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Frankly Unacceptable

Snow in September?

Snow in September?

Today is September 15th. We haven’t seen snow in these parts since…maybe early May (part of our ridiculous New England weather patterns). Yet, this photo came up as the main MLS photo for a currently active listing. This is not a listing for some cozy Breckenridge, CO ski house, this is a local Massachusetts home. There is only one reason for snow in photos for active listings in September. L-A-Z-Y. One of the industry’s most dreaded four letter dirty words. C’mon people! You can’t be bothered to update your exterior photos to reflect the change in seasons? Sure, keep the snow one in there if you want, (it does look pretty), but don’t keep it as your very first, main photo. It tells me two things.

  1. You’ve had the listing for a long, long time
  2. You’re too damn lazy to do the minimum required for your job.

The price tag on this one tells me there is a sizable commission check at the end of the rainbow if the agent can actually get this one sold. What? Isn’t that paycheck enough motivation for you to get off your butt, take the trip over to your listing and snap a photo? Are gas prices really too high for you?

Poorly taken MLS photos are bad enough. But at least they tried! Sometimes the skillset just isn’t there. But I saw the other photos for this listing. The agent can take a fairly decent photo. They’re just too lazy to keep the photos current. There is only one thing worse than a seasonally outdated MLS photo in my opinion…

This one trumps a snow photo in September!

This one trumps a snow photo in September!

Comment balloon 6 commentsMike Lefebvre • September 15 2008 07:58AM

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I can't agree more Mike. The picture is worth a thousand words and it's telling me that the agent is lazy and slipshod and I probably don't want to work with him (her). Besides the snow ... the shadows are all wrong. It's a shame...it *is* a beautiful home, but you can't tell.

Posted by Sharon Young (Ivy League Mortgage Philadelphia, Pa) about 10 years ago

Sharon-

Thanks for adding "slipshod" to my vocabulary today! : ) I'll have to find a chance to use it in my dialogue. If we keep seeing photos like this on MLS it shouldn't be hard to work it in!

Mike

Posted by Mike Lefebvre (Hallmark Sotheby's International Realty) about 10 years ago

Mike, While there was a little snow in the high country this weekend, this would pretty much even be unacceptable in Breck in my opinion.

Posted by Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate (Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers) about 10 years ago

Mike - There is never a shortage of #$%^% Realtors. This kind of thing drives me nuts. I wish there was some way to anonymously send it to the seller. I bet the agent wouldn't have the listing for long.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 10 years ago

Bill, between you and me, it's a listing from a sister franchise of ours! Our corporate office supposedly polices all photos that go out online, so I may have to be the nark and let them know about this one. Hate to be a tattle tail, but it only helps those of us who take pride in dong our job correctly, right?

Posted by Mike Lefebvre (Hallmark Sotheby's International Realty) about 10 years ago

Mike - No doubt about that. You better hope the agent is not a $#@% and gets your for copyright violation though:)

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 10 years ago

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