How many photos can I post to the MLS?
Each MLS allows a different number, but every MLS at least 25 photos. When you create your MLS listing on homecoin.com, in the photo upload section we will show you how many photos that your MLS allows you to upload. We will upload as many photos as the MLS will allow.
Can I use photos from a previous listing or aerial images from Google/Bing etc?
No, you cannot use any photos that you do not have the rights to. You must get permission from any previous listing agent to use any photos that they took or paid for. Any property images found on google maps, google earth, and google streetview are prohibited - this also includes any similar websites, such as Bing.
Are there any government sites that I can get free map imagery from?
Yes, here: https://apps.nationalmap.gov/viewer/
Note that if you want a satellite view, you click the layers icon and check the box for "Imagery (NAIP Plus)" - see screenshot below. The website also allows you to draw on the maps and print them as .jpg photos.
Can I have people, text, or for sale signs in the photos?
No. These are all prohibited by the rules of every MLS.
Does the first photo need to be the front of the house?
No, not for most MLSs. Usually you can have any photo that you like as the first photo. MLSs require that you have an exterior photo of the property (or else you must print, sign, and return a form stating you do not want exterior photos).
In what order will the photos appear on the MLS and websites?
The photos will appear in the order they are listed on homecoin.com (top to bottom).
Is there a size requirement for photos?
Yes. Most MLSs require at least 640 x 480.
Any other photo tips?
Yes, see here: https://www.inman.com/2019/11/19/15-photographic-crimes-agents-should-never-to-commit/
Note: All information shown above is to the best of our knowledge and pertains the MLSs that we are aware of, and may change at any time. There are over 700 MLSs in the U.S., each has different rules.
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