Entries from February 2011

Best of Worst Beds

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments

The UglyHousePhotos Awards for Worst Bed will go to a candidate that truly impresses buyers in a negative way.  You decide which bed wins as Worst/Ugliest Bed.  Presented in chronological order from earlier posts with reasons why you should select it.

GREEN VELVET: The seller incorporated the elegant green crushed velvet bedspread with the dreamy orange carpet and created a high headboard with both colors!

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UNMADE:  Bed skirts, mattress pads, and bottom fitted sheets are so overrated.

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RUFFLES:  Pretty pastel colors grace this delightful bedspread.  Don’t forget the brass poles!  Or the ruffled canopy!!

tacky bedroom ugly bedding bad MLS photos home house Phoenix real estate

MATTRESS TOO SMALL: It’s a safety measure.  If you fall off the small mattress, you are cushioned by the larger mattress.  Clever idea.

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EASTER FLOWERS: Nothing says Easter Fun Time like a matched set of bedspread and drapes!

tacky pink bed spread drapes bedroom bad MLS photos ugly home house Phoenix real estate

RED FLOWERS: This isn’t shabby chic, it’s classy chic!

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SUNKEN MATTRESS:  This mattress lost its spring a long time ago.

sunken old worn-out mattress bedroom Phoenix home house real estate photo

MATTRESS TOO BIG:  Houston, Texas, where everything is bigger.

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PILED HIGH:  They’re putting on the play The Princess and the Pea at the Abilene, Texas community theatre.

the princess and the pea too many bed mattresses Abilene Texas home house real estate

COVERED UP:  Sun City, Arizona.  We haven’t heard from Grandma in two weeks.

lumpy bed something hiding under sheet bedroom staging Sun City Arizona home house

Vote for your favorite Worst Bed.

What Is the Worst Bed?
Green Velvet
Unmade
Ruffles
Mattress Too Small
Easter Flowers
Red Flowers
Sunken Mattress
Mattress Too Big
Piled High
Covered Up
  
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Tags: Staging · Bedroom · Phoenix Homes · Other Arizona Cities · Other US Cities · Bedspread · Worst Of

Best of Worst Drum Sets In Real Estate Photos

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Can we have a drum roll please?  The UglyHousePhotos Awards for Worst Real Estate Photos With Drum Sets go to, in no particular order:

No excuses.  It took these sellers 9 months to sell.  Wonder why.

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They’ve got a keyboard and a drum set.  Just need a guitarist to complete the band.

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SpongeBob SquarePants formed a band.

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They perform along with the American Idol contestants.

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Nothing like a little lullaby on the drums to help you fall asleep.

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American Bandstand.

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They ordered special soundproofing blinds.

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The first thing buyers see when entering the home is a drum set.  Is this a smart home staging decision?

drum set in living room poor bad home staging Phoenix Arizona house real estate photo

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Tags: Staging · Phoenix Homes · Worst Of

The UglyHousePhotos Tribute To the 2011 Academy Awards

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

The Oscars will be televised tonight!  It’s the 2011 Academy Awards!

Let’s take a twist on the Top 10 Nominated Movies with our version we call the Uglies.

Which movie do you think will win tonight?  (in alphabetical order)

BLACK SWAN.  “What happened to my sweet girl?”

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THE FIGHTER.  That punching bahg gawt beat up real bad.

punching bag back yard patio bad MLS photos ugly home house Phoenix real estate

INCEPTION.  It’s a dream inside of a dream inside of a dream.

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The KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT.  They do seem pretty content.

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THE KING’S SPEECH.  Elvis (The King) lives on in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Elvis blanket rug wall tacky Pittsburgh home house real estate bad MLS photos

127 HOURS.  I’d saw off my right arm just to get that New York clock to match the others.

4 clocks on the wall incorrect time for New York home staging Phoenix Arizona house

SOCIAL NETWORK.  He’s checking his FaceBook updates.

