Birmingham Real Estate: You've Got Options: Is Your Listing Pretending to Be For Sale?

Is Your Listing Pretending to Be For Sale?

Is Your Listing Pretending to be For Sale?

BLiz's post (Move Along, There's Nothing To See Here!) served as a catalyst for this post.  BLiz talked about poor photos and no photos at all on an MLS listing.

There are other ways that listing can be disguised as homes for sale.  Here are just a few examples:

  1. Grossly overpriced listings
  2. Lack of creativity in descriptions
  3. Not enough info about the home itself in the description
  4. No description at all
  5. Lack of home features (where specific fields are available)
  6. Contact info of agents that never answer or return calls
  7. Incorrect lockbox codes in agent notes
  8. Unreasonable showing instructions (i.e. available to show ONLY on Mon and Wed between 1pm and 3pm)

2720 KitchenClearly the best listings have

  • Great photos that invite the buyer into the house.
  • Descriptions that go far beyond "won't last long" and nothing or not much else
  • Showing instructions with short notice were possible and not limited to specific windows of time

NOTE TO SELLERS:  You should be just a little bit curious as to how your listing is presented in the MLS.  It's okay to check up on your listing agent to see how they are presenting your home for sale (if it really is for sale that is).

Do a Google search on your address and see where it is showing up and how it's being presented (sold) to the world.  Give credit where credit is due, but everyone recognizes a lousy job when they see it.  Buyer's agents will immediately know how committed the seller is based on the information contained in the MLS.  Above all, make sure you're not the culprit of "pretending that your home is for sale" by insisting that it's overpriced.

 

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Comment balloon 152 commentsCharita Cadenhead • September 20 2011 09:50AM

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Wow!  You are just whooping these terrific posts out there today Charita!  Love it!  Listings need great photos, great and reliable descriptions, the right exposure (as I discussed the other day), and a responsive agent!  Suggested :)!

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) almost 8 years ago

Outta of the park!

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) almost 8 years ago

From your keyboard to my customers brains. Some of the things we take for granted seller are unaware.

They should read our members only blogs for a real education.

Posted by Elizabeth Birmingham (EB Realty) almost 8 years ago

Brenda something must have kicked me in high gear.  One in conjunction with the others make the best listings.

Thank BLiz.

"They should read our members only blogs for a real education."  Elizabeth, trust me, some of them are reading our member's only post.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Charita, I am always surprised when I meet with expired sellers and I ask what they thought of their previous MLS listing? And they say that they never even saw it. What? You never Googled your own property address? Anyhow, I always send the MLS listing to the sellers asking for their approval. They like it because none of their previous agents ever bothered.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) almost 8 years ago

One other thing that has cropped up over the past year for me is "vetting" my sellers and their financial ability to actually sell their home.  Many agents are getting duped by sellers claiming they owe less then they actually do on the home, only to have to withdraw the listing after a few months on the market and facing the reality of how much their home will fetch in today's market.

Posted by Bob Zorechak - ABR, GRI, e-PRO, Sells Homes in Morris/Somerset/Hunterdon Cos., NJ (Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan) almost 8 years ago

Great Post Charita!

As a veteran Realtor of 25+ years, I know HOW RIGHT YOU ARE!!!!

I am currently working with realtors as a coach and social media assistant and can't tell you how difficult it is to pound these truths into their heads!  I hammer on the price issue and I usually end up redoing photos and tours.  It is truly amazing what is out there!  THANK YOU FOR SAYING IT SO WELL!!!!

Posted by Emily LeBow, Broker Associate almost 8 years ago

SO many properties like that down here in Miami....its so frustrating.

 

Thanks for sharing!

 

 

Posted by Josh Feygin almost 8 years ago

Hey Charita, I did a video cartoon, with the other side of the equation... the buyer.  Here is what they are thinking when the listings they are taken too aren't quite what they read or expected. 

Posted by Glenn Freezman (Nucazza LLP & Home Buying Evolution, & Family Abstract, Inc) almost 8 years ago

Charita, surprisingly enough, I have seen some of the top agents in my area TAKE those listings! (I am just talking about PRICE factor - and despite other 'ingredients' for pretensions are not there, we all know what is most important in this market.)

