Murfreesboro TN Homes: A Tutorial On How NOT To Take Pictures of Your Listings! These Pics Cost The Seller A Showing!

A Tutorial On How NOT To Take Pictures of Your Listings! These Pics Cost The Seller A Showing!

When I list a Murfreesboro TN home for sale the first step of my marketing plan is to take lots of great quality images!  The cornerstone to an effective internet marketing campaign is great photographs!

But, not all real estate agents put as much effort into photographing their listings.  There are always posts on Active Rain that complain about real estate agents who don’t take pictures of their listings!  Lack of photographs has always been a major pet peeve of mine too!  I usually assume the house must be a complete mess if the agent didn’t want to showcase any pictures, but we all know that sometimes it’s just because the listing agent is lazy.

But, what about those listings you come across that have pictures that make you wonder...WHAT was the agent thinking!?  I’ve been searching for a home for some new clients.  They are in the upper end price range for the area so I would expect that the listings would all be marketed extremely well with lots of great photographs and virtual tours. If I were a seller in ANY price range I would expect my agent to provide attractive images on the internet.   Imagine my surprise when I came across this great listing today:

This is a slightly blurry shot of the formal dining room!  I especially like the angle that the agent used in this room.  It really makes it easy to see the size of this room and the features such as hardwood flooring, trim and windows. 

bad photographs


How about this close up of a picture window that “only needs to be trimmed out” that was chosen to be photographed as a selling point.  If you were a potential buyer, would this picture help you get a feel for the master bedroom?  Help you envision the size, or see ANY potential at all with this space?


Or then there is this wonderful picture of a room that needs a little work but all you can see is a blank wall and some clutter!  

And my all time favorite, this wonderful candid shot of...well, I’m not sure, but it looks like an open electrical box in the garage or basement.  That is certainly unique to a high end home and needs to be spotlighted with a yellow tinted picture!

So there you have it folks!  The next time you read a blog post that is complaining because the listing agent didn’t take pictures, send them to this post!  In this case, the sellers would have been better off if their agent hadn't posted ANY pictures!  We will definitely not be scheduling a showing for this special home!

If you are thinking of selling your Murfreesboro TN home, or have real estate in the Nashville Tennessee area you would like to sell, please contact me today at 615-566-3789!  I can promise you that a high quality video and digital library will be created that accurately showcases your home’s BEST features!  




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Comment balloon 93 commentsSherri Berry • October 05 2011 06:39AM


Sherri - LOL, yes, these are real gems.  I'm sure they made the buyer curious to see more.  Wow.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 8 years ago

Where are the toilet shots with the toilet seat UP?  Where are the ovens with dish towel on the handle?  

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 8 years ago

Good morning Sherri,

These are such entincing Debbie says these are real gems! A simple click of the mouse and the consumer is on to view another home :).

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 8 years ago

Sherri - I saw one the other day of a half bath, in the basement, that looked like a torture chamber....odd indeed!

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) over 8 years ago

Hopefully it's priced well below fair market value? They need something besides pictures to attract buyers.

Posted by Jeff Pearl, Full Service Full Time Realtor (RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA) over 8 years ago


Gotta luv it.... I would rather not post pictures that don't come out well than use anything like the ones you posted. The agent must think it is 2001 not 2011

Posted by Laura Gray (RE/MAX Realty Group) over 8 years ago

Sherri, if those photos are from your competition, then soon you won't have any competition. Those look worse than FSBO photos.

Melville Capps

Posted by Melissa Ostrom & Melville Capps Newton MA - The Mel and Mel Team ((617) 388-3151 | Century 21 Commonwealth) over 8 years ago

Don't complain. . they are your competition and doing a great job building more future business for you.. 

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 8 years ago

Thanks for all the comments!  This home is actually priced above the market from my perspective!  It is not a short sale or foreclosure.  

