Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate)

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J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

Yes they are supposed to have photos. The problem I typically see is for condo properties. They typically lead with interior photos and I can’t really recall if they will include an exterior shot. But in all honesty, it is going to be dependent upon the LA. Some are worth their salt…well you get the idea.

Apr 07, 2023 07:51 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

I appreciate the big picture, rather than taking clients to a property that is misrepresented and seeing their disappointment. Some reasons why the full exterior may not be shown...Twin home, town home, condo, telephone poles, water tanks, junk yard or hoarder next door...endless possibilities!

Apr 07, 2023 07:35 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

No exterior STREET VIEW of the home would be an MLS violation in our world and a complaint would immediately be enforced.

The photos 'should' tell the story and be organized in order like a tour . . . ESPECIALLY since portals like Property Panorama automatically make it INTO a virtual tour.

Agents who don't do this are lazy, that is the answer to your last question. 

Apr 07, 2023 07:50 AM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

My MLS requires at least one shot of the front of the house, but it doesn't have be the primary one (They may want to post a picture of the view first, for example).  

Apr 07, 2023 08:28 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Q#1: YES - finalabe if not. 

Q#2: If Single Family - Exterior 

If Condo: Exterior of Area Close to the Front Door 

Q#3: It could be a red flag or just evidence of a lazy agent or worse

Q#4: See answer to #3. 

The bigger question for me Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate is why sellers accept that kind of representation from their agent.

Apr 07, 2023 08:36 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Our MLS does not require it and some agents do not post a photo.  I think it should be a must 

Apr 07, 2023 08:31 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

This has been a hot topic recently with our MLS. Some agents have been posting a photo of the signage for the development or condo complex (i.e. " ABC Luxury Homes") instead of an exterior photo. Our MLS rules require that either the primary or secondary photo be of the exterior of the property. The only exception is if there is a view in which case that can be primary and the exterior photo must be secondary.


Apr 07, 2023 01:15 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Our local MLS requires at least one exterior photo to be the primary photo. There must be a minimum of 4 photos, and listing agents will be in violation. 

Apr 07, 2023 11:32 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Pasted from our MLS RULES: 

"b) At least one (1) photo or graphic image of the front exterior of the property accurately displaying the listed property (except where sellers expressly direct in writing that photographs of their property not appear in MLS compilations) is required to be posted on the MLS within 1 day of the listing in all categories other than business opportunity and Lots and Land."


Our job is to make the house as appealing as possible when providing excellent photos. We know that may buyers will not consider or visit a house which displays unattractive mls photos on-line.


Apr 07, 2023 08:57 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Our mls requires at least one photo to be submitted with the listing. It's usually of the front of the house, but since I always upload dozens of photos, I'm not really sure if it's the front that's a must or if they can upload another photo. Why don't agents give a complete presentation? I think it's because those agents are lazy, cheap, and have no clue how to market a home to get top dollar for their clients.

Apr 08, 2023 12:17 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

When you see a home like this, you have to wonder if it is ugly, maybe an ugly neighbor?   Denver's MLS does not require the exterior to be the first photo, and in fact no exterior photo is required.

Apr 08, 2023 05:23 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. No exterior shot to draw interest? No problem, NESXT!

Apr 08, 2023 04:09 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I am constantly reminded that it does not take much to become an agent, and some people still hire these people.

Apr 08, 2023 01:15 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

There has to have ONE photo of the home, according to our MLS.

When a home doesn't have an exterior shot of the front as the main shot (or one not included in the photo bank at all), I assume it's an ugly front elevation!

I usually do a drive-by to check before scheduling for clients and take a photo myself to share with the clients. 

Apr 07, 2023 10:23 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

In two MLSs, one does, one does not.  Many times my primary MLS has the view on the first photo

Apr 07, 2023 02:18 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I insist on premium, full coverage shots PLUS a video too! If the house has a certain appeal like a sunset or beautiful night lights, I include that too

Apr 07, 2023 12:05 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

We're required to have a front photo of the property somewhere in the photo collection.  It does not need to be the primary, but if you only have one photo it must be of the front.

Apr 08, 2023 09:51 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Lazy. Same reason no video that would show you 100's of shots per second of exterior, interior, with weaved in plat maps, house square footage, what's nearby for saving gas and convenience. The property deserves more images, videos and better media, more details in the narrative.

Apr 08, 2023 09:13 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

We should include exterior photos unless the sellers says not to for some reason. When that happens, I first check old listings of that address and usually find a supply of photos from previous agents.

Apr 08, 2023 01:30 PM
Adam Feinberg
Elegran - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse Advisor

While my market (Manhattan) doesn't have an MLS- and around 98% of sales are apartments (condo or co-op) - lots of listings don't have an exterior picture of the building. The best practices of our market (as guidance, there are no requirements) is to lead with your best foot- so it's up to the listing agent to select the picture that is most likely to attract a buyer. Buyers expect floorplans for every listing here too (except for some studio apartments)- something that doesn't seem as common in other markets. Streeteasy (a Zillow company) is our main listing site- and every building has a building page- and most buildings have exterior shots on that building page.  A listing agent might determine it's better to focus on what the best use of resources for each listing. 

Apr 26, 2023 05:52 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Our MLS requires the primary pic to be of the property, or taken from the property (like an ocean view from the balcony).  Yes I agree that the exterior of the building should be included.

Apr 10, 2023 04:07 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

No they don't. People are tech savvy and will look at Google. Plus, they drive by. It doesn't make since to not include a photo. No requirement for the main photo either. 

Apr 10, 2023 05:43 AM
Bob Force (REALTOR®)
Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill - Mount Airy, MD
The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate

Better yet, is a picture of the front on the house with a snow covered yard and is June in Maryland.  The other is only 1 picture, and that is the front of the house.

Apr 09, 2023 01:39 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

I figure it's right next to a freeway and am usually right.  

Apr 08, 2023 04:36 PM