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.

19 responses to “Real Actual Listing Photos: Eagle Eye Edition”

  1. Kary L. Krismer

    Some think the value of a pool is the negative of the cost to fill it in, so once filled in the buyer doesn’t have to price the cost of fill dirt, top soil and sod. ;-)

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  2. K

    ” Is it a full-sized clear glass sculpture of a man?”

    Shadow behind the left foot, and thicker shading on the fingers of the right arm… Yes, I believe that is exactly what it is.

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  3. Steve

    @Kary – but as with all seller-performed repairs, if the seller does such a crummy job of it that it has to be re-done, that just further adds to the cost.

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  4. Rumpole

    It’s Kevin Bacon!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuzgdLHPehM&feature=related

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  5. Scotsman

    Rumor has it these photos were taken by drones. Hmmm. The invisible man was picked up by quirks in the holographic programming. Be on your best behavior.

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  6. WestSideBilly

    At first I thought the man-in-the-corner was a multi-exposure photo to make it look like a ghost was standing there… which is probably more interesting than having a glass sculpture there.

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  7. redmondjp

    Although the pool may be gone, the shed containing the gas-fired heater for it is still there!

    For added effect, they should have put a colorful air mattress with some sunglasses laying on it in the middle of the ‘pool.’

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  8. Mel Torme

    Yup, it’s a parking spot. On the MLS. With 12 photos.

    As a guy into real estate, Tim, I find it egregious that you would bad-mouth a nice piece of property, such as this wonderful cozy parking space, especially one located in the great Pacific Northwest, what with the eagles, brown bears and beautiful Douglas firs. Remember the first thing you learned in the on-line real estate school: location, location, location. This beauty is almost a corner space in the parking structure on a great level with great schools. It’s, as some would call it, a GEM!

    I have half a mind to pick up the phone right now and call the owner of this great parking space. Sure, it’s got a column that will eventually take off the left rear fender and it’s got it’s share of oil and transmission fluid, but, come one, what space doesn’t? Great schools, remember? I’ll put 3% down on an FHA with the minimum PMI with a non-PMS agent ASAP, A few bags of kitty litter and can of white spray paint later, and I’ll flip it.

    Speaking of flipping: Ron White “Flip Mexico” video – very very funny.

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  9. Azucar

    LOL… when I read your comment: “Nice… um… poolawn.” and looked at the picture… that looked like it had a little dog house in the corner of the yard, I thought that comment meant something other than the combining of “pool” and “lawn” until I read the reader comments down here that clarified it for me. If I were the owner of a small dog, though, it would be more convenient on those rainy evenings that going out for a walk in the neighborhood.

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  10. gerg

    this is by far my favorite of this series… there literally were 12 photos of the parking lot and one of the street intersection… awesome.

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  11. ChrisM

    RE: gerg @ 10 – Agreed. We’ve all seen 300k (and higher) listings w/ *no* photos! And honestly the public remarks are quite creative. I’ve criticized so many listings before that I feel obligated to credit Chris Cooley for an excellent listing.

    I could actually see dropping 9k for a guaranteed parking spot. But I wonder how much of the condo assoc liability you take on w/ that project – if there’s some godawful deferred maintenance issue, how much would you have to share in the pain?

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  12. ARDELL

    RE: Mel Torme @ 8

    and…it’s North of I-90!

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  13. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: ChrisM @ 11 – I paid either 5k or 10k in 1978 for an indoor parking spot on First Hill. It was money well spent, in part because it made selling the associated condo unit much easier.

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  14. David Losh

    There is this guy who has been e-mailing me who says he can touch up listing photos to get rid of crap that may be in the house.

    So, he is saying he will photo shop listing photos to have the place look clean, clear, and bright.

    I’ve told him I think that’s a bad idea, but when I saw the invisible man photo, I was thinking, that might be the guy.

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  15. Kary L. Krismer

    By David Losh @ 14:

    So, he is saying he will photo shop listing photos to have the place look clean, clear, and bright.

    I’ve told him I think that’s a bad idea, . . .

    It is a bad idea because buyers will see the place and be disappointed, which is not a good emotion for them to have from the seller’s point of view.

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  16. ARDELL

    I don’t think you can buy that garage if you don’t own a unit in the building. That’s usually a rule of the HOA.

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  17. Jonness

    About the ghost in photo 3: Legend has it, he killed several people with a barbell, buried them in the pool in photo 2, and then took his own life. To this day, he guards the doorway just in case the pool ghosts try to sneak back in to his house and raid the fridge.

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  18. truthancisco

    Just to be fair another photo out of that listing shows the same “ghost” in a different position.

    http://media.cdn-redfin.com/photo/1/bigphoto/406/396406_5_0.jpg

    I also find it interesting the you would place a large freestanding glass statue behind the opening side of a door that opens inward…

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