Posted by Sherri Berry, Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate (Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro) over 8 years ago

Good morning Sherri. These are funny but also really, really sad. The agent clearly had no idea what he or she was doing. If that is the way the house actually looks, one word comes to mind: next.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 8 years ago

Nice post. I have ZERO eye for photography, thus I hire a professional photographer for all my listings.

Posted by Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent (Bayou Properties) over 8 years ago

pictures like that make you wonder what the "bad" will look like when you get there... .Maybe their broker said you have to take X#of photos, and they were never told what to take pictures of???

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) over 8 years ago
I couldn't agree with you more. Quality photos are a cornerstone of our advertising efforts and a strong selling point to new clients as well.
Posted by Mark Delgado, Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h (houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove) over 8 years ago

Sherri - I couldn't agree with you on this. Sometime not having any pictures is probably better than putting up bad ones.

Posted by Mike Yeo (3:16 team REALTY) over 8 years ago

Sherri - Probably 10 times out of 10 the pictures are the first impression and sellers won't get another one.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) over 8 years ago
Sherri, that's why I hire a professional photographer. I also schedule the appointment when the sun coming in the windows doesn't create a haze distorting the image.
Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 8 years ago

I feel if there is anything we owe a client who is asking us to list their home, it's quality pictures. I've seen shots where I can't tell if I'm looking at a bed or a toilet. It's really, really sad. I feel Realtors should have a lot more pride in their work than to post pics like those above.

Posted by Margie Kopp Sorrell, Lake Oconee Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country) over 8 years ago

Sometimes it just may be best not to have any photos at all if this is the best on can use.

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) over 8 years ago

Picking out pictures like this on listings is a bit of an amusing pastime for me. I actually use pictures like the ones you posted to highlight the quality of the photos I use for marketing my clients home.

Posted by Christian Bastian, Christian Bastian - Douglas Elliman Real Estate (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Hi Sheila - I felt the same way.  I wrote this tongue in cheek but really felt sad that the agent thought these were worthy of posting on the internet!  Even if the home is a complete mess, the pictures could have been taken in a more positive light!  


Doug - Kudos to you!  Hiring a professional is the best wa to go if your budget allows!  I'm sure your sellers appreciate that a lot!

Posted by Sherri Berry, Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate (Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro) over 8 years ago

Robert - I was thinking the same thing!  How BAD must this home be that these are the best pictures the agent could come up with!  

Mark - My sellers are all appreciative of quality photographs.  Its hard to imagine that this type of work would be acceptable to anyone! 

Mike - We might have made a showing appointment based on the one outside picture.  But once we got to the interior shots there was NO way we would waste our time on this one! 

Michelle - The first impression isn't made when the buyer's arrive at the home anymore.  It is made when they preview the listing online!  Pictures are critical!

Posted by Sherri Berry, Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate (Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro) over 8 years ago

I'm with you completely on having high quality photos and we always max out the number we can use in the MLS and on our tours for clients. The one exception I've run across for not having photos as a regular practice is agents who specialize in bank owned or homes in bankruptcy court. In speaking with several of those agents in the WA State area, I've learned that to limit their liability against any appliances being stolen or taken before a sale if finalized, they limit what they are showing to the public as representation of what they're trying to sell.  This way if a former owner has gone in and stripped anything out of the home they aren't held financially responsible for the items.

Posted by Reba Haas, Team Reba, CDPE (Team Reba of RE/MAX Metro Eastside over 8 years ago

Tammie - That is awesome!  In your market a professional photographer would make a huge difference in how homes are presented.  I went to a seminar once that showed professional pictures  that really captured the smallest details, like the shower actually running water, that made a huge difference in how elegant the home looked.  You have a great work ethic and always take care of your clients!  

Posted by Sherri Berry, Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate (Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro) over 8 years ago

Margie I agree 100%!  If we take the listing we have an obligation to market it effectively and that STARTS with taking adequate photographs!  

Posted by Sherri Berry, Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate (Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro) over 8 years ago

A picture is worth a 1000 words. But, you always need to be careful of what you say.