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 8 years ago

And how about the ones that are listed & then when you call to show it they say that it not available for showings?  So is it for sale or not?  Why put it in the MLS if it can't be shown!

Posted by Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA (Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com) almost 8 years ago

I see listings all of the time with no public or Realtor remarks........

Posted by Linda Pitts (Sue Wilkinson Real Estate, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Tammie that does not surprise me at all.  One of the things that I do is send a link each time I add some info online (i.e. a blog post, etc), so they know about my efforts.  One thing they won't questions is what I am doing to market the property.

Bob you are so right. It cost to sell a home and agents need to know if the seller can afford to sell.

Thank you Emily.  Here's the deal:  some agents are convinced that these factors don't matter or they simply don't care.

Not only is it frustrating, but it's hair pulling Josh.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Love the list.  One bad picture - you're out!  I also don't like photos that are so good they don't represent the truth.

Posted by Laura Sargent (Carolina One Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Great attention grabbing headline. made ME look, that's for sure. I love listings like you describe. Wonder where the public gets such poor ideas about real estate agents, eh?

Posted by Jon Quist, Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996 (REALTY EXECUTIVES TUCSON ELITE) almost 8 years ago

Glenn I definitely saw the truth in that cartoon.  It's time for everybody to GET REAL.  Everybody's time is valuable and no one I know likes to waste it.

Praful it seems their focus is on numbers, but apparently the wrong numbers.

Christine I know right?  You want go "huh?"

Linda those are the ones that you just want to print and mail to the seller.

Laura I know what you mean about the pictures that are unreal.  Like the ones that make a room look like it has curved walls due to photoshopping.

The only need to look at the MLS huh Jon?

 

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Great blog!  I make certain that every listing is acurately and realistically photographed.  There is nothing worse than the dismay and disappointment that a buyer feels when a home that looked "all that" on the internet is nothing like its pictures.  I also make sure that my verbal description is honest.  If it is a 'tear-down' I do not cloak it in the guise of a "fixer-upper".  Time is too valuable to be wasted on properties that are not what they are said to be.  Sometimes it is difficult to get the verbiage just right because it is a fine line with the seller who does not see the same things that buyers see.  But, to get a home sold quickly, honesty is the best policy!

Posted by Marnie Matarese, Showing you the best of Sarasota! (DWELL REAL ESTATE) almost 8 years ago

Most sellers trust that their agent knows what they are doing. This can be a costly mistake in this market!

Posted by Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent (Bayou Properties) almost 8 years ago

Great Post, Charita! It seems there are more and more "pretend listings" around. Listings without room sizes, decent photos, and other obviously incorrect or missing information are hard to get buyers interested in. I am always amazed the sellers don't make sure this is corrected. I know my clients are on top of it and I appreciate when they find an error or make a suggestion!
Bruce

Posted by Bruce Kunz, REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale (C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100) almost 8 years ago

Great blog, we need to point these things to the sellers and help them make the right decisions.

Posted by Ridhi Raheja, FHA, 203k, VA, Jumbo, PreApproval, Jumbo Home Loan (Movement Mortgage (Illinois)) almost 8 years ago

Your featured post and the one that followed yours are right on! I actually send copies of our ads to clients once they are input and ask for feedback. Some clients ask to be part of the description aspect for marketing their home and we'll comply with that request as long as it's editable and our client doesn't put in anything that violates Fair Housing laws.

Posted by Reba Haas, Team Reba, CDPE (Team Reba of RE/MAX Metro Eastside www.TeamReba.com) almost 8 years ago
Marnie I am totally with you on those description. Sometimes it just takes a little more thought, but many are just in such a hurry or excited about getting a listing at all, that they enter info and photos in a rush and from then on, it is the wing and prayer method.
Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago
They do Doug and I guess that is why they chose them. I know what you mean, but trust counts for something (just not always).
Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago
Bice it is not customary in our market to include room sizes, but yes you are correct in that there is far more info that can be included.
Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago
Ridhi I think many of us do point them out already. Sometimes it goes over well. Other times it just goes over:-).
Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago
Bruce sorry about the iPad typo (Bice instead of Bruce). The darn iPad thinks it is so smart-:).
Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago
Reba maybe I am a bit presumptuous, But I have the MLS listing with me during Phase II of the listing presentation.
Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Hi Charita - Excellent. We see this all the time, in all price ranges. Lazy, incompetent work that just never seems to be exposed for what it is - it's amazing that these agents can get away with this, but they don't ever seem to last too long.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 8 years ago

Dick some last longer than others and yet still some last forever.  But I agree that far too many are not called on the carpet for their approach to marketing via the MLS and/or elsewhere.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Pretend listing is a perfect description for some!  I remember one in our area that had an incorrect house number in the address - a house number that did not even exist!  My buyers and I finally accidentally found the house, but we sure understood why it was still available!  Hard to sell if nobody can find!

