Time to take those fresh MLS photos

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential

These are the photos of a single family home that I'll be showing tomorrow.  Please note that today is June 5th.  Even here in the Chicago area, there is no snow on the ground.

Granted, this property has been on the market for 161 days... when we certainly did have quite a bit of snow. But unless this house is being used as the filming location for Home Alone 6, the foreclosure saga... it's time for this lazy agent to take fresh MLS photos, showing the lush green grass, and fully-leafed out trees.  Dont'cha think?

This isn't a multi-million dollar property, but the seller deserves high quality photos, or at least "current" seasonal photos for the commission that I'm sure they're paying.  Even if it was an REO or a short-sale!

C'mon now peeps!!

(250  -34)
oh, the weather outside is frightful.

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 2929 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
847.425.3779      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
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Alan May
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Kathy - and that will cause the property to appear less desireable.

Kelly - I like the ones that say "Hurry, won't last!", and have 295 days of market time on them.

Peg - I'm not going to ask... it's their problem... I'm just showing the property.

Pfanns - well, I can't blame them... I'd rather show staged photos, than vacant photos.

Deb - time to update the photos... our managing broker often stands up at our staff meetings and says "we have 27 properties that still have snow photos in them... change them!!"

Dawn - yes!  But what a slippery slope that would be for all of us.

Alison - don't you wish they knew.

Jun 05, 2011 04:37 PM #18
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Doug Rogers
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Maybe the agent is getting a head start for the Fall? Perhaps he is more on the ball than you think!

Jun 05, 2011 04:53 PM #19
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Malcolm Johnston
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that's pretty slack Alan, it would seem the agent isn't on the ball and it makes me think that perhaps there's other things that s/he's not bothering to do and that's why the house is 161 days into the listing.

Jun 05, 2011 05:05 PM #20
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Robert & Lisa Hammerstein
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Alan - Yep this happens to those lazy real estate agents that really don't give a %$#^& about there listings. I see this on a lot of shorts and REO's up here.. Hey it happens.... what are ya gonna do? Go get the listing after it expires... that's what I'm gonna do... Just sayin...

Jun 05, 2011 05:12 PM #21
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Doug - yeah... sure!

Malcolm - very possible.

Lisa & Robert - they certainly don't appear to care.

Jun 05, 2011 06:42 PM #22
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Christine Smith
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Alan....this is one of my pet peeves, along with the ones that have summer photos and a description that says "Move in and enjoy your summer BBQs", but it's December!

Jun 05, 2011 09:46 PM #23
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Barb Van Stensel
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In the last four weeks, the weather has changed here in Chicago and I have updated twice so far with outside photos and putting up some new ones tomorrow on my listings.  Don't call me if you need help shoveling the snow in the driveway at these houses this week.  LOL!

Jun 05, 2011 09:58 PM #24
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Christine - description fail.

Barb - I'll let you know if there's snow in their yard tomorrow.

Jun 05, 2011 10:37 PM #25
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Leslie Ebersole
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Is it OK if the trees are bare as long as there isn't any snow? We had Spring late!

Jun 05, 2011 11:16 PM #26
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Tish Lloyd
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And, is it okay to have just one exterior photo, obviously shot from the car while rolling by, when we're allowed 15 per listing?  Leads folks to believe the interior must be a disaster!

Jun 06, 2011 07:28 AM #27
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Leslie - I think that's okay... as long as it doesn't look like Barren Winterfrost.

Tish - only if you can clearly see the rear view mirror in the shot!  ;-)

Jun 06, 2011 08:14 AM #28
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Sondra Meyer:
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Alan, excellent point.  I've seen the same thing here in Colorado.  Reblogging. 

Jun 06, 2011 11:08 AM #29
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Juli Vosmik
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Dang, Alan, I'm coming back to the Chicago area at the end of the month and was looking forward to playing in the snow.  What?  You mean no snow in Chicago in June?  I'll have to tell my granddaughter she should've graduated earlier, LOL.

However, I'm so in agreement with you - the dated photos SCREAM long days on market AND a very lazy agent.   Out of curiosity, did you check to see if the listing agenet even still has his/her license?  I came across two listings last week on the market for over 180 days with no price changes, no updates or changes in any way to the listing sheet.  Sure enough, I checked and the agents are no longer active.  So, the question now is, where is the broker? 

Jun 06, 2011 01:14 PM #30
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Sondra - glad you liked it.

Juli - well, it is Chicago... so who knows... stranger things have happened.

Jun 06, 2011 01:19 PM #31
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Mary Stewart
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Alan, I refresh my photos when I see changes around the property such as what is blooming and so on.  I also refresh the inside photos to make the listing visual more interesting.  Plus I also make sure NO DARK OR STRETCHED PHOTOS, this is a real pet peeve of mine.  Nice reminder, thanks.

Jun 06, 2011 02:10 PM #32
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Mary - quality photos is an entirely different (yet important) subject...

Jun 06, 2011 02:38 PM #33
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High quality photos and current photos are a must!  Sellers should insist on it! Good post.

Jun 21, 2011 12:10 PM #34
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Tamara - they should.. but oddly enough, they don't.

Jun 21, 2011 12:44 PM #35
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This week I again was working with buyers and I was disappointed in the blurry inconsistent pictures on our local MLS. Now I print out buyers tours and you can imagine how the homes with these pictures looked. I apologized for other agents.  However does this mean that SELLERS do not check their listing pictures online?  This must be it otherwise it would  not be happening this frequently.  Soon as the sellers get savvy they will realize that the are not getting proper marketing.  This was a good blog so I just had to make another comment as it really is so important.

Jul 10, 2011 07:15 PM #36
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Tamara - appreciated.

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