Houston Listing’s Photos Go Viral – Not For Great Photos, Either

by Houston Agent

Houston Realtor Traye Wise had no idea the photos taken for one of his listings, 5304 Michaux St., would cause such a stir. But with interior photos like the one pictured here (brought to our attention via Swamplot), how could they not?

Here’s the story Wise told Houston Agent about this property: the current tenants are being evicted, and therefore, were uncooperative in making the home look attractive to any other buyers. They refused to clean it for showings and, clearly, even refused to move when Wise and his assistant stopped by to take interior photos for the listing website; Wise said he asked the husband if he could rouse his wife from bed so they could take just one photo of the bedroom’s interior sans tenants, and while the husband allegedly told his wife to get out of bed, she refused.

“This was in no way done on purpose,” Wise said about the bedroom photo. “It was supposed to be edited to take (the woman sleeping in bed) out. It was supposed to be Photoshopped, and my assistant put it up by mistake.”

Though this photo, which has since been removed from the listing’s photo gallery and replaced with an edited one, was the worst photo of the bunch, the other interior photos aren’t all that great either – photos of the kitchen, dining area, den and other bedrooms showcase messes that prevent anyone from seeing appliances and qualities of the home. Wise admitted he knows those photos don’t depict the listing in the best light, but again, the tenants were uncooperative and refused to clean (in spite of having various cleaning products, including a mop, broom, paper towels and Clorox wipes, which are also shown in these photos). His thought was to put up the interior shots he had and return after the tenants had moved out at the end of January to take nicer ones.

However, since this listing and the bedroom photo in particular has gone viral, Wise said he plans on removing all interior photos and leaving the exterior photos only, for now.

Wise had no idea his listing would get this type of attention, and reiterated to us that he did not mean to post the photo with a tenant still in bed. “Photos of a messy house is one thing, but a person in bed is another. It was supposed to be Photoshopped.”

In fact, a Photoshopped photo has been added to the listing. That’s not a bad editing job:


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  • John Roberts says:

    I get stuff like this all the time!!!! Tenants and Real Estate are like oil and water.

  • Xan Pilgrim says:

    This is awful. I can’t believe the agent even bothered to take any photos! I would have scheduled a return trip after a serious discussion with the seller. It seems it would be in his best interest to wait to list until after the tenants were out. Otherwise it is just a waste of time, money and energy. And photoshop the tenant out of the bed, really? Can you go ahead and make it up in neutral linens while you are at it?

    I do love that some agents post photos like this- it makes my listing presentations much more enticing to sellers.

  • Greg Basso says:

    Hire a pro and show your seller that you are the true Professional. I will do it for a low end home as well and middle or high end. The only thing that is different is the amount of photo’s.

    Please do it correct the first time and put yourself above all others.

    Happy Holidays

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