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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.

15 responses to “Real Actual Listing Photos: Dinosaurs Play Scrabble?”

  1. Robyn Armani

    I could’ve gotten in trouble at work for how hard I was laughing at the photos and your comments. Hysterical.

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  2. redmondjp

    So an average sized lot on Mercer Island with no view is priced at $650K, even in this market?


    And yeah, that second picture is definitely the work of Thomas Kinkade, house-painter of light ;<)

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  3. ChrisM

    What’s even better is that there’s a “virtual tour” where you slowly pan over the exact same awful photos for the shopping cart house!

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  4. Peter Witting

    There also appears to be a halo of light coming off the little statue of Jesus. Perhaps the house is haunted?

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  5. ChrisM

    What would be behind the price history of the Magnolia property? I know county appraisals aren’t exactly accurate, but it is appraised at 564, whilst listed for 275?

    It is bank owned – if I were a shareholder in whatever bank owns this place, I’d be furious at how it is being marketed.

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  6. redmondjp

    Regarding the first listing in Seattle, Tim, you should have instead posted the last picture showing the across-the-street view of the oh-my-gosh awful-looking condo building. Oh, the visibility!

    And that picture of the back yard fireplace in the same listing is curious as well. My guess is that was used to burn household garbage at some point in its history. Maybe it was originally a patio fireplace?

    On a serious note, I don’t see a problem with accurate (but unflattering) pictures of a property that is almost certainly a teardown (which is usually the only way that the numbers pencil out, assuming the lot can be divided or multifamily housing built, as in the case here).

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  7. m-s

    Wow, that bedroom is so big, it makes a triceratops look puny!

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  8. Lake Hills Renter

    Dinosaurs will kick your ASS in Scrabble.

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  9. softwarengineer

    The 1st Photo of “The Land” is Classic

    Those Non-Indigenous Blackberry Weeds grow everywhere now and getting the roots out of the land to stop them from re-popping up with razor sharp pricks takes a medium sized bull-dozer and complete top and bottom soil removal down 5-10 feet. This horrifying black berry weed has literally killed off the real Washington State indigenous [and much more tasty] black berries I used to pick in the woods when I was a kid.

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  10. Drone

    Was I the only one who saw the games on the floor, and immediately thought “I wonder what kind of carpet damage they’re hiding” ?

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  11. RottedOak

    Maybe the point of the dinosaur is to show off the square footage of the “large living spaces”. The living room is so big, a huge dinosaur looks tiny inside it!

    Edit: Darn, someone above beat me to the joke!

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  12. Matt

    That Magnolia house with the single photo was literally the first one I saw when I started house hunting. There is really no other good view of the house. 18-unit apartment next door, townhouses and swamp behind, full bath off the kitchen… just tragic all around.

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  13. Oberon

    The Magnolia house is clearly a tear-down and build townhouses kind of lot (it’s multi-family zoned, it would not be a good investment to renovate a house that will one day be surrounded by tall townhouses). There just aren’t that many people building townhouses these days, and the price on a lot needs to get pretty low for the investment to pan out. It is pending, though.

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  15. Patrick Bouge

    May you can beat some of these dinosaur with this ;p
    RE: Lake Hills Renter @ 8 -

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