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA almost 8 years ago

Charita - I always encourage my sellers to type in their address in google after it has been posted for sale, they love to see the pages and pages of links.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA almost 8 years ago

Nancy believe it or not, I've called on expired listing sellers that didn't even know their house was listed.  Careless MLS entry.

Ssssssssynthia I periodically just send them the Google link but if I blog about them, I try do send a link so that they can see what I'm doing.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Charita - I too often wonder if sellers are checking up on their listing agents to see how they are marketing the property.  I know for a fact that a lot of REO bank sellers are absolutely clueless as to how their REO listing agents are NOT marketing the property.  Either that or the REO bank sellers just don't give a rats patooties how the property is marketed.

Posted by Donne Knudsen, CalState Realty Services (Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA) almost 8 years ago

thanks for the great post. the only thing i would add is the house must be priced right. all the marketing in the world can't sell an over priced house.

Posted by Nick Smith, Boise Idaho Real Estate, We Love Boise (Silvercreek Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

Charita. I am very familiar with what Donne in comment # 33 above is talking about hos those REOs are marketed in the MLS. If those REO banks only knew, I wander. But, back to Pretending to be for Sale, many agents are not adequately describing those listings, and there is no excuse of the lack of photos too. I always encourage my sellers to check on what I have written by sending them to Realtor.com to check out their listings.

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com) almost 8 years ago

Fantastic post. I absolutely love your title. I am going to share this at our sales meeting tomorrow.

Posted by Ken Brandon, Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage (Jacksonville, NC)) almost 8 years ago

Donne I know what you mean about REO listings, but my guess is that their are far too many REO for banks to monitor.

Nick while reading all of the good comments, you probably forgot that I mentioned that in the last paragraph.

Jerry that's all a part of seller participation and they must be participants in some form.  I know if I hired an agent to sell my home, I'd want to know.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Thanks Brandon and I love that you love it enough share it with your peers.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Charita: What an interesting topic?.. Many times when the home is expired it's not only because of the price but it's could be the marketing too. Many times, I see on the MLS only a few words describing the homes but it never tells you much. It's very difficult to know if its the home your buyer is looking for, so I have to make sure to preview the homes for my clients.

Posted by Donna Paul, Long Island Home Specialist,All About Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Gold Coast) almost 8 years ago

"Preview the homes?" You know that not previewing homes next to not listening, is probably one of the top reasons why buyer's agent take so long to find a home for their buyer.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Charita, 

There are too many pretenders!  We pass on options to list where the owners are not READY to price at the market price.  I can take great photos, do tons of SEO, blog my heart out, but if we are in pricing LA-LA LAND, the house is a pretender listing and I'll pass. 

All the best, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) almost 8 years ago

Charita - My favorite are the ones with one or no photos and no description beyond bedrooms and baths.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 8 years ago

Great post Charita. Any agent who doesn't list their cell phone number or other 'after hours' contact info is making a big mistake. Some part time agents can only call you after hours. Other agents may be showing your home after hours, and may need to reach you, either with questions or with cancellations... or even an offer! But you will miss out if you only list your office number.

Posted by Donald Reich (Prudential Centennial) almost 8 years ago

A great picture is worth a thousand words!  And no pictures--you assume there are no good shots to be had anywhere in the home.

Posted by Nancy Timberlake, REALTOR - Southern Maine (RE/MAX Shoreline) almost 8 years ago

Hi Charita--great feature post.  I always wonder if sellers look at their listing in the MLS.  And if they don't are they really serious about selling or just trusting their Realtor implicitly? 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Good morning Charita,

Congratulations on the featured post..well deserved! We always send the MLS Listing to our sellers so they can see it..I guess there are plenty of agents out there who don't do that:).

