2009 May 26th

Every Picture Tells a Story, Don’t It?

What Were They Thinking?

Back from vacation hard at work as if I was never even away, I was doing a search for a customer on the MLS today I couldn’t help but notice something.  Why would a listing agent not post photos of the property?  Not any.  Not a single one.  More than that, on this particular listing, there was no verbal description of the condo, either.  Do they really want to sell it?  Or do they just want to sell it themselves (contrary to the spirit and possibly contractual obligations of the MLS).  I can understand if a listing is brand new, say 1 day on the market, the agent may not have the photos ready.   This one has been on the market over a week.  If I were the owner of this property I would be having a canary.

Of course, every day I see terrible photos.  Toilet bowls with the lid raised, kitchens with messy counters, unmade beds, messy closets and more.  Unfortunately, the MLS gives us only 9 opportunities to show off a property.  You would be shocked how many listings don’t have 9 photos or don’t have any at all!  Wouldn’t you want your listing agent to show your property in the best light possible?  Maybe we should start a contest for worst photo of the week.  

Weekly Wednesday Wrap up will be posted tomorrow.  Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day.  It may not feel like it but summer is really here.

  1. frank pearson

    You sound pretty shrill constantly whining about other realtor business practices – maybe some introspection would do you some good. To me it smacks of low class behavior when you show other listings disparaging your colleagues (who nominated you as the realtor cop anyway?). Overall the blog is a good source of info but your relentless attacks on members of your own profession are getting a bit old – stick to reporting data which is what you’re good at. In my opinion, majority of realtors suck anyway and you probably could have been accused of some of these same mistakes at some point in your realtor “career”.

  2. TS

    Maybe it’s a really undesirable unit with not even one good word to say about it.

  3. FAP

    Just call it a luxury unit so people won’t need a picture 🙂

  4. stan

    there is one unit on your previous listings with a picture of a baby laying on the floor. It just cracks me up.

  5. stan

    Just reduced 2 bedroom. Its the one on 510 monroe 2bedroom, 2 bath, asking 519, baby comes with the place!!! first picture…..11 down on the left

  6. BL

    It is so funny that you mention this! My husband and I laugh all the time when we check out MLS listings and there are terrible photos- such as photos of the ceiling or 4 of the kitchen and no other room. It is amazing too how they sometimes don’t post photos of the best attributes of a place. We looked at a unit where the bathroom was recently renovated and was a huge selling point and there was barely a mention of it in the listing and no photo of it in the listing! I don’t understand how sellers let this slide!

  7. Tiger


    Welcome back :-). I think it’s one of two scenarios; a seller ‘feeling the market’, or a seller who has no clue what the internet is.

    That said, I saw my share of WEIRD MLS listings; how about a picture of a closet, packed, and I mean packed, with clothes? A picture of a toilet (sold!)? A picture of a single shoe on the floor, and like stan said, a baby lol.

  8. Lori Turoff

    Frank –
    Gee – seems to me like pointing out less than professional realtor business practices might actually serve some good. A few weeks ago I wrote a post about realtors who don’t mark keys to the properties they are selling. I went back to show it again and, lo and behold, the keys were marked.

    If you are right (which I don’t necessarily think you are) and the majority of realtors do ‘suck’ then maybe bringing their shortcomings into the light of day will inspire them to do better. Do you think the consumers, both buyers and sellers, would mind if they had more and better photos and accurate descriptions of the properties for sale?

    As for who nominated me the realtor cop – it’s my blog – I get to write what ever I like, so I guess I did. The vast majority of my readers seem to appreciate the honesty and transparency I provide. If you don’t, you don’t have to read it.

    As for my “career” I put my name and resume here for all to see while you comment behind the mask of anonymity. For all we know, you may be the realtor whose less-than-perfect listing I posted. Who are you and what do you do for a living that is so praiseworthy ?

  9. buyer09

    Go away Frank. You’re an asshole.

  10. potential_buyer

    Lori – your ability to shed light on the current situation here in the Hoboken condo market has been a godsend. Finally we have a forum where data and facts are presented (and discussed) so that everyone can arrive at making better decisions. And also, thank goodness that someone is highlighting some of the pitfalls of the industry. This really assists those of us who do not have the experience. A beacon if I may say so… I guess that ruffling some feathers is just what needs to happen!

    Lori – you kick ass!

  11. dkzzzz

    My personal fav. was a picture of someones apartment with unmade bed with twisted sheets and a large dog standing on top of it.

  12. Chris

    Frank, I’m with you lousy pics makes it harder to get clients interested.

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