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Unbelievely Bad Realtor Photos - A Collection

I got a kick out of this collage of bad Realtor photos that Norm Fisher from Royal LePage Saskatoon put together on his website.  Make sure you have your volume on, his comments are what really made me chuckle. 


 He is right about how it is sad that home owners let their home be showcased in this way.  Doesn't seem like he had a shortage of photos to chose from. 

 Actually, what a great way for Norm to market his visual tour services.




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Comment balloon 35 commentsSara Bonert • April 11 2007 11:34AM


This is funny stuff.  I could easily add my passport photo to that collection.  By the way Sara- great picture yourself!  Beautiful smile!
Posted by SEO Expert: Michael George, Real Estate and Law Firm SEO about 13 years ago
Sara, that was awesome!  I have a couple posts of bad listing photos and never thought of making them into a show!!  Now I have some work to do .... Thanks!
Posted by Sarah Cooper (Real Estate Shows) about 13 years ago


Unbelievable. Sad but true - we've all seen those pics. However - what a neat way of setting yourself apart from others..."he's still the only agent in the area to use Visual tours"...and that's AFTER his potential clients just watched what CAN go wrong...wow.

Posted by Sabine Pyrchalla about 13 years ago
Great site, thanks for sharing.  This just goes to prove my point, either take a class to use the camera properly or hire a professional photographer!
Posted by Amy Laws (HL4LIFE) about 13 years ago

Sara, What a hoot! He's too funny, I'm still chuckling! Thanks for posting the link, I'm going to have to share it.

Posted by Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369 (Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management) about 13 years ago

His dry monotone voice is what really makes it funny. Great stuff.


Posted by Chewbacca The Wookie (Angle The Deflector Shields) about 13 years ago
Those are funny but unfortunately too often true. Oh wait wasn't that one of my property pictures? j/k That is why I hire professionals to do my photos and tours. Worth the price and prevents the embarrassment!
Posted by Phillip Cross, ePRO Realtor - Relocation Spec (TBD - In transition...) about 13 years ago
That was funny.
Posted by Joey Khan (Re/Max Realty Specialists) about 13 years ago
I am amazed daily at how poorly most photos look.  It doesn't take an expert photographer to take a half way decent photo.
Posted by Christina Ethridge (The North Idaho Dream Team powered by SKE Realty Group) about 13 years ago
Thanks for a great giggle this afternoon!   And a great reminder to give more consideration to the photos that are posted in the MLS and on the web!
Posted by Mary Ann Daniell Realtor, Delivering Successful Results Since 1999 (Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - Subsidiary of NRT LLC ) about 13 years ago
Ok, that was funny.  I have been guilty of getting home and hating a few photos myself from time to time.  I like the photo of Fluffy's view the best.  Excellent use of a tour product. 
Posted by Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate (Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers) about 13 years ago
That link was hysterical. I just saw some dumb pics last night that were posted on MLS.
Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 13 years ago
If you can't get a good picture, don't bother.
Posted by M T, Realtor about 13 years ago
The only thing funnier than this virtual tour would be comparing the picture of the realtor on his/her business card to the actual realtor.  I recently had a closing with an agent who had her picture plastered everywhere - sings, business card, in house display, car, moving van, etc.  When I actually met her at the closing table I was stunned - the picture and the agent did not even look like they came from the same gene pool.  Her picture showed a different style and hair color, 2 less chins than she currently has, 40+ pound less, etc.  I sat there stunned!
Posted by Peggy Devoney about 13 years ago
Funny but very sad.  The goal is always to take attractive pictures that will make buyers want to schedule a time to actually see the property, not scare them off.  Less pictures I think is much better than an assortment of really really awful ones.  If you can't get good pictures, ask a colleague to help or hire a professional.
Posted by Jody Deeds, "Helping You Move On With Your Plans" (Key Realty, LTD) about 13 years ago

Too funny - I'm always amazed by the photos I come across on the mls everyday.  Always ask myself - what was the agent thinking? What surprises me even more is that sellers don't demand more of their agents and make them re-shoot the pictures.



Posted by Sandra Cummings, Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut (William Raveis Real Estate) about 13 years ago

Being a home stager, I see this all too often. Its actually very funny, what some realtors will post!


