Kevin J. May, Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida (Florida Supreme Realty)

Spam prevention
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

Nah... this isn't suspense.... this is just lazy.

In our area, when Realtors are setting up automated searches for their clients, as soon as the listing hits the MLS it gets sent to the client... and if you haven't got a photo... that's what the client receives... and as you know, buyers don't have much imagination.  No photo... no sale!

Dec 19, 2017 06:41 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

I agree & it messed up my whole 'system' of syndication & tours. Are people so lazy in your area that they can't at least take ONE photo?

My MLS allows us to report them. If it's in the system, it's got to have at least 1 pic.

Dec 19, 2017 07:05 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

On our MLS it is mandatory to have at least one photo, but alas it is not monitored and we see the lazy non-photo listings.

Dec 19, 2017 07:05 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

It's been happening for years - the agents use a generic image such as the Anonymous image here to get around being proactive for their customers

Dec 19, 2017 07:02 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

If it's a new suspese building strategy, it's a poor one!  Anything without a picture gets dismissed very quickly.

Dec 19, 2017 06:48 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I wonder if this has something to do with the mls mergers going on? Or a  new photo upload system ? I doubt that many sellers are telling agents not to post photos. We need at least one, and if we don't post one, then the mls automatically inserts one from their database if they have one. It would be interesting to monitor those listing without photos, and see how many days it takes for them to go under contract.

Dec 19, 2017 07:42 AM
Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
Excellent Sales and Property Management

Our mls requires at least 1 photo. but I agree, no photos just hurt you. WHen it appears in peoples inbox, you want the photos there to entice buyers first time.

Dec 19, 2017 07:00 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I think that is a big mistake....

Dec 19, 2017 10:52 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 Violation of our MLS rules.

Dec 19, 2017 09:12 AM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

That's why it's a violation in our MLS, with fines!

Dec 19, 2017 07:53 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

You have to have at least 1 in our MLS when listed, and it's not rare to see that. Laziness both in terms of limited photos, and bad ones.

Dec 19, 2017 07:13 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Not in our MLS, where at least one picture of the front of the house is required. I agree with you and never list a home until I have all my pictures in place to upload.

Dec 19, 2017 07:09 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Kevin J. May The MLS here requires listings to be put into the system within 48 hours. I would think if there aren't any photos available yet to at least put in one until the other photos are ready.

Dec 19, 2017 07:07 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

More proof you competition is just lazy.

Dec 19, 2017 06:53 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Is the rest of the data accurate, specifically the community or area or school district?

If yes, this is a strategy for the SERIOUS buyers to call first.  These buyers have been looking in that community, district or area for some time and after seeing a few get away are now knowledgeable regarding the area value. When I do it, I am required to include a steetview. For the listing to appear with no-image in the MLS is most likely a technology disconnect.

Be aware, such submission ARE NOT FOR REAL ESTATE AGENTS but specifically for motivated buyers.

Sometimes you get only one shot? I need to ask, how often have you heard a buyer, your buyer say, "I've been watching this property on the MLS."  100% of the time. Those who dismiss a property so easily do not meet the serious buyer criteria.

Dec 19, 2017 06:49 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

My clients know that we will wait until I can get at LEAST 2 days of pre-marketing AFTER the photos are delivered. NEVER will I not have ALL of my photos on a listing! 

Our MLS doesn't allow zero - you must have at least ONE photo in our MLS (still a sad representation for a seller, in MHO)!

Dec 19, 2017 07:38 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That is subject to a fine in our MLS and it gets worse the more you do it (or should I say don't do it)...

Dec 19, 2017 07:24 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I definitely think agents should wait to publish their listing until they have photos. 

Dec 19, 2017 04:41 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

It makes no sense to put a property on the MLS without at least one photo. Most buyers are searching online and they are doing that because they can see photos of homes listed for sale, as well as videos. If buyers can't see at least one photo of the property, I feel that it would be very difficult to get them to get in their car and drive to the listing with no idea about the look and condition of the home.

Dec 19, 2017 04:30 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I have not seen this happen in our market.

Dec 19, 2017 02:56 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Our MLS does not allow us to wait more than 4 days after the ink is dry on the listing.

