Unbelievably Bad Real Estate Photos

February 23rd, 2015

Over the years I’ve made a collection of bad real estate photos. The interesting thing about the post that lists these estate listing is the sixth most popular post. Right up there with wide-angle lenses and pricing a shoot! I guess the reason these are so popular is that people dedicated to making property look good find it hilarious to see what people do that don’t care about making property look good!

Recently Dave in Perth, AU sent me this article in the DailyMail.co.uk to add to the list. One of the  listing photos has a huge pig sleeping in it. What can I say? I’ve added the link to the DailyMail article as item #10 on the list.

  1. Bad MLS Photos
  2. Terrible Listing Photos AOL.com
  3. What not to do when selling
  4. Hooked on homes
  5. Bad real estate photos
  6. Lessons bad MLS photos teach
  7. So Cal MLS Hall of Shame
  8. Lovely Listing
  9. Terrible real estate agent Photographs
  10. How NOT to sell your house: Hilarious collection of world’s worst estate agent photos

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4 Responses to “Unbelievably Bad Real Estate Photos”

  • How can that house look so tileted. Looks like improper us of a tiltshift lens!

  • The sad part of this, even with the widespread knowledge of these sites (I’ve seen them mentioned on realtor forums), and what they show not to do, realtors are STILL doing it. Hard to believe that so many are still so clueless..(I’m giving them the benefit of doubt here mind you). And if you will notice, not a single site has mentioned that they were contacted by a realtor complaining about one of their images being used and being asked to remove it…wonder why…

    And its even harder to believe that the sellers are putting up with it, and are not DEMANDING better images (at least the ones that care enough to stage the house beforehand)

  • Sigh. But what I find great about so many of these shots is that they illustrate so beautifully the “staging” and “declutter” topics discussed in my and other’s “tips for agents and home owners for preparing for photography” since they show so very well just how ignoring these obvious preparations bring the eye to the clutter and away from the home being sold. Haven’t we all arrived at a property, large or small, that are being lived in by the sellers, to find the place swamped with all this stuff. No one ever discussed with them the need to put clutter away along with all the personal items from endless family photos to favorite art from the local fair or the grand child stuck to the fridge.

    I am constantly amazed at how even sophisticated owners in multi-million dollar properties do not understand this. I try to hide as much as I can of used bath towels, bathroom rubber duckies and gouls, unwashed plates and mugs and so on, but given the amount of time we have to get our work done and the speed of changing light, you can only do so much.

    Even a good house keeping outfit can do wonders especially if they pay attention to well folded towels and neat toilet paper and toilet lids down.

    But sometimes I have to shoot a property that has renters living in them who are not happy with the property being put on sale out from under them and have no vested interest in tidying at all, quite the oposite.

    Are we allowed (I’m thinking copyright) to copy these photos to demonstrate to our clients why attention to this issue is so important?

  • Bad photos, I’ve not yet taken to doing a ‘bad photo page’ myself, though I’ve got a library of 100s of these, are good. They give me examples to use in my direct-marketing to their agents. My favorite, a $15M listing, 10K+ square feet, shot with a Nikon CoolPix, no lights turned on, and just the point ‘n shoots flash.

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