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TOY STORY 3.  Even Buzz LightYear and Woody are ashamed of this mess.

messy kid's bedroom toys stuff clutter everywhere Phoenix Arizona home house photo

TRUE GRIT.  It takes place in the mountains, right?  Well, the true original version with John Wayne did.

large huge big photo mural Grand Tetons Phoenix Arizona home house

WINTER’S BONE.  I didn’t know pink flamingos migrate to Cedar Rapids, Iowa in the winter.

plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament snow front yard Cedar Rapids Iowa home house

Be sure to vote for your favorite movie of 2010 here:

What’s Your Favorite Movie of 2010?
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone
  
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Honorable Mention:  How To Train Your Dragon.  Puff the Magic Dragon lives on in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Tags: Staging · Bathroom · Bedroom · Phoenix Homes · Faux Paint & Murals · Wallpaper · Back Yard · Poor Photography · Other US Cities · People In Photos

Best of Worst Artwork On Display

February 26th, 2011 · No Comments

Art is in the eye of the beholder.  How do these examples of “art” strike you?  You get to vote and decide.  They are arranged in chronological order from 2008 to 2011.

Our Top Ten Candidates for Worst Artwork On Display In a Real Estate Photo are:

Dolphin Velvet Painting

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Four Red Aliens

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Green and Brown Dirt

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Ugly Palm Tree

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Yellow Splotch.  Bacliff, Texas.

ugly art painting messy hallway garbage Bacliff Texas home house bad real estate photos

Marbles

crazy stupid dumb bad craft project marbles glued to wall Phoenix home house

Bathing Beauty in Roswell, New Mexico.

cluttered bedroom weird ugly painting Roswell New Mexico home house

Squiggles in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Slug Riding a Horse?

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Three Aliens in Surprise, Arizona.

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Be sure to vote for your favorite bad art!

Which Art Is the Worst?
Dolphin Velvet
Four Red Aliens
Green and Brown Dirt
Ugly Palm Tree
Yellow Splotch
Marbles
Bathing Beauty
Squiggles
Slug Riding a Horse
Three Aliens
  
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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Surprise, AZ Homes · Other US Cities · Art · Worst Of

Best of Worst Dirt & Dust

February 26th, 2011 · 3 Comments

The UglyHousePhotos Awards for Worst Dirt and/or Dust go to:

5th Place - Cobwebs everywhere in this neglected home.  Someone lived here with the cobwebs (and filth and cat urine smell and mouse poop, etc.).

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4th Place - Got dust?

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3rd Place - Greasy kitchen that was never cleaned.  Sticky cabinet doors.  Yuck.

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2nd Place - Year and years of dust accumulated on the popcorn ceiling.

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1st Place - How can people live like that?  Gag.

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Ceiling Fan · Worst Of

100 Million All-Time Hits At UglyHousePhotos.com!!!

February 25th, 2011 · No Comments

Wow! Wow! Wow!  UglyHousePhotos.com just surpassed 100 million hits all-time in the 3.3 years we’ve been up and running.

Over 7,732,000 page views all-time.

Over 3,346,000 unique visitors all-time.

Thank you for visiting us and supporting us!!

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Best of Worst Carpeting

February 25th, 2011 · 1 Comment

The UglyHousePhotos Awards for Worst & Ugliest Carpet go to:

6th Place - Ugly pink & green carpet.  Be careful not to ever spill anything in the kitchen.

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5th Place - Leftover carpet from the casino?

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4th Place - Industrial carpet that looks like wood planks.  Not exactly the kind of wood flooring buyers want.

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3rd Place - So 1970s.  What were we thinking back then?  It looks like the carpeting we had in my family’s den back then.

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2nd Place - Camouflage carpet does have its merits: it hides dirt & stains very well.

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1st Place - Louisville, Kentucky.  Can you imagine going to the carpet showroom and actually selecting this orange monstrosity out of all the other choices??!

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PLEASE VOTE!! (We’re trying out a new poll system).

Which Carpet Is the Worst?
Pink and Green
Casino
Fake Wood
Brown 1970s
Camouflage
Orange
  
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Tags: Carpet · Phoenix Homes · Other US Cities · Worst Of

Best of Worst Walls

February 25th, 2011 · No Comments

The UglyHousePhotos Awards for Worst Wall go to:

10th Place -  Yee haw.  The sellers added wood trim to create a stable/barn look.  What will buyers do with this wall?

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9th Place - These sellers have the horses needed for the home above.  This wall made our list because of the combination of faux paint with accent lines, the pictures hung too high, the cane in the upper left corner (why?), and the phones on the wall.

