Let’s start with something incredibly simple, shall we?
If you listed a condo for sale for six million dollars, would you, the agent, put in a little effort? And would you, the seller, check up on the listing once it’s posted?
Neither happened here.
Surely crooked photos aren’t the best way to market luxury condos…
Better yet, what in the world is happening here?
Do you know?
See how grainy that photo is?
See the small square-pattern in the print?
Do you know what these are?
These are photos of photos!
Somebody took photos of the old feature sheet, when the property looked good, and put those photos on MLS.
Just when I thought I’d seen everything…
Also, just when I thought I’d seen everything…
…I saw a bathroom with a fireplace…
What’s with photos of living spaces with dogs in them?
Is this on purpose?
What about this one?
Is there such a thing as “over-selling?”
We all love the CN Tower, right?
I know that those of us who were born and raised in Toronto might not think it’s all that novel anymore, but, we all went to that one kid’s birthday during childhood, and we’ve all done the United Way stair-climb once.
But is it this attractive to condo buyers?
I think the #photo for reference# bit was a tad much.
However, the photos must be seen to really understand the “over-selling” element of this listing:
So that’s 6 photos of the CN Tower to start the listing, followed by six photos of the amenities, then one photo of a room (the kitchen), and four close-up photos of the appliances?!?!
Speaking of CN Tower views….
This agent had to work really hard to get this “CN Tower view” advertised in the listing.
If you stand in a particular spot on the balcony, in between the building next door and the brick wall in your face, you can catch a glimpse:
Wait a minute, can we go back to that MLS description for a moment?
What else did I see in there that I thought was amusing?
Oh yeah, the part boxed in yellow below:
A “Backdraft Deposit,” what is that?
In my mind’s eye, I’m picturing something like this:
We had a conversation in Wednesday’s blog about “agents that do their own staging.”
Some folks believe that all stagers are created equal, just like real estate agents, mortgage brokers, real estate lawyers, home inspectors, et al.
I would obviously argue to the contrary, and as evidence, I would show you this photo below of a beatifully-staged bedroom:
I mean, seriously? This looks worse than an empty room.
It’s miserable. Absolutely pathetic.
But the worst part? It’s not the only bedroom that’s staged like this….
If you were to pick one room in the house to “funk up” a little bit, what room would it be?
What do you think of this bathroom?
But what do you think of this bathroom shower curtain?
I suppose the listing agent could have asked this owner to “de-personalize” a little bit?
It’s actually hard to put this photo on MLS without specifically doing it on purpose. Bathroom shots are tough, plus many listing agents don’t include them (I rarely do in a condo), so to see this shower curtain, I have to think this was planned.
I might also suggest that this garage should be de-personalized, but then again, maybe it shouldn’t be?
I love this next one so much!
You know I’m a fan of photos with fingers and thumbs in them, right?
Well not only did the agent below capture his or her thumb in the top-left corner in this photo below…
But the agent actually realized this, then took another photo:
But he or she put them BOTH on the MLS listing!
What in the world??
It’s like documenting your mistake!
Seriously, there are ten photos on MLS, and two are of the terrace – one with a thumb, one without.
Is it possible that the agent just threw his or her camera to an assistant and said, “Put all these photos up?”
Or is this agent showing that mistakes happen?
Last, but certainly not least, another all-time favourite of mine: pillars.
Not the family that spawned the centre-field named “Kevin” who used to play center-field for the Toronto Blue Jays, but rather pillars as in concrete columns that can make or break the space in your condo.
In art-deco lofts, the pillars are beautiful fluted-columns that are integrated into the design, usually tied into a wall that splits up the space.
But in new condos, they just stick them in the middle of the goddam living room:
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