Posted by Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore (Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance) over 8 years ago


You missed the most important one, WHY DO I NEED PICTURES, it totally amazes me how many listings that I find that do not have pictures.


Posted by Jack O'Neal (HomeSmart Elite Group) over 8 years ago

Sherri, oh yes...makes me want to run on over to see this house...well no not really...when I search homes on our MLS if the photos are bad or's usually on to the next listing.

I understand that you and Elizabeth know each other.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) over 8 years ago

Good afternoon, Sherri. I have seen listings with no photos and some that are better off without them. Lordy. I have seen some really bad shots...

Posted by Michael Thornton, Nashville Area - Photography & Videography (RadnorLake Video) over 8 years ago

Sherri, loved your description of each picture! Yes, the listing agent did a "wonderful" job of highlighting all the special features. It is embarrassing. The sellers must not have a clou how poorly presented their house is. They should be demanding for these pictures to be deleted! Dear Sellers, if you see your agents doing an "how not to sell my" - house marketing campaign, please speak up, let them know and demand they do better or you are entirely free to hire somebody better qualified. If you are in Murfreesboro, TN, I can highly recommend Sherri Wellborn!

Posted by Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond (Thompson Company, REALTORS®) over 8 years ago

Those photos are just creepy. They look like they are from a horror movie. The sellers agent defintely deserved the boot.

Posted by Aaron Seekford, Ranked Top 1% Nationwide 703-836-6116 (Arlington Realty, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Sherri- I have to echo what someone said above... if this is your competition, then you have none.  Pictures such as these open up a huge box full of questions, but the bigget one is if this is what the Realtor considers marketing a property... what does the rest of their work look like. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 8 years ago

Hey Sherri- I always use a professional photographer for my listings. I saw some of the worst pics lately on our MLS. It's amazing to me that the agent doesn't have an eye for what looks good. There's a site called hooked on houses that has a funny MLS pictures page, and if you ever need a laugh look on there.

Posted by randy holst, Not Your Typical Realtor (Sotheby's International Realty) over 8 years ago

Sherri:  Yep, these photos (or lack of them) get the award of the week. What was the agent thinking? I have to say that it has to be a guy that thinks a pic of the electrical panel is worthwhile.  Next thing you know there will be a picture of the water heater & the storm door.  Look at this!!! Wow, a storm door! Denotes the refinement in this home ..... step inside ......

I just did a post that gave the MLS stats on photos or lack of them.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 8 years ago

When there are no or few photos, I usually think that it is one of a few things

-lazy realtor

-the home owner is very private and does not want interior photos

-the home is too cluttered so that the actual photos are worse than no photos at all

-tenant occupied and photos are not allowed, or the tenant is not too neat. 

But there are no excuses for blurry photos, or photos that have not been turned around upright, or photos of toilets??

Posted by Jennifer Spanbauer Brodoway, just call jen (Lethbridge Real over 8 years ago

Wow!  Those are terrible.  My favorites are the sideways pics (true story) and the pictures of the bathroom mirror where the Realtor is actually in the picture.  

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) over 8 years ago

Pitures like that just make me shake my head. And the sad thing is, there are not only seasoned agents, but even brokers, who dare to post such pictures in the MLS. SMH, SMH......

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) over 8 years ago

I can probably find enough of these shots in my MLS to compose a large coffee table book.  It never ceases to amaze me what agents post for the public to review.  That certainly does not speak well for our industry in general.  Pure laziness and camera dummies.

Posted by Bonnie Vaughan, CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin over 8 years ago

Hi Nick - Elizabeth is an awesome realtor and great person!  She is welcome back in The Boro anytime!  Tell her hello!

Posted by Sherri Berry, Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate (Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro) over 8 years ago

You have got to wonder what these agents are drinking when they take pictures like this.  However, the prize picture of the toilet with the seat up is missing.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 8 years ago

Michael - This was a Williamson County home.  I thought maybe YOU took the pics?  Ha!

