I’ve written in the past about the really bad photos that can be seen on far too many MLS listings. When I wrote this article back in September 2006, someone somehow recognized the house and sent a link to the Seller who in turn informed his agent. That agent contacted me and threw a fit so I took the photo down, even though there was no referrence to the specific address or even the area of Austin in which the listing was located. It was somewhat amusing to me that the agent was so angry at me about a photo he took and chose to place on an MLS listing.
Well check this out. That was just one photo in one blog article and one agent, and I took heat for it. I wonder what sort of flak Canadian Realtor Norm Fisher is going to catch for putting up a gallery of 30 terrible photos (see link at bottom of this article) that he pulled from his local MLS. He says it only took him about 30 minutes of browsing listings to assemble the 30 photos. I believe it. The same could be done here in Austin. But he went through the trouble of placing the photos into a talking slideshow, where he delivers deadpan commentary about each photo. I’m not sure which cracks me up more – the photos and commentary, or the Canadian accent backed up by the soft, romantic instrumental music. It’s great stuff. A link to the slideshow along with a story about it was in todays Realtor Magazine Online email digest. I’m sure he’s going to getting a lot of hits to his website from that article. Then eventually the agents who’s photos are featured on his slideshow will be calling him to complain and make excuses and demand the photo be removed.
Bravo to Norm Fisher of Royal LePage of Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada for a clever, funny and somewhat campy presentation. There is a serious point being made though – when you hire a Realtor, check out the current listings of that Realtor to see how your home will be presented.
OK, here is the link to the Hall of Shame for Worst Realtor Photos