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) almost 8 years ago

Great post and totally agree with you!! The more pictures the better. When I do not see pictures, I wonder what is wrong with the house and so do my clients. I have asked the listing agent to send me more pictures and some have actually sent them!! I asked, why weren't they on the MLS?? Couldn't get an answer to that.

Above all, PRICE! You much price right to sell!

Posted by Shelly Sierra (RE/MAX Masters) almost 8 years ago
Michelle I feel a jingle coming on: Listings in LaLaland.
Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago
Christine I know right? Especially since your search was for specific number of beds and baths. Go figure.
Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago
Donald I list my office, cell and fax number and I am usually available by phone until 7 or 8 pm. I'm not a 24/7 agent so I figure my hours of availability are reasonable.
Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago
Nancy how about this: there are no words for listings with no photos nor are there any showings.
Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago
Janet I think that they are both (serious and trusting their agent).
Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago
Dorrie there are plenty of agents that don't forward the MLS listing to the seller, and for obvious reasons wouldn't you say?
Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago
Shelly I think that's the first question on all of our minds when we see little or no photo. Why in the world would an agent not upload all of the pictures if they have them? I would like to know that rationale.
Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

I am always shocked at the number of sellers who don't look up their home and see how it is marketed.

Posted by Yvette Chisholm, Associate Broker - Rockville, MD 301-758-9500 (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

I just learned that our neighbors house has been for sale since last december.  Seriously, we did not know it.

 

No sign, poor writeup, and although vacant you have to have an appointment with the seller...

 

Did I mention that this property was listed by a part-time realtor that he works with?...and should have been a quick sell?

Posted by Eve Alexander, Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers (Buyers Broker of Florida ) almost 8 years ago

Yes, there are some homes that just languish on the MLS for years.  It's a shame that the sellers just don't get it.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 8 years ago

QUickie (from a shot sale guy) - I know several homeonwers that list high as part of their deed in lieu requriement.

 

They have NO desire to go through teh NIGHTMARE that often is a short sale, have been offered 1% - 3% to move out via deed inlieu, BUT, their lender REQUIRES the property be listed for 90 days.

these listings you will often see priced high, non-descriptive, lack photos if any, primarily b/c teh agent knows he is not getting paid, and, the Seller truly has no desire to sell.

As with ANY prejudice, know the whole story before you judge!!!!

;-)

Posted by Ben Benita, Speaker, Author, Game Changer, Coach (Ben Benita) almost 8 years ago

Sorry, one more side note - there ARE of course incompetent agents that are just TERRIBLE at listings - as you note,

Homeowners - be 100% certain to view your own listing, see how it reads, how it appears to others if you are TRULY looking to sell your home!!!!

 

;-)

Posted by Ben Benita, Speaker, Author, Game Changer, Coach (Ben Benita) almost 8 years ago

It astonishes me to see listings with 1 photo. A lot of times they are short sale listings that need all the help they can get. My feeling is that the agent doesn't feel they have a chance to sell the home and they put little or no effort into the marketing.

Posted by Lynn Murphy Dickerscheid (ReMax Elite) almost 8 years ago

Good encouragement, Charita.  A poorly posted listing or poorly kept house is really just pretending.  Good stuff!

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) almost 8 years ago

Charita, Congratulations on the featured post.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 8 years ago

Great post, my favorite is when the main picture is taken with a camera phone from inside the car with a side view mirror still showing. Now thats a home pretending to be for sale.

Posted by Jeff McClintock (Weichert Realtors-Dream Achievers) almost 8 years ago

Yvette I don't think it shocks me.  I just think it's too bad that they don't.

Eve that's unbelieveable isn't it?

Gabe and we're only talking about those that have poor pics and descriptions.

Ben there are exceptions and I think that the vast majority of us recognize that.  Don't forget the title of this post is:  Is Your Listing Pretending to Be For Sale?

Lynn sometimes that is the case.

It reminds me of an old sold Mike called "You're a fake."

Thanks Gita.

Jeff those are really funny (the ones with the mirror on the picture).  Admittedly, I've had a few of those myself, but never in a million years would I have considered uploading them to th MLS.

 

 

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Sometimes I want to email the listing agent and say: "Really?  This is the best you can do???"  I just don't get it how some can be so lax... our So FL MLS is LOADED with examples... at all price points.

