Never trust a pen-and-ink real estate drawing

On the left, we have the image that was published with the listing for the new property. On the right, a picture of the actual place. While the pen-and-ink drawing makes the property look quite attractive, the photo fails to make the place look as decrepit and sad as it appears when you actually walk around it.

For example, you can’t see that the rails on the steps are wire-wrapped onto their posts. The photo also fails to show that most of the left side of the house in the drawing is invisible from the street, as zero lot lines cause the neighbouring property to abut it.

In summary, if you’re in the market to buy a place and you see a listing with a drawing in place of a photo, it’s best to assume there’s a very bad reason why you’re seeing a drawing.

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