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New York's, Maybe America's, Most Depressing Rental Listings

We've shown you everything from teeny-tiny apartments to ugly home listings to creepy home listings, but these rental listings? They're just so bad that they deserve their own Tumblr page. From leasing out closets (at $1,000/month) to renting out bunk beds (the top bunk going for $600/month and the bottom bunk going for... Continue Reading »

Photoshopped Listings Sometimes Make for Not-So-Real Estate

Maybe there's nothing wrong with a little Photoshop: some lighting enhancement, adjusting the brightness and contrast, even some very subtle airbrushing here and there. But when it comes to online real estate listings, going over-the-top with Photoshop isn't just laughable -- in some cases, it's downright deceptive. From... Continue Reading »

Listing Fail: Even 'Ugly' Homes Need Buyers

We agree that honesty is the best policy in life, love and, yes, listings. But although mama might not have told you so, a little white lie never hurt anyone. Well, at least not being so bluntly honest. You wouldn't tell your date that you'd prefer she wear more makeup next time, would you? (Even if she is ugly as sin.)... Continue Reading »

Listing Fail: Two Not-So-'Sparkling' Homes

Unless your home has Swarovski crystals studding its walls or dangling from glass chandeliers in every room, we'd strongly suggest against calling it "sparkling." Still, it's a descriptor that's used frequently, albeit erroneously, in many listings and it annoys us as much as "stunning" and "cavernous." Take, for... Continue Reading »

Listing Fail: 'Disciplinarians' Could Live Rent-Free in New York

Want to live rent-free in New York City? You could either squat in a home that's not yours (at the risk of eviction and, you know, arrest), or you could help this "interracial gay couple" do some squats in exchange for a free place to stay in Brooklyn. In order to pay $0 a month to live in a borough of one of the world's... Continue Reading »

Listing Fail: Would You Pay $5,000 a Month to Rent This Mess?

We admit it: We like to poke fun at deceptive listings. Though a little exaggeration doesn't hurt, our general rule of thumb is that honesty and transparency in listings is the best policy. But there are exceptions. Case in point: this house. Now, the owners of this house in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, Mass.,... Continue Reading »

Listing Fail: Outrageously Unsexy Listings

Lately we've been seeing a lot of listings described as "sexy" -- even though they're total turnoffs. While a home with a stripper pole is undoubtedly pretty darn sexy, we'd leave that term (and its cousin, "seductive") off most other listings. Let us explain. Exhibit A: Incredibly Sexy Stunner Studio The studio below... Continue Reading »

Listing Fail: Apartments That Are Stunningly Average

As writers (and occasional apartment hunters) there's nothing that peeves us more than deceptive descriptions in listings. (We wrote a whole article about it.) More specifically, there's nothing that peeves us more than the misuse of the word "stunning." So inappropriately ubiquitous is this adjective that many of us have... Continue Reading »

Listing Fail: 'Cavernous' Living Room in a Shoebox Apartment

Selling apartments in New York City has gotta be one of the hardest jobs in the world, but that's no excuse for false advertising. Sorry, let us rephrase: deceptive descriptions so far off the mark that they're almost laughable. We'll explain. The word "cavernous" can and should be used to describe huge McMansions with... Continue Reading »

Listing Fail: Detroit Home Advertised as 'Beautiful and Historic,' and a 'Target for Local Criminals'

We've come across a number of home listings that inadvertently scare off potential buyers (crime scene tape, anyone?), but never have we seen a listing that seems to openly and deliberately do so -- until now. This Detroit home, dubbed by our pals at Curbed as the "angriest listing of all time," lists quite... Continue Reading »

Listing Fail: Buy This 'Terrifying' Yet 'Relaxing' Home

There are hilariously weird listings. There are overtly deceptive listings. Then there are just plain confusing listings. Take this recent Craigslist ad for a three-bedroom apartment in the hip Williamsburg neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Its title reads, in bold: "TERRIFYING PLACE SO RELAXING."... Continue Reading »

Listing Fail: Buy This House Without Seeing What It Looks Like Inside

We at AOL Real Estate love a good surprise -- just not when it comes to buying a house. After all, if you're putting all your hard-earned savings into a home, it's only natural you want to know exactly what you're getting! Clearly, the seller of this San Francisco home didn't quite get that memo. The listing states that... Continue Reading »

