worst pictures in the MLS contest

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Submitted by betting on fall on July 28, 2007 - 1:03pm

Inspired by temeculaguy's three car garage monitor, I have another idea that will justify my obsession with constantly reviewing MLS listings even though I won't be buying any time soon.

What has shocked me is just how bad some MLS pictures are. Agents- make me want to come to the house! We assume that you are putting the house's best features in the pictures. I don't want to see dirty dishes. I don't want to see eight pictures of the same room. I don't want to see pictures of the current owners pets.

So I think we need to start the "worst of the MLS" contest. I do think we should cut some slack to low price listings and smaller older condos, where there is not much any photographer could do.
The true "worst" are the mid to high end listings showing features that actually drive me away from the home. Like the kitchen picture in my nominee. .


These are the best they could do on a $1.1-1.2m listing of a near new home?

Submitted by mydogsarelazy on July 28, 2007 - 1:26pm.

That is a million dollar home?

You are right, the photos are a nightmare. The dog photo is a classic.


Submitted by temeculaguy on July 28, 2007 - 1:51pm.

More distractions, I'm in. I can't find the one with the piles of dirty laundry on the floor that i posted a few months ago but I'll keep looking. Here's an excellent example of staging. there are two pages of pics, 21 in all. It doesn't look like someone lives there, it looks like someone is camping.


Note the free builder supplied pull down shades, the pictures leaning against the wall and the table with no chairs (two shots of that), three pictures of rooms, all matresses on the floor. All told 3900 sq ft and the entire contents can fit nicely in the bed of a full size pick up. The builder is selling this house for 500k right now, neighbors are listed in the 400's but, mmmm, I think they've done so much with the place and the 710k list price makes me want to pick up the phone and schedule a viewing.

Submitted by temeculaguy on July 28, 2007 - 2:17pm.

O.K. this one violates the low end caveat but take a look at the back yard photos. The time it took the photographer to walk to three different angles of this backyard oasis, couldn't they move the random chair, ice chest in the center or uprighted the overturned bucket. It would have taken ninety seconds to move the crap out of the shot but then again maybe they were going for the "strewn" look. The other nice touches are the coats thrown on the couch (10 second fix) and the paint bucket used as a trash can in the kitchen, crap on top of the fridge and that ever so convenient home office placement next to the dishwasher, "honey stop the car."


Submitted by BuyerWillEPB on July 28, 2007 - 3:24pm.

Hahaha! Fun topic.

Ok, here I have one to share too. Check out the backyard photo for this one.


4755 BOXWOOD DR, SD - Clairemont Mesa, CA 92117

Ok, don't laugh at me now, but I actually look at run down places like this and I see Nirvana. Yeah, true. Even though it looks terrible now, I can visualize a nice putting green over here, and a japanese fish pond there, or a garden and a kids play house back there.

I would get a large ugly place for cheap and turn in to my own haven.

Submitted by betting on fall on July 28, 2007 - 4:22pm.

On that Boxwood one, that backyard is classic. But my favorite thing is the line in the description- "appears to be a canyon area behind the home." Umm, you mean you actually can't be sure???

I do think when a home is a true POS, the agent might be right to include pictures of few ugly features so buyers don't have the wrong expectation. However, if I'm the owner or an agent expecting a commission, why not spend $100 on a gardener to clear out the backyard? Houses just are not going to sell themselves like they used to.

Submitted by temeculaguy on July 28, 2007 - 4:50pm.

Here's a twist, show the owners kids in the pictures. I can understand why they wanted to show the kid hopping on the trampoline because it distracts the viewer from the fact that the screen is only leaning against the sliding door. But the livingroom picture, what is the point of that? Another little tip is if you are not going to put away the vaccuum for the pictures, at least coil up the cord. The listing agent is in the 619 area code and the property is 951, two area codes away, so the homeowner probably took the pictures and e-mailed them to their relative who is a realtor, one can only hope.


Submitted by temeculaguy on July 28, 2007 - 5:10pm.

Sorry to hog the board but I've got it, this may be the winner. 10 pictures of this 3 br 2.5 baths and I can absolutely guarantee that is has 2.5 baths, how can I know that? Because three of the pictures are of the toilets themselves, one is a nice lid up open bowl shot (nothing sells a house like a clean bowl). One has the lid down but that is probably a good thing based on the plunger next to it. No worries here about too many pictures of the bedrooms or living rooms because there are none, just three toilet shots, a washer and dryer pic, bathroom sink, kitchen (sink visible), two exterior and one is obstructed but the odds are there was a toilet or sink in it. This realtor probably used to be a plumber based on their love of sinks and toilets. I am going to e-mail the realtor and ask if the extra roll of t.p. on top of the toilet tank is included.


Submitted by temeculaguy on July 28, 2007 - 5:28pm.

HOLY CRAP, this is amazing.


Everything looks fine until you get to the 5th picture. My kids are teens so I haven't shopped for cribs in a long time but what the heck is that, it looks likes cages. Who am I to judge, that's not the crazy part. Just above the changing table and adjacent to the cribs, there is RIFLE mounted on the wall, I have to go and get some paper towels I just laughed so hard coffee came out of my nose.