Posted by Sherri Berry, Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate (Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro) over 8 years ago

Kathy - It makes you wonder doesn't it?  I can't imagine why she woud have posted pictures this horrible.  As Aaron said, they look creepy!  Maybe it was in preparation for Halloween!

Posted by Sherri Berry, Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate (Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro) over 8 years ago

Erica - What a stunning shot of that home!  Thanks for sharing!

Jane - Haha!  There actually WAS a toilet shot but I felt like I had already added enough amusement to my post!  You've seen one toilet you've seen em all!

Posted by Sherri Berry, Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate (Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro) over 8 years ago

I have always wanted to do a website and put these kind of pictures on it.  You have to wonder what in the world they are thinking?!  And not only did they TAKE a bad picture, but then they REVIEWED the picture and posted it anyway!

Posted by Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (Falcon Property Solutions) over 8 years ago

Hi Mimi - Don't you seriously have to think that something is just not right with agents who do this?  Anyone can take a bad picture, but to voluntarily upload it to be viewed by the public is crazy!  Every single picture this agent used was bad, bad, bad!  She truly did NOT care how bad these pictures were or just has no concept that her pictures are horrible.  I left off the wonderful picture of the concrete porch slab and the customary toilet shot!

Posted by Sherri Berry, Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate (Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro) over 8 years ago

Quality, not quantity.  But personally, I'd rather have both.  I try to put in as many as I can, but sometimes the home or it's condition doesn't make for good shots.

Posted by Adam Tarr, PC -GRI, ABR, CDPE, RSPS, ePro - Designated Broker (MavRealty) over 8 years ago

I'm thinking that the agents saved you and your buyers a lot of time, because without those pictures, you would've gone by to see the home!

Posted by EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat (Russel Ray Photos) over 8 years ago

Sherri, that's about as bad as I've seen.  Yeow!  The sellers should take a look at their listing.  Oy vey!  Good post!  Keep'em coming!!

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 8 years ago

When I see pictures like this, I often wonder if the owner has seen them.  I would not be okay with this if I were the owner.

Posted by Lisa Dunham, Associate Broker, Alexandria Virginia Real Estate over 8 years ago

Hi Sherri, great photos and Internet marketing go together like fish and chips, Abbot and Costello, etc. 

Posted by Lloyd Binen, Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411 (Certified Realty Services) over 8 years ago

Sheri, It might be better not to have any photos at all, it they are going to resemble any of these that you have clearly shown here. Hiring a professional photographer is the way to go, or invest in a nice camera.


Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, over 8 years ago

Sherri - The pictures are so important to showcasing a home.  Buyers aren't going to look at the home without them, and they aren't going to look at it with bad ones.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 8 years ago


When the sellers see the pictures on zillow or wherever they will be very upset.  That agent is not representing her seller the way she should.  Pictures are vital in this day of the internet.  Buyers look for listings on line before they ever look at them at an open house or with an agent. 

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 8 years ago

I just saw a listing where there owners were actually in the photos of the different rooms.  Really?

Posted by Tamara Inzunza, Close-In Alexandria and Arlington Living (RE/MAX Executives) over 8 years ago

Hi Sherri--great examples.  I'm sure we could cull every MLS in the country and find these.  The question is, "why?".  In this market you would think Realtors would be killing themselves to represent the property with the best photographs possible--well, maybe that is what they think these are.  Amazing. 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) over 8 years ago

This is the work product of other agents? How do they get chosen? Just amazing!!

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) over 8 years ago

I actually use printed mls pictures in my listing presentation. I have one of a listing the agent actually included pictures of dirty laundry on the couch. I include of few of like pictures you've shown here. Then I include pictures my photographer has taken of a few of my listings. If you think a photographer's not worth his might should hire mine!

