Real Actual Listing Photos: HYPER… Photocopies?

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 week, just a bunch of great listing photos sent in by readers and spotted by yours truly.

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

7322 11th Ave NW Seattle, WA 98117“Consider this new construction in 2012.”

Year built: 1914. Maybe if we blind them with HYPERCLOUDS, they won’t notice that the home is actually 100 years old, not brand new.

19327 Grannis Rd Bothell, WA 98012“WOW!”

Okay, so the list agent’s camera was apparently broken, and the only photo they could find was from an old newspaper article about some kind of creepy murderer, maybe? And rather than uploading a digital scan of said newspaper photo, I guess they just sent a photocopy by mail to the MLS?

18045 Meridian Ave N Shoreline, WA 98133“Public park across the street…”

It may be hard to tell from the small photo, but I’m fairly certain that this lawn (dead leaves and all) has literally been spray-painted green. Yes, really.

22806 58th Ave W Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043“Excellent rental potential.”

On the other hand, spray-painting your back yard is better than… this. I guess.

8325 Boe Rd Stanwood, WA 98292“Potential private club, fishing, sport facility or equistrian center.”

I may have cropped this one for dramatic effect.

16180 Klondike Canyon Rd Carmel Valley, CA 93924“Great for vineyards, horses or a family retreat.”

And cowgirls with cats, apparently. This one’s not in Seattle, but when I was flipping through listings and saw this primary photo I had to include it.

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

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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. Tim also hosts the weekly improv comedy sci-fi podcast Dispatches from the Multiverse.


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    Scotsman says:

    If it ever dries out I’m gonna spray paint my lawn. I might go for the Wallingford/Freemont look- cranberry with purple edges, or maybe lemon-lime with orange. There might be a new business opportunity in there for Losh- “Lucious Lawns Of Color By Losh.”

    Don’t bogart that joint, David.

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    RE: Scotsman @ 1 – Just let the moss take over.

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    Kris Yuret says:

    These are hilarious. What a great idea for a recurring story. I do a lot of window shopping these days…maybe I will find something good to contribute for next time. :)

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    bob says:

    The rock on the green backyard even has a green shadow!

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    RE: bob @ 4 – Could it be they sprayed that area with that grass seed stuff they use on freeways? Not sure if that works this time of year.

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    The Excellent Rental Investment With Junk in the Backyard

    Could make sense to the weary landlord. As vermin unemployed/underemployed tennants rent the place and trash it, the landlord can just throw all the destroyed housing debris in the backyard pile, think of the money the landlord saves not paying to have it all hauled out?

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    Peter Witting says:

    How can people live is such cluttered, trash-filled homes? It just astonishes me. I’ll bet you guys see some real doozies….

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    RE: Peter Witting @ 8 – Two to three years ago many, if not most, bank owned properties were full of junk and or in extreme disrepair.

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    Scotsman says:

    Maybe the odd photos are a consequence of . . . Realtor Rabies!

    Realtors- the new Zombies.

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