Submitted by bub on July 29, 2007 - 8:23am.

Thank you betting for bring this subject up. This I find to be the most obvious reason to have a low regard for Realtors (Usual disclaimer for those that post here). I mean c'mon with todays digital cameras how hard is it to have a "do over" if the first batch of images suck? Especially if the property is vacant.

What really brought this to my attention was 10 months back a vacant foreclosed property below my rental had images posted that had been taken after the power had been turned off (I saw the SDGE notice) on a cloudy day in San Diego plus ......wait for it... with NO flash! Yes you can imagine how inviting those images were. And they remained like that for 6 months until the pos condo sold to some idiot.

Submitted by novice1027 on July 29, 2007 - 11:30am.

Hey Temeculaguy,
Given the looks of the cages, aka cribs, maybe they needed the rifle to keep the kids in line, hahaha!
What a hilarious topic!

Submitted by Enorah on July 31, 2007 - 3:00pm.

Alright I pulled this one off of Craigslist, which is not what the op asked for but certainly belongs in the worst picture category for obvious reasons.

Does he come with the house?


Submitted by lniles on July 31, 2007 - 3:34pm.

Check out this one from zip realty. I think aside from the photographic skill of realtors we should assess typing and English skills. Extra points for Freudian typos/errors. Extra extra points for reflections in windows etc. showing the realtors themselves!

My my this home looks coxy.

Lovely, coxy Home

The best part is the sales history (ouch!)

For sale at $424,900 (reduced several times from $530k)
Sale History
08/10/2006: $503,879
08/02/2005: $599,000
10/28/2004: $450,000

Submitted by novice1027 on July 31, 2007 - 6:35pm.

Does one have to pay extra for the Christmas lights? Maybe they will throw them in as an incentive, ha!

Submitted by lendingbubbleco... on August 1, 2007 - 1:09pm.

Here's one of my favorite "new" listings in Rancho Bernardo...


Definitely worth a chuckle or at least an "OMFG"

Submitted by kicksavedave on August 1, 2007 - 1:49pm.

Classic thread here... I love the caption on that last POS:

"Different part of the kitchen"...

Err, um, its the same part, just a slightly different angle. Should have simply said "different view of the garbage in the kitchen"

My personal favorite is 4 different pictures of someones bed, with virtually nothing else in the frame... as if seeing their kids bed will make me want to buy that POS house.

Submitted by jimmyle on August 1, 2007 - 3:52pm.

horrible, at least they can clean up the house. Or may be they did.

Submitted by CBad on August 1, 2007 - 4:15pm.

This is the funniest thread I've read on here! Temeculaguy, you are seriously cracking me up, LOL!!

Ok, I thought this one was pretty funny. Check out the dude washing the dishes. And the floor shot of the metal bed frame with the mattress next to it is a nice touch as well.

Oak Ave

Submitted by lendingbubbleco... on August 1, 2007 - 4:21pm.


That's a good one! Reasonably priced, too, at only $729,000?!?!?!

Submitted by betting on fall on August 1, 2007 - 4:40pm.

That Oak ave. one is impressive. Nothing makes me want to run out and buy like a picture of a half a computer monitor.

Submitted by lniles on August 1, 2007 - 5:36pm.

dig that purple chair. classy!

Submitted by garysears on August 1, 2007 - 6:49pm.

One thing I'll say about these listings is at least they have SOME pictures! I can't believe it when I run across listings without ANY pictures. It is so easy to get a cheap digital camera and post to the internet. To me a lack of picture screams out "don't bother"....especially in the current market.

Submitted by rube on August 2, 2007 - 9:03pm.

is there a "worst architecture" award?


Submitted by robyns_song on August 2, 2007 - 10:22pm.

Nice pick, Rube. I like how the attached RV garage is taller (and possibly has more cubic space) than the house. It screams "I need to get away"

Submitted by eikoph on August 3, 2007 - 11:20am.

Wow! I guess you can't really blame the pictures in this one (as bad as they are). The house itself is butt-ugly.


The average commercial building has more domestic appeal than this house.

Submitted by jimmyle on August 3, 2007 - 2:49pm.
Submitted by sdduuuude on August 3, 2007 - 3:50pm.

I love this thread, but is there any chance you could try to find the pictures on other real estate web pages that don't require a login ?

Submitted by CMcG on August 3, 2007 - 4:14pm.

I second sdduuuuuude's request. This has been a truly hilarious thread -- keep it up! -- but I can't get on zip. Thanks.

Submitted by Critter on August 3, 2007 - 4:25pm.

The pink house... the avocado living room.... the horrendous Apache-orange and brown tile around the fireplace that completely clashes with the avocado paint....

a wonderful find!

Those who can't get on Zip, the sign-up process is quick and provided you take care to unclick the email opt-ins, you won't be bothered by their agents. Then you, too, can view these incredibly color choices.

It's also handy if you're looking for a home for real, of course!

Submitted by CMcG on August 3, 2007 - 4:34pm.

Thanks, Critter. I went to bugmenot. This login works: nonono. Password: nonono.

Submitted by Enorah on August 4, 2007 - 9:39am.



worked for me as well

Thank you

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