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MLS Fail Shots – More Tragedy From The Lens

Digital Disasters and Massive Failure of MLS Photography.

Digital Disasters and Massive Failure of MLS Photography.

Yao Ming Was Here Fail

High Picture Fail

Alright, you gotta know basketball.  Yao is 7’ 6” tall.  The only explanation is that this has to be his pad.  He is the only human being that would be able to enjoy the pictures on either side of that window.  Just sayin’.

Landscape Design Failure

landscape fail

This is almost borderline Blair Witch.  I’m not sure who failed here, the landscape artiste or the photographer that thought that this pile of stones was worthy of a space in the marketing program.  Those aren’t even those semi circle cut stones that join perfectly together.  These are just stacked and overlapping like their slices of lunch meat on a tray or something.   Aren’t you dying to know if this get up was mentioned in the remarks?

Granite and Stainless Fail?

Granite Counter Fail

This fabulous crib is actually offered with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. See how lovely it compliments the blue-light special bar stools and the seashell scalloped wall paper border?  That, right there, is cutting edge design. It could barely keep up with the cutting edge photography that missed capturing the granite or the stainless.  It’s a light switch.  It only moves two directions. I hope the fact that it wasn’t used was due to human error.

Proof That The Cabinet Hinges Work Fail

Kitchen Cabinet Fail

Do you suppose this is a crime scene of some sort?  There has to be an explanation for why the pictures were taken with *every* cabinet open.  The island drawers are open!  Look, even those little flippy, “here’s where you hide the scratchy pad” doors are open.  I got ten bucks that says that the “second wash” soap dispenser door in the dishwasher is even open.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is what you’re up against in the cold, cruel world of real estate.  You knew that cream always rises to the top but did you know that all you had to do was close the freeking cabinet doors to be the cream?

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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.

Thanks to Matt Wilkins, Lisa Sanderson, Paula Henry, Stephen Colbert, Toonces the Cat and  Larry “Bud” Melman for making this all possible.

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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. Lani Rosales

    May 12, 2009 at 1:03 am

    IT’S A LIGHT SWITCH!!!! lol Chris, this is one of your finer finds… as Perot says, “that’s HIGH.LARIOUS!”

  2. Ken Montville - The MD Suburbs of DC

    May 12, 2009 at 4:21 am

    I think those pavers are actually steps in the Landscape FAIL but the perspective is pretty terrible. The railroad tie in the faux garden is pretty ugly, too. Nothing like stone, stone and more stone to convey the message of “You don’t have to mow the lawn, here.”

  3. Joe Loomer

    May 12, 2009 at 5:08 am

    I hope the NBA draft gets that property sold quick!

    Good deal it wasn’t raining on the landscaping shot either or that deck might have been under water – must be six feet of elevation from the picture angle to the deck!

  4. Chris Griffith

    May 12, 2009 at 5:27 am

    Apparently, I have an elevation perception disability. I wonder if I can get some sort of gov’t cash for that…

    Lani, did you see those snazzy oak light switch plates, too? If I find them in the market place … someone in Austin is getting a gift.

  5. Ruthmarie Hicks

    May 12, 2009 at 7:48 am

    What’s that thing on top of the counter tops – above the open dishwasher??? it looks like something died there!

  6. Lani Rosales

    May 12, 2009 at 8:52 am

    OH hell no, if you send me oak light switch plates, I will assault you with a deadly kitten. 😉

  7. Matt Stigliano

    May 12, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Chris – No need to look too hard. I couldn’t find “snazzy” but I did find oak.

    Lani doesn’t need fancy, she just needs “old world charm.”

  8. Lani Rosales

    May 12, 2009 at 9:41 am

    You guys, my mother gave me these light plates before she died, I can’t believe you would make fun of them. 😉

    (JK, MOM, you don’t have bad taste nor are you dead but I know you read AG so, uh… sorry I invoked your name!)

  9. Matt Stigliano

    May 12, 2009 at 9:53 am


    How could you Lani?


  10. Lani Rosales

    May 12, 2009 at 9:59 am

    This went wrong really quickly…. lol

  11. Louise Scoggins

    May 12, 2009 at 10:06 am

    omg hilarious! I can’t tell you how often I find these types of pictures in my Real Estate journeys and wonder…just what were they thinking when they took that photo! Love it!

  12. Lori Bee

    May 12, 2009 at 11:22 am

    I’m thinking of getting Johnny Fairplay to be a guest blogger here now. Juz sayin….

    Invoking the name of “not dead” people… super cool. 😉

    Love the pics. But this all would be contemporary in WV where I’m from. (Oh yes I did !!! )

  13. Chris Griffith

    May 12, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Wha! Lani Fairplay-Rosales

  14. Lisa Sanderson

    May 12, 2009 at 11:45 am

    They’re steps!

  15. Chris Griffith

    May 12, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Are you now making fun of my disability?

  16. Lisa Sanderson

    May 12, 2009 at 11:57 am

    No no no! I have the same affliction, apparently. But now that someone pointed it out I can see it’s ‘possible’ that they are steps. So the photographers ONLY mistake was the angle. I am so relieved.

  17. Chris Griffith

    May 12, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Just so long as it was the photographer’s mistake. *whew*

  18. Paula Henry

    May 12, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Steps or not, it is a rather confusing picture – I hope it wasn’t the best shot provided in the marketing of this home, now that’s a scary thought!

  19. Chris Griffith

    May 12, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    I have half a mind to flip that sucker sideways and see if it gets even worse.

    Now turn your head back upright, you look silly.

  20. Elaine Reese

    May 12, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    I’ve got it! The round stones are going down to the deck. To the right, the ground is further going down because it’s dropping lower than the deck. Therefore, the RR tie and those stones are providing a “terraced” retaining wall.

    Yeah, that’s the ticket.

  21. Elaine Reese

    May 12, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Um-m-m-m … you missed the agent’s yard sign and flyer holder sitting in the dining section of the kitchen with the open drawers.

  22. Irina Netchaev

    May 12, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Hillarious! Absolutely hillarious!!!!! I really need a good laugh today!

  23. Jacci

    January 6, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Wow, that one does look like a crime scene photo. I’m also not really sure why anyone would even take a pic of that poor landscaping. It’s so bad it’s funny.

  24. Matt - Austin

    February 15, 2010 at 12:17 am

    WOW!!! I own a landscaping company and I find it hard to believe that whoever took the pic of the landscaping design was sober or even sane. Did they really put it on the MLS or was this just a pic that someone found and submitted it to you? If it was really on the MLS, I want to know what they were thinking posting this. LOL…

  25. Lorraine - Atlanta

    February 15, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Scary isn’t it? Just goes to show you how some agents work. Pictures are key in this market and there’s just no excuse for some of these.

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