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MLS Fail Pictures – Pop Up Children Fail

You gotta love the little buggers.  Don’t you just wonder if they belong to the agent or the home owner?   I do.  Kids: They go rogue and suddenly their in a photo … but *how* do they end up being uploaded?  Don’t most agent’s pick the best possible “sell the benefits”, not the rogue child, image?

Ladies and gentlemen, presented for your viewing pleasure …

Eeeerrt  [car tire screech] Rodney Fail

Human Trafficing Files

I can almost hear it now .. “Rodney, you better stay in the car or I’ma fixin’ to whoop your back side with a switch.  I’ll be back in five minutes, you mess this up and I swear …”

Behold:  Rodney, the distraction from the perfectly staged mantle featuring a mirror that adds the light and airy feel that’s going to sell this shack.  Is that a speaker or a pest repellant machine left of the vase (pronounced “vaahz” in this situation)?  Wait, there’s another one the “assembly required” book case so, you know what that means, *surround sound*!  Can you say upgrades?!

Ferris Bueller Kicked Your A$$ Middle School Fail

Human Trafficing

The average Joe would think this is just a random kid working a Nintendo DS or texting his women.  What’s *really* going on is he’s Ferris Bueller’ing his way to an early retirement trading stocks. Inspired by the *E-Trade* baby, he’s selling short and buying back while the rest of us are wondering how the bail out is helping anyone.  When there’s blood in the streets, fortunes are made…even by a 12 year old kid with an iPhone, a savings with a debit card and a dream.

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Down The Toilet Fail


I know what you’re thinking … Ines had Rick take the listing photos again but that isn’t the case.  Bad MLS photos are needed to keep this pixel pusher in business.  Won’t you be a dear and send your worst?

And yet another shameless plea: This is where I need your help, kids.   Have you ever seen a picture in the MLS that just made you shake your head?  This is the place where the thought and the photo collide.  If you have a photo you’d like to share email to  We’ll make you famous and link to your blog.

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Special thanks to Missy Caulk, Ines & Rick  and Ben Goheen.

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Written by Chris Griffith, a Realtor Associate at Keller Williams Elite Realty in Bonita Springs, Florida. Chris is the author of Real Life and Real Estate In Bonita Springs, and a real estate columnist at Naples Daily News. Chris is active in social media and can be found on social networking site Twitter as Twitterzilla.



  1. Dan Connolly

    May 19, 2009 at 9:18 am

    In our listing service we can’t make any reference to children. I had a comment in the agent’s remarks section that said “call first, owner has small child an hyper dogs” and was informed that any mention of children was strictly prohibited. They are worried that some sicko will use the info.

  2. Matt Stigliano

    May 19, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Whew, another week without any of my photos appearing. I get nervous everytime I see your post.

  3. Lani Rosales

    May 19, 2009 at 10:06 am

    LMAO! PS: Ferris Bueller’s cat looks to be channeling Satan. Anyone else see it?

  4. Joe Loomer

    May 19, 2009 at 10:16 am

    HA! Ferris Bueller – you got me big time on that one Chris! Just waiting for the ferrari to come through the window!

  5. Chris Griffith

    May 19, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I didn’t even see the cat! The cat’s eyes are the same color as Rodney’s. 🙂

    Matt, I’m stockpiling all of your pictures and I’ll post them all at the same time.

    Title: MLS Fail: The Stigliano Chronicles.

    Dan: I’m just alarmed that *people* make it into the mls photos at all.

    Joe: Who doesn’t *love* Ferris. Save Ferris!

  6. Carrie in Colorado Springs

    May 19, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I have a question and I genuinely want to know the answer – not trying to be snarky! My husband’s a relatively new agent and I (not an agent) do much of the internet marketing for him. With all the new rules and discussion about social media, is posting “MLS Fail” pictures going to cause a problem since it’s kind of attacking an anonymous REALTOR®?

    Also, what about using pictures from MLS systems that have “COPYRIGHT” plastered all over them? Is this ok with NAR?

    I’d really like to know, but maybe there’s not a definitive answer. Anybody?

  7. Carrie in Colorado Springs

    May 19, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    By the way, that’s NOT to say I don’t love the MLS fail posts! 🙂

  8. Matt Stigliano

    May 19, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Chris – The scary part is that I believe you would.

  9. Louise Scoggins

    May 20, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I loooove these posts!! They are so funny. I was actually thinking about these MLS fail shots as I was doing some searching last night. I came across a few that I need to send in!

  10. Paula Henry

    May 20, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    I just hired a full time admin person this week and she was looking at pictures of homes on my website. Yeah, and she gets paid to do it 🙂 I’ll have to straighten her out.

    She came across a picture of a corner of a bathroom, showing only the top of the commode and the towel bar. She said, REALLY! what is this?These things do not get past the average consumer.

    PS – that cat is scary:)

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