MLS Musings – Photo Edition!


Here’s a feature I haven’t done in quite a while, and it means I’ve saved up a few beauties!

The most amazing part is that other Realtors throughout the GTA, who read my blog regularly, will send me photos or listings for this feature!  Yes, pointing out the ineptitude of our colleagues really is a collaborative effort.

This week, the underlying question seems to be, “What’s worse – using awful photos, or photos of something awful?”  Tough call…


This first one is awesome.  It makes me proud to be a Realtor.

Somebody, somewhere, not only took these three photos, but then put them on his/her computer, and said, “You know what?  I think they’re good enough to go on MLS.”

What’s the mindset here?  It’s like the Realtor said, “This is how I want to represent this house.”



But then again, what if you have a decent camera, but you’re taking photos of something that doesn’t show well?

I mean, forget that whole “staging” thing.  That doesn’t really work, does it?

Just take a photo of a naked mattress, and that’ll represent the unit nicely…



Who says you can’t drink two beers from one bottle?



Here’s a photo of the “den” in the condo.

Yes, this actually appeared in an MLS listing.

Nobody – not the seller, not the agent, and not the invisible stager that they were clearly too cheap to hire, thought it might be prudent to, um, “de-clutter” before the photos:



I’m not sure if this is:
a) strategic
b) lazy

Or maybe the listing agent is hoping a cartoon character shows up on offer night with a giant sack of money, like in, well, cartoons…



To be fair, there are times when you don’t want to put photos on MLS.

Sure, I poke fun at awful MLS photos, whether they’re blurry, slanted, or you can see the Realtor’s reflection in the window.

But some listings just shouldn’t have pictures…



What was that?  You wanted me to define “You can’t drink two beers from one bottle?”



In all my condo listings, I make sure to include a photo of the “view” from the unit, so people know what they’re looking out at.

But there are times when you don’t want to include the photo, for fear that the buyer pool won’t want to, oh, I dunno, say…..look out at the Gardiner Expressway from the 2nd floor?



I love this photo because it was taken strategically to get that statue in the bottom of the frame, whereas most people would try desperately to cut “him” out:



Yes, really.

This is what we get on MLS, all the time!

Am I drunk, or is that hallway slanted?



Well, it could be worse.

Who cares about a slanted hallway when your entire HOUSE could be slanted as well!


Bonus points to anybody who identifies that this photo is actually just a shot from Google Street View.

That’s awesome.

It’s like a $2,000,000 house, and the listing agent used a picture from Google Street View, rather than pay for photos.



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  1. Pauline says:

    And why are there so many MLS pictures of toilets – with the seats up?!?

  2. Joe Q. says:

    Your first example resembles an old (pre-Photoshop) portraiture technique of smearing a little Vaseline on the front of the camera lens for a vignetted, “soft-focus” look. Not sure it works for houses.

  3. Donny says:

    It amazes me how clients can let a listing agent get away with these shots. Im guessing clients probably never see their listings. We need to develop better standards in this industry. OREA wastes too much of our time with non relevant courses and not enough implementing industry standards. Its not surprising we get push back on commissions with these yahoos representing the industry.

  4. RPG says:

    It looks like somebody was brutally murdered on that bed. That IS blood on the pillows and the duvet, right?

  5. Noel says:

    Why is this so surprising? There were always people who graduated at the top of the class and those who just squeaked through.

  6. Ed says:

    Amazing! The bed photos feature the same bed design, One in white and one in black, One photo taken in the winter and one not. Coincidence or cheap staging?
    Well at least then don’t have pee stains on the mattresses.