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My Tech House Hunt

The Good (Agents), The Bad (Inaccuracies), and The Ugly (Photos)

I continue the "My Tech House Hunt" series.

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Emily Williams Go to Profile Emily Williams
Published: 01/04/2012
Posted by: RET Staff

For this new column, I’ll be sharing the details of my own house hunt and the ways I use technology to make it easier (or more difficult, as the case may be). In the first article, I shared that we had found a house of interest to us and looked it up on our local MLS consumer-facing website. I encouraged you all to take another look at your yard signs and see what you could improve. Read my last post for the tips.

Ugly Photos
There were only a few photos of this house on our MLS consumer-facing website, far less than most of the others we saw. And they were crappy – really crappy. I’m completely baffled by why an agent wouldn’t include the most pictures possible. I’m equally shocked that they wouldn’t take the time to create high-quality, attractive photos. Agents should always put forth a strong effort with photography.

We’ve published a lot of great info about real estate photography, so I’m not going to reinvent the wheel here. If you want to learn about improving your photos, this list may be a good place to start. You can also check out photography services in our product directory. There are also some virtual tour companies that have local photographers to help you out.

Because I found the search function on our MLS consumer-facing website (which is, by the way) so annoying, I decided to give Zillow a try. I was in for an unpleasant surprise, however. The house, which had been listed at $525,000 on, was listed on Zillow for $625,000.


Comments on: The Good (Agents), The Bad (Inaccuracies), and The Ugly (Photos)
by [email protected] [email protected] 2012-01-04 14:35:25

by Sandy Pond 2012-01-05 05:12:10
How are you going to schedule a showing unless you have an agent? Would you call the listing agent and get into a dual agency situation? (That would be nice for that person- 2 commissions- but not as good for you)

Do you know that agents work on commission and get paid at the close of the sale by the seller?

If you plan to see each house with a different listing agent then you build no continuity of relationship with someone who could be helping you.

So far as photos, I have no idea why an agent would post bad photos, and I've seen some bad ones. Maybe, the seller wanted those photos or didn't want more photos(the listing agent is bound to do what the seller wants at least until they can convince the sellers otherwise). Some sellers don't want interior photos published because of privacy.

Wait until you start looking at actual houses and seeing the discrepancies between the beautiful photos and the actual house, lol.

It seems like you are talking about a very recent listing if the photos are not all there and the sites that take longer to get the information fed from the MLS, or submitted after the MLS, are not up to date yet. The listing process takes a few days with all the different things that need to be done.

by Sandy Pond 2012-01-05 05:15:21
I just remembered this is a foreclosure. In my area, foreclosures don't have more than one photo.

by Ann Gravel 2012-01-06 12:54:31
Hi Emily, everything that Sandy Pond mentioned is correct. I would also like to add that the sites you mentioned sometimes will have errors and it's up to the realtors who post on these sites to make sure the info is correct. Photos are extremely important when exposing property for sale as is the way it is presented. If an agent posts photos that are not attractive, they are shooting themselves in the foot. One more thing, when you work with a buyer's agent you can be sure you will be privy to all the homes that meet your requirements for purchase and they will be accurate in information.

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