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.

24 responses to “Need a Little Green? MS Paint to the Rescue!”

  1. singliac

    awesome.

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  2. Smitty

    That’s classic. They should go all the way and paint in some granite countertops, too.

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  3. ray pepper

    Looks like the green sponge like monster is beginning to attack the home. See this is why everyone needs glacial gravel and boulder for a home-like feel. No need for enhancement.

    http://anonymousbloggers.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/eagleflood11.jpg

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  4. Sarge

    Not just a bad job with the ‘grass’, they didn’t even try to remove the power lines. Bright green grass and the bluest skies you’ve ever seen, isn’t that what we all want?

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  5. bobesb

    Too funny :-) But really on a sliding scale – how is this much different than the touched up pictures of the real estate agents on business cards and advertising flyers.

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  6. Lake Hills Renter

    By bobesb @ 5:

    how is this much different than the touched up pictures of the real estate agents on business cards and advertising flyers.

    Yes, we definitely need soft focus listing photos.

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  7. Everett_Tom

    I look forward to the day when the agent photos have been touched up with MS Paint.

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  8. Everett_Tom

    Turns out this gets funnier.

    The photo which was “painted”? It’s from the Snohomish County Records.

    You can see the original photo here .

    Apparently the listing agent couldn’t even be bothered to drive out to the property and take photos.

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  9. Indy

    It gets better! They whited out the little tricycle in the middle and put what would seem to be a giant grass bush over the pickup trick at the far right! Outstanding!

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  10. WestSideBilly

    Grassing over the pickup truck was a nice touch. :D

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  11. biliruben

    Using MS Paint is one thing. I walked by a house for sale in Wedgewood last year that used Krylon.

    I walked by there a fair amount, because it was around the corner for The Grateful Bread, and noticed that the lawn was full of brown spots.

    A week later, the brown spots were gone! I took a closer look, and they had spray-painted the brown spots green. Brilliant!

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  12. Niz Monkey

    Perfect Timing! I needed a good laugh!

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  13. Cheap South

    By The Tim @ 13:

    Via an anonymous source at Redfin, referring to the listing making it to the front page of Reddit:

    Looks like we had a monster record traffic day because of it. It�s probably the first or second most popular listing of all time.

    Don’t they say “there is no bad publicity”?

    RE Agent – Mission accomplished!!!

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  14. deejayoh

    I guess Hedyeh Doroud missed this article before he/she did the touch up work.
    Six Amazing MS Paint Masterpieces

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  15. NoMoreWork

    Hilarious. Did anyone notice the taxes on that place? North of $7,000… Wowser. Who has money to water the lawn with taxes like that?

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  16. Matt

    To add to the comedy, someone with real photoshop skills should doctor the photo to actually make it look natual.

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  17. WestSideBilly

    The truck is gone, I don’t want it anymore.

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  18. Scotsman

    RE: biliruben @ 11

    I was watching HGTV (I think it was about must-sell properties) where they actually had a guy come out and spray all of the brown grass with heavy green latex paint using a commercial spray set-up. It was supposed to last for some time, and certainly looked better than what had been there. California or Arizona? Maybe it’s more the norm down there, who knows? Desperate times.

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  19. Charles

    Someone needs to submit this to http://photoshopdisasters.blogspot.com/. I guess that would be me….

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  20. Real Actual Listing Photos: Real Actual Listing Photos: Driveby, Radioactive, Timestamp • Seattle Bubble

    [...] Guess who couldn’t figure out how to turn off the time/date stamp on their camera? No problem, just fix it in MS Paint! [...]

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  21. David B.

    RE: Scotsman @ 20 – I’ve heard of having that done, though I doubt they’d use a heavy latex paint for that. More likely some sort of nontoxic dye.

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  22. ARDELL

    RE: Scotsman @ 20

    The primary use for turf paint for decades has been for sports fields. Many Super Bowl and other championship games go heavy on the turf paint prior to the big game.

    Also used for businesses trying to maintain a bright appearance in an eyesore location or during drought conditions.

    It is relatively new in residential use, but not a new product. Often a response to “no watering” mandates during drought conditions by homeowners who just want their place to look better without watering. Sometimes used by homeowner’s concerned about getting fined by the HOA for fading to brown grass conditions.

    Not real common in residential use. A variety of types for sport field use depending on whether the field is natural grass or artificial turf. It’s basically the same “paint” they use to put color on the fields…white lines, team logos, etc.

    Usually called Field Paint or Turf Paint. In green vs “colored paints for sports events” the most common use is by Golf Courses.

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