Long time readers already know one of my pet peeves is poor photos of homes for sale in the Multiple Listing Service.
Dean Ouellette uncovered this little nugget today:
Yes, that is the actual size of the photo uploaded into the MLS.
Nothing like displaying your client’s property in a stunning 65 x 42 pixel masterpiece.
I don’t even know how to take a picture this small”¦
The MLS resizes one photo to display as a “primary” photo with the listing information, so here’s what you get when it does its resizing:
Well that’s better.
In case you were wondering, here’s what the kitchen looks like:
And there is this lovely shot of the parking space:
Just for comparative purposes, here’s a kitchen shot from one of our current listings. Of note, I had to reduce the size of this MLS photo to get it to display properly here:
In addition to photos, agents and potential buyers like to see a description of the home. The MLS provides space for this as well. ANNOYINGLY, MANY AGENTS WRITE THESE DESCRIPTIONS IN ALL CAPS. But even that is better then the description that accompanied these teeny-tiny photos. It read:
Yep. Completely blank.
Home Sellers ”“ Please, please check the photos your agent submits to the MLS. Photos are one of the main factors in home buyers deciding to take a look at your property. If they can’t see it in pictures, they won’t bother seeing it in real life. A description, any description, helps too.