Being a good Realtor requires so many skills. We are (not literally, and not legally, of course) a therapist, a marketing expert, a photographer, a life-skills coach and more.
If you are a listing agent, your job is to market your listing, negotiate acceptable terms, and get the transaction to closing.
Sometimes homes sell themselves; it is often true that at a certain price, anything will sell.
Does that mean that when you have a competitively priced listing (say, a foreclosure) that what you do as the listing agent doesn't matter? It matters a lot! Besides your fiduciary duty to the seller, whether they are an individual or a bank, everything that you do markets you as a Realtor to potential clients!
So when I came across some photos in the MLS that featured dirty, open toilets, I was appalled! First of all, I am not sure why toilets are being featured in any listing, but if, for some reason, it is necessary to show the toilets, why wouldn't the photographer take a second to lower the lids--especially when the toilet is filthy?
Somehow I doubt that folks who are looking for a new Realtor would consider using a listing agent who prominently features open toilet lids in their listings. Remember, if you are a listing agent, your listings on MLS serve as your portfolio.
What are your thoughts?
P.S. I did not include the offending photos because I did not want to infringe on any copyright laws--certainly the photographer would want to protect their rights to these lovely photos!
P.S.S The offending listing was for a home with a sales price approaching $2,000,000. Wow...I have no words.
P.S.S.S I also come across photos with the Realtor reflected back in the mirror. Come on! Check your pictures!!
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