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.

27 responses to “Real Actual Listing Photos: Kitchens! Skies! Glowing Orbs!”

  1. softwarengineer

    Granite Counters and Stainless Steel Appliances

    Don’t make a 40s/50s styled dinky galley kitchen spacious at all in your picture of the alleged light/bright one, hades, the kitchen doesn’t even have a window, let alone extra counter and ceiling lighting….how do you cook without a flashlight and more importantly how do you cook with almost no counter space?

    It’s a good example of why I went to newer designed homes with FAR more storage and two bathrooms too on my 2nd buy.

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  2. Kris
  3. Kary L. Krismer

    Tim, I don’t mind the radio silence, and would prefer that to your getting burned out by feeling compelled to post something new everyday. But for the obvious repeat items (e.g. NWMLS stats, C-S stats), I’m not sure how you manage to come up with something new every day.

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  4. EconE

    Somebody really likes their television. Were they trying to sell it in 2005?

    “SOLD”

    It appears that one will be “SOLD” May 6, 2011 at 10:00 am at the north entrance of the Snohomish County Courthouse.

    RE the Palm Springs listing…I think the owner hangs out at the Korova Milk Bar.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korova_Milk_Bar

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_WAIyd-SgW9A/TPYdanGepvI/AAAAAAAAFt8/69Lj8n98jcM/s1600/korova-milk-bar-mannequins.jpg

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  5. LA Relo

    If this isn’t proof people still think homes are worth more than they are, it’s at least anecdotal evidence that some people have yet to accept we are in a buyer’s market.

    I’m not a fan of doctoring fake blue skies and artificial enlargement through fish eye lenses, but for the love of God, use a tripod.

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  6. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: LA Relo @ 5 – In some of these cases the pictures could be the result of it being a rental, but I haven’t looked to see if that’s the case with any of these. There’s always a limit to how much agents can move stuff around for pictures, but that limit is much greater when it’s not the seller’s property you want to move around.

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  7. Lurker

    By Kris @ 2:

    Found this pile of laundry yesterday: http://media.cdn-redfin.com/photo/1/bigphoto/838/177838_11_3.jpg

    From this listing: http://www.redfin.com/WA/Seattle/509-NE-71st-St-98115/unit-B/home/2089362

    Almost every photo in that listing is funny!

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  8. Cheap South

    RE: Lurker @ 7

    I have to agree. From the classy Irish flag on the wall to the broken balcony floor.

    Also, it seems that in every shot with light coming to the room, I see the image of the Virgin Mary!!

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  9. Lurker

    RE: Cheap South @ 8

    It appears that Help-U-Sell Real Estate has partnered up with Help-U-Take-Sum-Gooder-Pictures Photography Studio.

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  10. redmondjp

    LOVE the porcelain duck!

    Full disclosure: I have one of those mounted on my back-yard shed, one of two pieces of what’s left of my pre-marriage thrift-store duck collection. I miss those thrift-store decorating days – reuse, recycle, reduce. And reduce I did after getting married, back to the thrift-store they went!

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  11. David Losh

    It cost a minimum of $500 to prepare, and photograph a property. Many agents spend up to, or the home owner spends up to $1000 to $2000 to get a property presentation ready.

    I personally have a $10,000 rule that we refuse to exceed, but some people pay that, and some others exceed $10,000 in preparing a property for sale. That $10,000 probably doesn’t include staging, which is another $1200 to $2400.

    All in all Real Estate agents prepare these properties so some online brokerage can show pretty pictures to build content to get eye balls. In other words, agents, and owners have to, and are shamed into spending thousands of useless dollars so a bunch of desk chair want to be buyers can have something to do.

    If you are a serious buyer you are in the car seeing properties that don’t fit what you want. You should learn something before you fall in love with a property.

    For God sakes, in todays declining market place look for people who know more about property, and less about pictures.

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  12. ARDELL

    I’m wondering if “Under Contract” means Pending in Palm Springs. Did that last one really sell for 45% more than the 2004 sold price?

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  13. query_squidier

    By Kary L. Krismer @ 3:

    Tim, I don’t mind the radio silence, and would prefer that to your getting burned out by feeling compelled to post something new everyday.

    Kary, as an almost-always-lurker, this comment of yours really calls to my mind ye olde pot & kettle. I can’t remember a post by Tim in which you didn’t have a comment. What drives this site is Tim’s very informative and analytical posts, yes, but for people like me, who like to learn and hear different points of view (including your own), the comments are where it’s at.

    I love this site. When I finally buy a house I might very well invite you all over for a house-warming party. I’ll even let you guys pay the heating bill.

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  14. ray pepper

    I want that golly table!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. ChefJoe

    You zoom in on the duck rather than the full size clothes washer hanging out in the kitchen ?

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  16. ChefJoe

    Lol… or the hole where a toilet used to be. http://media.cdn-redfin.com/photo/1/bigphoto/501/177501_4_0.jpg

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  17. Lurker

    RE: ChefJoe @ 15

    That is the dishwasher but I don’t suggest putting your good china in there.

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  18. mgaboa

    i think everyone should read “how might warren buffett invest in real estate?” so that we don’t get into the trouble that we got into recently with the real estate crash and foreclosures. you can find it on amazon http://www.amazon.com/Warren-Buffett-Invest-Estate-ebook/dp/B004M8S4ZO

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  19. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: query_squidier @ 13 – As to the pot/kettle comment, all I’m saying is Tim should not feel overly compelled to post something every day. If he can, that’s fine, but I don’t think he should feel overly pressured to do so.

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  20. query_squidier

    By Kary L. Krismer @ 18

    Fair enough.

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  21. Conor MacEvilly

    All these fine photos beg the question, why don’t sellers ever complain that their cheap ass agent is taking the photos with a 1965 Polaroid Instamatic camera? Just by looking at other on-line listings they could tell they are getting a bum deal.

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  22. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: Conor MacEvilly @ 20 – The bigger question is why don’t agents have better cameras (if they are going to take pictures themselves)?

    As to your comment though, realize that not all sellers really want to sell. I learned that early on when I saw a $1M+ listing that only had one picture, and it was one of those drawings, not a real picture. Just by odd chance I learned later that the seller was in bankruptcy, and was being basically forced to list their house for sale. Similarly, I’ve always suspected some short sellers are only doing so to drag out the foreclosure process.

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  23. Conor MacEvilly

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 21 – Fair comment and possible that the agent will sense that the seller has no interest in selling so why waste their money. I actually called a short-sale listing agent once to congratulate them on the excellent photos they had taken of the property and on the condition of the property…and it was only a $200K condo!

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  24. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: Conor MacEvilly @ 22 – It’s even possible the agent might be in on it. Perhaps the agent is a friend of the seller.

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  25. Poco Ritard

    Wow. That Palm Springs place is filled with “panach.” Isn’t that something you serve with borscht?

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  26. Leanne

    my thoughts exactly. very Clockwork Orange.RE: EconE @ 4 -

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  27. ChefJoe

    By Lurker @ 17:

    RE: ChefJoe @ 15

    That is the dishwasher but I don’t suggest putting your good china in there.

    They’ve red-necked together a top loading dish washer ? The final spin cycle must be hell on your glassware.

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