Posted by Heather Chotard (In Style) about 13 years ago
Great way to remind myself to take appropriate pictures, and to remember, HELLO! Agents and prospective buyers are looking at these! Awesome Link- his comments were too funny~
Posted by Portland Oregon Real Estate | Alecia Barnes - Broker about 13 years ago

What a hoot. Glad to know that Southern California agents don't have the edge on taking crummy photos. Thanks for passing this along.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) about 13 years ago
The one about a nuclear explosion in the backyard was my favorite. 
Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) about 13 years ago


Great link :)   I enjoyed seeng those pictures, I can not believe some people who upload very very fuzzy and bad photos :)

thanks for the info

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) about 13 years ago
That was awesome!  I need to do one myself on bad photos from around here!  Just today one came up of the fence....nothing else was in the pics but the fence and side of house...Wow!!!  I think I'll buy that house!!!
Posted by Chris Tesch, College Station, Texas Real Estate (RE/MAX Bryan-College Station) about 13 years ago
That was a very funny video. However, in our market our MLS issues fines for using other agent's photos. It's considered plagiarism. So we wouldn't be able to do such a funny video - even though we might like to.
Posted by Elaine Reese, REALTOR® in central Ohio (Real Living HER, Powell Ohio) about 13 years ago
Thats Great........Especially with the the one with the guy on the couch!!!!
Posted by Liz Landry (The Landry Team-Keller Williams Realty) about 13 years ago
Funny video.  It's amazing what many agents put in the MLS.  Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Cynthia Sloop (Community Association Manager) about 13 years ago
OMG those are some bad photos!  Amazing isn't it.
Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, NH Real Estate Broker (Prudential Verani Realty) about 13 years ago
Funny stuff, thanks for the laugh!  I always tell our new agents that the pictures are the invitation to the party- don't give them the wrong directions.
Posted by Shanna Hall, I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311 (Real Estate Solutions) about 13 years ago
I just came across your post and I'm glad I did.  That video was hilarious and I loved the guy's commentaries of each picture.  A great laugh at the end of a long busy day.  Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Suzanne Bennett, Sold By Design- St. Petersburg (Sold By Design) about 13 years ago
Good stuff indeed! It's funny that every buyer I ever work with jokes and laughs about the pictures on most listings.
Posted by Ryan Hukill - Edmond, Realtor, Team Lead (ShowMeOKC Real Estate Pros of KW Elite) about 13 years ago
Sara your right his comments where funny.  Love the one with the snow and I could take a step back..
Posted by Matthew J Blum - (retired from the business) about 13 years ago

OMG....LOL.... My favorite...."let's look at it from Fluffy's perspective"

Posted by Melody Young, Auto Broker-Milestone Motoring (Milestone Motoring - Auto Broker/Dealer) about 13 years ago

UPDATE- Karma is a b****.  So about a week after I wrote this post where agents were made fun of for taking bad photos, I was the victim.  After writing this post I hired a full service agent to list one of my investment properties.  The photos were TERRIBLE.  Newspapers on the kitchen counter, waterfront view taken on a cloudy day, a toy gun in one of the pictures that looked real (past tenants)!  Obviously I asked him to change all of these photos out, as I know how important good photos are- and he wouldn't!  Two weeks of begging him to change the photos and he got fired.   

Maybe homeowners don't think they have a choice or options after bad photos like these are taken?  It was very painful to go through those two weeks with that realtor.  Someone new to the real estate process or not as aggressive probably would have just let it go, as that would have been much easier.  I guess that is how these pictures make their way online?

Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) about 13 years ago
That was so funny and the sad thing is i have done some of those when i was in a hurry. Better stop and spend more time preparing.
Posted by Clark Hitchcock, Realtor - Fraser Valley (Re/Max Nyda Realty Inc) over 12 years ago
So What can be done?
Posted by Lee Jinks (Jinks Realty) about 12 years ago

I had to do the same thing one day after I saw some of the crappy photos from our MLS too:


Thanks for posting!

Posted by Patrick Schutte, REALTOR (Flex Realty) about 11 years ago