Help! I think my head is going to explode!

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene AB37665

It's been a while since I posted a horrible MLS photo for your amazement, so here's one for you.  Honestly, it makes me feel like my head is going to explode when I see photos like these being used to market a home!

What are people thinking?  I'd say more, but I'm speechless.  Hello, anybody home????????

Horrible MLS Photo

Sellers, please don't settle for this kind of marketing of your home!  The photos should highlight your home's best selling features, not make you wonder what that big white thing is on the cluttered counter that the guy with age spots on his hand is pointing to...  Geesh.

Janna Rankin Scharf, AB, GRI, CSP, CNS, CLHMS, provides a superior level of real estate services to home buyers and sellers in Coeur d'Alene and Kootenai County, Idaho. Visit www.JannaScharf.com to search for homes in the Coeur d'Alene MLS for anywhere in spectacular North Idaho.

Janna Rankin Scharf, 208.651.9700  NorthIdahoJanna@gmail.com

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Janna SignJanna Rankin Scharf  provides a superior level of real estate services to home buyers and sellers in Coeur d'Alene and Kootenai County, Idaho. Visit www.jannaScharf.com to search for homes in the Coeur d'Alene MLS for anywhere in spectacular North Idaho.

No matter how grand or modest your real estate dreams may be, you can turn to me in confidence.  Give me a call today and let me know what I can do to be of service to you!

Janna Rankin Scharf AB, GRI, CLHMS, PMN, SFR  208.651.9700

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Photos like that drive me NUTS!! Makes me wonder if the photographer is blind.

December 23, 2008 08:42 PM
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Robert May
Real Estate Expert & Mortgage Broker- Lethbridge
Verico Canada First Mortgage/ Rainbow Realty

hahaha, i love that one.  He looks like he is pointing at the toaster oven.

December 24, 2008 01:57 PM
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Erby Crofutt
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com)

There are some really humorous pictures posted on the various MLS.  I don't spend a lot of time looking for them, but it does make me wonder what the agent was thinking when they posted a particular photo that just DOESN'T do a home justice.  Sometimes, I think NOBODY was really looking at the photo when it was posted.

December 24, 2008 02:42 PM
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LOL!!!  When I'm fried and need a good laugh, I'll often surf the MLS for the top-offenders for things like this and look at the pictures and the descriptions.  It was a while back, but I was looking at a $3,000,000 listing and the agent wrote this in the remarks;

Traverteen floors, close to schools, to many upgrades to mention!

I hurt myself because I laughed so hard when I saw this.  There is so much wrong with that description, the agent should have immediately lost their license.  The pictures were priceless too.  3 pictures for a $3,000,000 property...2 of them totally out of focus.  

December 24, 2008 03:21 PM
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Erby Crofutt
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com)

Just makes it easier for you to get the business over those who market like they're third graders. 

December 26, 2008 05:25 AM
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Janna Scharf
Coeur d'Alene Real Estate Pro
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene

Erby - True that!

December 26, 2008 01:16 PM
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Denise Gray
Realtor SRES, Wichita Kansas Homes
Realty World Alliance

Oh my. Make you wonder if they even looked at the photos before uploading or just assumed they are an awesome photographer.

 

December 26, 2008 04:02 PM
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Chris Shouse
Realtor - Las Vegas
Lyoness USA

I do not understand how sellers can put up with this, better no pictures at all and you take pictures when you are previewing the property.

December 26, 2008 11:37 PM
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Joan Snodgrass
Midamerica Referral Network

Bad pictures make me grind my teeth in frustration, but the truth is, most sellers don't check the mls to see what is being shown to the potential buyers.

December 27, 2008 10:21 AM
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Mike Klijanowicz
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LOL!  I saw one the other day that had one of the owners sitting at their computer in the picture at their desk in the office.  I mean it was right in the middle of the picture...

December 27, 2008 11:03 AM
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Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz
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Janna - I couldn't agree with you more, it looks terrible, and what about the hand in the photo?

December 27, 2008 11:18 AM
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OK I am NOT a real estate agent, but even I know that this photo is comical!  That is pretty funny! (but not for the seller)

December 27, 2008 09:58 PM
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Bruce Brockmeier
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Hahahahaha.  Oh my.  :)

December 28, 2008 01:08 AM
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Sharon Tara
New Hampshire Home Stager
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I think the big white thing is a "set it and forget it" rotisserie oven.  Looking at the other items on the counter, is that nasal spray?  Is including the sellers presecription drugs in the photo really necessary?  The responsible agent needs a slap on the head!

December 29, 2008 10:13 AM
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Harold "Hal" Place
A1 Connection Realty, Inc.

Morning Janna,

I believe some agents mindset is, "It's only a job!" without consideration of personal reflection or doing the best for the client... How or why they remain in the business is beyond me. Furthermore, where is the Broker? This lack of professionalism is a direct reflection on the Broker business attitude as well.

December 29, 2008 10:17 AM
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Bruce & Mary Smith
REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC
Savannah Lakes Homes

What you post about a home shows how motivated you are to sell it and to provide service to your clients.  Those photos drive me crazy!

December 29, 2008 10:30 AM
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Pamela Seley, REALTOR®
Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
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I think that is the funniest picture.  I just love the pictures on the MLS that show the front of the house with cars parked in front so you can't even see what the front of the house looks like.  One picture actually had a UHaul parked in the driveway and the garage doors opened like the owners were already moving.  How's that for selling best features?

December 29, 2008 12:39 PM
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Laura Watts
Positive Properties, LLC

Janna-Oh my-It is hard to believe someone would post that picture with a arm sticking out.

December 29, 2008 09:08 PM
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Jim Frimmer
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist
HomeSmart Realty West

Well before I ever read your text, I was wondering what that big white thing on the counter was that the hand was pointing to. LOL

January 08, 2009 12:15 PM
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Hi Janna!  What is amazing to me is that Sellers don't check up on their listings--WHO would permit this type of marketing?  Who would POST it in MLS?

Debe in Charlotte

January 11, 2009 12:20 PM
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