Photos Houston Area Realtors Should Also Include on MLS!

As real estate appraisers we rely heavily on our data sources to assist us in performing our research. On of these sources are Realtors and their entries in our local MLS systems. I find it interesting that so many MLS on HAR.comlistings are missing not only key information about the home or property, but good PHOTOS! These pictures act not only as your tools for showing off the property online to potential buyers but they also assist us in grading the interior quality of the home along with any amenities that can not be seen from the road.


As a Realtor what should you definitely photograph? A photo of the street, preferably both directions is one very helpful picture to homebuyers. Understandably if your property has a negative external factor that is within site you may not want to use that photo. A photo of the rear of the home should ALWAYS be included. Most of the time we are not able to access the rear section of properties when looking at our comparables, having a photograph of this is a tremendous help. And lastly, post photographs of ANY amenities. If it was worth bringing up in your MLS description, it is worth taking a picture and displaying it. These things include interior upgrades, covered patios, pools and spas, wood decks and gazebos, storage buildings, etc.


So here’s a run down of a few items that Houston Area Realtors should always photograph and place in a MLS listing:


  • Subject’s Street (Both directions preferably)
  • Rear of the Home
  • Any Amenities the Home Has

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