Posted by Sherry Chastain, Realtor, Selling Homes, Lake Properties,Luxury Homes,Short Sales (Hendersonville, Nashville, Old Hickory, Lebanon Tennessee) over 8 years ago

Well I must say those photos are pretty bad, but I question the seller as well...I encourage my clients to look at their listing online and make sure they are happy with how I've presented their property. I can't imagine a seller seeing this presentation of their home and not doing something about it immediately! If the sellers have that little interest in their property then it's not too surprising that they've hired an agent who obviously doesn't have that much interest in their property either.

Posted by Charlie Dresen, Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro (Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty) over 8 years ago

When we list a home that's a "dog", it's not possible to showcase the home at it's best.  But that's no excuse for failing to use a wide-angle lens or auxiliary lighting, if necessary.  When I have an upscale listing that is priced right, I always call in a professional photographer.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 8 years ago

That picture window looks like a scene from a horror movie!  Actually, so do the rest of the photos. :)

Posted by Joshua Vensel (VENVISIO - Real Estate Photography - Atlanta, GA) over 8 years ago

Lol! These are great Sherri. I also like Erica's 'through the car window' shot in the comments above!

Posted by Michael Collins, CDPE, SFR , Wisconsin Short Sale Specialist Realto (*ROCK REALTY|Broker|Realtor|Real Estate|WI Short Sale Agent*) over 8 years ago


Honestly, what were they thinking?  My experience is that homes with no photos or bad photos don't get shown as often.  When there is so much inventory on the market, Buyers scan photos before they choose to look in person. The poor Sellers!

Posted by Cookie Hooper, Real Estate Sales & Property Management (True Blue Realty) over 8 years ago

Sherri,  Yes, I just have to shake my head in disbelief at some of the pictures agents take, I wonder how they get the listings.  Customers skip over listings if there are no pictures, this is even worse.


Posted by Isabella Scott, South Florida & Treasure Coast Luxury Homes/Condos (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) over 8 years ago
OMG, I cannot believe whst I see in mt MLS. Terrible photos are the new normal around here. And I mean TERRIBLE. How about a shot of the portable spa as the primary in a Del Webb home? Blurry cell photos are big. REO agents seem to like to use the same batch of pics they used for their first BPO. I just saw one who used the house number shot as primary. I could write a hundred pages on this topic. It infuriates me. It is agent malpractice to rep your client so poorly. When I meet with an expired, I always bring a copy of the old listing so the seller can see just how badvthe pics were.
Posted by Joy Tiz, SFR (Desert Homes & Land Inc, Palm Desert, CA) over 8 years ago

One wonders, why bother?

No pics would be better, at least they could entice some curiosity....

I like it to a good meal, you can ahve the meat, veggies and whatever neatly stacked on a plate and make an appetizing presentation, or you can take it all, put it in a blender and serve the mush, same nutritional value but which one will you rather try....

Posted by Annette Sievert, Corvallis, Oregon (CB Valley Broker) over 8 years ago

Thanks for sharing these, I needed a good chuckle this morning. With digital cameras there is no excuse to have bad pictures. Just take 5-10 pictures a room, etc. and you are bound to have at least one worth publishing.

Posted by Rick Query (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

I love those bad shots too.  A few months ago I wrote a blog about bad MLS pics and some guy from California wrote comments and emailed me personally about using someone elses picture. , finally complained to Active Rain that I was using a picture that wasn't mine, He threatened to sue me, report me to someone, etc. My post had over 100 comments when Active Rain finally took it off.

I wrote Active Rain that there were many blogs with bad MLs pictures, etc, why was I being singled out. The picture I used was NOT copyrighted, as your's aren't either.  But they never answered me.

I like your post, I think its helpful for agents to learn to take good pictures.  Congratulations on your feature. Hope the idiot from Calif. doesn't threaten you too.


