Our new MLS system has made it easier for agents to upload photos with their listings. They no longer need to resize them before putting them on the system (the new system automatically does this for the agents). Even with that, less than 25% of the new listings that are on the Realtor hotsheet today have photos with them. Shame, shame, shame!
When you sign a listing agreement with an agent/broker, add a statement that at least one photo will be up at the *same time* the property is put on the MLS or you may cancel the listing agreement. This is to make sure that the 2700+ Realtors in the area will see a photo of your property when they look at the hotsheet. Having an “Image not Available” won’t help your property get noticed. Since your property will be on the hotsheet only for a day, don’t miss this opportunity for exposure. The MLS system allows up to 10 photos to be attached to a listing too. An agent should attached photos that make the home look GOOD. Some homes may have a few photos attached while others will have 10. All depends on if you’re home has enough photo appeal and how good the listing agent is with photography. Vacant homes are the toughest to photograph and probably shouldn’t have that many photos attached to the listing. There is a reason why model homes put furniture in them and not leave them empty!
*Remember that the Listing Agreement a Realtor uses are created by the California Association of Realtors to make it easier for Realtors. You can add or delete anything in the Listing Agreement you want before signing it. The same goes for any other forms used in a real estate transaction.