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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.

22 responses to “Real Actual Listing Photos: BEHOLD THE HYPERCLOUDS”

  1. softwarengineer

    The Brick Mansion One Looks Like a Typical Ghost Hunters’ Haunt

    I can just see their black vans out front, as they unwind the camera wire to launch another investigation for SyFy….

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  2. Kary L. Krismer

    Condos often have a picture of the sign for the complex. It lets people familiar with the area know which complex the unit is in. That’s often difficult/impossible to determine from interior photos. The alternative is an exterior shot of the building. Often the sign is better looking!

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  3. David Losh

    I’m clicking back to the redfin site again for these photos. Actually I signed up into the redfin data base to leave a comment on one of the forums.

    Glenn Kelman being the ETrade of residential Real Estate is pretty rich, but the forums are a hoot.

    Browsing though the comments is a very good indication of what has happened to the Real Estate market place. Any thought that some one would get information there is over shadowed by the agents working the site.

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  4. robotslave

    Since the vignetting is absolutely uniform, and identical in all the photos for the listing, I’d say that “Toy Plastic Camera” is actually smartphone software that (poorly) simulates vintage photography, e.g. CameraBag, Hipstamatic, Lo-Mob, etc.

    It could also be Photoshop or Lightroom or other desktop software, but I’d bet my hat on the path of least effort.

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  5. softwarengineer

    RE: robotslave @ 4

    Yeah

    The disposable 35mm’s for $3.00 a piece and 800 film in door fast film would make this look like a joke too and the jpegs from 35mm film negatives aren’t unloadable to email attachments…because their files are too big and need to be cropped.

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  6. ChrisM

    RE: David Losh @ 3 – “Actually I signed up into the redfin data base to leave a comment on one of the forums. ”

    Kudos on replying to a four-year-old thread where the post prior to yours is dated 10-17-2007 08:10 AM…

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  7. Paul

    Greetings from Southern California. I thought you might get a kick out of this one too:

    http://media.cdn-redfin.com/photo/46/bigphoto/276/P804276_24_0.jpg

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  8. Scotsman

    RE: ChrisM @ 6

    It’s a business. The real values never change. /

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  9. Blurtman

    The overly dramatic clouds are shopped in to direct your attention away from the house.

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  10. Peter Witting

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 2 – I guess with HOA dues of $908 a month, I’d expect a better looking sign!

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  11. Peter Witting

    I’ve been to 29 Palms, and I’d be suprised if you could sell 5 acres without water in the middle of that desert for $5,000, never mind over $30,000.

    “Walk to the beech” – hope you’re in shape, because it’s more than a mile away!

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  12. David Losh

    RE: ChrisM @ 6

    That’s the way the forum works. I replied to another comment, but then it took my comment back to the sequence. Anyway, who cares? Why would you care?

    It’s just interesting that the forums are set up as another “guide” to a home purchase at retail pricing. Watch the charts, they know all.

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  13. David Losh

    RE: Scotsman @ 7

    It’s a business, the values never change.

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  14. Jeff Murdock

    RE: Peter Witting @ 11 – ““Walk to the beech” – hope you’re in shape, because it’s more than a mile away!”

    Hahaha, awesome. Technically they didn’t say “beach”. Maybe there’s a Beech tree nearby.

    The listing should say: “Photo Credit: Edvard Munch.”

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  15. CCG

    By softwarengineer @ 1:

    The Brick Mansion One Looks Like a Typical Ghost Hunters’ Haunt

    I can just see their black vans out front, as they unwind the camera wire to launch another investigation for SyFy….

    Or maybe this van.

    I’ve never been on an acid trip but somehow I think it would look like #3.

    In #6 I’d constantly be crashing into things since it appears to exist in some bizarro land where the laws of perspective have been repealed.

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  16. CCG

    By Jeff Murdock @ 14:

    RE: Peter Witting @ 11 – ““Walk to the beech” – hope you’re in shape, because it’s more than a mile away!”

    Hahaha, awesome. Technically they didn’t say “beach”. Maybe there’s a Beech tree nearby.

    The listing should say: “Photo Credit: Edvard Munch.”

    Hilarious. You nailed it.

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  17. Kary L. Krismer

    By Peter Witting @ 11:

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 2 – I guess with HOA dues of $908 a month, I’d expect a better looking sign!

    If that’s the building I’m thinking of, they have quite the staff. That’s not cheap.

    And if it is the building I’m thinking of, the owners voted early in the life of the building to repaint it, because they didn’t like the paint. It was a rather expensive paintjob.

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  18. Jonness

    I recognize the style of those “insanely-saturated HYPERCLOUDS.” That’s a long lost Van Gogh worth about $92 million!

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  19. Ryan

    I’ve always thought that HDR photography like the example with the clouds shouldn’t be allowed for real estate listings. It’s incredibly misleading but seems to be pretty commonplace now.

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  20. redmondjp

    RE: Ryan @ 19 – No different than the extreme photoshopping that goes on for magazine cover model pictures, and that’s been going on for far longer. Some of those photos are so heavily modified, you wouldn’t even recognize the person if they were standing right behind you in the checkout line!

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  21. Gary

    The super saturation pictures using HDR is so surreal in the listings and Zillow that I can’t judge from the pictures how the property really looks. If it was just clouds, that would be okay to me now. The pictures now are so distorted that they are on the edge of unreality.

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