Worst Listing Photos 2012: The Best of the Bad This Year

One thing we learned in 2012? Some people have no idea how to create home listings properly. We've seen some of the most disgusting listing photos this year, from bloody bathtubs to frying pans with rotting food still in them. And why would these photos be included in a home listing in the first place? Beats us. We're... Continue Reading »

Holiday Decorations Gone Wrong (Listing Fail)

As #houseporn fiends and real estate junkies, there's nothing we love more than poring through fabulous home listings -- except maybe sorting through the tragically un-fabulous ones. They'll definitely make you laugh, and some of them could make you cry. Every week, AOL Real Estate brings you the sorriest listings we... Continue Reading »

Funny Names of Realtors (Listing Fails)

As #houseporn fiends and real estate junkies, there's nothing we love more than poring through fabulous home listings -- except maybe sorting through the tragically un-fabulous ones. They'll definitely make you laugh, and some of them could make you cry. Every week, AOL Real Estate brings you the sorriest listings that we... Continue Reading »

Deceptive Descriptions (Listing Fails)

As #houseporn fiends and real estate junkies, there's nothing we love more than poring through fabulous home listings -- except maybe sorting through the tragically un-fabulous ones. They'll definitely make you laugh, and some of them could make you cry. Every week, AOL Real Estate brings you the sorriest listings that we... Continue Reading »

Give These Realtors a Reality Check! (Listing Fails)

As #houseporn fiends and real estate junkies, there's nothing we love more than poring through fabulous home listings -- except maybe sorting through the tragically un-fabulous ones. They'll definitely make you laugh, and some of them could make you cry. Every week, AOL Real Estate brings you the sorriest listings we could... Continue Reading »

They Said What?! (Listing Fails)

As #houseporn fiends and real estate junkies, there's nothing we love more than poring through fabulous home listings -- except maybe sorting through the tragically un-fabulous ones. They'll definitely make you laugh, and some of them could make you cry. Every week, AOL Real Estate brings you the sorriest listings we could... Continue Reading »

Don't Let Dead Animals Kill Your Home Sale (Listing Fails)

As #houseporn fiends and real estate junkies, there's nothing we love more than poring through fabulous home listings -- except maybe sorting through the tragically un-fabulous ones. They'll definitely make you laugh, and some of them could make you cry. Every week, AOL Real Estate brings you the sorriest listings we could... Continue Reading »

These Listings Aren't the 'Model' of Perfection

Using props or models in listing photos is sometimes effective ... and sometimes not. Stuffed bears in the bath? Cute enough to overlook. But a life-size figure of the Wicked Witch of the West? That's likely to make potential buyers turn green. Click through the gallery below to see what we mean. (Oh, and speaking of... Continue Reading »

Hoarders Don't Get Homes Sold (Listing Fails)

As #houseporn fiends and real estate junkies, there's nothing we love more than poring through fabulous home listings -- except maybe sorting through the tragically un-fabulous ones. They'll definitely make you laugh, and some of them could make you cry. Every Friday, AOL Real Estate brings you the sorriest listings we... Continue Reading »

Listing Fails: The Best of the Worst in Real Estate This Week

As #houseporn fiends and real estate junkies, there's nothing we love more than poring through fabulous home listings -- except maybe sorting through the tragically un-fabulous ones. They'll definitely make you laugh, and some of them could make you cry. Every week, AOL Real Estate brings you the sorriest listings we could... Continue Reading »

Listing Fails: The Best of the Worst in Real Estate This Week

As #houseporn fiends and real estate junkies, there's nothing we love more than poring through fabulous home listings -- except maybe sorting through the tragically un-fabulous ones. They'll definitely make you laugh, and some of them could make you cry. Every week, AOL Real Estate brings you the sorriest listings we could... Continue Reading »

Listing Fails: The Best of the Worst in Real Estate This Week

As #houseporn fiends and real estate junkies, there's nothing we love more than poring through fabulous home listings -- except maybe sorting through the tragically un-fabulous ones. They'll definitely make you laugh, and some of them could make you cry. Every Friday, AOL Real Estate brings you the sorriest listings we... Continue Reading »

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