5 Reasons Why Homeowners Shouldn’t Appear in Their Real Estate Listings

by hookedonhouses on January 31, 2012

Everyone knows a homeowner shouldn’t stick around for a showing or an Open House. Based on these 5 real estate photos, maybe they should stay out of the listings, too!

#1. “I’ll just take a quick swim while the real estate agent photographs my house…”

#2. “Hope you like to hunt!”

#3. “We’ll be outta here as soon as our show’s over.”

#4. “Are you done taking pictures of my house yet?”

#5. The photographer appears to be shirtless in the mirror, but the homeowners in the next room don’t seem to mind…

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Beth@A2Z January 31, 2012 at 10:05 am

Oh my WORD! What is going ON in that last pic?? Too funny ;).

Maya @ Completely Coastal January 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

Too funny!! Maybe these folks really don’t want to leave!!!!

Amy @ The Button Casa January 31, 2012 at 10:12 am

So.Very.Creepy. That last one is a doozy!

Juli MacDonald January 31, 2012 at 10:18 am

What a crack up! It is never a good sign when you look at the photo and your first thought is “EW!”.

Kathy Strader January 31, 2012 at 10:21 am

Love this. Had to share it with my readers!

Christine Hooker January 31, 2012 at 10:24 am


Pat January 31, 2012 at 10:27 am

Lordy, Lordy! These fit into the “what were they thinking” catagory!
Now my husband would find #2 appealing. He would love to step out his back door and go hunting! LOL!

Lisa~A Cottage To Me January 31, 2012 at 10:32 am

I agree with with Beth….What is going on in pic #5? Geesh! Too funny!

Sarah @ housecrazy January 31, 2012 at 10:36 am

Those are hilarious Julia! It makes me cringe when there are people in the listing photos – why on earth would the realtors allow that???
The last one is…. wow!

Erin January 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

Thanks for the laugh this morning! I too am wondering what in the wide world of sports is going on in that last picture! Yikes!

Black Eyed Susans Kitchen January 31, 2012 at 10:49 am

Too funny…looks like they were preparing to shoot a porn movie and decided to list the house at the same time!

Jano January 31, 2012 at 9:56 pm

No kidding – cue the “boom chucka wah wah” sleazoid music.

Entirely Elizabeth January 31, 2012 at 11:05 am

Oh my goodness! Love these! I needed a little bright spot in my day and this was perfect! I think the last is my favorite!

Andrea Worley January 31, 2012 at 11:42 am

oh my goodness, these are so funny! thanks for sharing them!

Amanda @ Serenity Now January 31, 2012 at 11:44 am

Oooh, dear. I truly wonder what those Realtors are thinking. It’s one thing to take the pics, but an entirely different thing to post them on MLS!

Wendy January 31, 2012 at 11:44 am

Wow. That last one was just…disturbing.

Moi January 31, 2012 at 11:51 am

UGGGH. Also: if you are selling your house, please LEAVE during showings!

We are house hunting and I have been to THREE houses where the owners did not leave. It is SO awkward and we rushed through the house.

Also, Ms. Owner? My five year old is not going to touch your stuff, so please don’t audibly suck in your breath, dismayed, when he shows up in your living room.

Arie @ The Ugly Barn Farm January 31, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Happy to hear there are parents who do train their kids to have respect for other peoples property :)
Unfortunately not all do, which is why I think some sellers freak out a little when kids come to showings. Selling our own homes, we have dealt with kids jumping on our beds, rummage through our closets, slamming doors, running into our neighbors yard, asking for food, and the list can go on and on :(

Barb January 31, 2012 at 11:55 am

Too funny ….thank goodness speedo man didn’t want to tan his chest…..man +white speedo= :(

hookedonhouses January 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Ha! Yes, thank goodness.

Des January 31, 2012 at 11:56 am

OMG that is hysterical!!!! Makes you wonder what they were thinking?!?!? LOL

Karena January 31, 2012 at 11:58 am

Oh dear too funny!!

