I’m not sure the reason but there are more properties showing up in the MLS that don’t even have a single photo on the listing. This is a major mistake! If you want your property to be skipped by agents searching the MLS, not including a single photo is the way to do it.
Unfortuantely, once you sign a listing agreement there isn’t much you can do unless you put something in the agreement that says “At least one photo must appear on the MLS listing at the time the listing is entered into the MLS or the Seller may terminate the Listing Agreement”.
Remember you can add whatever you want to the Listing Agreement. Don’t think that because these contracts are from the REALTOR Association they can’t be modified. Make it clear what service the Listing Agent will provide BEFORE you sign to a multi-month contract. Unless you include something, the standard contract doesn’t allow the Seller to terminate the listing agreement if you’re not happy about the service you’re getting.