Today pretty much started out as normal. I'm working diligently alongside my Assistant when I receive a phone call. This young lady is interested in a property that I'd previously listed which is now being marketed as a rental by another Brokerage. I informed her that I'd sold the property and that I no longer have any information regarding the current status of the property, but would gladly assist her in contacting the current listing agent. I look up the property in order to get the contact information and was shocked at what I witnessed!

As I flipped through the photos of the property, I noticed that they were MINE!!! The photographs that I'd so meticulously perused in order to find the best ones and then strategically placed on the MLS had been tainted by the soily hands of another Realtor!!! How dare she!!! Now, I realized that her office was approximatley 45 miles away from the property, HOWEVER, it's not my responsibility or duty to share my prized work of art with your lazy butt!!! If she couldn't take the time out of her busy schedule to drive to Coweta County to photograph the home herself, then she should be selling doghouses on a cat farm! We have a higher standard around these parts and, subsequently, expect all others to follow suit! Needless, to say.....the photos have since been removed (nastygrams really work)!

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Comment by Vanessa Calhoun on February 27, 2013 at 12:11pm

That's a really good question, Bob!!! The degree of absolute laziness is unbelievable at times.

Comment by Bob Brown on February 25, 2013 at 9:34pm

Our MLS (Consolidated MLS, Columbia SC) has sent all the agents a few memos about 'intellectual property' & what we can NOT do.  Unfortunately, they are still agents that ignore (or don't care) about the rules.  Since we are not allowed to watermark the photos with names or web addresses, I just remove all the photos except one, so it can be used for comps.  If an appraiser calls, I'm happy to send additional photos.


I'm assuming this agent had to place a lockbox on the house, so why weren't photos taken then??  Just a thought!!

Comment by Vanessa Calhoun on February 25, 2013 at 1:18pm

Bless your heart, Kim, for doing the right thing! In fact, if this woman simply asked permission, I wouldn't have been so irritated about it.

Comment by Kim Pennington on February 25, 2013 at 12:56pm

I once called the previous listing agent on a house who had professional pictures taken.  When I was contacted by the seller to sell his house short, I just asked the agent if I could buy the photos from him.  He sold me the disc for half price and they were better than I could have taken.  So, I asked permission.  Worked for me.


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