iPhone

So, we’ve talked about the value good real estate photography can have for a listing, and how hiring a professional is cheaper than your first price reduction, right? And we’ve talked about how even though your smart phone has a camera, it’s not for listing photos, it’s for snapping pictures of your food and your dog?

Good, glad we had this talk.

Because settle in, kids, as I give you an object lesson in why we keep telling everyone to hire someone who knows what they’re doing.

Meet Nashville Realtor Miguel Calvo. Calvo published a bunch of photos for a listing, and um, one of them was not a bug, nor a feature, but a huuuuuuuuge mistake.

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headline

Oh, this is a hint.

So, hi. I hope you aren’t currently eating your breakfast, because I couldn’t put what today’s Wednesday WTF was about in the headline because, well, it’ll put you off your feed entirely.

You see, this week’s story comes from (as many of the best WTFs do) Florida, where a couple bought a luxury vacation home in West Palm Beach that they can’t even use. “Why?” you ask?

Well, it seems they have a bit of a bird problem. Now, true story, I think you all should know that birds may have everyone thinking they’re sweet and sometimes help cartoon princesses make ballgowns, but many birds are mean and evil and scary.

Nice, dress-making birds

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Taco Bell

Courtesy Taco Bell

So, if you’re not up on your fast-food news, it may indeed be new information when I tell you that Taco Bell opened a Taco Bell Hotel in Palm Springs recently.

“From check-in to check-out, The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort reimagines what a hotel stay can be, unveiling a destination inspired by tacos and fueled by fans,” a press release from the chain said. “Everything from guest rooms to breakfast and poolside cocktails will be infused with a Taco Bell twist, making this the flavor-filled getaway of 2019.”

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fierySo, say you have this listing, and it’s been pretty much destroyed in a fiery disaster at some point. And say you have access to a picture from the day it caught fire. And say you know the value of the property is in the land. 

Now, some might just list the property with say, the Google maps image. But Realtor Dylan Jaeck decided to make lemonade from his en fuego citrus, and did something a bit unconventional to make sure he could still catch a potential buyer’s attention. (more…)

Norway

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

So it turned out to be a joke, but the entire island of Sommarøy in Norway decided to pull a fast one and got dozens of media outlets to write about how they were just doing away with the concept of time.

But boy, did they have everyone going there for a minute. And they were super cool about it, too.  (more…)

Taco Bell

So, I know this is a real estate publication, but hear me out, because I am pretty sure this week’s Wednesday WTF still counts as real estate related because we all have made a run to the border to heed the siren call of Taco Bell.

It’s quick, easy to find, and when you have exactly 15 minutes at best for lunch, need some wifi too, and don’t mind spending some time in a restroom later, it’s the thing to do.

So pause before you get jalapeno up in my face about the subject matter. Also, it’s about doorknobs, and all these houses have them. So there, boom, two ways it’s connected to real estate.

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weirdWhen you’ve spent almost two years writing about the weird (and sometimes wonderful) things in the world, you get a bit of a reputation. And then because of that reputation, people send you emails with suggestions of things to write about.

And suddenly, you’ve become a hoarder of WTF. Your virtual mailbox becomes this thing with a life of its own, and you find yourself faced with a real dilemma — start throwing things away, or come up with a solution.

So this week, we’re going to clear out the old mailbag of weird so I can get to WTF inbox zero for exactly 15 minutes. Ready to read? Let’s go. (more…)