February 9th, 2016
Aaron brings up one of the classic problems for listing agents and real estate photographers:
I was recently contacted by an agent who took over a property from another agent, who didn’t/couldn’t sell the home. By no surprise, the house was vacant, dirty, all the light bulbs were missing or burnt out. They left all the childrens stickers on the walls and there was a huge garbage pile out back. Well, I made the best use of my A6000, wide angle lens and flash and I was happy with the outcome. After I got home, I viewed the previous agents photography, as they also hired a photographer, and their images were much better due to the condition of the home, and furniture being present when the owners were living there. No surprise. I know that this is not my fault but it is important to me that the agent understands the difference between the two outcomes and the cause of them. It almost makes me want to tell the agent to not worry about my fee for photography, as their future opportunities outweigh any one time compensation. My question is, how do we handle this situation?
Having worked, with my wife listing property for many years, I know exactly what you are talking about! Many home sellers are not in touch with the fact that some due diligence on their part can make a huge difference in selling the property. But In the end, it is the listing agent’s job to get it across to the home seller that the property needs to be parade ready before it’s put on the market… NOT the photographer! This is what listing agents get the big bucks for! I know from experience that some home sellers are difficult to impossible to work with but the listing agent needs to be able to take charge and deal with the issue. Simple as that. It’s not a problem the photographer can fix!
The worst situation is when a property is listed on the market with a renter still in the property! Then, frequently even the home seller can’t control whether or not the property is a mess.