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Happy Friday!  I was thinking we needed to have some fun on the site this week, I thought about having an UGLY HOUSE CONTEST.  You know - we've all seen them.  The colors that scream out at you while you are still blocks away!  The eyesores in the front yard.  The lack of curb appeal.  I know they are out there in every city - and so do your best to share the best of the worst - just for fun!!  If you have a great "Before/After" set - I'd love to see them!  Nothing tells it better than the eye of the camera!!  For now, let's just focus on the EXTERIOR of the houses - I know we could have a totally different contest on the inside of some of the houses we've seen!

Here is my submission - Isn't there some sports team  that is Green and Gold?  Maybe that was their inspiration.   Anyway, these poor neighbors putting up with the GREEN MONSTER!  This photo was taken by my team mates while they were out Staging - one of those - "You gotta see it to believe it!" scenarios.  I have to agree - nothing tells it better than the visual image a digital camera captures!

Can you believe there is ANOTHER GREEN MONSTER - I took this photo just 2 days ago - in Lincoln, CA.

I posted this to another blog talking about good front doors - as an example of need for curb appeal, but I think this house deserves a shot at winning the CONTEST.  Don't you agree?  I guess the moral of the story with these 2 examples is that GREEN is NOT a good exterior color for a house - especially when it is of the neon persuasion!  Don't you agree that the chain link fence in the front of this house adds that "special" touch?

Care to play along?  Put your photos up.  We can proclaim a winner based on your feedback - and how many submissions we get!!

Lighthearted and Fun for a Friday!!

- Jennie

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Jennie Norris
Sensational Home Staging - Littleton, CO
Denver Regionnulls Premier Home Staging Resource, ASPM, IAHSP, ASP-SRS, ASP-REO

This is fun!  Thanks to all that have commented - I still want to see photos - so go through your collections and see if you have any candidates!   

Ashley - that middle finger house - wow!  At first you kind of think, maybe he was just trying to be artistic, but then reading the article - intentional for sure!  That's amazing!

Rich - Can't wait to see your submissions!

- Jennie

May 18, 2007 10:05 AM #12
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate

I think that the first green monster is definitely worse! 

Here in Charleston, we have lots of colorful homes.  And they aren't always tastefully done.  I'll have to go out and photograph some to compare to your two.

May 18, 2007 11:14 AM #13
Anthea Click
Fresh Perspectives - - Franklin, TN
Nashville Home Stager - Selling Nashville, TN homes quickly!


I don't know if your pictures can be beat! Those are definately front runners.

May 18, 2007 03:32 PM #14
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals
I'm in- now I just have to go find something worse.  That really shouldn't be too hard....
May 18, 2007 09:27 PM #15
Shell Brodnax
Real Estate Staging Association - Valley Springs, CA
EEE GADS BATMAN!!!  Funny Before I posted this the graphic word to enter is KIWI
May 18, 2007 10:45 PM #16
Rich Kruse
Gryphon USA, Ltd. - Columbus, OH
Well, none of the outsides looked all that bad today.  I am not an exterior winner.  I did go in one and gag though.
May 19, 2007 05:51 AM #17
Jennie Norris
Sensational Home Staging - Littleton, CO
Denver Regionnulls Premier Home Staging Resource, ASPM, IAHSP, ASP-SRS, ASP-REO

Here is another one - I know it is not as gaudy as the first (although the turquoise trim is a nice touch) - but I have to share that the front of the yard had a big "BEWARE OF DOG" sign on the fence and then 2 tiny chihuahuas barking at me!  Priceless!

And then there is this next one - driving by I took this picture of this drab brown house that looks like it really could use a drink of fresh paint - and what you can't see are the 2 uniformed police officers that were in the doorway - talking to the owners.  Oops!


And this one - it is not as gaudy as the first one - but at least the GREEN MONSTER had landscaping that looked OK.  This house is UGLY all over!

Last submission for today - someone above wrote about the yards with all the decorative things in the front - so I saw this one and snapped a picture.  All the little ducks and geese, pots, and big lanterns make for a "WHOA!" I did not know the person was crouched over planting things - sorry for the butt shot.

