If a picture is worth a 1000 words, why do most agents just take 1???

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Real Estate Agent with Weichert Realtors - Hibble & Associates

In this age of slide shows, virtual tours, digital this and digital that, I am confused by many Realtors out there and there picture practices. In my local MLS you can plaster a zillion pictures out there for both Realtors and potential1203 Dartmouth St Front buyers to view. But, if you look at 100 listings on the MLS, about 85 of them will have just one picture for everyone to view. For all of those agents I have one simple question......

WHY????? 

If you are going to market a property, actually market it, don't you think showing people your product would be a good idea. I can see the front of the house by driving by. Let me see the rest of it.

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 While I am on a roll, what about that guy that only takes one picture and that picture shows the mirror and window of the agents car.(I know you have all seen this picture out there somewhere and for the life of me I can not find one to post here) Not only was that agent not able to open the door of the house to get pictures, but the agent also couldn't open the car door. 

All I am saying is that if you are a Realtor, you have a camera. And, if you have a camera, take pictures. Take Lots and Lots of Pictures! 

Todd Jones - Your Scranton, Clarks Summit Realtor 

 

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Todd Jones - Associate Broker/Office Manager

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Teri Deane
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Don't get me going on photos. . .oh, my I've seen some amazingly bad ones (shots of the bathroom where only the toilet shows and the seat is up, ewwww; of the bedroom showing only a chest of drawers; and shots where the flash reflects in a mirror or window, etc.).  Always, if there are only shots of the outside I wonder how crappy is the interior?

At least these agents are trying by using SOME photos.  Better are the ones with lots and lots of photos and panoramas.  Whenever I see a listing with just a few or no photos, I feel that the sellers are getting a raw deal from that agent. . .there's no excuse for that in this market.  And if you're not a shutter-bug, just hire a professional company to take the photos for you (I use OBEO because they get way better photos than I ever could) and the cost is not that much.

About the exterior photo showing the car mirror. . .in our area the MLS will take an exterior shot of every property that gets listed unless the agent uses their own photos.  When it gets busy and they have a lot of homes to "shoot" the MLS photographers don't bother to get out of the car. . .they just slow down and go "click."

November 26, 2007 09:54 PM
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Calvin Neely
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I am constantly amazed at the poor quality and quantity of pictures that most agents post.  Many sites allow you to post 10-25 pictures, but most agents only bother with the one view of the front of the house.  Take 30 and pick out 10 good ones, without the dirty laundry on the sofa, the messy bed or the dirty dishes in the sink. 

 The web is a great marketing tool, but only if it is used properly.  Thanks for a great reminder. 

December 06, 2007 03:06 PM
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I feel that the photos are the first impression to the buyers and you should PRIDE yourself on the photos you take!!!

 

BTW- thanks for stopping by!

December 18, 2007 08:30 PM
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Angie Vandenbergh
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Hi Todd, Yes I agree. I don't understand why agents just don't fill up the photos. There's no extra charge to put them in the mls. With idx, many (too many to list) now pull those photos from the mls. Most of our mls's restrict to 10 photos. So I would expect everyone to upload 10 photos. There are a few exceptions with land or homes where it is better not to see certain parts :) But even with land I think it is good to have some pictures. A lot of people make an exception for land and don't post pics, but I still think land should have pictures too.
December 19, 2007 12:20 PM
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william Jimenez - A CRM designer, Real Estate Broker, Web Site

Howdy Todd,

 

The crazy thing is that some agents submit the listing into the MLS and say, "I'll go take some pictures today and load up all 20".. The problem is that once they hit submit, many of the IDX platforms will now show no picture for that property even though the upload later.

 So, I hope your blog reminds everyone to submit pictures FIRST, and then submit into the MLS. 

 Thanks for your update!

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