Unfortunately, this is seen way to often on Realtor.ca, MLSxchange, and many real estate websites
Effective October 1, 2010 any Active listings that have been on the MLS® for ten days or more without a photo will be assessed a fine for being incomplete. Last week, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board issued an all-member memo regarding this new incomplete fine policy. The Board of Directors recently approved the change in response to numerous complaints from members regarding the volume of listings without photos. Currently, over 10 per cent of Fraser Valley’s Active listings do not have even one photo attached to them.
Because the Board no longer has photography services, it is the responsibility of the listing agent to provide photos. Failure to submit a photograph will result in the following charges:
• After 10 days incomplete after entry date: $10 fine
• After 17 days incomplete after entry date: $15 fine
• After 24 days incomplete after entry date: $25 fine to a maximum of $50
Members who currently have Active listings without photos have a grace period until September 30, 2010 to add at least one photo.
SeeVirtual customer’s do not need to worry as we send you photos immediately when your MLS number becomes available. If you don’t have time to take photos or think yours don’t do the listing justice, then it’s time to hire a real estate photographer.
This NYTimes.com article gives a good overview of why using professional photography and getting each room shot right is a huge advantage for selling the home especially when it is right next to similar places on an MLS or Realtor.ca. It has a great flash example at the beginning of the article with a before and after slider you can drag to show the difference between using a point-and-shoot camera, which most real estate agents use for their listings, and a professional photographer using proper lighting and photoshop for post-production. Click the link to read on…
Photo Source: SeeVirtual’s Flickr Stream
Happy Friday Everyone! Here’s some social media gold pulled from around the web this week:
– Even we find it hard to maintain a consistent blogging schedule. Here are 6 tips to keep you on track and moving forward so your blog doesn’t become a dusty, forgotten wasteland. (SocialMedia Examiner)
– Okay, you have signed up for Twitter, but now what? Use this tool from Google Labs to find people to follow on Twitter. It works similar to Facebook’s friend suggestions by showing you people who you might like to follow. It worked great for @SeeVirtualSteph!
– One more plug for us: SeeVirtual now posts all virtual tours to Twitter (along with Craigslist, Kijiji and YouTube…) Follow @SeeVirtualTours to check them out.
We hope you have a great weekend!