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MLS Musings!

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September 14, 2018

With photos accumulating for over a month, I figure we can take our pick, according to a theme.

So let’s come up with a theme for MLS Musings, shall we?

How about……..awards.

Awards for awful, laughable, pathetic photos, all in attempts to sell real estate for the highest dollar, in one of the hottest markets on the planet.

Sound good?

“Worst View Award”

This one is cute, for several reasons.

First of all, this balcony stares directly at the concrete wall seen on the right, but they’ve turned their body, and the camera, to try to act like it doesn’t.

Secondly, they’ve aimed the camera at the city, as though that is a sought-after view – through the alleyway, and over the construction site for a new condo, below on the right.


Honourable mention to this view, which is basically looking through the balcony door, over a roof, between two buildings, and still only catching a glimpse of sunlight:



“Ugliest Bathroom & Worst Photography Award”

This is a dual-award, which is always something to be proud of.

Black bathrooms were cool in the 1980’s.  Have you ever used a black toilet at somebody’s house?  Just get up and go, nothing to worry about, you’re not leaving a trace behind…

But what about black floors, black walls, and black backsplash?

Then what about a photographer who really can’t capture the essence of the blackness?

The first time I looked at this photo, I could barely make out what it was.  The reflections are just brutal.

“Ugliest Furniture Award”

The more words I use, the more it takes away from just how awful this is.

So I’ll stop now………..after i say this is the ugliest furniture I have ever seen in fifteen years:

“Missing The Point Award”

This listing agent actually took the time to search Google, and find not one, not two, but three different artist’s renderings of the building.

Then the agent combined them into one image, and uploaded it to MLS for the listing:

The problem?

It’s the only photo on the listing!

In the time it took to search for these photos, and put the image together, couldn’t the listing agent have gone down to the property, and snapped twenty crappy photos with his or her iPhone?

“Best Pseudo-Staging Award “

I’m looking at this photo and thinking something about having lemons, and making lemonade.

If you have a completely unfinished basement, and you wish you had a finished basement, to help your listing along, why not just stage the unfinished basement?

If you did, it would probably look something like this:

“Best Child-Friendly Wishing Well In The Living Room Award”

I actually have no clue what this is.

You would think it’s a fireplace, but the bottom is hollowed out, and I’m expecting to see 18-inches of water, and pennies at the bottom…

“Laziest Home Owner Award”

If you’re going to leave the plastic on the new-fridge, then leave it.

If you’re going to take the plastic off the new fridge, then that’s fine too.

But whatever you do, don’t start taking the plastic off, and then quit halfway, or it will look like this:

“Why Bother Award”

No, seriously.

Why bother?

What the #$*& are we looking at here?

“Pointing Out The Obvious Award”

What do you do with the closet?  Oh, you open it, and put clothes in it?  Got it.

And that bed?  You get under the duvet, and sleep?  Okay.

But what about this:

What in the world do I do with this?

What’s that?

Oh, you put food in the fridge?

You put dishes in the dishwasher?

Sorry, I don’t understand.  I’m going to need a visual representation of that.  And if you could show that on MLS, I think it might help others like me…

“WTF Award”

What the hell do I know?  I’m apparently out of touch.

But from what I hear, creepy-a-f dolls are somehow “in” again…

“Photo Wasted On An Inanimate Object Award”

And last but not least, you know how much I despise photos of things within a house or condo, on MLS.

Taking a photo of the faucet running?  Or the dryer door open?

I hate it.

You get 20 photos on MLS, why waste them.

This award, however, is a tie between the following:

You might argue that the second photo is useful.

It’s positive reinforcement within a photo array, or it shows the gas stove (even though it’s blurry), or it shows……….the door handle of the fridge (?)

But I think both photos are ridiculous.

We used to use Perrier as a “pop of colour” on the kitchen counter, to provide some contrast against a white counter or backsplash.  Now we’re actually taking photos of the Perrier itself, and putting that in our MLS listings!

What the HELL purpose to these photos serve?

Written By David Fleming

David Fleming is the author of Toronto Realty Blog, founded in 2007. He combined his passion for writing and real estate to create a space for honest information and two-way communication in a complex and dynamic market. David is a licensed Broker and the Broker of Record for Bosley – Toronto Realty Group

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  1. Ben

    at 9:48 am

    No upside down photos this time around…Your favorite realtors are getting better lol!

  2. Kyle

    at 10:03 am

    Just imagine if the ugliest furniture award house, got a bunch of creepy dolls and had them sitting in each of those chairs and sofas staring at you as you entered the room……Brrrrbrrrrrbrrbrrr!

  3. Marina

    at 3:24 pm

    That furniture is something else.
    But the stupid thumbs up sculpture is the worst. It’s not only pointless, but ugly to boot.

  4. Bo

    at 10:02 am

    Sorry David but the photo of the San Pellegrino is very useful. Don’t you read the MASH???

  5. Jimbo

    at 6:41 am

    I’ll agree with all but maybe the Obvious award. Without seeing the listing the fridge and the dishwasher are hidden. Without that photo you may know those are appliances. Let’s face it, a lot of people just look at photos without reading the listing stating those are included.

  6. LT

    at 6:25 pm

    The token “San Pellegrino” pic is Sooooo 2005. My wife and I did a San Pellegrino pic when we listed our condo for sale 12 years ago. It thought people would have upgraded to ‘La Croix’ by now …

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