MLS Photo Fail Conundrum – Should We Laugh At or Feel Empathy For The Listing Agent?

We routinely highlight some of the worst MLS photos around but recently an agent posted this comment on Really Bad MLS Photos. Kay stated:

“Some of these are indecent, but don’t “shoot the messenger” if the homeowner won’t prepare for photos or have good taste. If the kitchen is painted like a rainbow, what’s an agent to do? Neglect showing a kitchen photo?”

which promotes some questions; what can an agent do when a home is nowhere near ready to photo and market? Related but different: what should an agent do?

While it’s hard to defend some of the photos, should an agent spend time staging a home to make them more pleasing on the eye prior to taking the photo? In the context of this question ‘staging’ can mean something as simple as tidying up. For example, this photo would look a lot better sans the vacuum cleaner:

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Should the agent have closed the doors, removed the cups and wiped down the surfaces prior to taking this photo?

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And with the toilet seat down, trash can emptied and the towel removed this photo is 100% better:

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But again, how much is too much when it comes to, at a minimum, tidying up?

While you ponder the questions take a look at this home which is listed on Zillow. What, if anything, could be done in this instance?

The agent is clear:

“Attention Investors, Needs complete rehab, cash only offers considered, will not qualify for financing. Extensive mold and hoarding, house conveys “as is” with all contents. Subject to Probate Court Approval.”

And here are the photos…what say you?

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AgencyLogic Support Series – Uploading Images Using Google Chrome

Google recently released a new version of its Chrome browser which included blocking Adobe Flash by default. This impacted millions of Internet users including AgencyLogic clients specifically through the image upload feature of our software suite.

The easiest solution is to use another browser (for example Internet Explorer (AKA “I.E.”) or Firefox) but for those wanting to stick with Chrome there is a simple work around.

Please follow these steps – if you have additional questions give us a call on:

(888) 201-5160

or email:

support@agencylogic.com

The following steps work for version 64.0.3282.167:

Step 1:

Check that you have Flash installed. Flash is a technology used in our image/file upload component and so has to be installed and current (the latest version).

To check visit:

www.whatismybrowser.com

You should see something like this:

Single Property Websites

If the message says you do not have Flash installed you need to install it. To do this visit:

get.adobe.com

and follow the steps detailed on the Website. Then close your browser, reopen it and try to upload your images/files again.

Step 2:

If you still cannot upload files it is likely that Chrome is blocking flash. To solve this issue open Chrome and click on the small three dots located in the top right hand corner:

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Step 3:

A drop down menu will appear – click on “Settings”

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Step 4:

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Advanced”

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Step 5:

This opens up more options under the word “Advanced.” In the “Privacy and security” section click on “Content settings”

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Step 6:

This opens up more options under the words “Content settings.” In the “Flash” section you should see “Ask First”

If you don’t then click the small triangle to the right of the word “Flash”

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Step 7:

The final page should show “Ask first (recommended)”:

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If it says “Block sites from running Flash” like this:

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click on the slider on the right to revert the setting back to “Ask first (recommended).”

You can then close the tab and the settings are correct.

Step 8:

The final step is to add the following to the list of allowed sites:

powersite.agencylogic.com

To do this click the ‘Add’ button:

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Then enter powersite.agencylogic.com and click the ‘Add’ button:

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You should now be able to upload files – images and documents.

AgencyLogic Support Series – Uploading Images Using Google Chrome

Google recently released a new version of its Chrome browser which included blocking Adobe Flash by default. This impacted millions of Internet users including AgencyLogic clients specifically through the image upload feature of our software suite.

The easiest solution is to use another browser (for example Internet Explorer (AKA “I.E.”) or Firefox) but for those wanting to stick with Chrome there is a simple work around.

Please follow these steps – if you have additional questions give us a call on:

(888) 201-5160

or email:

support@agencylogic.com

The following steps work for version 62.0.3202.94:

Version

Step 1:

Open Chrome and click on the small three dots located in the top right hand corner:

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Step 2:

A drop down menu will appear – click on “Settings”

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Step 3:

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Advanced”

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Step 4:

This opens up more options under the word “Advanced.” In the “Privacy and security” section click on “Content settings”

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Step 5:

This opens up more options under the words “Content settings.” In the “Flash” section you should see “Ask First” – if you do then there’s nothing else for you to do.

If you don’t then click the small triangle to the right of the word “Flash”

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Step 6:

The final page should show “Ask first (recommended)”:

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If it says “Block sites from running Flash” like this:

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click on the slider on the right to revert the setting back to “Ask first (recommended).”

You can then close the tab and the settings are correct.