Real Actual Listing Photos: “Went to the Bathroom!”

It’s time for another installment of Real Actual Listing Photos. Once a month (or so) I round up some of the most bizarre listing photos from around the Seattle area and post them here, with brief excerpts from the real actual listing description, and probably a bit of snarky commentary.

The idea for this series stems from the ongoing forum thread Detrimental Listing Photos, which is where you should post your nominations for next month’s Real Actual Listing Photos post.

No particular theme this month. Just a random assortment of photos found by readers and yours truly.

Enough explanation. Let’s get to the photos! Click the photo to view the Real Actual Listing.

1521 2nd Ave #802 Seattle, WA 98101“This home defines perfection! Polished, Southeast corner unit. Design that flows with ease, grace & simplistic beauty.”

Because nothing shows off the “grace & simplistic beauty” of a million-dollar home like a blurry photo of Pike Place Market with a bunch of interior lights behind the photographer reflecting on the glass.

28614 239th Place SE Maple Valley, WA 98038“Presale.”

Somebody is really trying hard here.

15632 SE 288th Lane Kent, WA 98042“Car enthusiasts will love multi-vehicle garage.”

That would be the garage pictured there at right. I guess right now it’s just a multi-sofa garage. I’m also a fan of the green pool in the background of photo #6.

18313 146th Ave NE Woodinville, WA 98072“Hard to find rambler in a great neighborhood!”

As in, it’s hard to find it hiding behind all those cars they’ve piled up out in front of the home.

205 Capella Drive NW Issaquah, WA 98027“Don’t miss your opportunity to live in this quiet neighborhood surrounded by Mother Nature”

Um… good job… I guess?

39172 SE Gamma St Snoqualmie, WA 98065“Super cute 3 bedroom/1.75 bathroom in the heart of Snoqualmie’s historic downtown core.”

Look at that super cute sink. Just look at it.

Let me know if you have an idea for a future “Real Actual Listing Photos” theme.


About 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.

14 comments:

  1. 1
    AndySeattle says:

    I read the description for the Woodinville home with the ‘Near award winning Northshore schools.’ thinking that it would be perfect for my mediocre children. But alas, I can’t read good enough, so I should set my sights lower. Like that super cute sink.

  2. 2
    Jesse says:

    Quiet neighborhood, maybe. Except when mother nature starts calling… and man, she calls all the time!

  3. 3

    By AndySeattle @ 1:

    I read the description for the Woodinville home with the ‘Near award winning Northshore schools.’ thinking that it would be perfect for my mediocre children..

    I like that. They aren’t actually representing that your house is in that school district, just that the house is close to those schools!

  4. 4
    Azucar says:

    By Jesse @ 2:

    Quiet neighborhood, maybe. Except when mother nature starts calling… and man, she calls all the time!

    Apparently she has that place on speed dial!

  5. 6

    I don’t think short sale “experts” should be allowed to buy a camera because they tend to only take one photo and to leave the lens cap on while taking that solitary photo. They also love embellishing the toilet for some reason.

  6. 7

    RE: Conor MacEvilly @ 6 – That seems to be more some REO agents.

  7. 8

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 7 – I think REO agents are definitely the better of the two. They are more likely to upload multiple photos since the bank is their boss. They don’t have to be Ansel Adams quality…just more than one would be nice!

  8. 9
    No Name Guy says:

    RE: Conor MacEvilly @ 8
    Do the REO agents also leave the lens cap on for all of them? After all, 5 pictures where you can’t see anything is better than one. ;-)

  9. 10

    I think the “hard to find rambler” shot is not referring to the style of home, but the fact that maybe one of the cars in front is a 1965 Rambler American.

  10. 11

    RE: Ira Sacharoff @ 10

    You May Be Right Ira

    Those wrap around windshields are antiques alright.

  11. 12

    By Conor MacEvilly @ 8:

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 7 – I think REO agents are definitely the better of the two. They are more likely to upload multiple photos since the bank is their boss. They don’t have to be Ansel Adams quality…just more than one would be nice!

    It’s possible. I tend to exclude short sales from my searches for most of my buyers, and I have no interest in them at all when doing a CMA on a listing. So I mainly look at REO, and there’s one REO agent who’s been around a while who almost always only has one photo. Apparently their client doesn’t notice/care. I actually prefer it that way, because it lessens the competition.

  12. 13
    Scotsman says:

    When I get around to remodeling a small half bath off the hall I’m going to wall paper it with uncut sheets of real one dollar bills (available from the Treasury), maybe a few $20s thrown in for fun- a comment on the value of money in society. But maybe I should save a bit and go with the running total as shown above. We could further break it down into common categories.

    I have a friend who has put pictures of all his family members- sitting on the “white stallion” with their pants around their ankles- on the walls. Funny, but a bit too weird for me.

  13. 14

    […] in the listing to determine if a house is worth a closer look. For whatever reasons, some agents don’t do the best job with the pictures. So don’t think that the pictures necessarily reflect the true condition, […]

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