Pizza Party

August 21st, 2017 · 1 Comment

Yummy pizza. And a can of Raid too!

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Fine Tuning Needed

August 20th, 2017 · 1 Comment

Thank you to our reader Pamala for sending us photos of a Eugene, Oregon house. Pamala is impressed with the front of the house.

She writes, “Room looks the same right side up or upside down. I love a polished ceiling, don’t you?”

She wonders if the sellers could have waited to finish their construction project before selling. “Is that a crack in the wall by the window?”

Perhaps they have cable TV in the shower?

The seller did not repair the damaged bathroom vanity or paint the bathroom.

Aah. The feel of soft grass under your bare feet.

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Extra Extras

August 19th, 2017 · 1 Comment

Lots of items on display.

Naughty seller. Flammable items on the cook top. What would Santa say?

Nice kitchen cabinets behind all the clutter.

VCR tapes and more.

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Shady Patios

August 18th, 2017 · 3 Comments

Cluttered covered patio.

This one’s worse.

But the prize goes to this one.

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They Poohed the Bed

August 17th, 2017 · 5 Comments

Uh oh. Someone Pooh’ed the bed. Too much effort to fix the bottom sheet and make the bed and rearrange the stuffed animals.

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The Dog Days of August 2017

August 16th, 2017 · 4 Comments

Sellers continue to showcase their dogs in their real estate photos.

Medina James at has suggestions for dealing with pets when selling your house.

Medina has also provided some useful links regarding pets when selling:
1. Visit to find a place to board your dog
2. Visit for expectations on scheduling showings
3. Visit for other tips on decluttering
4. Visit for tips on eliminating pet odors
5. Visit to find more things you should be talking to your realtor about

I showed a home this past weekend where the owner was smoking inside the house (full ashtray on the coffee table too). We waited while he put his three big dogs outside. Swirls of dog hair rolled along the floor inside. Outside, the dogs barked and stood up against a flimsy wire fence. We were all nervous. also has information about dog friendly coffee shops, dog friendly hotels, dog friendly beaches, and dog friendly breweries.

Dogs, while cute, do not belong in real estate marketing photos. also has information about dog training and dog etiquette at coffee shops.

Here is advice for dog etiquette when buying a home.

Some more helpful links related to pets:
1. Visit to find a drop-in pet sitter in your area
2. Visit for help with preparing your dog to socialize
3. Visit to learn more about escrow
4. Visit for more information on open house etiquette
5. Visit for more service-animal-related guidelines

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Get Organized At Office Depot

August 15th, 2017 · 2 Comments


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Not Short On Belongings

August 14th, 2017 · 2 Comments

Short sale in Mesa, Arizona, but long on the list of personal belongings on display.

Are you distracted enough by all the stuff to ignore the two missing tiles?

The closets are full.

The sellers ignored the ceiling.

Another view of the room.

And another view. Shoe‘dn’t the footwear be stored in a closet?

Stuffed full.

More ceiling damage.

He could not.

Kitchen islands are great for adding extra storage space.

Fine dining.

Too many cobwebs on the chandelier.

Missed opportunity to highlight the big picture window and vaulted ceiling.

One light bulb does not match the others.

What happened to the tiles by the drain?

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California Dreamin’

August 13th, 2017 · 1 Comment

Thank you to our reader Greg who sent these photos of a Tracy, California home. Supposedly the seller had grown marijuana in the garage a few years ago.

Lush landscaping in the back yard. Your own oasis from the chaos of the world.

Your first impression entering the house.

Too bad the photo is trashed by having a bag of garbage in it.

Child’s play and adult anger.

More damage seen around the house.

Access to shower plumbing.

A little too late to start tidying up now. The photographer waits for no one.

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Feline Frisky In Bed

August 12th, 2017 · No Comments

Young men, watch out. There’s a cougar on the prowl.

The black panther has round buttocks. Interesting.

Tigers in the jungle?

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