Real Actual Listing Photos: Radioactive Edition

It’s been way too long since our last installment of Real Actual Listing Photos. Time for another! 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 a more steady dosage of crazy listing photos, tune into Looney Listing, which is updated five times as a week with homes from all across the country. 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.

1920 McDougall Ave, Everett, WA 98201“Cosmetic charmer… newer hot water tank! …pie cooling station. …garage door opener!”

I live just a few miles from this home and I can confirm that the grass definitely glows radioactive green here in Everett. Wait, what?

619 20th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122“Nice, partially finished basement.”

The whole set of photos here is terrifying, but… um… is that a person hiding under the sheets on the bed? What the heck?!? Found by Christian W.

22918 49th Ave SE, Bothell, WA 98021“You will feel right at home”

“You will feel right at home,” you know, if your home is extremely poorly lit and has random clutter just lying all over the place. And also you forgot to put on your glasses so everything looks blurry. Even after all these years I am still amazed at how little effort some listing agents will put into earning their 3% commission (which would be nearly $17,000 on this listing).

4004 228th St SE, Bothell, WA 98021“house features 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, living room, family room, spacious attic loft upstairs, bonus room, 3 car garage”

The reason they’re so descriptive in the text? Two tiny photos of the street and a fence is all they bothered to upload.

24310 19th Ave SE, Bothell, WA 98021“wake up to the beautiful Stipek Park”

Nothing says “superior real estate service” like uploading a screenshot of Google Earth as your primary listing photo.

14000 W Snoqualmie Valley Rd, Duvall, WA 98072“May be viewed from the Road but no known access to the actual property.”

Okay, but did that really mean you could only upload a few horribly blurry photos with completely illegible captions? What kind of camera is even capable of taking photos that bad? Found by Beth T.

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
    mike says:

    #2 – on the bright side, that’s the cleanest mattress I’ve ever seen in a crack house.

  2. 2

    Let’s See the Dark Grim Dirty Unfinished Dining Room One for $17000 3% Commission

    That comes to about $1.7M/3= $500K-600K….LOL

    I know, the land is worth that much…..just bulldoze the house down and build another custom home on the “location, location, location” land for only a mere $200-300K more….

  3. 3
    Scotsman says:

    #2 has gone pending. Time to get up and move out!

  4. 4
    ChrisM says:

    Regarding the first house, I love snark as much as the next person, but I’m listening to a bootleg of Stevie Ray Vaughan and feeling very generous… The photo you show is the *last* in the series. The primary photo is very reasonable, as are most of the photos.

    In contrast, I approve of your word “terrifying” for #2, and feel that it actually warrants more photos in the post. That deserves an award… For what, I’m not exactly sure… You *need* to interview Adam once the house has closed (or burned down).

    On number three, how do you get a property w/ no access??? And who would buy such a property????? That would be a fun interview for the listing agent: “What were you thinking?”

    Hmm, is there a form checkbox for that: “legal access is possible”

  5. 5
    David B. says:

    Since the caption text in #4 is blurry, too, that means it’s a badly-taken photo of a brochure or a computer screen. Well, I guess being out-of-focus is one way to avoid the moiré patterns caused by the interaction between either pixels or halftone dots and the camera’s sensor.

    As Tim points out, nothing says “hire me as an agent” like “I’m too lazy to spend a tiny bit of effort getting better images in my pursuit of a fat commission check”.

    Update: Just looked at the listing. It’s obviously of a computer screen. Someone needs to learn how to take screen-shots (easy to do in both Windows and Mac; no excuses for images as bad as this).

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