Posted by Linda Jandura, Realtor, North Carolina Buyer & Seller Specialist (Raleigh Cary Realty) over 8 years ago


I actually take the time and keep a "wall of shame" folder whenever I find really horribly depicted properties in our Denver MLS, I print the photo-page and bring it with me on every listing appointment. High definition photos are a standard in my listing marketing plan, and its pretty easy to show them examples of my photos vs the worst of the bunch in my area and ask the seller to "point to which way you'll want your house to be represented to the entire world". I especially like when the listing broker takes the time to shoot and upload photos of meaningless and idiotic features of the property, like close ups of toilets, or of the front door.

I used to get really upset over blurry photos, (how hard is it?), but my new favorites are the sideways photos. We always have several listings in our MLS with pictures that are sideways. For months, the "sideways pink toilet house" had its own local following, and numerous contacts to the listing broker still haven’t corrected it.

That particular one is now under contract so it is off of the public websites, but here are a few (of the MANY) awesome examples of how not to market properties:

Look at the 3rd photo on this one, another sideways bathroom:

bath photo

or this one, with the photo of the birdhouse:


I guess if that is one of the best selling features of the house, that you want to highlight ~ you should certainly include it!

I guess we don't understand that these photos get syndicated to hundreds of websites and reach millions of people.

Wouldn’t you want to proof and check your work before you send it out to the world with your name on it? It's not just marketing the property that is for sale, it is an example of your professionalism and the quality of your work and effort.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the bar is set so low in our industry that you can barely trip over it.

Thanks for sharing!




Posted by Jayson Holland, Jay Holland ( over 8 years ago

Yikes.  Looks like someone sent their teenager to get the pics!

Posted by Marsha Cash (RE/MAX Advantage) over 8 years ago

Hi Sherri,  You're preaching to the choir here !  Why agents think a cheapie point & shoot will do a good job with interior pictures is beyond me.  It really does cast a negative reflection on the listing and the agent !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 8 years ago

I'm always amazed when I see these type of photos on SOLD listings. Those buyers never shopped on the Internet. But we know most do so it's best to use the best you can. And those agents make us look great!

Posted by The Derrick Team - Indy Metro Realtors, Your Pet Friendly Realtors (Carpenter Realtors) over 8 years ago

It's not unusual to see photos where the room looks dark and all you can see is glare from the window. Poor photos are not unusual and do not benefit the seller. I try to put photos in a sequence starting with the exterior street view to the front door but it is not unusual to see them mixed up quite a bit with pictures of the laundry room and the next picture is the patio and back to the laundry room. One trend I have noticed is the use of pictures taken in the evening with lights on in the room. I am sure some people like then but I would think a buyer might want to see more of the details of the rooms.

Jacqueline Drake CRS

Cochise County AZ

Posted by Jacqueline Drake CRS, Southeast Arizona land, farms & horse properties (Jacqueline Drake Realty) over 8 years ago

It makes you wonder how they get listings when they don't have a photo that appropriately represents the features of the property.

Posted by Jane & Jeff Daley, PhD, Scottsdale Real Estate Arizona (Luxury Valley Homes Scottsdale) over 8 years ago

I love the front ones where it's obvious the agent never got out of the car.  

Posted by Beverly Femia, Broker Realtor Stager - Greater Wilmington, NC Are (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) over 8 years ago

I often talk to clients before they have hired a real estate agent, and I tell them to go online and look at their presentations before hiring one.  Otherwise, why bother?

Posted by Beth Lester, Home Staging & Interior Decorating (Beth Lester Designs) over 8 years ago

Great post.

Looks like the person who took these pictures also takes pictures at the Motor Vehicle Department!

Pictures say a 1000 words!


Posted by Ben Yost - 303-587-4297, FHA, VA, Conventional - Mortgage Loans in De (First Time Home Buyer, Mortgage Rates, Pre-Approval) over 8 years ago

Yikes Sherri. I think it would be a good practice for a broker to click through the photos of the agents in their office. Maybe a few of them need some retraining. Not getting enough office listings?  This could be your reason why!

