Cat Litter? Brick Walls? What Is This Agent Thinking?

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Okay, here we go again: photos from the Real Estate Crypt. Here is another moderately priced home, $325,00. And here is not just another amateur photography job BUT! we have glowing cameos of the cat litter box that shouts THIS HOUSE WILL PROBABLY SMELL OF CAT PEE! We have a close up of the mail box, one of the most important rooms in the house. We have an open toilet with a wooden seat, a crammed kitchen, and oh yes: we have lovely exterior brick. All in Lake Highlands (cough cough) Estates.

655 Peavy brick wall

People, I do not want to be mean. I am sure this house has challenges, to put it mildly. It is begging for major surgery. But in a digital world, don’t you want to at least put on a little bit of lipstick? 

“Great spot on Peavy across from Hexter Elementary. Backyard is full of greenery with enclosed chicken coop. Add some updating and youlove love to make this your home.” Updating? Try a blow torch. I don’t know if there are good bones to this house because I cannot see them, only a brick wall and a concrete drive. Oh yes and one newish HVAC unit. I only know there is almost a quarter of an acre, three bedrooms, two baths, and a little over 1100 square feet where people are currently really living apparently.

Oh yes, and how can I forget? A really nice mailbox.

Nice wire hanging down the house, nicer weeds

mailbox 655 Peavy

At least there is a newish HVAC
Beautiful shot, got all the mechanicals centered
Cat bathroom
Game of Thrones room
655 Peavy LR
Nice hardwoods. And they have a bird. I’ve already forgotten the floors.
Cluttered bath with shell sink
Schitzo bath: I haven’t seen a shell sink since 1982.
Cluttered kitchen
I bet this was taken AFTER 4 hours of clean up

Hexter Elementary

655 Peavy yard

655 Peavy bushes

655 Peavy swingset
Rotting swingset, I think
655 Peavy patio
The patio
655 Peavy chicken
Roosters and your very own hen-house!


Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature, and, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

Reader Interactions


  1. mmBethany Erickson says

    How long has it been on the market? I’m wondering if it’s more of a matter of they know it’ll sell or possibly attract multiple offers regardless, so they’re not going to expend the effort?

    That being said, the mailbox? It’s not even a nice mailbox? It’s big, but not big enough to add square footage.

  2. bjf says

    Why didn’t they just do a single shot of the front of the house instead of disgust buyers with the most IDIOTIC real estate photos ever?

    Did they do this on purpose??

  3. dormand says

    This is suggestive of the customer satisfaction culture that prevailed in the old Soviet Union.

    It appears that the Realtor used his wife’s nephew as the photographer, with said nephew well
    earning the distinct nomenclature of unconsciously incompetent.

    It appears that there is an arbitration niche available in the DFW Region, in which the residential
    liquidity participants have not yet adapted the the 180 degree change in the market from its long
    time status of a “buyer’s market” to one common to other key corporate employment center of being
    most definitely a “seller’s market”.

    Incidentally, this house as pictured would be a starter house worth about $1.2 million and there would be a ton
    of would be buyers placing sealed bids for it.

    I suggest that what Candy has presented here is the Realty equivalent to a wedding photography shot sent to the Bridal section of the NYTimes showing the radiant bride with spinach between her two front teeth.

    It appears that the Realtor and the photographer had decided that tne niche of the market that this property was a good fit for are the guys at Homevestor. Anyhow, the owner probably will not have to pay a ton of capital gains tax on the sales proceeds.

  4. mmJoanna England says

    So, I drive by this house almost daily. The yard is almost always full of junk and unkempt. It’s also on a corner, I believe. There is no way they’re getting $325,000 for this house. No way in hell.

    • Dani Hanna says

      Thank you! On it’s very best day, this property might sell for $230,000 as it’s direct comp did across the street. Fortunately, the comparable had a side street on and off of Peavy and wasn’t situated right in front of a stop sign where traffic routinely stacks up by a dozen or more cars. When agrents list properties $100,000 OVER their comparables, they should be removed from the MLS. This is becoming a common practice by some agents who absolutely know better, just to get a listing.

  5. dormand says

    It is important to determine who could most benefit from owning any given home and for whom it would be
    a good fit.

    This particular one might be best for the Homevester portfolio.

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