Dec 19, 2017 02:52 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

It's not always possible.  My MLS has rules about how soon we must enter listings.  I work for banks that the listing must be in the MLS by a certain date.  I do usually put my own outside photos prior to the professional ones, but if it rains for a week my professional photos may come later.  But my listings sell, so I'm not too concerned if it irritates other agents.

Dec 19, 2017 01:21 PM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

I agree. New listings are put out through all sorts of online venues when they hit. It needs to be complete when it hits.

On my MLS though, they require atleast 1 photo & if you don't list the property within 48 hours of the List Date you are in "big, big trouble".  Really sucks when it's dark & rainy that week!

I knew an Agent that put a picture of the Taj Mahal just to buy time. Don't know that I would've appreciated that as the seller but it was funny!

Dec 19, 2017 01:18 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I think we have 24 or 72 hours to get pictures in.  I agree though, the picture should be in at time of publication.  I won't put it in the MLS without a picture.

Dec 19, 2017 11:49 AM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Yes, sometimes people are too anxious to list the home.  However, having said that, many homes without a single photo are getting multiple offers in day or hours they hit the market.  No photos needed :)

Dec 19, 2017 11:22 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Our MLS does not permit listings without photos unless there is authorization from the seller.

Dec 19, 2017 11:03 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I've not seen that in our MLS.... 

Dec 19, 2017 10:03 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Lazy or CHEAP?

Dec 19, 2017 09:59 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I feel and believe that this is a result of a preponderance of idiot genes. 

Dec 19, 2017 09:55 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Perhaps a Rule Change is needed in your MLS.

Dec 19, 2017 09:53 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

$200 fine if not placed in 72 hours. Those who show their company or rider sign is fined for $100. Those who wrote too many adjectives in property descriptions are booted out to justify a memebership hike. 

Dec 19, 2017 08:32 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Here you have 24 hours to get one in; $100 fine each day until they are there.

Dec 19, 2017 08:03 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Pictures are required within 48 hours. Actually they should be concurrently

Dec 19, 2017 07:28 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I could not agree with you more! It is lazy as Alan prefers to say!

Dec 19, 2017 07:22 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Our MLS requires at least oine picture or it will not go active.

Dec 19, 2017 06:53 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

It depends. I don't think it has anything to do with suspense. The goal is to list a property asap, photo or no photos. Buyers may be lurking around.

Agents that really know an area, or a specific subdivision, that have active buyers or buyers-in-waiting may already know the property and ready to pounce with an offer.

And agents talk. Sometimes I know what's coming up for sale in a specific area about listings from others. Sometimes, I'm being told about a listing a couple of weeks or months in advance - I work my magic with potential buyers. Sometimes, I'll even view a property even before it goes in the mls (connections).

Don't need to see the photos on the mls. I'm like a wound spring for clients. I'll either preview it right away of show it. I have even negotiated and sold homes sight unseen by buyers.

The early bird gets the worm.

I have sold homes even before my pro photographer could even shoot it. My marketing and networking starts weeks before. Sometimes in some areas, it's like that.

In my mls, you have 3 days to post photos.

Dec 19, 2017 06:48 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Our MLS has a rule, you have to put in at least one photo within 48 hours, or will be taken down.  It does not help the Seller AT ALL with no photos.

Dec 22, 2017 10:34 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Too many lazy and unprofessional folks getting into the business.

Dec 20, 2017 06:07 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Here that would result in a fine by the MLS

Dec 20, 2017 05:48 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Yes, in my mls they require to post a main picture in first 5 days. Majority listings have pictures right away. 

Dec 20, 2017 12:28 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

At least a primary photo has to be added within a couple of days or the listing is subject to fine in my area.

Dec 19, 2017 08:28 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

In our MLS houses must have at least one photo within 3 days of becoming active

Dec 19, 2017 07:57 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I agree

Dec 19, 2017 06:08 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It is happening here in NH too and what gets me, They are al lover me like ham on cheese if i was a day late, how do these listings stay in MLS for weeks with no pic

Dec 19, 2017 11:51 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Kevin, our MLS wants at least one picture in 24 hours of posting the listing in MLS.

Jan 01, 2018 07:06 PM