Brisbane Real Estate Ad Slammed over Botched Photoshop Job

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05 Dec
2018

A Brisbane real estate ad has gone viral for all the wrong reasons.

The ad, posted by RayWhite Toowong on realestate.com.au, is of a waterfront property facing the Brisbane river on Sandford Street, St Lucia.

“Perfectly situated on the bend of the Brisbane river, this is a unique opportunity to purchase into a tightly held community,” the ad said. “Boasting uninterrupted views across to the CBD and beyond, this is ideally placed for buyers looking to downsize without compromise.”

However, a Reddit user spotted glaring irregularities on one of the pictures.

“Looking for a laugh?” the user wrote. “Check out [the listing] and try and spot obvious photo shot f—ups.”

A bird-view picture of the property showed the Brisbane river, also known as the “brown snake”, being unusually blue, save for a section that shows its real colour.

Many users on the thread laughed off the sloppily edited picture, while some questioned whether photo manipulation as such is legal.

According to the Australian Consumer Law, real estate agents may be penalised for making misleading representations with a fine of up to $220,000 for individuals and $1.1 million for corporations.

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The new picture on the property’s listing.

Since the post went up, the picture on the listing has been replaced with another one that represented the river’s colour more accurately.

A Ray White agent told News.com.au that he wished “not to comment” on the matter.