Is It Just Me?

Thrilled as I am to see the owners use the same brand of anit-cavity rinse as I do, couldn't the photographer have at least added a fresh roll of toilet paper?

Awarded Worst Real Estate Photo EVER: Thrilled as I am to see that the owners use the same brand of anit-cavity rinse as I do, couldn’t the photographer have at least added a fresh roll of toilet paper? (click on photo to enlarge, go on, do it!)

Unlike some bloggers, I never, ever make fun of other brokers’ listings, would you agree? Exactly. But the time has come where even I, the epitome of kindness and understanding, have been pushed too far.  A new listing in Old Greenwich, which appears to be accurately priced, by the way, nevertheless has photos so atrocious as to make it impossible for me to ignore.

The listing broker, or perhaps a well-meaning, but talent-less broker assistant?, has taken the worst photos I’ve ever seen. Do photos matter?  I say yes. You can get away with horrendously-written remarks, but photos have to meet a minimum standard, or you’re putting your listing at a severe disadvantage.

I'm not claiming my kitchen looks any cleaner, but seriously, couldn't we clear the counters, just for the photo?

I’m not claiming my kitchen looks any cleaner, but seriously, could we clear the counters, just for the photo?

I like that little bit of car in the photo, it adds....drama.

I like that little bit of car in the photo, it adds….drama.

Here's that bathroom again, different angle, same (nearly finished) roll of toilet paper...

Here’s a different bathroom, with a fine collection of toothbrushes, and…what’s this? Another (nearly finished) roll of toilet paper!

Yet another toilet, zounds! And look carefully, you can see the photographer (Ansel Adams) reflected in the mirror!

Yet another toilet, zounds! And look carefully, you can see the photographer (Ansel Adams) reflected in the mirror!

22 thoughts on “Is It Just Me?

  1. Reflects marketing cluelessness. Can project that lackluster attention to detail throughout process. Or perhaps they think it’s a tear-down so it doesn’t matter to create an attractive inviting atmosphere?

    • Even if it is a teardown you still have to be optimistic that there is one buyer that still can live in it or fix it up and stay. It is the raising the pot with a pair of pocket 2’s. Some folks would call it a bluff and others just good old fashion optimism.

      You can never assume you know what any buyer would want or their motivation for the property. Moreover, you should not care what they do with it. You should try to get the most for your seller if you represent them. These pictures do not accomplish that.

  2. Craziest thing is that the owners didn’t object to these horrendous pictures – surely they would not go out to look at a listing for their new home based on these pictures…

  3. Nice location for the wall oven. If something burns, open the oven door with your right hand, the back door with your left hand, and toss the burned items straight out. Sweet.

  4. Maybe time to change your blog tagline?

    Explaining” Greenwich Real Estate On A Daily Basis to When I Get Around To It..

  5. You must be bored. Well, ok, but your brother has posted he has gone out of town and you are in charge. Get up, suit up, and start singing and dancing. All eyes are on your for a few days…

      • I just meant that CF’s commenters tend to be a bit, um, unrulier than yours, that’s all. (Although I noticed that both Shedless and towny were on their best behavior above…)

  6. Housecat, that’s because Gideon moderates (censors) his comment-makers. If you don’t play nice he won’t publish your post. He’s the Kim Jong-un of bloggers. That said, Gid, where are your three to four posts a day you should be doing to keep Chris’s boys and girls happy?

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