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 models, we have a much steamier NSFW gallery of human models in listing photos here.)
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We like "The Wizard of Oz" as much as the next person. But we wouldn't hide the Wicked Witch of the West at the top of the stairs, where she can scare the wits out of potential buyers. "My interest in this house is melting! Melting!" (Thanks to Hooked on Houses.)
Well at least visitors don't have to worry about Lord Voldemort and other dark wizards: This house has a life-size cutout of the Boy Who Lived to protect it.
We mean that literally. If you're interested in this home, you'd better be prepared to drink a lot of coffee, or else be haunted by a Freddy Krueger nightmare. (Thanks to Hooked on Houses.)
The seller would probably like you to notice this home's ample deck space and stone facade -- but we can't take our eyes off the dead critter this guy is holding. (Thanks to Hooked on Houses.)
If it were a 5-year-old buying this house, then perhaps it would be appropriate to use a stuffed bear in every single photo of the listing. But since we're all adults, it just gives us something to make fun of in this gallery. (Thanks to Hooked on Houses.)
If you're as soft as a teddy bear, maybe the wood floor is actually a comfortable place to sleep.