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Jenny January 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm

LOLOL! What the heck?!

Molly @thewaffler January 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Okay, I’ll just try to make my house a bit more welcoming for the open house. Maybe some cookies in the oven, some new air freshener and of course my husband standing outside with a gun!

Elizabeth January 31, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Oh my gosh, I never, ever comment on blogs but I had to reply to this. I just guffawed a little too loudly at your comment. Tee hee!!!!

Katy January 31, 2012 at 12:54 pm

OMG that last one is freaking me OUT.

Maybe he’s trying to help her find a lost contact lens that rolled up in her head.

yeah, that’s it.


cathi January 31, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Those are hilarious! What the heck were they thinking?

Kathy :) January 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm


It takes all kinds to make this world of ours go round huh ???

Thanks for the laugh…….

Kathy :)

Dana @ Cooking at Cafe D January 31, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Love the shirtless guy in the mirror!

ShabbyChick January 31, 2012 at 1:59 pm

What are these homeowners thinking??? What a bunch of weirdos. And that last pic of the bedroom looks like they are getting ready to “get busy” (just as soon as that crazy naked realtor leaves….) There ought to be a show for these kinds of pictures, “America’s Most Ridiculous Real Estate Photos” then maybe these homeowners would get a clue

Kim January 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm

What is going on in that last photo? It’s very disturbing. The real tor should have put a “WARNING!! This photo contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing, Viewer discretion advised” up in the listing. LOL!

Thanks for sharing these with us Julia! They made my day.

Ann January 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I suspect sometimes those people are renters, not owners and if they’re still paying rent I don’t think you can force them out. And if they’re going to be “on the street” because of the sale they may not be too cooperative!

Mary January 31, 2012 at 4:20 pm

So funny! can you imagine!
Mary x

Jackie Toye January 31, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Seriously …. ROTFL!!!!!!!!!!!
and the last one looks like a possible porn set. O Lord! Think People, Think!!!
Funny Stuff and definitely examples of What Not to Do!!

Janet January 31, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Homeowners are nuts! Although, I must agree with some of the others that I’d rather see them in the listing pictures than during a showing. When we were house hunting, we had homeowners at 6 of the showings. One was hiding in a downstairs bedroom texting –she seemed surprised when we came in. (????) But, my favorite was the man asleep in the bedroom who glared at me when I turned on the light and walked in the room. Crazy.

hookedonhouses January 31, 2012 at 8:13 pm


NJ Cellulose Insulation Contractor January 31, 2012 at 4:53 pm

That is great advice for people trying to sell their homes. Your home needs to look ready for the next owner – not like you are trying to hold on to it.

Decor Girl (@TheDecorGirl) January 31, 2012 at 5:11 pm

This is hilarious! We can only hope readers share this post with any friends looking to list a house… for educational purposes of course. What were they thinking?

anna see January 31, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Yikes! That last one? Oh my.

Patience January 31, 2012 at 6:19 pm

That last one made me laugh out loud.
BTW, I saw a movie recently that you might like: L’Amour Fou, which is a documentary about Yves St. Laurent and the sale of his and his partner’s art collection. There’s good footage of his houses in Paris, Normandy, and Marrakesh, plus vintage fashion.

hookedonhouses January 31, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I’ll look for that–thanks, Patience!

Kirsten January 31, 2012 at 6:58 pm

It’s very interesting to see what pictures people will submit to be viewed by the public. When selling anything, especially a home, you want to capture the true essence of the home, not who is living in it. These are some funny photos that prove exactly why you should pick your listing photos carefully and definitely not be in them!

