5 Awesomely Bad Listing Photos


Here on the Point2 Blog, we’ve talked a lot about listing photos. We all know that great photos help sell homes. But what about really bad photos? Today for a laugh, we’re going to share with you five truly terrible real estate photos. And we’ll tell you how they could’ve been avoided.

1. Kitchen Nightmares

Bad Listing Photos Fisheye Kitchen

Does this flowery kitchen really have concave walls? How is a buyer ever going to find the right curved fridge to fill that space?

The fix: Some well-meaning individual probably told this aspiring home photographer that a wide angle lens could help capture more of the room. While there are times when this is totally true, taking distortion to the extreme is never a good idea. Heed our advice and avoid the fisheye at all costs. Unfortunately, there is nothing to be done about the wallpaper.

2. This House Has Serious Game

Bad Listing Photo Big Game Room

Dead animals always help sell a home, right? This agent clearly didn’t read our recent blog post about home staging.

The fix: Remove the taxidermy. Make sure all three lightbulbs work. Consider limiting yourself to two tables per shot.

3. Let’s Get Intimate

Bad Listing Photo Make Out Room

Nifty vanity, right? Pay no attention to the shirtless photographer in the mirror. And hey! What’s going on in the bedroom?

The fix: Take photos of your listing when no one else is in the home. That way you don’t capture any, um, private moments. And try to keep your reflection out of mirrors. Unless you’re a vampire; then don’t worry about it.

4. Welcome to the Funhouse

 Bad Listing Photo Funhouse

We think we’re getting dizzy! Is this house built on a hill?

The fix: Stand straight. Try using a tripod. Don’t overindulge in adult beverages before heading out to snap photos of your new listing.

5. The Doll Stays in the Picture

 Bad Listing Photo Dolly 1

Dolly here would like you to admire the lovely fireplace. Creeped out yet?

Bad Listing Photo Dolly 2

How about now? We know we said we’d only show you five pictures, but we couldn’t resist. Dolly appears in every picture of this $1,000,000 listing. This is the stuff of nightmares!

The fix: This one’s obvious. Leave the evil doll in the box in the attic where she belongs.

For more awesomely bad listing photos, visit Bad MLS Photos. Then pat yourself on the back for being such a good photographer.


  • Personally, I’m ashamed at what my Realtor peers have for photos. You forgot to add in the timestamped photos, you know, the ones with the time & date in the bottom right corner. Anyway, the best I did for 2012 is spend $2,000 on a Nikon camera, flash, wide angle lens & tripod. Paying attention to detail and being selective on my photos have made my listings sell faster (more buyers viewing) & gained me more listings (wow Mike, I want our home to show like that on the MLS). Thanks for the post!

  • Camille Mueller says:

    I LOVE the ones with the toilet seat up especially when it is a HUD home and the toilet is NASTY!

    And the waterfront homes that NEVER show the view of the waterfront. If your client is looking for the water view that is the most important thing!

  • Rita Gordon says:

    While I appreciate the post from Mike with his understanding that good photo gear is a necessity, as a pro who specializes in real estate images I invested more than that on just one camera body, and nearly that much on the lens I use for most of my real estate shots. Not to mention the professional lighting, remote wireless controls to trigger the strobes, formal education, etc. Better gear will keep your photos from being awful, but the difference between professional images and those of a consumer with decent equipment is still vast.

  • nora says:

    thanks that confirm to me that I have to buy a new camara an learn more about take better pics

  • Laura Ellis says:

    I hire a professional photographer. Yes, it costs me money up front – and if the listing doesn’t sell, it’s a loss BUT my personal image is professional to anyone who looks at that listing. I get more calls from my website than anywhere else.

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