad pictures make me grind my teeth in frustration, but the truth is, most sellers don't check the mls to see what is being shown to the potential buyers.

Dec 27, 2008 02:21 AM #10
Mike Klijanowicz
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Perry Hall, MD
Associate Broker @ Cummings & Co. Realtors

LOL!  I saw one the other day that had one of the owners sitting at their computer in the picture at their desk in the office.  I mean it was right in the middle of the picture...

Dec 27, 2008 03:03 AM #11
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Janna - I couldn't agree with you more, it looks terrible, and what about the hand in the photo?

Dec 27, 2008 03:18 AM #12
Susan Gonzalez Faux painting murals atlanta
Marietta Mural & Decorative Design - Atlanta, GA

OK I am NOT a real estate agent, but even I know that this photo is comical!  That is pretty funny! (but not for the seller)

Dec 27, 2008 01:58 PM #13
Bruce Brockmeier
Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS® - Yorba Linda, CA
Coached By Crouch

Hahahahaha.  Oh my.  :)

Dec 27, 2008 05:08 PM #14
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I think the big white thing is a "set it and forget it" rotisserie oven.  Looking at the other items on the counter, is that nasal spray?  Is including the sellers presecription drugs in the photo really necessary?  The responsible agent needs a slap on the head!

Dec 29, 2008 02:13 AM #15
Harold "Hal" Place
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL

Morning Janna,

I believe some agents mindset is, "It's only a job!" without consideration of personal reflection or doing the best for the client... How or why they remain in the business is beyond me. Furthermore, where is the Broker? This lack of professionalism is a direct reflection on the Broker business attitude as well.

Dec 29, 2008 02:17 AM #16
Bruce & Mary Smith
Savannah Lakes Homes - McCormick, SC
REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC

What you post about a home shows how motivated you are to sell it and to provide service to your clients.  Those photos drive me crazy!

Dec 29, 2008 02:30 AM #17
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

I think that is the funniest picture.  I just love the pictures on the MLS that show the front of the house with cars parked in front so you can't even see what the front of the house looks like.  One picture actually had a UHaul parked in the driveway and the garage doors opened like the owners were already moving.  How's that for selling best features?

Dec 29, 2008 04:39 AM #18
Laura Watts
Positive Properties, LLC - Laurinburg, NC

Janna-Oh my-It is hard to believe someone would post that picture with a arm sticking out.

Dec 29, 2008 01:08 PM #19
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Well before I ever read your text, I was wondering what that big white thing on the counter was that the hand was pointing to. LOL

Jan 08, 2009 04:15 AM #20
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Janna!  What is amazing to me is that Sellers don't check up on their listings--WHO would permit this type of marketing?  Who would POST it in MLS?

Debe in Charlotte

Jan 11, 2009 04:20 AM #21
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