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8th Place - If you’re going to live in your home, wouldn’t it be nice to add wall texture and then paint?  What buyer wants an unfinished home?  Leaves an impression that the sellers don’t care.

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7th Place - Are they trying for an adobe look?  Remember the Alamo?

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6th Place - These sellers really went for it with their exposed brick destruction of the drywall.

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5th Place - We can’t tell if they used a stencil or peel and stick vinyl floor tiles.  Regardless, it’s odd.

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4th Place - The slate mosaic didn’t hold up too well.  Now what does a buyer do?  Finish it or tear it down?

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3rd Place - They removed the mirror tiles and left glue marks.  Can’t really paint over them.  Thanks for not fixing the wall for the buyer.

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2nd Place -  Good grief.

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1st Place - Houston, Texas.  Water damage to the wall.  Looks awful.

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Fixer-Upper · Drywall Damage · Other US Cities · Worst Of

Best of Worst Mold & Mildew

February 24th, 2011 · 4 Comments

The UglyHousePhotos Awards for Worst Mold & Mildew go to:

10th Place - Glendale, Arizona.  There’s nothing worse than entering a home for sale that reeks of cigarette smoke and/or cat urine and/or mold & mildew.

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9th Place - Phoenix bathroom over the shower.

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Same bathroom.

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8th Place - Phoenix.  I saw one house this summer where every room was coated with mold; it was too unhealthy to get my camera and return.  I foolishly regret not going back though.  The house had a water leak in the attic, the air conditioning was turned off, and the house was well sealed; it was so bad I pushed my clients out the door.  That one required showering and washing clothes afterward.

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7th Place - Phoenix.  I took this photo of a vacant foreclosed home.  In these situations, it has to be bought by an investor.  I just hope the investor discloses the past presence of mold to the new buyer.  What if some crackpot hires his cousin to remove the drywall and not remediate the mold?  Or cleans the drywall with bleach and paints over it?

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6th Place - Federal Way, Washington. Walls and ceilings mean this home is loaded with mold and mildew.  It probably should be in the top 3 because it was so widespread, but the darker the mold, the scarier it looks (even if it’s less dangerous); looks are everything.  This doesn’t look as bad as the others.

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5th Place - Phoenix.  Looks bad.

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4th Place - Mesa, Arizona.  I took these photos, holding my breath between shots.

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This is the house where mushrooms grew from the ceiling.

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3rd Place - Houston, Texas. What a horrible mess.

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2nd Place - Indianapolis, Indiana. Disgusting, wet, moldy basement. Almost looks like wall mural art. Can you imagine the smell? Your throat and nose would close up.

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1st Place - This Phoenix bathroom is infested with mold.  It’s our winner because of the intensity.  It looks mean with it.

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Mesa, AZ Homes · Glendale, AZ Homes · Mold & Mildew · Other US Cities · Worst Of

Best of Worst Pets in Real Estate Photos

February 24th, 2011 · 2 Comments

The UglyHousePhotos Awards for Worst Use of Dogs/Cats/Pets In Real Estate Promotional Photos go to:

9th Place - Here, Kitty, Kitty.  Oh, is Kitty possessed?  Run for your lives!!

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“You WILL buy this house!!”

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8th Place - It looks mean.  Buyers might be too worried to visit this home.

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7th Place - Wittmann, Arizona.  At least it’s chained up.

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6th Place - The Doberman’s ears are up and pointed back.  Can’t be a good sign.  Three leaps and it reaches you.

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5th Place - Scottsdale, Arizona.  If the cat’s licking the faucet where you get your water, what else has it licked?  Yuck!  Why, oh, why would a seller include this photo?

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4th Place - Pit bulls inside a house mean buyers might have to encounter it when they visit.  Some/most buyers would pass on this home.  The clutter doesn’t help either.

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3rd Place - Another Wittmann, Arizona home.  The German Shepherd is jumping with meanness.  Stay away!

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2nd Place - Attack of the pit bull!!  It left a cloud of dust as it runs to the photographer.  What will it do to small children visiting?

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1st Place - Three dogs come charging at the photographer.  A Chow (can be very mean if eye contact) and two pit bulls.  I am warning my clients about this home.  Look how high they jump up on the glass door.

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Scottsdale, AZ Homes · Pets · Other Arizona Cities · Worst Of