I had a listing at 139 Intervale Street, Dorchester in 2014 that failed to sell but that’s another story. This is a story of theft. There are few things that annoy me more than bad photographs that are posted to real estate listings; there are entire sites that are dedicated to them. It’s usually the listing real estate agents themselves that are taking those photographs but they’re definitely the gatekeepers of real estate photographs so I hold them entirely to blame. What’s more annoying? When real estate agents steal photographs from other listings and add them to their own.
I happened to be doing some work on 139 Intervale Street, Unit 2, Dorchester this morning because the owner of that unit called me last month in order to ask me to potentially help him with the rental of that unit. It seems as though the current tenant had given him notice to vacate. I’ve given the owner some time because the tenant isn’t due to be out for a little while longer. I left the owner a voice mail and then decided to check the MLS in case the owner had decided to use another agent to rent the unit. Presto! Here’s the other agent’s listing from May 21st, 2015:
The owner hadn’t decided to use another agent to help him rent the unit but the owner had decided to use another agent to help him sell the unit. I’m still so confused. You know what? Fine. He’s free to do what he wants. It’s a free country, right? You know what I’m upset about? I’m upset that another real estate agent used my photograph, the photograph that I took the time to frame and edit and post to my listing, in his listing. Here’s my listing from June 23rd, 2014:
You may not have noticed but those are different listings with the same photograph. I probably would’ve just let the other agent use my photograph in his listing if he had simply asked me but now I’m pissed. Did my photograph help him to put his listing under agreement? Maybe. Take look at the other photographs associated with his listing and maybe you’ll see why he decided to steal mine. Am I being compensated for my work? No. They say that
theft imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but I don’t buy it. His actions are those of a lazy and/or ignorant person. Grrr…