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13 cringeworthy real estate photos

Wondering what not to do when taking photos of a home for a real estate listing? Learn from these classic mistakes

One of the best parts of buying a home is researching new listings and checking out the photos. Listing images give you a sense of what to expect before viewing a particular house. While most Realtors put a lot of time and effort into staging homes others may be constrained, say, by the home seller’s wishes. We found 13 cringeworthy real estate photos that will make you question why anyone thought these photos and personal items would make ideal selling features in any real estate listing or photo.

1. This seller isn’t clowning around


This Brantford, Ontario home shocked homebuyers when the listing went live. Rather than killer clowns, these clowns went viral for an entirely different reason.

2. Oh good, a fresh coat of paint!


It’s so green, so perfect, so…wait a minute?! If duct tape can’t fix it, a little paint job can.

3. Row, row, row your boat gently down the kitchen


Something tells me they were trying to distract people from the carpet or show buyers how much space they had in their living room. Did it work?

4. Did you get my good side?


When you’ve gotta’ go, you’ve gotta’ go. Perhaps waiting an extra five minutes would’ve allowed the picture-taker to capture the home’s best angle (rather than the dog’s behind).

5. Ghostbusters not needed

Real Estate AOL

Apparently, there were concerns about the paranormal activity in this house. However, the listing agent would like you to know it’s “not haunted” as opposed to other haunted houses! We hope that clears things up for you. Now, can we book you in for a late night viewing?

6. It’s the one next to the house with the brown roof

Terrible Real Estate Agent Photos

Hey, if you need directions just look at the sky for the giant red arrow. If Batman can do it, then what’s stopping sellers?

7. Save electricity and turn off the lights

Ugly House Photos

Some homes sell better in the winter; some homes sell better in the summer. But do any homes sell better in the dark? Perhaps it’s just entertaining to play “guess-what-room-you’re-looking-at?”

8. Artwork or inappropriate? You decide

Right Move

Realtors often recommend that any personal art is taken down before listing photos are taken and showings with potential buyers are booked. While a statue can be hard to move, in this case, it’s still a good idea to try.

9. Some people just really like chairs

Terrible Real Estate Agent Photos

Where do we put those extra chairs?

10. A photo inside of a photo

Bad RE Photos

Does the mouse clicker come with the listing? Can I frame the picture of a picture and put it on my wall? We’re out of passive-aggressive questions to ask now.

11. Taking matchy-matchy to another level


That feeling when you like the wallpaper pattern so much you go out and buy custom-made bedding and curtains. After all, who wouldn’t love a good flower-themed master bedroom?

12. Cold-blooded market

Real Estate AOL

We appreciate that you wanted Fluffy to be part of the sale since she’s a part of the family. However, most folks don’t need to see your pet snake in the listing photo.

13. No-look bathroom shot

Pinawa Homes

“If only there were a way to take this photo without having the photographer actually in it. Oh, I’ve got an idea…”

Amy Billingsley
Amy Billingsley

Amy is a Realtor with Zolo who lives and specializes in the Tri-Cities area (Port Moody, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam). A fan of The Amazing Race and mid-century modern architecture, Amy spends her off-time on hiking trails or taking in a movie with her family.