- Jennie

May 19, 2007 02:43 PM #18
Karla Davis
Florida Home Staging & Redesign, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Orlando Home Staging Firm

Oh boy, I had better get taking photos..I have a lot in a particular area about 15 minutes from my house. I can't wait to share. The first green one takes the cake! You gotta love it when people pair two equally hidious colors together on the house and try to co-ordinate them! LOL

Another combo I see a lot is turqoise and bright pink, really-who picks these colors?!

May 23, 2007 01:57 PM #19
Tina Parker
Century21 Trident Realty - Halifax, NS
CNE, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax, NS

OMG! Jennie, there sure are a lot of ugly houses where you live. LOL!  Good thing you're there to save them, but I am willing to bet these people would be resistant to staging, am I right?

May 23, 2007 05:14 PM #20
Jennie Norris
Sensational Home Staging - Littleton, CO
Denver Regionnulls Premier Home Staging Resource, ASPM, IAHSP, ASP-SRS, ASP-REO

I never awarded the UGLY HOUSE CONTEST WINNER - as I was hoping some of YOU would submit your own.  When you start looking for them - they are there!  I did have to drive to some areas I normally am not in to seek them out - and with a quick shutter as I did the "drive by" I captured some good candidates.

The WINNER for this round is:  TA DA!  The  First posting the GREEN & YELLOW MONSTER!  As people pointed out - the sellers really seemed to have a plan for how they were going to paint the house - and so that is what made it the best of the worst!! 

Let's do this again sometime!!


Jun 16, 2007 02:33 PM #21
Karen Reynolds
Champagne Staging, LLC - Wake Forest, NC


THE GREEN BAY PACKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  LOL.  Okay, those UGLY houses HAD to be in North Highlands or Citrus Heights......

Here in Raleigh we have Brick or Vinyl..... hard to ugly that up but I will search!

Jun 16, 2007 08:20 PM #22

dave does


Nov 11, 2008 03:01 PM #23
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

I bet that house looks good in X MAS . .with lights all over it. .is there an HOA in that neighborhood?

Jul 25, 2009 04:31 AM #24
David Salvato
David Home Inspection Service Home Inspector San Bernardino - Los Angeles, CA

Ha Haa haa this is funny I need to start posting some pictures.


Sep 03, 2009 11:19 AM #25

       I thought I could have won the contest for the ugliest house,but I only have a "Shack" of an apartment.    It's sure ugly, though.  But it was uglier when it had mold growing under the sink for about two years, before the Land... I mean Slumlord finally removed the cabinet, but didn't even bother to replace it.   I've been contemplating taking him to court for sometime...Oh, Yeah !  I have plenty of pictures from the last two years or more.   You should see my "New"  Door  he brought to me !  

       Well, it's a real ugly dark brown color, with paint chips out of it...underneath it it kinda white, and green spots.  Talk about bad taste  !    After 6 years living here (fixed income,so it's hard to qualify to get a nice place)      Oh, yeah... I have to tape up the door on the inside, cause it has long cracks in it. If you go outside at night, you can see into my apt.

                   Go Figure !    I keep hoping that I could maybe "Win"  a place .   Fat chance !

   My Dad saw my place one time, and all he could say was " You could do better "

    He says I live like a bum !    I'm so embarrased, I wont let anyone come to visit from my Family !

Sep 26, 2009 04:36 AM #26

Just thought you'd like to see some pics of my Ugly Apt ! 

How do you post a pic here?


Sep 26, 2009 04:42 AM #27

Still havent heard how to post a picture on here ...... I'm sure you will agree that I have not only the smallest place in Tampa, but also the UGLIEST  !!!!

Feb 07, 2010 10:36 AM #28
Cliff Kavanaugh
Keller Williams Realty of Charlottesville Virginia - Charlottesville, VA - 434-466-5128 -

Man I gotta tell you those are some real ugly homes!

May 18, 2010 06:52 AM #29
Michael Anderson

My name is Michael Anderson i am 15 years old, i live with my disabled grandparents and uncle.We have a hard time trying to keep our house organized.I also go to highschool and its hard to help.I would like for the few years my grandparents have left,for them to live in a comfterable,decluttered house.If theres any way that you could take this into consideration for the contest,i will be forever greatful.

Aug 25, 2012 07:13 AM #30
Patrick Osburne

This site will not let me upload my house picture, so Picture this mint green house, red front door, grey decking  a broken down riped up greenhouse and dead trees.  Yikees

Oct 10, 2013 04:00 AM #31
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