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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.

19 responses to “Real Actual Listing Photos: Fun-House Edition”

  1. Kary L. Krismer

    I once was an expert witness on a house where the kitchen was laid out at rather strange angles, sort of like that third one, but worse and it was that way in real life, not the result of bad photo pasting. There were three different types of cabinets, some of the doors were just cut plywood, also not cut at 90 degree angles. The appraiser I was up against didn’t made a deduction for the condition of the kitchen.

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  2. WestSideBilly

    At least the photographer in that last picture was fully clothed.

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  3. Willy Nilly

    Image 4 sure looks like someone took several photos of kitchens in IKEA and then did a very poor job compiling disparate images with different perspectives into one vomit cluster. Look at the shadow on the floor starting at the left of the image and see how the cast shadow continues across the floor (inconsistently) under the refrigerator. The IKEA giveaway is the hanging pendant light above the refrigerator and the blacked out open warehouse ceiling.

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  4. softwarengineer

    You Need to Call Ghost Hunters

    You definitely found a ghost in the mirror….LOL

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  5. David S

    Fraud is the only term for it. The MLS strictly forbids doctored photos in listings.

    The first photo and the last photo are at least representative of the product.

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  6. D. in Ballard

    I am quite surprised that you didn’t post the violent love dungeon photo from the forums. That photo both completely disturbed me and made me howl with laughter for 5 minutes.

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  7. LA Relo

    Awesome.

    Agents care so little, or are so intent on being deceptive they may as well use photos from Ikea.com to show the house.

    It’s one thing to set a shot and take a professional picture. Wide angle lenses, fake backgrounds, and enhanced dimensions should fall under false advertising and result in a loss of RE license.

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  8. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: LA Relo @ 7 – I think the Ikea comment is more of a theory. To me it looks like someone who doesn’t own a wide angle lens piecing things together. You’d have to go into the house to be sure either way.

    The problem is, even with a wide angle lens, there will be some distortion, as the wide door picture demonstrates.

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  9. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: D. in Ballard @ 6 – That was good. I wonder how many calls the occupant gets indicating that the visit to view the house will last over an hour. ;-)

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  10. David S

    RE: LA Relo @ 7 – Agreed. But wide angle lenses are perfectly acceptable and would be preferred for interior photos. Wide angle lenses would always be in the quiver of a professional photographer.

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  11. Lurker

    By D. in Ballard @ 6:

    I am quite surprised that you didn’t post the violent love dungeon photo from the forums. That photo both completely disturbed me and made me howl with laughter for 5 minutes.

    My personal favorite on the dungeon listing was how they took a picture from inside of the cage so you could get a better perspective of the room.

    That whole Detrimental Listing Photo thread had me in tears.

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  12. Beekeeper

    OMG new reader here, can someone post that violent love dungeon photo – cant find it!

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  13. hoary

    http://www.redfin.com/WA/Renton/19827-119th-Ave-SE-98058/home/225715

    I suggest “Does the Art Come with the House” edition. My favorite is the top-of-the-stairs pic of Gwenivere knighting Sir Lancelot.

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  14. robotslave

    RE: hoary @ 14 – You’ve got a photographer-in-the-mirror photo, there, too, alongside what appears to be a human head balanced on the back of a chair:

    http://media.cdn-redfin.com/photo/1/bigphoto/624/82624_4_0.jpg

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  15. karl

    this is the good side too I bet… but never mind it is the inside that needs work.

    http://www.johnlscott.com/propertydetail.aspx?IS=1&ListingID=300787852

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  16. Jillayne

    How can you not click on the violent love dungeon link?
    This belongs in The Onion.
    Oh no, daughter coming into my office, must click on something else now.

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  17. LA Relo

    RE: David S @ 10 – No doubt, but they’re misleading. They always make a room or a yard look much bigger than it really is. Why do that only to have a potential buyer show up and be disappointed?

    I’ve always wondered why so few listings have floor plans. Usually it’s only new ones.

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  18. Kary L. Krismer

    By LA Relo @ 18:

    I’ve always wondered why so few listings have floor plans. Usually it’s only new ones.

    Most people don’t have blue prints for their homes, which wouldn’t be that good in any event, but they also don’t have the simple drawings used for new construction.

    I recently had a listing where the people had very detailed records of the house being built, and dozens of pictures even, but they didn’t have anything like what you suggest.

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