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Ugly House Photos

Needs Staging

A friend of mine and fellow John Hall & Associates agent, Leif Swanson was recently featured in the Arizona Republic.  What prompted me to post it is it is regarding his blog, Ugly House Photos.  As there are so many readers here who really like to see these ugly house photos, I wanted to pass these along.

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Russell has been an Associate Broker with John Hall & Associates since 1978 and ranks in the top 1% of all agents in the U.S. Most recently The Wall Street Journal recognized the Top 200 Agents in America, awarding Russell # 25 for number of units sold. Russell has been featured in many books such as, "The Billion Dollar Agent" by Steve Kantor and "The Millionaire Real Estate Agent" by Gary Keller and has often been a featured speaker for national conventions and routinely speaks at various state and local association conventions. Visit him also at and



  1. bthomas78

    January 18, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I guess it’s not THAT hard to believe that a REALTOR would post these photos and ridicule them online! Although so funny I can barely stand it, something about this worries me.

    In Vermont, each real estate office has the ability to either allow or disallow blogging about the listings that are in the system posted by that specific firm. As I understand it, IDX and syndication is one thing, but blogging is another with our MLS agreements and associations here.

    This also makes me wonder if there have been backlashes from the seller, the listing agent, or their real estate commission regarding derogatory comments on another agent’s listings. But other than slander and privacy issues, I’m not sure really what the boundaries ARE so therefore am probably a little more timid about listed property online, knowing that a firm that has an exclusive right to market should really be the only one actually marketing the property. If anybody else has a better understanding of this please let me know!

    Ben Thomas

  2. Ken Montville

    January 18, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Still Needs a Bit of Staging” Ya think? I clicked through to the photo blog and it would be hilarious if it weren’t so true. It’s a damn shame sellers don’t “get it” about presenting their home in somewhat reasonable condition. Of course, it’s the Realtor’s fault when the house doesn’t sell.

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