Is there no end to the bad listing photos? Give me a break, already.

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I just couldn't resist sharing this with you all.

While searching the mls for a couple I'm working with, I found yet another bad, bad photo. The supply seems to be never-ending--Sarah, are you there?

cluttered kitchen



Here's a lovely kitchen shot of a home for sale. Do your very best to look past all of the distractions to uncover the kitchen of your buyer's dreams. Never mind the listing agents' handbag and paperwork on the table, Spot's bushy tail in the lower right corner, or the tons of clutter on the counter (hmm, that counter's not as big as I thought afterall...). Just try your darndest to focus on the best features of the room (tilting head sideways, squinting eyes...).



Perhaps the giftbag on the table contains a coupon for Merry Maids???

Is that a faucet in the chair???

Calling all Stagers. Stagers, are you there...?

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Deborah Burns ~ Seattle Real Estate Agent
Realty Executives -BRIO - Seattle, WA
Poor, poor sellers!  You know though, some people just don't see how their house looks to others.  Although in this case, the listing agent also appeares not to care or see either since (as you pointed out) her handbag and papers are in the listing photo!
Feb 15, 2007 07:42 PM #1
Sean Dankers
Realty World Select - Fredericksburg, VA

I don't see anything wrong with that photo....  lol

Is that a dog in the bottom right corner?

Feb 15, 2007 10:20 PM #2
James Gordon
Sibcy Cline Realtors® - Cincinnati, OH
A photo like this elimates the home from being looked at by most buyers.
Feb 15, 2007 10:55 PM #3
Gregory Anderson
United Country - Fredericksburg, TX

call the listing agent and tell her you're faxing over an offer on the handbag.

or, is that chattel?

Feb 15, 2007 11:24 PM #4
Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV

LOL!!  Lanette, you found another one!!!  I'm going to have to go search my MLS again, I'm SURE I can find more!  :o)

That agent's-purse-on-the-counter thing ticks me off every time.  Why do sellers put up with pictures like this?  WHY?!?!?

Thanks for sharing again!  Looking forward to your next in the continuing saga ...

Feb 16, 2007 12:07 AM #5
Lanette Branch
RE/MAX Components - Fallston, MD

Deborah and James--

Poor, poor sellers!

A photo like this elimates the home from being looked at by most buyers.

That's just my point. How many potential buyers are lost because of this bad "marketing piece"?


Is that a dog in the bottom right corner?

yes, I do believe that is Spot's bushy tail in the bottom right corner!


call the listing agent and tell her you're faxing over an offer on the handbag.

That's funny! LOL! I'd love to do that but I know I'd be accused of being a smart a$$, though.

Feb 16, 2007 12:09 AM #6
Lanette Branch
RE/MAX Components - Fallston, MD

Hey Sarah--glad you saw this one.

There seems to be an endless supply, doesn't it? I ask myself that same WHY? each time I see one of these, too.

Feb 16, 2007 12:15 AM #7
Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN
Lanette -  this is the laugh I needed thsi morning.  thanks so mych for posting it.  It makes me want to search the mls for photos to post!
Feb 16, 2007 02:36 AM #8
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate
Wow.  I don't think I'd even bother showing this listing to my clients.  If they can't straighten up for photos, then I can't expect them to for a showing.  And the agent must not want it to sell!
Feb 16, 2007 05:08 AM #9
Chris Hendricks
Walnut Creek, CA
What is it that makes me think this house has stacks of newspapers 6' tall in rows throughout the living room and 37 cats living in various bedrooms?
Feb 16, 2007 08:51 AM #10
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection
I will take pictures like this prior to listing. I will put a virtual tour and ask the homeowner what changes could make the property more marketable? it works.
Feb 16, 2007 11:59 AM #11
Gloria and Jason Belmonte
Prudential Fox&Roach The Belmonte Group - Rising Sun, MD
one word TERRIBLE!! I bet this sits for a while
Feb 21, 2007 09:51 AM #12
Debbie Malone
Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management - Lynchburg, VA
From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
I saw one new listing where the agent's thumb was taking up the left side of the photo. I was so distracted by it I didn't focus on the house. Another picture printed in the weekly ads showed the seller with his backed turned at the stove. How much effort is there in saying please move before you take the picture?
Feb 23, 2007 01:25 PM #13
Phyllis Mathouser
Re/Max By The Bay - Exeter, NH
Though we are not professional photographers, Realtors need to at least try to get a decent photo!  I take as many as possible and sift through them to post the best ones.  If the lighting isn't good one day, go back and resubmit.
Feb 24, 2007 08:49 AM #14
Chrissy Harrison
Referral Only Realty - Longmont, CO
LOL!!!  But seriously, poor sellers... I came across a few this week too. A beautiful old victorian full of clutter and boxes. The other one had ok shots, until you came to the living room pic which had a little boy jumping off the couch!! Too funny.
Mar 30, 2007 05:44 PM #15
Veronica Harbert
Select Home Staging - Denver, CO
Select Home Staging

When I think of a bad photo, I think of the quality of the photography...out of focus, wrong perspective, not enough light, etc.

This is a problem with the ROOM and the lack of preparation on the seller and Realtor's part. Yikes!

Where in the world is this listing? If it's within driving distance of Denver, Colorado I'm there.


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Denver, Colorado 


Mar 30, 2007 05:56 PM #16
Portland Oregon Real Estate | Alecia Barnes - Broker
Portland, OR

WOW! I actually have a house listed that the ONLY photo I could post was the exterior photo. The house is tenant occupied, and it's a lovely home, but it is CRAMMED full of stuff.

I even tried to tell the owner of the home in the most tactful way that I could that perhaps we should try to arrange or at least attempt to organize the 3 year newspaper collection that their tenant had managed to save - luck.

Even with a 24 hour notice, I am dreading(!) having a walk through with a potential buyer. I guess the owner of the home will be more willing to try to coax the tenant in being more cooperative if (when) the house sits for a while...

Great Find! 

Mar 30, 2007 06:27 PM #17
Fran Gatti
RE/MAX Integrity - Medford, OR
Managing Principal Broker - RE/MAX Integrity

I thought you had posted a photo of a second hand store.  Wow, there's a lot of stuff in there.  Gives new meaning to "understated elegance."


Mar 30, 2007 06:54 PM #18
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