Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA (Winston Realty, Inc.)

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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It's the sellers decision. The agent could just be following instructions of sellers that don't want photos of their house, belongings, etc plastered all over the internet. Could be they don't want family members to recognize the house? Could be divorce, a lawsuit, child custody, or many other reasons.

Jun 17, 2015 11:05 PM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

The MLS doesn't police agents.  It's absolutely the sign of an agent who doesn't care when they take only a few pics and bad ones at that.

Jun 17, 2015 10:33 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

If one is the minimum requirement that's what you'll get a lot of the time. Sometimes property, like land and condemmed buildings don't warrant a picture, a description is more effective in cettain scenarios. How many ways can you photograph dirt?

Jun 17, 2015 11:32 PM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

While there is absolutely NO excuse for the quality of some of the photos I see in the MLS, I don't believe in setting minimums.  Some sellers are very private and do not want photos online, however, most of the time, it is just the way the agent does business - and I am HAPPY to have that level of incompetence as my competition. 

Jun 17, 2015 11:19 PM
Ed Macias
Real Estate Teammates - Miami, FL
Miami FL-REO Property Management Multifamily

Lazy agent. I saw a night picture. How lazy do you have to be to do that?? What does that tell you? That is probably the last time that agent is going to visit the listing. Just keep that listing on your list of expired or cancelled listings to prospect. 90% chance it's going to happen.

Jun 17, 2015 11:16 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

There is no excuse for poor photographs in marketing materials. Smart home sellers will take a close look at the marketing materials and photographs used in recent listings before selecting an agent.

Jun 17, 2015 11:12 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Absolutely NOT....... 

unless the MLS will protect the intellectual property of the agent. Instead, the MLS will sysdicate the agent created property and give it FREELY to Zilow who will allow any future buyer, seller, investor, citizen to use those images without consent of anyone. (that pertains to everything you write on AR also) 

Until the MLS PROTECTs agent IP rights, only minimal data should be provided through the MLS and the agent can them submit BRANDED data/images to the syndication operators.

Of course there are MANY other reasons for one image, such as the level of service the seller selected, seller provided and instucted 'Use this image" or the reality, pictures of the interior will add no value. Serious buyers  for THIS real estate in that community will know what they must do. Those who are NOT SERIOUS are weeded out by distracting them with the absence of pictures.

Give us a link and we can all work from the same set of information.

Jun 17, 2015 10:37 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

That is the sign of an agent that is not very good. Our MLS started fining agents that failed to put any pictures with the listing.  Now they are required to at least have one when entering the listing.  others can be added later.

Jun 18, 2015 10:44 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Winston Heverly - good idea to have minimum pictures.

However, I have a listing now that I hardly can put 5 pictures needs so much of TLC....

Jun 18, 2015 07:00 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

It is hard enough to get people to get one photo.

Jun 18, 2015 05:49 AM
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

Hi, All good responses and ones I may have overlooked as to the reasons behind them. That being said, and by reading the broker notes I will give a few a pass as to why not more than one. The main reason in my opinion is just being LAZY 93% of the time, there by giving no excuse why you lack marketing skills in this day of snap happy professionals. 

Jun 18, 2015 05:07 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't know Winston.  Other than they must be lazy.

Jun 18, 2015 04:55 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Winston Heverly Could be a number of reasons. Jeff Pearl summed it up nicely.

Jun 18, 2015 03:01 AM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Unless the seller requested it, that is a sign of a bad agent. Maybe not their full time job, maybe they dont care, you'll never know until your working with them.

Some boards do require a minimum, the DABR (Dayton Area Board of Realtors) in Ohio requires at least 5.

Jun 18, 2015 02:47 AM
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

I would say agents are lazy as why would they only post 1 photo.  I do not understand why agents post no photos to the MLS.  Do agents think they can sell the home off of the remarks.

Jun 18, 2015 01:41 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

that's a great idea.... 

Jun 18, 2015 12:31 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Some realtors want to double-end the listing, so do that and other restrictive marketing ploys to reduce showings. That is my guess.

Jun 18, 2015 12:29 AM