Need a Little Green? MS Paint to the Rescue!

Okay this is just too funny not to post. Over in my favorite forum thread Detrimental Listing Photos Everett_Tom spotted this gem [update: the listing photo has since been changed—original screenshot here], where the (presumably) brown grass in the listing photo has been extremely poorly painted over in bright green in the only photo on the listing. Shortly thereafter, I spotted another similar example [original screenshot here], where the digital green spray paint is creeping all the way up the fence.

One thing led to another, somebody posted it to Reddit where it subsequently made the front page, and before you know it, guess which two homes are the most popular in all of Snohomish County on Redfin?

MS Paint to the Rescue!

Who knew MS Paint could be so effective?

[Update]
Everett_Tom strikes again, pointing out that the MS-Paint-ified photo was just grabbed from Snohomish County records!

Before MS Paint
Before MS Paint
After MS Paint
After MS Paint
  

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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 comments:

  1. 1
    singliac says:

    awesome.

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    Smitty says:

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

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    ray pepper says:

    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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    Sarge says:

    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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    bobesb says:

    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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    Lake Hills Renter says:

    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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    Everett_Tom says:

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

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    Everett_Tom says:

    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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    Indy says:

    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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    WestSideBilly says:

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

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    biliruben says:

    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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    Niz Monkey says:

    Perfect Timing! I needed a good laugh!

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    The Tim says:

    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.

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    Cheap South says:

    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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    deejayoh says:

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

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    NoMoreWork says:

    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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    Matt says:

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

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    The Tim says:

    Aww, someone must have tipped off the listing agent that half the internet was poking fun of their “paint” job. They uploaded a new, undoctored photo.

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    WestSideBilly says:

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

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    Scotsman says:

    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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    Charles says:

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

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    […] 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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    David B. says:

    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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    ARDELL says:

    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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