Posted by Chris Jenkins-Sarasota Realtor, "Expect Success" (PalmerHouse Properties) almost 8 years ago

At all price points Chris.  Poor listings know no limits.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Inability to show is the biggest thing I see. Because an agent doesn't write a page of nonsense is no big deal to me. The availability of the agent to set an appointment to show the property is a major concern. Aswer the phone is what I say.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) almost 8 years ago

Pretty timely, Charita. We have a pretty good market here in west Houston right now, so I am finding that sellers are wanting to price their properties higher than usual. I showed another agent's listing in my neighborhood 3 weeks ago and it was so much over-priced, I was curious as to why. After doing some ckg I found out that the seller had two properties, one his homestead where he was living and another that was a vacant rental and he was delinquent on both on his property taxes. My suspicion is that he just was trying to prove to his lender that he could not sell either one. Anyway, it is still on the market and my buyers are just waiting for it to go into foreclosure or short sale. Great post!!!and BTW, I am with you about not being a 24/7 agent. I too shut down at 7:30 pm unless I have a deadline expiring. If part time agents can't do business during normal 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 pm, then they should not complain when hard working full time agents have already put in a full 12 hr. day and aren't at their beck and call.

Posted by Lane Mabray/Houston almost 8 years ago

Dear Charita,

What a wonderful post. 

It is a bit frustrating when you are searching the MLS and come across the listing that has 1 picture, especially in a higher price range.  This is the fist point of contact to the listing, it should be captive. At this point I do not know the price is not good.

We do our sellers a disservice.

Thank you again for sharing.

Posted by Claudia Carrington (RE/MAX St. Croix) almost 8 years ago

On point Charita.  More often than not the listings that are poorly exposed in the MLS are the ones that my client give poor ratings to.  A little more effort can make a huge difference.  Thanks for your great post.

Posted by Lawrence Evans (Team Limejuicer/Remax) almost 8 years ago

Bill that's the bottom line isn't.  When can see the property?

Lane people's motivations vary and it's anybody's guess what the real deal is when it comes to some of these listings. If nothing else, it's a hoot to speculate.  Not a 24/7 agent?  It seems we are cut from the same cloth:-).

Claudia it is an unthinkable disservice for a seller that really wants to sell.  That's the really bad part.

Lawrence.  Effort (real effort) always makes a difference in some way.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Timely post - just finished listing a beautiful new horse farm - and sending my seller links to the two MLS listings, virtual tour, plus the three specialty sites her property is advertised on.  Her conclusion - she "fell in love with her farm" all over again!

And this afternoon I'll be driving a half hour south to take photos for one of my out of town buyers, of a home that seems to fit their criteria, but has very few photos.

All in a days work, on both ends...

Posted by Jeanne Dufort, Madison and Lake Oconee GA (Coldwell Banker Lake Country) almost 8 years ago

It can be tough trying to get a realistic asking price with some sellers, but the rest is in our control, and there's no excuse for not getting it right!

Posted by Tim Bradley, Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY (Contour Investment Properties) almost 8 years ago

I used the term- this house is impeccable- For Real!!!  Sold it in 2 days- the other agent told me that the For Real is what made them go look at the house- I got a kick out of it! 

Posted by Shanna Hall, I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311 (Real Estate Solutions) almost 8 years ago

Jeanne I hope she doesn't love it enough to take it off the market:-).  Well done.

Tim the rest is in our control.  If the price isn't right we can control whether we stay or walk away.

That's funny Shanna.  I'd be curious too.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

I often say to my Buyer clients that there are many home listed but fewer for sale.  And, I am so tired of overpriced homes that have sat in our MLS for literally years.  

Posted by Beverly Femia, Broker Realtor Stager - Greater Wilmington, NC Are (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) almost 8 years ago

Charita,

When I received my AR Daily Drop email this morning, your blog title literally LEAPED off the page. Well, almost literally! My company does all kinds of real estate marketing, which of course includes property brochures. As a result, we're exposed to every sort of "photo-taking" on a listing that you can possibly imagine.

On most of the luxury home brochures we do, the agent contracts with a virtual tour company (or other high-end photographer) to shoot the property, and the results are usually stunning! I mean...often BREATHTAKING! And it's these photographs that the agent uploads to the MLS (the ones everyone in the whole world will see).




