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 garysears on August 4, 2007 - 10:23am.

Here is a good one.


I don't understand why people won't even make the effort to present a clean house for the photos. You could just move the mess around from one room to another without really even cleaning.

Talk about a lack of eye for composition! I love the picture looking from the dining room back into the living room with all the mess and the air mattress against the wall. I also like the underexposed picture of the bed and the window curtains. I wonder if the beds come with the unit? Not sure what the point of the bathroom pic is. I would have left that out completely.

Actually, I take back what I said before about listings without any pictures. This one would show better without any pics at all.

Submitted by temeculaguy on August 4, 2007 - 10:51am.

Nice one Gary, The air mattress is there to show how you can have 10 people live in it without having to write the words "spacious living room for floor sleepers" or "central guest room." I think the bathroom pic is to make you feel more comfortable about having two inches of sink counter because they managed to get twenty bottles of toiletries in that two inches. You just inspired me, I'm going on a quest for another one.

Submitted by temeculaguy on August 4, 2007 - 10:39pm.

Here's a picture that will repel any perspective buyer, it's not a dive like my other nominess but the photographer could have moved the trash can off the patio but that's minor. Get a load of the master bath, these geniuses decided to remodel it to make it feel more spacious so they put in two pedestal sinks. There is not one inch of counter, no medicine cabinet, no cabinets, no drawers. Just a tiny shelf on the right for all the toiletries a couple needs. You would have to shave your head because there no place for a comb. The realtor should not have taken that picture or at least not from the angle that I can see the bed in the mirror so I could assume it was the guest bath, there are only two so it's not. Motels are more livable than this. This is something you need to hide until escrow is over and the happy family moves in, carries the box marked bathroom to the master bath and says "oh sh**" too late. Seriously I just got back from camping and the bathroom at the campground had more counter space to rest my toiletry bag on.


Home Depot needs to install compatability software that pharmacies use, the ones that alert you to the fact that the new medicine combined with the old one will kill you. That way when the second pedestal sink is scanned the manager will be summoned to ask you a series of questions to insure these aren't for the master bath and if so there is adequate storage. Come to think of it the paint department and the carpet department need that same software so the buyer is required to prove that the paint is for a carnival ride or the carpet is for a casino before they can buy that color, people need protection.

Submitted by Fearful on August 4, 2007 - 10:51pm.

LOL - good post. Yes, indeed, the paint machine at Home Depot ought to flag colors the prevailing community standards would consider obscene.

Submitted by Critter on August 5, 2007 - 8:39am.

Wow - the backyard looks unfinished too! There's beautiful grass along the rear strip but an awkward triangle-shaped dirt patch next to the patio furniture.

Looks like they left out a tree or bush along with bathroom storage.

Is this one of those places referred to as a "blank palette awaiting your finishing touches?"

Submitted by speedingpullet on August 5, 2007 - 8:48am.

This one always makes me giggle - its a land lot in Topanga, Los Angeles - with a small child and what looks like a rocket launcher in the distance.


As its been on the market for 344 days, you'd have thought the wee nipper in the photo would have graduated from a Chopper bike to his first car, by now...

Submitted by NotCranky on August 5, 2007 - 10:57am.

thats funny,
Wish I didn't know that was a well drilling rig. Even in good times it is not unusual for lots like this to sit on the market for a year. Somebody purchased this lot and got started on a project and has changed their mind. That is what it usually is anyway when you see infrastructure started and permits have already been pulled. Maybe they didn't get water? Maybe it doesn't look like a good idea anymore or the mom and dad of the rug rat had a falling out over the project. Stuff like that happpens all the time.
It looks pretty nice to me.

Submitted by temeculaguy on August 5, 2007 - 11:27am.

I just found a couple with the christmas lights still up and was going to post them. Then I went to redfin to get the links so everyone could see without a password and noticed the Days on Market at 180+ so the odds are they were listed last christmas. C'mon realtors, if they won't lower their price take new pictures, de-list and re-list, lie to me, Please!

Submitted by eccen in esc on August 7, 2007 - 9:19am.

eccen in esc

We actually drove out to see this place but after driving through miles of car graveyards and ghetto dumps we gave up; never found it. Which is worse, the copy or the photos?
Do I win?

Submitted by eccen in esc on August 7, 2007 - 9:26am.

eccen in esc
sorry, Redfin doe http://www.ziprealty.com/buy_a_home/logg... sn't have it. Here it is on Zip but I don't think they want to post the photos.

Submitted by eccen in esc on August 7, 2007 - 9:28am.

eccen in esc

oops, I have no idea what happened here, sorry

Submitted by lniles on August 7, 2007 - 11:26am.

Check out this one. If she undid just one more button on that blouse, I'd buy the house. The picture of the realtor is bigger than all the pics of the house combined.


Submitted by betting on fall on August 7, 2007 - 12:57pm.

