No Excuse for Bad MLS Pictures

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Star View Real Estate CO: II100035296

There is no excuse for bad MLS pictures.

Pasture in ElbertYears ago….the internet didn’t exist.   It is my understanding that Realtors carried books around that showed what properties were on the market.   Those MLS books were printed out maybe once a week.  Digital cameras were unheard of.   The high tech Realtors had pagers……  If people wanted photographs for their flyers, they took their film down to the store to be developed.   Depending on what you purchased, a roll of film could hold between 12-36 photographs. 

When I started selling  real estate about 15 years ago, Realtors were being highly encouraged to purchase their own laptop or computer.   Not only did I have a lap top, I had a digital camera.  It seems like that camera could only hold about a dozen pictures.    Since we couldn’t post very many pictures on the MLS, it didn’t seem like a big deal.    

Today it is different.     Although the number varies between MLS’s, lots of pictures can be posted on the MLS as well as virtual tours. 

Horse GrazingThis afternoon, I am going back to one of my listings to take more pictures.   My camera counter says that I’ve already taken over 200 photographs.    This will be the third time that I’ve taken pictures of this particular property.     Spring comes late in Colorado.  Everything was still brown in the first set of pictures.    The second time that I went out, the sky became very overcast within minutes of my arrival.   While, I was able to take a few pictures that I liked, most looked drab.    

With today’s digital cameras and the ease of uploading photographs to the MLS, there is no reason why there should be bad photographs on the MLS.  If the pictures don’t look good, go take some more and replace the less desirable ones.     

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Sondra Meyer, CPA

Colorado Horse Property Specialist

 

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Kristine Ginsberg
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Sondra - we have come such a long way! Staging didn't even exist and is still a new concept to many people.

I do the same thing when my photos aren't great and like you I've gone back and updated photos since the trees just bloomed and what a difference it makes. MLS photos are so important when 90% of buyers are shopping on line!

May 03, 2012 11:06 AM
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Roy Kelley
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Excellent post on a very timely topic.  Real estate sellers should demand high quality photography.  When interviewing agents, it is a good idea to look at their previous listing and their internet presence.

A high percentage of agents do not even edit their pictures even though services such as ipiccy.com are available free of charges.

May 03, 2012 01:26 PM
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Debbie Laity
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Bad MLS, or worse yet NO MLS, photos are a pet peeve of mine. I don't understand it in this day and age of technology. It's too easy to take a lot of pictures and it doesn't cost any more, and you can delete the bad ones.

May 03, 2012 05:52 PM
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William Johnson
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Hi Sondra, For sure this is a true statement. There is no excuse. That's why I think that to produce that sort of carelessness should be a violation of the Fiduciary the agent owes the Seller. That can spell big liability issues if the reputation or value of the house was jeopardized.
May 03, 2012 10:25 PM
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Peg Barcelo
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Amen, Sondra! No one is going to view the home if the MLS pix don't make a great impression! I love downloading all my pix and then finding the best of the bunch!

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