Those kinds of photos not only make our brochures look great...but the agent's MLS entry is pretty darned impressive too. 

BUT...

We also have customers who list other types of properties. Some "not so luxurious", if you know what I mean. Obviously, it's not always going to warrant hiring a professional photographer to take photos of your listing, but sheesh...EVERY SELLER DESERVES TO HAVE PRESENTABLE PHOTOS IN THE MARKETING OF THEIR HOME! That means investing in a decent camera (you can buy a perfectly suitable camera in the $100.00 range nowadays). Contrary to popular belief, DO NOT open up the blinds to brighten the room. Digital cameras will darken the room and you'll have blinding white areas where the windows are. And try to balance the camera horizontally. So many of the photos we receive are soooo crooked, they'll make you dizzy! Lastly, a little "photo staging" can go a long way. Remove the kitchen trash can. Close the toilet lid. Etc.

And I guess if you're an agent who doesn't believe photos are necessary to sell a home, try selling your car on eBay without pictures. It won't work.

Great post Charita (sorry to hog up so much room...it seemed relevant).

Dave 

Posted by David Daniels (Owner of FlyersToYou, Inc. and former Top Realtor) almost 8 years ago

And years, and years Beverly.  That's a clear sign that they are not really for sale.  Not for real, real.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Very good reminders. This is slightly off the subject,but it is related. Why do many agents put up rider signs that read, "Sold" after their listings go into escrow. House aren't sold until escrow closes. Therefore, the "Sold" rider sign is a flat out lie. The real estate industry doesn't need any more lies or misleading information. There should be some policing of this, like from the DRE or CAR or the local r.e. boards. But they turn their heads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flavia Brown, Realtor, The Real Estate Group, Torrance, CA

Posted by Flavia Brown, Realty One Group United (310-374-9093) almost 8 years ago

Can you imagine agents posting the listings in the MLS and their Broker allowing such actions? Poorly trained agents and incompetent Brokers, Absolutely amazing!

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) almost 8 years ago

Great post. It seems agents get lazy about writting descriptions especially when it's a short sale. And some of those photos...

Thanks

Posted by Chris Curcuru, The Home Staging Realtor (Verdugo Properties) almost 8 years ago

Wonderful post - I get emails and phone calls all the time requesting I send buyers interior photos because the listing agent didn't bother to take any.

Posted by Terry McCarley, REALTOR, SRES, CDPE - Cape Coral, FL (REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL) almost 8 years ago

Thanks for the tip Dave.  I didn't mind the hogging.  The photos are beautiful and the homes are beautifully illustrated.

Flavia I am sure that there is some policing and I believe that local boards rely on us to police as well  Are you doing your part to report?

Kimo I don't believe that there is any excuse for poor photos and sorry listing descriptions.  It's a question I've never asked, but I wonder how many brokers have staff that police every listing? Certainly the broker says tasks that rank a bit higher to the point where s/he can't do it themselves.

Chris on the other hand, with some of the descriptions that I've read, the agent would probably be better off not writing a description:-).

 

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Good Stuff! Our area, Phoenix AZ, has a lot of bank owned homes and short sales (about  50% of our active listings).  Most are vacant so you think they would be easy to show. Nope! Instead putting an electronic lock box so any realtor with a electronic key can get in, they install combo boxes, because they are cheaper. And then instead of putting the combo in the MLS so it is easy to obtain, they tell you to call for the code, and as you said, they don't answer the phone! Very Frustrating!

Posted by Neil & Carol Veneroso (West USA Realty, Surprise & Sun City AZ) almost 8 years ago

What a great post! 

Posted by Anne Oliver almost 8 years ago

I find it astounding that with all the technology available today, many listings contain poor pictures, shoddy descriptions and misspellings. Good post.

Posted by Patrick Kelly Kemah Properties almost 8 years ago

Neil not only that, but sometimes you get a laundry list of possible codes when you call (1234, if that doesn't work try 4556, or this on 9877, etc).

Thanks Anne.

I guess to some, technology is a good and bad thing Patrick so some people just choose not to take advantage of what's available.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

It is astounding that, with today's available technology, so many listings contain shoddy descriptions, bad pictures and missing information. What kind of first impression does that give the potential buyer? Good post.