That one is pretty amazing. Not sure if that is the saint that is supposed to help you sell your house or not, but it seems like the agent is relying on God leading people to this house, rather than her pictures and descriptions.

However, I have to say that it seems like a lot of land for a low price, though I don't know that area.

Submitted by eccen in esc on August 7, 2007 - 1:14pm.

eccen in esc
yes betting - usually you would bury a statue of St Joseph or St Francis - but a statue of Mary in a tree with some artificial flowers may be the new thing. I thought it was a good price for the amount of land also until I saw the neighborhood which is either in or bordering on the rez (San Pascual). I guess they don't want to show what the house looks like since they took the pics at night. Oh Well. Only one bad dirt road in - don't want to be stuck out there.

Submitted by 92037renter on August 7, 2007 - 2:59pm.

More great photos of yet another fine example of the spacious, modern, luxury $808/sq. ft. will buy you in N. Pacific Beach.

Hard to say what is more appealing, the roomy closets, the nicely updated bathroom and kitchen or the lush landscaping.

In all seriousness, it's probably a teardown, with a 0.37 acre lot, maybe that's the effect the realtor was trying to achieve. Too bad it's Mission Bay HS and not LJHS..


Submitted by temeculaguy on August 12, 2007 - 6:35pm.

A new low in the MLS. I can't decide what is the worst part. Sure the color of the house is horrible and a poster child for why HOA's are valuable. Yes, the guys in the home depot paint department are probably still laughing because they mixed 20 gallons of exterior stucco paint in horse poo green. But check out the narrative ostensibly written by a realtor who has to feed their children with the fruits of their labor, those must be some skinny kids.

I checked my version of m/s word and I can't find the button that capitalizes the first letter of every word.


Submitted by novice1027 on August 13, 2007 - 10:29am.

OK, that is precisely why I don't mind living in a developement with HOA's!!!
I would be Pi$$ed if my neighbor painted their house that color. That is gastly!

Submitted by Critter on August 13, 2007 - 6:33pm.

Check out this bonus with the listing verbiage:

Seller Will Relocate and Home Needs A New Owner

It would be pretty funny if "seller relocation" weren't part of the package. I guess they mean "seller will NOT convey."

As far as home needing a new owner.... isn't that the case with every house on the market?

Submitted by Critter on August 13, 2007 - 6:42pm.

Here's another strong candidate:


How about the kid refusing to get off the bed in pic #5? Shouldn't he be shooting hoops in that deluxe basketball court in the backyard?

The blue room in pic #8 - after much scrutiny, I *think* it is a bathroom picture sideways.

Submitted by lendingbubbleco... on August 13, 2007 - 8:07pm.


I do believe we have a WINNER with that last one on Auburn! All that for only $345,000!!!!!

It's not so much that it's a complete piece of shit, either. I know that there are shitty neighborhoods all over the country. It's that somehow the comps actually supported such a price at one point in the not so distant past!(and NEVER to return I hope)

Submitted by Rudee on August 13, 2007 - 8:14pm.

Please stop. This is the epitome of the madness. Please. The world is insane.
Why and HOW did this ever get validity to be listed?
I have to go cry now............

Submitted by Rudee on August 13, 2007 - 8:14pm.

Please stop. This is the epitome of the madness. Please. The world is insane.
Why and HOW did this ever get validity to be listed?
I have to go cry now............

Submitted by CBad on August 13, 2007 - 8:55pm.

OMG, yes that one does take the cake! Did you see the chihuahua in the kitchen twice and two on the steps? I think there might be another dog curled up in clothes in the bedroom pic too. It's like Where's Waldo the dog version. There might be a little dog in every pic, I just didn't find them all.

Submitted by temeculaguy on August 14, 2007 - 12:07am.

And the new undisputed champion of the world is....Critter!

Submitted by jimmyle on August 22, 2007 - 7:18pm.

Must See, motivated seller, only $399,000. Note when the house was built.


Submitted by JPJones on August 22, 2007 - 8:34pm.


Submitted by The OC Scam on August 23, 2007 - 12:00am.

This is a OC winner! "Great Home for first time buyers who wants a large backyard for creative in designing and landscaping or a fun challenge a very charming and confortable home" Great writing

The Best feature is the dual dish units and having a AC unit by the front door makes for some easy repairs!!

771 N Stephens Ave
Fullerton, CA 92833
MLS#: R704208 Status: Active

Listed At: $599,000


Submitted by jimmyle on August 23, 2007 - 7:20am.

The OC Scam,
I like the big parking lot.

Submitted by CMcG on August 23, 2007 - 7:28am.

I wonder how far this ugly house is from Cal State. With that much concrete in the front, looks like it might have been a mini-dorm.

Submitted by The OC Scam on August 23, 2007 - 9:36pm.

My favorite part of this selection is the pieces of roof missing in the back yard. Who needs a working roof it never rains in Cali!!

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