6 Real Estate Photos That Have Me Baffled

by hookedonhouses on September 10, 2013

dirty feet in real estate listing key west

1. Does this listing photo from Key West make you want to kick up your feet by the pool and stay awhile…or just keep on walking to the next house?

panaramic kitchen photo bad mls listings

2. Using a panoramic shot of the kitchen in this listing might not have been such a great idea…

light fixture with banana peel

3. Nothing sells a house faster than a close-up of a light fixture with a banana peel, right?

bedroom with stripper pole

4. Liane Jamason came across this listing that boasts “a pool private enough so you can skinny dip” and “modern raspberry shag carpet” in the bedroom that includes a “50 Shades of Grey dancer pole and mirror on the ceiling with disco ball.”

So many questions. Since when do the words modern and raspberry shag carpet belong together? Why did they have to put the image in my head of the homeowners skinny dipping? And as Liane asks, what is Winnie the Pooh doing in the Shades of Gray bedroom, anyway? (Maybe we don’t want to know…)

cleaning up a FSBO in Albuquerque

5. They’re cleaning this FSBO in Albuquerque for you as we speak!

red paint on kitchen floor Asheville-Pat

6. Maybe that woman could take that mop on over to this house in Asheville next?

Thanks to Barry, Liane, and Pat who spotted these. If you see something unusual in the real estate listings, send it to me! -Julia

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laffin September 10, 2013 at 6:53 am

#5 looks like a crime scene photo. Thanks, I’ll pass.

Sally September 10, 2013 at 6:58 am

Oh my heavens, these are funny! So… in #6, are we thinking kids with KoolAid, or some other questionable circumstance? #awkward LOL

Laura September 10, 2013 at 7:36 am

These are so funny! I hope that chandelier’s not the best “feature” of the house. Love the fun house kitchen. Crime scene kitchen is definitely disturbing. And I would NOT want to walk on that “50 Shades” raspberry carpet in my bare feet. Eeeew!

lisa@theDecorGirl September 10, 2013 at 7:43 am

Each time you post this type of picture I laugh out loud. Who are these realtors? Home staging is not a new concept, nor is cleaning before one takes pictures. Nice try on spinning the gross burgundy shag as “modern raspberry” – was that after 5 raspberry mojitos? Always a good time when visiting your blog. :)

Julie M. September 10, 2013 at 7:57 am

Ummm….jello wrestling?

House Crazy Sarah September 10, 2013 at 7:58 am

freakin’ hilarious Julia! Them’s are some ugly toes in the first picture! Never a boring day on the MLS! :)

The Country Girl September 10, 2013 at 8:07 am

Just shows how amazingly clueless homeowners are—and some agents, too.

MissFifi September 10, 2013 at 8:07 am

Human Beings are very entertaining animals. LOL

Alie B September 10, 2013 at 8:14 am

Ha! The first pic is hilarious! One can’t even see the lovely pool area past the toenail fungus! ICK!!

JC BLK December 14, 2013 at 12:51 am

I was going to say exactly the same! Nasty Toe Fungus BLECH!

Lisette September 10, 2013 at 8:20 am

These types of photos are the norm. I have seen some that are shocking, houses are filthy, stuff laying around everywhere, beds are unmade. You would think that realtors would advise their clients to clean and declutter before taking and posting photos online.

Dean September 10, 2013 at 8:54 am

LOL. The stripper-pole bedroom is hideous. Poor Pooh bear.
And why would anyone want to be immortalized swiffering a floor in a bad real estate photo? Boggles the mind…

Erin September 10, 2013 at 9:38 am

As always, thanks for the laugh this morning!

missgulfsouth September 10, 2013 at 9:40 am

UGH! Those awful feet!!! I do love Key West, though.
That kitchen gives me vertigo……..
What the heck……a banana peel on the light?!?
The 50 shades bedroom…..picture my jaw-dropping-speechless-face right there…..that room would need a thorough cleansing, perhaps by fire, and possibly an exorcism. EEEWWW!!!
The cleaning lady just is too funny.
And that trail of blood!!! Shivers!

Once again, Julia, you have me asking “WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH PEOPLE?!?”

tricia @ littlecottageonthepond September 10, 2013 at 9:53 am

I don’t even know where to begin.

Yes, I do….first of all PEDICURE. If you are going to be obnoxious enough to include a picture of your own feet in the listing at least GROOM them.

Also, mirror over bed? About as appealing as chains in the basement.

missgulfsouth September 11, 2013 at 9:10 am

Ahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!! Chains in the basement………for real!

Christy September 16, 2013 at 7:50 pm

This was my thought exactly!!! If you own a home over half a million dollars, or you are a realtor with over half million dollar listings, you can SURELY afford the $50 for a pedi!

Mark E Tisdale September 10, 2013 at 10:02 am

Oh dear, I had to come in for a closer look at the crime scene kitchen! But those are all rather disturbingly bad attempts at selling a home!

Pat September 10, 2013 at 10:05 am

I’ll pass on all especially the crime scene photo!! For real!?

Ellen September 10, 2013 at 10:05 am

Who wants to see that guys nasty feet?

laurie at laurie jones home September 10, 2013 at 10:24 am

Oh my! Seriously that bedroom with the mirror above the ceiling! So many things to make you go ewwwww!!!

