I would say typically most listing agents take the photos themselves, ask the home seller to provide them or they use their cell phone. Some may hire someone else to shoot the pictures for them.
As far as spell check, maybe that listing agent had not had their coffee yet.
As a Real Estate Professional it is extremely frustrating to have clients ask me about pictures and the listing only has 1 or 2 or as you say, doesn't demonstrate the property properly. I have been known to drive out for my out of state clients, take additional pictures and or videos and send to them.
Levels of professionalism are not measured by the pictures an agent takes but it does tell the story.
If you are not already working with a real estate professional and would like additional photo's on this or any other listing, I'd be happy to assist you.
Its very difficult to make a decision if that property meets your needs and wants without seeing what it looks like, layouts, types of ceilings, flooring and layouts.
Keller Williams Real Estate Professional
It is pretty much just as frustrating for those of us agents who pride ourselves on good photographs and a clearly written description, when we are looking at other listings.
When you need an agent to list a home for you, be sure to look at their past listings to get an idea of how well they represent their sellers.
If I can help in any way, please contact me at 480-789-9584.
Ann Griffin, REALTOR, ABR, SRES, E-PRO
Coldwell Banker Trails and Paths
If you have an agent representing you as a buyer's agent they might preview the property for you in advance and take some pics for you. Good luck :)
The photos posted are probably taken by the Seller's agent, or somebody that he is using. If you are interested in the property, please let me know - I can take some photos for you.
I love your question. I am embarrassed to say that most often, it is the sellerâ€™s real estate agent who takes the photos and uploads them into their local multiple listing service (MLS) â€“ the database where real estate agents share information. The MLS often syndicates their data to consumer sites such as Trulia. Many consumer sites have minimum photo requirements. If the agent does not upload an â€œestablished minimumâ€ number of photos, many consumer sites will not display the listing. I believe this is why consumers see so many of the same photos. The agent takes a limited number of photos of the property and later realizes that the property wonâ€™t be displayed where consumers will find it online. So, instead of taking more photos, the agent often repeats the photos to essentially meet the minimum photo requirement to be displayed.
Iâ€™m not defending this practice. I believe more photos help peak interest. Even when I have a home that might not be in the best condition, and therefore might not photograph well, I still feature the maximum number of photos online. Even ugly houses sell at the right price. Consumers want to see photosâ€¦it is good business to give them as many as possible. As for the spelling, thereâ€™s no excuse. Most MLS systems have a spell check. Some agents donâ€™t take pride in their work. I donâ€™t intend to bad mouth the industry as a whole. Many of my peers do a great job of showcasing their inventory. Good luck in your search!!
This property is a flip - the current owner purchased it for $52,600 just two months ago and wants to make a profit. Minimal work was done to the house to get it sellable (carpet and paint), so the profit margin is pretty low. The owner's real estate agent is a relative. I think that should tell you everything you need to know. :)
In my opinion, there is no excuse for spelling errors in a listing that potentially will be advertised on multiple websites and displayed publically. That's just laziness - and completely unacceptable. As stated below - in any industry - you'll have those who take pride in their work and provide world-class, professional service.........and you have those who are "coasting" and trying to do the least amount of work possible for the most return.