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#26 **Xena**

Posted 14 November 2019 - 04:50 PM

I'd say they've been manipulated. In the kitchen one you can see that the real estate photo has the oven broken in exactly the same way, everything just looks clean instead of filthy. Before this year it was last sold in 1989 so I doubt any of them were earlier shots.

#27 PoolsideMasterchef

Posted 14 November 2019 - 05:26 PM

 Mollycoddle, on 14 November 2019 - 03:04 PM, said:

If they're so sure it will sell then why the need to doctor the photos?  Probably better to just play up the good points of the place eg. location.

I think if they get more hits on the website / people coming to check out the property it makes them look better to the vendor.

Ive whinged about this before - when looking for a house came across deliberate misinformation by REA - example being trying to list a 2br house as a 3br.

A friend looking for a rental found a lot of places had bad mold
that wasn't visible online as they had used a much older photo.

It wastes everyones time. I hope that more scrutiny is placed on dishonest listings.

#28 Lunafreya

Posted 14 November 2019 - 05:30 PM

Or they take a photo lying on the floor pointing up in a far corner to make the room look bigger.

#29 PoolsideMasterchef

Posted 14 November 2019 - 05:36 PM

^or I should say a couple of places had bad mold and a couple had other unsafe things which were just left out of the listing. I guess thats slightly different as its omission rather than deception.

#30 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 14 November 2019 - 06:15 PM

When I see an aerial shot of a house with dimensions of the site, you pretty much know the house is in not great condition,  that the real estate agent is marketing as a knock down and redevelop property.
I also take note if there's no pictures of say a bathroom, it also means that the room is in bad condition and doesn't match the rest of the house.

In this case the agent should of just had an exterior shot and a floor plan on the listing saying " put your own stamp on this".

#31 Hollycoddle

Posted 14 November 2019 - 10:04 PM

 Lunafreya, on 14 November 2019 - 03:23 PM, said:

Lin family, I think it was.

No it was Sef Gonzales. And if was just a run of the mill death it wouldn't need to be disclosed.

#32 Murderino

Posted 14 November 2019 - 11:54 PM

 born.a.girl, on 14 November 2019 - 03:41 PM, said:

Yeah, I'm not sure a body shaped hole in the carpet quite qualifies  as a 'small difference', though.

Wide angle lenses are bad enough.  Doorways that look like you could get an elephant through them.

In my current house hunt I am looking at lots of houses and it is so disappointing to get there and see the photos did a house a big favour.

The wide angle lens kills me - I have a 900mm oven and despite not being an avid cook or baker I like the extra width. I went to a house thinking we’ll its good I’ll still h e a 900mm oven if I like this place. Didn’t like the place but also 600mm oven!

#33 lozoodle

Posted 15 November 2019 - 07:17 AM

The doctored photos are the issue.

Its clearly a knock down, there's no obligation to clean a property being sold.

#34 Tinkle Splashes

Posted 15 November 2019 - 09:26 AM

I have no problem with them choosing not to clean it and selling it “as is”. I do have an issue with photoshopping in different views from the windows and making the house appear clean and presentable.

#35 Hollycoddle

Posted 15 November 2019 - 10:07 AM

I was just looking at rentals for a client at work and came up with this informative (not) gem:


#36 born.a.girl

Posted 15 November 2019 - 11:58 AM

 Mollycoddle, on 15 November 2019 - 10:07 AM, said:

I was just looking at rentals for a client at work and came up with this informative (not) gem:


Lol.  Includes bin without lid.

I've occasionally used airbnb but steer very clear of the ones that show a few artistic shots of a few areas with no clear views of what you're actually going to be occupying.

Mind you, that's not as a bad as the one I saw which had the most cluttered shower I've ever seen, along with underwear hanging up to dry in the shower.

#37 IamtheMumma

Posted 15 November 2019 - 12:25 PM

 Mollycoddle, on 15 November 2019 - 10:07 AM, said:

I was just looking at rentals for a client at work and came up with this informative (not) gem:


If I see a listing with outside photos only that is available now, I avoid it. Chances are, the outside is its best feature.

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