Posted by: 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.

37 responses to “Real Actual Listing Photos: What. The. Heck.”

  1. ChrisM

    Tim – have you researched prior listings by the same agent to see if they are equally, um, novel?

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  2. The Desponder

    This should be an exhibit at the Tate Modern… Right next to the video-loop exhibit of a guy cutting himself over and over… or maybe the agent decided not to include a listing photo of that room.

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  3. gdawg

    Totally bizarre and you’d expect Windermere would have some QA over their listings.

    Tim, out of curiosity, do you know if the MLS has “no blogging” selected?

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  4. redmondjp

    There has to be crystals, and dolphins too . . .

    And is that a real light fixture hanging in the attic, or a “ghost” one that somebody photoshopped in?

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  5. Kary L. Krismer

    By gdawg @ 4:

    Tim, out of curiosity, do you know if the MLS has “no blogging” selected?

    Not sure what you’re asking. No blogging is the default choice on listings in the NWMLS.

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  6. Dweezil

    Breaking down that 3% commission, the seller is probably paying $400 per photo.
    That’s some high art there.

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  7. toad37

    LMAO… that jogger one was is scary.

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  8. gdawg

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 6

    Is this not considered “blogging”?–fun for us to comment, but I’d be pissed if I were the seller or agent.

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  9. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: gdawg @ 9 – The NWMLS rules only cover NWMLS agents. Tim is not an agent.

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  10. Pegasus

    RE: gdawg @ 9 – I would not be worried about the agents getting pissed. The agents should be embarrassed and correct their slovenly ways but that probably is not going to happen.

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  11. whattab

    You can see the book-reading fairy on the floor in some of the other photos.

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  12. ChrisM

    Of course, presumably the seller has seen the listing description & photos and is OK with them…

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  13. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: ChrisM @ 12 – You’d be surprised how many seemingly don’t look. Others are hyper-vigilant, checking not only the pictures, but that the listing shows in searches in various brokerage sites, etc. Obviously if you’re a seller it’s better to the the latter.

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  14. Marc

    RE: ChrisM @ 1 – I can’t comment on this listing but, for what it’s worth, I live in Magnolia and this agent, Greg Shaw, is easily one of the busier agents in the area. I met him at an open house once several years before I became a broker and found him to be a pretty good guy. Unlike those old school agents who try to force you to sign in then follow you around mouth breathing and asking personal questions.

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  15. wreckingbull

    This reminds me of a house I toured in Ballard in 2005. The agent placed mannequins around the house, presumably to simulate the gracious living that would take place in the home when purchased. No, I am not making this up.

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  16. Kary L. Krismer

    By wreckingbull @ 16:

    This reminds me of a house I toured in Ballard in 2005. The agent placed mannequins around the house, presumably to simulate the gracious living that would take place in the home when purchased. No, I am not making this up.

    I ran into that once. When I opened the door it scared the crap out of me!

    What was odd is it was a narrow townhouse, so adding a couple of mannequins you had to walk around just made the place appear even smaller.

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  17. No Name Guy

    That first photo…..ahhhh yes, the fun of digital cameras on a long exposure. Note the different “colors” of said jogger.

    And that doll picture….how bizarre.

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  18. The Desponder

    It must be intentional. If it were just this agent’s inherent quirkiness we would see more listings like this from the same guy. My bet is that this is brilliant/scary marketing. I have no intention of buying, but I want to go see that doll right now.

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  19. Suitably Skeptical

    Pocahontas there is like “bride of chucky” I’d flee…

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  20. The Desponder

    The Karmann Ghia parked on the lawn is also a nice touch.

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  21. phil

    “part of an intentional marketing strategy to get the listing more attention”

    Yep. They don’t want you to notice the driveway along one side of the house and across the back of the yard, which is access to another house. Plus the other house permanently blocking your view to the SW.

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  22. ARDELL

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 10

    The Rule covers “members” not “agents” and the members are the Brokerages not the agents and he works for a Brokerage. He should not be exempt anymore than the Sweet Digs Freelance Writers were. None of them were agents, and yet Sweet Digs was fined. How is this different? Loved those girls. They were very passionate about housing and were shut down because they were paid by Redfin. None of them were agents. Very nice group of ladies.

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  23. uwp

    Reading Ardell’s comment, I kept thinking the ladies she was talking about were the dolls in the photo. Very confusing…

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  24. Scotsman

    I’ll take the Karmann Ghia and the American Girl doll. You can have the house.

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  25. Sweet Pea

    By wreckingbull @ 16:

    This reminds me of a house I toured in Ballard in 2005. The agent placed mannequins around the house, presumably to simulate the gracious living that would take place in the home when purchased. No, I am not making this up.

    Oh boy. I laughed out loud at this. I imagine that could be creepy as hell.

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  26. gdawg

    RE: The Tim @ 25

    Not a lawyer and not familiar enough with MLS rules to know for sure, but even if this site can technically blog about listings, you should at least be mindful of the potential impact to the sellers and agents.

    A friend recently sold a house and his agent thought that the “no blogging” in the listing would prevent Redfin from even posting their “notes”–buyers no doubt love those, but if you get a loose cannon “agent” making opinion-based comments, that could obviously really hurt the listing. Apparently that’s not the case and Redfin can post notes regardless of what’s selected in the listing, but they’re certainly not making friends with negatively impacted agents and sellers. The comments on my friends house were positive, so may have helped, but I’ve seen plenty that were total opinion and quite negative.

    Imagine you were selling your house and a blog like this or Redin posted about it and said “lots kitten kickers nearby and schools are $hit”–might be true, but The Tim wouldn’t be happy about it.

    So, sure, you might be able to technically blog about specific listings, do the “guess the price” and invite snarky comments from the bitter and the jealous, but just understand there are real people who could be negatively impacted.

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  27. Tom

    The jogger is an artifact of the HDR effect – multiple images taken at different exposures are combined to get that ‘pop’ in color and light when combined. Done right, the pictures can look quite nice.

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  28. John

    RE: gdawg @ 29 – Next, you are gonna blame bubble blogs for the housing crash.

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  29. kn

    “So, sure, you might be able to technically blog about specific listings, do the “guess the price” and invite snarky comments from the bitter and the jealous, but just understand there are real people who could be negatively impacted. ”

    Actually, my $.02, I personally think the listing with it’s ‘creative marketing’ negatively impacts itself all on it’s own and comments here or a blog listed won’t make any difference. Any reasonably intelligent prospective buyer should reel in horror at what appears to be a photoshop job on these photos. The content of the house, not going to comment on that since I’m not a buyer. But what ‘appears’ to be photographic modification alone detracts from the listing and the agent (as one person put here is a ‘nice guy’ which we don’t doubt) would in his bests interest address. It’s be nice if there were state or federal laws against this kind of thing. Leave the photo original….please.

    Common sense should prevail if you’re presenting a person’s property and trying to win them a sale and not have it turn into a slow mover.

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  30. Eden

    These pictures made my day! So funny.

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  31. Dirty Renter

    By gdawg @ 29:

    RE: The Tim @ 25

    … do the “guess the price” and invite snarky comments from the bitter and the jealous and the dirty renters

    fixed it

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  32. lne

    When a real estate agent just isn’t good enough…try a surrealistate agent. Now there’s new twist on an old profession. Maybe a new source of ad revenue for this site!

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  33. nobody you know

    Not sure where this should go but here’s a real actual listing photo of your future tenant. No shirt, no shoes, rolling a joint in this listing from Dunkirk, NY.

    Listing: http://www.trulia.com/property/photos/3030973849-141-King-St-Dunkirk-NY-14048#item-6

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