Fresh on the heels of yesterday’s mini-rant about the dearth of real estate listing photos come these gems, straight from the Multiple Listing Service (with a hat tip to Dean Ouellette at DeanSellsAZ.com).
Here is the primary photo (the photo that initially displays when a listing is pulled up):
This is the actual size. Not a bad photo. Personally I would have taken 10 seconds and cropped it to this:
This helps minimize the”¦ baseball field lights? in the background and puts more focus on the home. But even without cropping, it’s not a bad shot of the front elevation.
Here is where it gets interesting. There are four more photos of the listing. Granted, our MLS allows the listing agent to upload unlimited photos, and five probably isn’t enough. But at least there are backyard and interior shots.
Here they are, in actual size:
Isn’t that helpful? Four photos measuring a whopping 65 x 42 pixels each. I can’t even figure out how to get my camera to take pictures this small. Even if I could, why?
But wait, it gets better. Our MLS system, in a rightful effort to standardize the photo display, automatically resizes photos. Here’s what it shows for the teeny-tiny pictures after resizing:
It’s a kitchen.
Software does a good job taking big photos and making them smaller. Making small photos bigger? Not-so-much.
Photos are good. Ideally they should be big enough to see. Take BIG pictures as you can crop and resize them and they won’t get all pixilated. Can’t afford Photoshop to crop your photos? Get paint.net. It’s free.
Sellers ”“ be sure to view your home listing on-line. No, you shouldn’t have to check up on your agent. But it’s not a bad idea”¦