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Mouldy ceilings, monster plants and false fire places: the world's worst estate agent photos


If you think your home looks a bit of a mess, these estate agent photos might make you change your mind.

The blog Terrible Real Estate Agent Photos celebrates the best of the worst ever pictures posted on real estate sites. With a razor-sharp wit, curator Andy Donaldson has scoured the internet to find the silliest, ugliest and least appealing photos on estate agents' websites.

Since 2013, he has run Terrible Real Estate Agent Photos, posting up photos that show filthy rooms, horrendous decor and awful estate agent photography.

Andy was looking for a new house in 2013, and found that some of the photos on the websites he was using for his house hunt were ridiculous. From a photograph of a bedroom where the seller was still in bed, to a dog pooing on a lawn, as well as the least appealing photos of mouldy walls, overgrown gardens and trashed furniture, he realised that terrible photos were far from out of the ordinary.

"After days of waiting this agent’s patience is finally rewarded. Weak with thirst, a pair of wild mattresses appear at the watering hole" - photo and caption via terriblerealestateagentphotos.com

After posting a few of the funniest photos he found during his house search to Facebook, he started a tumblr detailing the best pictures he'd found. From estate agents around the world, from the UK to Kazakhstan, there was no let up on the terrible photos he chanced upon.

The site went viral when it went live in late 2013, with housebuyers tickled by similar experiences and fellow estate agents keen to take a sideways look at their profession. A book featuring the most terrible estate agent photos - combining some of the best photos on the blog with new photos Andy has found - will be released this September.

Although the blog could easily be taken as a gloomy look at the property market across the world, Andy's sarcastic captions give it a witty take on home buying that is easy to relate to. Scroll down to see more hair-raising photos (and immediately feel better about the state of your own home):

"On a cold winter’s night, there’s nothing quite like a poorly executed drawing of a log fire" - photo and caption via terriblerealestateagentphotos.com

"The practicality of these bunk beds is compromised somewhat by the owners’ inability to enter the room and use them" - photo and caption via terriblerealestateagentphotos.com

"If the agent had subsequently decided to open the attic hatch, one suspects the following few seconds would have been spectacular" - photo and caption via terriblerealestateagentphotos.com

Too good an opportunity to miss, the agent here has made a feature of a monster costume from an early episode of Dr Who - photo and caption via terriblerealestateagentphotos.com

For Sale. Owner last seen removing his jeans before jumping out the window - photo and caption via terriblerealestateagentphotos.com

Design trend: Kitchens are increasingly being built to accommodate those of us with particularly fast metabolisms. It has never been more important to wash your hands before preparing food - photo and caption via terriblerealestateagentphotos.com

Terrible Estate Agent Photos will be published by Square Peg on the 4 September, and is available for pre-order now.

Images: Terrible Estate Agent Photos, Andy Donaldson (Square Peg, £8.99), Words: Victoria Gray



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