Real Actual Listing Photos: Totally Accurate Colors Edition

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.

If you want to enjoy strange listing photos without interruption throughout the month check out Looney Listing. If you’ve got a nomination for a listing photo that should appear here, drop me a line.

No particular theme this month. Just enjoy a collection of odd listing photos found by readers and yours truly.

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

14914 NE Woodinville Duvall Rd, Woodinville, WA 98072“home boasts solid beams & extensive wood work”

Check out those beams. Or don’t, because this photo is shown at the actual size the agent uploaded to the listing. Spotted by Beth T.

7308 NE 217th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98682“1978 Split level that has been updated.”

Not actually in the Seattle area, but seriously? That’s your only photo? Way to not even pretend that you’re trying. Spotted by Chris M.

721 S 212th St, Des Moines, WA 98198“Bring your imagination…”

…because you’re certainly not going to get any useful information about the home from these pictures. With modern digital cameras you really have to make an effort to take a photo this terrible.

940 164th Place NE, Bellevue, WA 98008“* * * * MONEY MAKER * * * * Needs a roof, some paint and make $100,000. Will sell VERY, VERY FAST.”

Bold claim, given the apparent cleanup required to take care of the massive spill of mustard all over the front lawn.

4824 49th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116“Cute Craftsman w/ recent upgrades enhancing its original style.”

Okay the photo itself is actually quite nice—well-composed, in focus, good lighting and appropriate saturation. But that color… ouch. Personally I don’t consider the puke-green to be “enhancing its original style.”

21009 121st Ave SE, Snohomish, WA 98296“This 3148SF home offers an open flr plan w/ abundant natural light”

Too bad the photo doesn’t offer natural colors. Reminds me of this one on Looney Listing from a while back.

Let me know if you have an idea for a future “Real Actual Listing Photos” theme, and be sure to check out Looney Listing for listing photo amusement throughout the month.

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


  1. 1
    ugggh says:

    what no gloating from cornholio taking credit for predicting the outcome of these great photos?

  2. 2
    Humbug says:

    A reader posted a link to “Terrible Real Estate Photos” a while back, which has since become my second-favorite real estate site after Seattle Bubble. It’s worth singling it out for some attention:

    Spectacularly awful photos with snarky-Brit commentary sprinkled throughout. Brilliant.

  3. 3
    ChrisM says:

    RE: Humbug @ 2 – Holy cow, awesome find. Better than lovely listings!

    Search for “Having taken this photograph, presumably the agent then barricaded the door shut and denied that this bathroom ever existed.”

  4. 4
    Corndogs says:

    RE: ugggh @ 1
    “what no gloating from Cornholio taking credit for predicting the outcome of these great photos?”

    CornGod did notice that the houses on Redfin for more than a few weeks are either pending or contingent despite their adverts being the butt of ‘The Tim’s ridicule – not at all consistent with a bottom dropping out of the market as prophesied by the heretic Matthew…Ugggh you should pay proper homage to CornGod because if he looks favorably upon you you will flourish. The way you do this is to create an altar in your house where you can burn some incense and meditate on your knees while facing North. You should have a corndog mounted on the wall in front of you and you should lean forward and put your mouth over the corndog and sit in silence for about 15 minutes. Your whole family should do this three times a day or anytime you want to feel the presence of CornGod in your life..

  5. 5
    ugggh says:

    RE: Corndogs @ 4

    Ha! Very good.

  6. 6
    Macro Investor says:

    RE: ugggh @ 5

    I thought everyone knew the rule — biggest bragger is covering for biggest FAIL.

  7. 7
    Corndogs says:

    RE: Macro Investor @ 6 – If all of Corndogs real estate dropped to zero value, his life would not change. If all of his properties doubled in value and he gave them to TeenErik, he’d still have greater wealth than TeenErik. If Corndog fails Micro-weiner we all fail.

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