Posted by Karen Crowson, Your Agent for Change (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Hi Sherry, I used to have a blog column where I posted bad home marketing photos..until I found out that posting anyone's photos without their permission was a copyright violation. I was sad that I had to stop the column as it was one of my reader's favorites and I could find those shots every single day in the mls.

Posted by Amy Jones Group, 4 Time BEST OF OUR VALLEY Winner (South East Valley - over 8 years ago

OMG, I could add a few more to your list! That is amazing how some realtors don't even care to do a better job at taking pictures.

Have a nice day.

Posted by Tatyana Makarov, Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Unfortunately, so many agents don't employ a professional photographer to get compelling images that gets a buyers attention, perhaps because of the expense, yet it only amounts to 1-2% of their net income on closing a $500k transaction, so marketing tools are essential and if you're not using them effectively, your performance will naturally be affected. Great post.

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) over 8 years ago

Take a look at my facebook page

You will get a good laugh from some of the horrible pictures I find on ARMLS!

Have Fun!

Posted by John Karadsheh, ABR, CRS - REALTOR - Mesa, Arizona - Las Sendas (KOR Properties) over 8 years ago

What??? No toilet pictures? Those are my favorite pictures of all times.

I recently had a seller hire me just because of the quality of my photos. Hmm, spent $150 for professional photos and got a $520K listing, that was a great ROI.

Posted by Liane Thomas -Top Listing Agent, Bringing you Home! (Professional Realty Services® International ) over 8 years ago

Once saw a picture of a home at night, lit up by the headlights from a car for the "front" picture!

Posted by Steven Pahl, Real Estate Consultant Tampa, FL 813-319-6423 (Keller Williams Tampa Properties) over 8 years ago

Sherry..use that listing to your advantage! Start sending mailers, explaining about Visual Tour, internet marketing and professional pictures!  So, when no one wants to see it you have planted a seed in the sellers head of how a home should be marketed!  Then when it expires you have made it known what you will do for them! Just make sure to put on your mailer in tiny print not intended to solicit homes on the market..better yet send you mailers to the whole street that home is on! Good Luck!

Posted by Kathy Dowd, Consider it SOLD (RE/MAX Realty Team, 239 220 4133) over 8 years ago

The agent should of used Clip Art

Posted by Michael Singh,Broker (Singh Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Sherri,  I love it!  Or don't you just love the ones with the open toilet seat?

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) over 8 years ago

Looks like it's the dining room table they'r trying to sell....  I see photos like these A LOT and it does make me really wonder what are they thinking?? 

Posted by Karen Bernetti over 8 years ago

I have done my share of bad shots, but none that bad.  Sometimes I think we get going through a house and everything looks bad and we feel we have to take a picture of something.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Invest in a wide angle lens camera and do your job right!  Prices have come down on these cameras, so there's no excuses!  Geez...

Posted by Carol Tunis, Carol Tunis...a "HouseSold" name! (Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage) over 8 years ago

I am a strickler on pictures. Thats how buyers search online. They can MAKE-OR-BREAK your listing!

Posted by Sean Williams, Your Louisville Realtor (AcklesWilliams of Semonin Realtors) over 8 years ago

Great post.  And they actually picked those pictures!  WOW, It makes you wonder why they are even in the business.

Posted by Ric Mills, Integrity, Honesty, and Vast Real Estate Knowledge (Keller Williams Southern Az) over 8 years ago
I knew an agent trying to sell her own house. The only picture of the outside of the house was just the front door. The house went into foreclosure.
Posted by Alan Grizzle, Full Time Realtor, Lifelong Resident of Dahlonega (Chestatee Real Estate) over 8 years ago

As Raymond would say, "Oh My Eyes! My Eyes!!!"

I was lucky enough to visit Houston's River Oaks Community this week and even a "drive by" window shot can be made better with a little attention to the details.

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Posted by Dave Keys, Chief Search Strategist Real Estate SEO Expert (MOVE UP in Google Search Learn How Here) over 8 years ago

It's hard to believe that an agent would post pictures like that. What were they thinking.

Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) over 7 years ago

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