S/he's not doing a good job.
Even if the interior is not beautiful, there are additional shots that can be taken. Additional exterior shots, close ups of appliances, view from the property, local colour (a photo of the local beach, local market, downtown).
If they don't have access to the interior, then they can't really do a good job in marketing the property, can they? How can they even SHOW it, if they don't have access?
It has been my observation that many agents who list bank and HUD foreclosures have been guilty of not making the best use of exterior and interior photos (I always assumed that it was due to the sheer volume and workload they faced). I am certain that there are also retail listing agents who sometimes neglect the importance of not only having multiple photos but offering high quality photos with the property properly staged. Just because a cell phone has a camera doesn't make it the best choice for taking pics of a home. A few explanations for missing photos have been noted below but most are not excusable.
As someone who worked as a professional photographer while in college, I have been fortunate to learn a few tricks of the trade. Even if the interior is in poor condition, cluttered with furniture, or dated, I always manage to take some pics that will showcase the home and put it in its best light. If more agents (or staff/contractor) applied common sense techniques when shooting photos, they would be better serving their listing client (home seller, bank or otherwise) and stand a better chance of more showings for the property. More showings = higher probablitiy of offers = more sales.
I really don't know anything about listing on Trulia or the cost for agents and the type of listings available as I am not an agent. However, your post gives me a chance to vent as well. There are agents, still in this buyers' market, that think it is a good marketing idea to try and intrigue buyers by not posting sufficient photos, and leaving important info off of flyers. My position has been, with the glut of inventory, most buyers do as you do. Just simply move on.
Good question. It is a matter of marketing. Our MLS will now not take listings with no photo. Can you imagine?? ...no photo...
It could be possible that the site you are looking at only allows a single photo to be entered. You might want to to to the listing agents site and see if there are additional photos and possibly a visual or virtual tour. That really gives you a great fieel for the property.
Good Luck, I hope this helps you!
Ron and Debbie Albert
1) agent can't enter the property when taking the listing (many reasons).
2) agent doesn't know more pictures will help sell the home.
3) agent doesn't care more pictures will help sell the home.
4) agent feels the inside is so bad nobody would look if shown pictures.
5)) agent knows the inside is nice and wants to be the one to find a buyer.
If there were more reasons for only exterior photos, I'd love to hear them.
Bottom line - Don't pass on a property just because it only has exterior photos... You may be passing up a tremendous opportunity!