Bad MLS Photos

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Real Estate Agent with Sound Realty

Do you do something every day to help the real estate market improve?

It's an odd question given most agents are just waiting for good things to happen. But I'm offering this small challenge.

Spend just FIVE MINUTES every day doing something that will help the market.

A small thing.

 

You are in the mls looking at new listings and you see a tilted house. You know we all see them most every day! 

Take that photo, straighten it out and send it to the listing agent all fixed up.

 

DEMONSTRATION

Below is a good example of a tilted house, albeit one that is supposed to be tilted for some odd reason. :)

I saved it....

 

bad mls photos

 

I straghtened it...and cleaned it up a bit with a little cropping. Took me less than 5 minutes. Probably more like two minutes.

 

 

Unfortnately many agents will laugh at the tilted photo and wonder why the seller hired THAT agent.

Let's assume the BEST and know that the seller had a good reason to hire them that has nothing to do with their photo taking or editing skills.

Whether I know the agent or not, I email them the "fixed" photo. They thank me and replace their tilted photo with the straightened version.

 

HOW SIMPLE IS THAT!?!? Consider it your "good deed for the day" and Be part of the solution...vs part of the problem. 

Sometimes the agent calls and asks me how I fixed the photo...well then I have the opportunity to Teach them to Fish! How GREAT is that!?

IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE AN AGENT WHO DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO DO WHAT I DID ABOVE IN 2 MINUTES OR LESS...SHOOT ME AN EMAIL. BAD PHOTOS ARE RAMPANT IN THE MLS...LET'S HELP IMPROVE THAT.

 

And to BROKERS of COMPANIES...take the time to look at ALL the ACTIVE listings of your agents today...and help your agents with better photos of their listings. It's the LEAST you can do...and yet so many Brokers and Office Managers do not even take the time to LOOK at the photos of their listings. Help your agents and help yourself at the same time. It's a poor reflection on your Company to have Bad MLS Photos.

 

Fix that today. It may be a spit in the bucket, but it's something and it's good and it's easy peasy one, two, threesie!

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Kim Waldron
Best View Imaging

I absolutely agree with you and there is no but coming.  You are the real estate agent and you are absolutely the expert in your market and on your clients...no photographer should be telling you different. 

From my perspective the goal of a professional photographer should be to help you acheive your goal...to SELL the house.  They are there to capture and edit photos so that you have your choice of which angles and features you prefer to showcase.  

 

They are there to assist you with the marketing and sale of your listing...PERIOD.

June 10, 2011 09:40 PM
Rainmaker
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Stephanie Leon - Miami Lakes Luxury Real Estate - Realtor®
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A photo says a million words...

June 10, 2011 09:45 PM
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Kim Waldron
Best View Imaging

I absolutely agree with you on the hardwood floors being a major selling point and placing photos on the wall effecting the perceived height of the room.  In this particular case we aim at homes priced under that million dollar mark which means many of these homes are staged between the agents and the homeowner instead of by a professional stager.  

I would love to have you take a look at our portfolio and let me know what you think of those photos (i'm still somewhat new to this blogging thing so I don't have many up here yet).  You definitely know what you are talking about and I would love to hear what you have to say and learn from your real estate experience.  

 

 

June 10, 2011 09:58 PM
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ARDELL DellaLoggia
Sound Realty

Kim,

I'd love to meet you. I'll shoot you an email.

Earlier this year I sold a home in Queen Anne and used my blog and facebook to help pull one of the photos because I had 16 I liked and could only use 15. It was a fun interaction that included my facebook friends, my blog readers and the sellers of the home. 

Most of the discussion was on facebook vs the blog. A unique experience that also helped promote the home. In fact an agent bought it. LOL!

I do my own light staging, or full staging of occupied homes. You'll notice I try to pull the eye UP vs down with accent pieces. 

I always tell stagers and sellers, don't sit down to look at your finished product. Walk QUICKLY through the house, because the buyers aren't going to sit in every room the way you do. Staging and decorating are not the same artform.

http://www.realtown.com/Ardell/blog/seattle-real-estate/seattle-queen-anne-home-for-sale-599950

I also tell them to hold their arms out like a penguin and walk quickly through the house the way a buyer will. If their hand bangs into something while walking...you have to move things around until the walk flow doesn't cause a bruise on your hands. :) "Walk Like a Penguin" is one of the things my clients remember most about what I've said in a listing presentation. It works! :)

Look forward to meeting you.

June 11, 2011 01:50 AM
Rainer
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Kim Waldron
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I love the idea of using your facebook page and blog to choose which photo to get rid of...that is a great way to get other people involved with and aware of what you are doing.  

Also I must say I am in love with the Walk Like a Penguin idea.  Both useful and memorable. 

I'm looking forward to meeting you as well.

June 11, 2011 12:42 PM
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