If a picture paints a thousand words, then why does this listing only have one photo on the MLS?

In today's real estate world, our MLS allows up to 25 photos.  Quantity does not trump quality, however, and there's actually a pretty funny Facebook page devoted to bad MLS photos.  As an agent for over 30 years, I've seen it all.  Grammie still in bed in the main bedroom.  A stripper pole in the dining room.  Blurry photos, sideways photos, upside down photos.

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One of my mom's favorite expressions was "you can't take a photo of a lemon and expect it to look like a peach".  This was usually said after I mentioned there was a photo of me that I didn't like.  You also can't take a photo of a really unattractive room and photoshop it to the point of non-reality. 

Another example of a bad photo would be when a wide angle lens makes the room look exponentially larger than it actually is.  A wide-angle lens is supposed to encompass the entire room in a photo, not make the room look larger.  While it's not done on purpose, it should be a consideration when hiring a photographer.  Or when hiring an agent, ask them if they hire a professional or do they use their cell phone.

A good photo, or a group of good photos, taken by a professional photographer, after a home has been staged by a professional, makes a huge difference in the outcome of the number of showings a home receives.

Any buyer will tell you that if a home has no photos online, they scroll right on by.  If the home has terrible photos, the listing agent is actually not doing the seller any favors.  Also, some folks may not be aware, but a lot of buyers search homes by the number of photos.  That means homes with more photos show up first in their search on sites like Zillow and Realtor.com.

So, if a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, does that mean a bad photo of a good home is okay?  In my opinion, no, it's not.  

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