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imageHow many times have you seen this photo when you were looking at homes for sale in Hampton Roads VA

One of our  local MLS ( Multiple Listing Service) REIN ( Real Estate Information Network) is breaking bad. They sent out the notice below to all real estate agents in the Hampton Roads area.

 

If you are selling a home in the Hampton Roads area you should be elated that REIN is demanding / requiring that YOUR REAL ESTATE AGENT upload one photo of your home. And it can’t be a photo of a pet ? Is this for real ? Oh, and if you are selling a building lot you still don’t have to upload a photo
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Lazy Agents

One of the simplest and most important things an agent can do is take pictures of the house when they take the listing. In fact, the more pictures the agent takes, the better. Surprisingly, some agents don’t even take one photo of the front of the house to put in the MLS.  REIN allows your real estate agent to upload 16 photos, the Williamsburg MLS (WMLS) allows agents to upload 25. You would be amazed at the number  of homes listed  that only have one or a few.  WHY ?

Believe it or not buyers want to see what a home looks like so they can decide which homes they want to visit in person. I will agree that some homes don’t photograph that well and its hard to come up with 16+ photos that look good. What about the neighborhood ? Street views ? photos of the pool, clubhouse or entrance. ? Again folks want to get a feel for the area. If they are in New Jersey, Alaska or Japan they won’t see anything unless an an agent uploads the photos.

real photos from the MLSThere is nothing more unappealing than a home listing with one photo and only one sentence of information about the house. If the agent doesn’t take the time to do the simplest tasks, imagine how much effort they will put into the rest of the selling process.  .

Are the agents hiding something? Are they trying to get the people to call them so they could handle both sides of the transaction ? Did they just not care about selling the home for their Seller? If a listing isn’t fully ready to be marketed, it shouldn’t be.

As Realtors photos are one of our best marketing tools is photography… I’m always surprised at the bad ones I see in our MLS. I am not a photographer and I know it! For that reason  I hire a professional photographer to market 100% of my listings no matter what the list price is.

real photos from the MLSI’d personally like for the MLS to be able to punish any agent who has a listing with poor photography,  bad lighting or too few images, but that’s too harsh and unrealistic.

What does it say about our industry? Not much, if you ask me.

What is a seller to do?

You shouldn’t even have to ask your agent for this but…

Make sure you see the actual MLS listing. Ask them to show you both the public version and the agent version. Make sure there are plenty of photos that display your home in the best light possible. Descriptive text, room dimensions, all that needs to be included. Ask your agent how they handle inquiries on the property. Find out when they are available to field questions from potential buyers and buyer’s agents. A good agent will likely tell you all this, and more, up front.

What do you do if your home is already listed and you think the listing information isn’t complete?

Talk to your agent. Express your concerns. If they can’t address them, then speak to the agents broker. The broker is the agents “boss” , the broker is legally responsible for the agents actions and is your first step in resolving issues with your agent..

bluepsst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I am a Realtor & real estate consultant and would love to help you find a dream home and community in the Williamsburg/ Hampton Roads area or assist in selling your Williamsburg or Hampton Roads home.

This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and www.MrWilliamsburg.com  , were created as a comprehensive resource about living in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, with the hopes of selling a house now and again. You can reach him by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone 757 254 8136

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