We just ran across these absolutely horrible real estate photos. What makes them so terrible is that we found them all on one listing. Never before have I seen a collection of almost every fatal photography flaw in one place. I say “almost” because the focus was actually pretty good so the realtor (these certainly weren’t done by a professional) must have been using an auto-focus camera. And none of the photos were turned upside down (see it all the time) – so they missed that screw up too. But there are plenty of other entertaining mistakes.
The subject property actually recently sold in one of the western suburbs as a short sale. With these photos it never had a chance at getting a decent price. Why on earth any bank would accept any offer made on a listing like this is beyond me. I would have told the seller to get a real realtor.
In all fairness though this house was handicapped from day one because it was apparently built on a slant on the side of a hill. Imagine mowing the lawn or trying to take a bath. However, your kids will grow up with a keen appreciation of gravity. Considering what a similar building did for the town of Pisa you may also be able to generate some serious tourism revenue.
In the interest of full disclosure the listing agent apparently wanted to make sure that everyone noted the angular challenge of the property so they actually included this photograph in the rotation twice. I thought that was an especially nice touch so I’m duplicating it here as well so you get the full effect.
Moving into the kitchen you get to see exactly how you can be expected to live here, with dirty dishes piled up and not a square inch of counter space available. There must not be a coat closet in the house either. And the refrigerator comes with a complete set of artwork.
There might not be much in the way of clothes closets either since the sellers store their pants draped over the family room sofa. We get to see two different angles of this room. The first one is off-kilter too.
This bedroom shot is rather interesting. No need to make the bed. Heck, it doesn’t even have sheets on the mattress. Wait a second…is someone asleep in there under the covers? Also notice how the door frame is bent (this is actually called barrel distortion and is caused by using a low end lens or a zoom lens that is supposed to cover wide angles).
The home apparently also comes with a dark room. Of course, with the focus on the sofa and absolutely no perspective on the room itself, we have absolutely no idea of what is being offered.
The weight room is also apprently pretty dark and we have no idea what the actual room looks like. With the focus on the weights should we assume the weights convey with the property?
Moving on to the bathroom we have a great head on shot of a shower wall at a slight angle.
Another bathroom shot is in keeping with the dark motif. The full set of toiletries on the vanity accentuate the fact that there really is no counter space.
A word to the wise: check out your realtor’s photos on their previous listings before you sign a listing agreement with them. If they are this sloppy with their photos chances are they are going to be sloppy with every aspect of the transaction.