Shannon January 31, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Super funny! So awkward. . . and this is random, but would you ever consider doing the house from ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’? I haven’t watched the one from the 70’s yet (I will be tonight) but the shots in the 2010 remake of the main entry of the house are pretty spectacular to look at! It just made me think it could be fun on your blog (which I love, by the way!!)

hookedonhouses January 31, 2012 at 8:14 pm

That’s a good one! Thanks for the suggestion, Shannon. :)

Arie @ The Ugly Barn Farm January 31, 2012 at 7:50 pm

The last pic was too creepy. No way could I step into that home after seeing that photo in the listing!

Obviously all the ‘For Sale By Owners’ (such as myself) wouldn’t be able to leave their home during a showing, but they certainly shouldn’t be in the photos!!

Cindy January 31, 2012 at 8:04 pm

It’s amazing how completely unaware people are! Why would anyone think it’s a good idea to be in the listing pics? LOL Definitely keeps things entertaining, though.

Sara @ Russet Street Reno January 31, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I am always amazed at what people will use for their listing photos! I mean, they can’t make the effort to get out of the photo?? Crazy!

LouAnn@ciaotraveler.blogspot.com January 31, 2012 at 9:05 pm

How awful and funny…what could they be thinking?

Linda @ My Crafty Home Life January 31, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Just crazy!

Karen February 1, 2012 at 9:32 am

LOL! They seem to have “behind the camera” skills! The word clueless comes to mind.

Hanri February 1, 2012 at 11:04 am

This was a good giggle for today, thank you Julia.
As a side note: Your blog anniversary post is really inspirational, thanks for sharing that!

hookedonhouses February 2, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Thanks, Hanri! :)

Jessica February 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Oh my. This is hilarious!

theSavvySeeker February 1, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Hilarious! What is he holding in #2? A dead squirrel? The same goes for when you want to show your home…put away your family photos! Not everyone wants to see grandma’s face on your wall…LOL

Lori @ In My Kitchen, In My Life February 1, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Ya know? Just when you think it can’t be real, but then, it apparently is. Shaking my head here…

Melissa February 1, 2012 at 7:15 pm

LOL thanks for the giggles!

Dusty Coyote February 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm

EWWWWW!!!! Picture 5 is so creepy!!! What the??
People are so funny.

*camp1899* February 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm

HILARIOUS!!!!! funniest post (; thanks for passing along a laugh!!! totally tweeting this right now!!

Pamela February 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Well, that last picture is a doozy! What in heck are the people doing in the bedroom? Too funny! Thanks, Julia!


Entirely Elizabeth February 2, 2012 at 11:02 am

Loved this post so much I had to share over at my site!


hookedonhouses February 2, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Thanks, Elizabeth!

Linda Leyble February 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Hi Julia…

Oh boy – you made my day with these photos! Isn’t it amazing that people don’t realize that they are announcing their homes to the world when they put it on the Internet. I loved all of these! I had a hard day of work – and came home to view these! Great laugh.

Too bad people do not view what they are about to place online – but ot’s greta for your website – my staging business – and for future sellers on what not to do. I started a weekly column (every Saturday) on my blog that I’ve subtitled “the Uninvited Stager,” showing photos of current homes on the market – and what they did wrong in the photo – and how to correct it. Would love a comment or two from you!!

Thanks for always writing great blogposts.


Toni Smith February 3, 2012 at 7:59 am

Well, like most of your other readers, this post made me laugh out loud this morning and that’s always a good way to start the day. #5 creepy? Absolutely!
Love you, Aunt Toni

Julie B February 3, 2012 at 2:14 pm

LOL…tacky! I wonder if those houses ever sold?

K May 12, 2012 at 3:32 am

The last photo disturbs me. I suppose everyone’s perspective is different however, I hope mine is wrong. The photographer is shirtless! Are we sure the man in the next room is not with the photographer and just the woman is the homeowner perhaps in a troubled situation.

The Property Shop LA May 28, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Wow Julia, this was a great (and hilarious) collection of the photos we Realtors see every day. I am always amazed by what some of my colleagues here in competitive LA consider “marketing”! Keep them coming.

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