Posted by: Timothy Ellis (The Tim)

Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market.

9 responses to “Rose-Tinted Listings”

  1. rentalbliss

    How about this “cozy 1st home” on a “beautiful, private, 6800 sq. ft., treed lot”

    It’s like a partially underground trailer. “Best Investment Opportunity in N. Seattle.”

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  2. WaitinginMarysville

    It isn’t a trailer; it’s a basement with no house!

    There are too many of them to mention, including the above ad, but whenever an ad says that something is a good investment what it means is it will have been a good investment for the seller if you pay their asking price, and any ad that says Priced to sell! is overpriced.

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  3. Lake Hills Renter

    A house down the street that was for sale last year advertised “mountain view”. For the life of me, I can’t figure out what mountain they supposedly view. There’s not even a hint of a view of any mountain or even hill here.

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  4. SeattleMoose

    Saw an ad “Won’t Last” and when we went to see the house saw evidence of foundation problems and a noticeable lean to one wall.

    For once the advertisement was right!!!

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  5. biliruben

    How about:

    Irrigated terraces for boutique vineyard. Very private, sought-after location, next to the Peruvian Consulate.

    This house is on Bothell Way. A very sought after location – if your doctor recommends breathing diesel fumes for that rare lung ailment.

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  6. biliruben


    The strength of stone at waters edge ~ an outdoor living room the perfect appetizer for parties by the fireside. Mt. Rainier’s ice-cone majestic beyond description.

    Granted, it’s a sweet house if you have a spare 3 mil lying around, but I’m not sure plagiarizing from a Harlequin Romance was really necessary.

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  7. E-sidedave


    Is that a Wendy Lister listing?

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  8. Eleua

    Thanks Tim!

    When you get writers saying PNW real estate is going to sell for 30 cents on the dollar (plus or minus), then you know it is time for ashes and sackcloth.

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