What’s Wrong with These Pictures?

By Christina Hoffmann Spira, REALTOR® Magazine

There’s no better—or briefer–way to describe this book, than to show you a few of the images that author Martin Poriss, a broker and business development consultant, has amassed in Real Estate Bargains: Homes You Can Afford But May Not Want (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho: Century Publishing Co., Inc., 2000, $19.95).

The coffee table-style paperback, his humorous collection of off-the-wall property photos and ‘listing’ captions, is mostly funny. A few of the images were clearly photographed at disaster sites, which may seem more morbid than comic.

Still, the book makes for a memorable closing gift. Or maybe it’s worth keeping in your car to entertain tense buyers, stunned by the lack of affordable homes available today.

Tenants Now Vacating: Just hanging around waiting for the moving truck. The next move is yours. Photo: Martin Poriss

Tenants Now Vacating: Just hanging around waiting for the moving truck. The next move is yours. Photo: Martin Poriss

Douglas Fir Interior Split-level home . . . woodsy feeling throughout. Free firewood included. Photo: Bob Linnemann/Valley Press

Douglas Fir Interior Split-level home… woodsy feeling throughout. Free firewood included. Photo: Bob Linnemann/Valley Press

Commuter’s Dream. Easy freeway access along with an unusual view. Look down upon a fast-moving, year-round stream. Never boring. A large home for those who like to live life in the fast lane. Photo: Jim Gensheimer/San Jose Mercury News

Commuter’s Dream. Easy freeway access along with an unusual view. Look down upon a fast-moving, year-round stream. Never boring. A large home for those who like to live life in the fast lane. Photo: Jim Gensheimer/San Jose Mercury News

Photo: Taufek H. Ramsey

If the Shoe Fits! Tie up the deal. Designed for a straight-laced pastor who was really big into saving soles. This home’s tongue-in-cheek features will wear quite well. Present tenant: an old woman with so many children. Photo: Taufek H. Ramsey

Photo: M. Athar Chaudhry

Catch of the day? Home with distinctive character. Unusual head room in the attic. Unique television antenna brings in all Cousteau series. Don’t let this be the one that got away. Photo: M. Athar Chaudhry

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