Bonnie September 10, 2013 at 11:00 am

Oh the toes……..blech. And the “raspberry” bedroom just looks germy.

Jeanne September 10, 2013 at 11:38 am

your comments were really funny. I actually laughed out loud.

Alyson September 10, 2013 at 12:23 pm

I love these posts! I would die before I would post pictures like this of my listings. Hilarious!

Catherine September 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm

These posts absolutely crack me up!! What are these people thinking??? Oh my lord, thanks for the laugh.

Sue September 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm

These are all so hilarious and at the same time disturbing. Someone fancies their feet too.

Nancy Hood September 10, 2013 at 2:11 pm

These NEVER cease to amaze me!!! And it looked like a bloody body or animal was dragged across the floor. Horrors!

Doug Oliver September 10, 2013 at 5:29 pm

The first one creeps me out the most! I hate feet!!! They are all horrible pictures for trying to sell a home.

GemmaMae September 10, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Yuck, alien toes, a bow-chicka-wow-wow porn movie bedroom, a crime scene, someone’s nana cleaning the floor, a rotten banana peel, and I don’t even know what to say about that kitchen except I need Dramamine!!
I don’t even want to know what nasty germs are living in that raspberry shag carpeting, poor Pooh Bear, imagine the things he has seen!!

missgulfsouth September 11, 2013 at 9:11 am

Ahahahahaha!!!! You are my soul sister……..

Polly September 10, 2013 at 6:03 pm


Jennifer Shenbaum September 10, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Always good for a laugh! These never get old.

Gur September 10, 2013 at 11:37 pm

#4 is what I would imagine Miley Cyrus’ bedroom would look like if she was not super rich (complete with the stuffed bear).

The realtor clearly did not want to offend her listing, but she should have offered carpet replacement (ewww) and pole/ball/mirror removal to prospective buyers.

Kate September 11, 2013 at 8:55 am

Hopefully when #1 sells his house he can treat himself to a pedicure!

jen September 11, 2013 at 9:53 am

Oh my those are funny
but makes me wonder how people can look at tthem and say oh thats good picture to use

Stephanie September 11, 2013 at 1:01 pm

These made me laugh really hard! Especially YUCK to the feet! Maybe it would catch my eye if they had really nice feet. LOL

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Deanna September 11, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Ugh, those feet – ick! I shouldn’t have read this post while eating lunch!

Kristi@Chatfield Court September 11, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Oh Em Gee. That foot listing…gross. LOL


Kim September 11, 2013 at 4:10 pm

I’ve never been a fan of feet and the ones in that first photo gross me out.

As for those other pictures, how does a real estate agent come up with these bad ideas? I mean I’m no professional photographer, but even I would never think to take photos like these.

Mary September 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Dude in the first photo needs to get a screening for arthritis. And after that, he needs to go get his head examined for thinking that’s a sure fire way to sell a home. Ewwww!

Marianne September 11, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Eww!!! Who was murdered in that kitchen? Makes me wanna run right over there and move right in! Also, rip out that raspberry carpet! I’ve seen those 20/20 and Dateline episodes! (you know, the ones with the blacklight?) Yikes!

Tracie September 11, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Pedicure, anyone?

Melinda @ love melinda September 11, 2013 at 11:03 pm

I was eating a little snack as I glanced at these photos. I literally stopped in mid chew when I got to the redness on the kitchen floor. Oh my. These were very entertaining!

Dan @ Roofing Quest September 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm

I can’t believe someone would point out the mirror on the ceiling! That is hilarious!

Kathy September 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm

I think the guys at “Awkward Family Photos” could come up with a site titled “Awkward Real Estate Photos”. You have certainly shown there are plenty out there to chose from, lol.

Christy September 16, 2013 at 7:56 pm

There is a site that does this. It’s Lovely Listing. It was taken over by Cheezburger a few years ago, I preferred it before that, but it’s still pretty funny (or maybe the right word is horrifying)!

hookedonhouses September 16, 2013 at 10:10 pm

That’s a good one!

mama roses September 17, 2013 at 11:19 am

Your comments were hilarious (and so were the pictures)!
I’ve just discovered the right blog!! This will make my life in Sweden so much nicer! (I don’t watch TV here, blogs are adequate).
While on the ‘hunt’ for our next home, I’ve come across pictures like these and have often wondered. Will share them with you next time…..
Sometimes I think if I were to leave it to DH when selling, that is what my place will look like and mind you he is ‘clinically’ clean :) !

mama roses September 17, 2013 at 11:29 am

On a more sober note….real estate agents know it is essentially the price point that sells the house. Ours was so pushy that it was all about slashing the price down, bad mouthed just about anything. Frankly we sold the house at least 40K less than the comps.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) September 21, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Yikes, someone may have already said this in the comments above, but that last photo looks like a crime scene and the hazmat team just hasn’t arrived yet!

Liane Jamason October 21, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Thanks for the plug! We love posting bad MLS photos. Perhaps agents should have to take a basic photography course before getting their real estate licenses! :)

Alberto Medrano December 10, 2013 at 8:15 am

hahahha, thats hilarious! love em

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