Posted by Patrick Kelly, Kemah Properties (Kemah Properties) almost 8 years ago

Charita, I am constantly amazed at the lack of good and effective marketing in listings by other agents around the country.  I truly wish sellers would do more due diligence when selecting their agent, because it makes all the difference. 

Posted by Chuck Marunde, Sequim Real Estate Broker (Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Great points, Charita - thanks for sharing, good information for all parties!

Posted by Bill Blankenship (Lisa Von Domek & Associates, LLC / Real Living Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

Charita,

Great post! Right on the money! From time to time, I'll run across a listing that pops up in a search for a buyer. If that listing has no pictures (or only a couple exteriors), I'll email that listing agent and say something like "just wanted you to know I ran across your listing and thought it might be something my client would like. However, with no pictures, it's impossible to tell. With so many listings on the market, we're moving on to others with more pictures.  If you get around to taking interior shots, let me know. Thanks!"  They always call or email immediately, promising to get pics within a few hours.  "sorry - too late!"  Excellent post.  Listing agents need to work harder to sell their properties!

Posted by Mary Braaten, Relax, I'll handle it! (Advantage Realty Group, Inc) almost 8 years ago

The biggest issue I see in our MLS is lack of photos, however, it seems to be realtor specific.  I have taken several listings recently where the inside just wasn't ready for photos.  In each case, the seller's have pleaded with me to list it anyway and then post the inside photos when they get everything ready.  I have complied with this request, but I also include the following disclaimer in the public remarks:  "Inside Photos Coming Soon!"  As soon as I have the inside photos, I change the disclaimer to "Inside Photos Now Available!"

Posted by Brad Baylor (ERA Coup Agency) almost 8 years ago

It seems odd that you need to tell Sellers to look up their house on google - odd, but so true. In our recent house hunt, we saw lots of properties that were pretending to be for sale. Selling a house in today's market is like trying to find a new job. It's not enough to have a resume, it's got to be "optimized" for the internet search engines to find it. Houses for sale need to have optimized listings on the internet, or they just get lost in the mix.

Posted by Kim Davis (available for employment) almost 8 years ago

Very good post. 

I am amazed how many people do not do the basics to promote the home.  Very well said on all points.

Tony

Posted by Tony Barker (Premiere Home Realty - Tony Barker 832-867-0835) almost 8 years ago

  1 through 8 says it all...

Posted by Michael Singh,Broker (Singh Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

I cannot agree more. The only thing I would add are the properties that are listed as short sales and are really on the market to position themselves for loan modifications.

Great post!

Posted by Dana Hollish Hill, Lead Associate Broker (Hollish Hill Group, KW Capital Properties) almost 8 years ago
Seriously. How hard is it to take a few decent photos and write intelligible comments? Ive seen a pic of the portable spa used as a primary recently in a Del Webb. There is just no excuse for terrible or missing pics.
Posted by Joy Tiz, SFR (Desert Homes & Land Inc, Palm Desert, CA) almost 8 years ago

Bad photos are sometimes just the start & then it's all downhill from there. I'm not sure why agents do this stuff such as not having the time to check the correct boxes for features in the listing.  Check the box might break a nail?

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) almost 8 years ago

I agree - smart sellers will check up. But then, smart sellers will have checked ahead of time to see how the agent presents ALL of his or her listings.

Some friends of mine had their place for sale a few years ago and no action at all. So he had his sister call on the MLS ad. Imagine how angry he was when the agent immediately told his sister that she "Didn't want" that property, but he had others that would suit her.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) almost 8 years ago

GROSSLY OVER PRICED = AGENT THAT LIED

No agent that is truthful will accept a grossly over priced listing. It is the agents that tell the owner, "sure, I can get you $$$$$" for this home when it is only worth $$. I lost a client to such an agent. I told the owner that the home was in the $550,00 to $600,000 range TOPS and at that they needed to spend $30,000 to add a garage because it was an acre of land and almost 5000 sf with no garage. Another agent told her that they could get $770,000 and that she did not have to build a garage to do it...

The home is still sitting costing her $5,000 a month in carry costs.

Posted by Richard Foster, J.D., Broker Owner - ABR/M, CREN, CRS, GRI, RRG, SFR (Nevada Perfect Homes) almost 8 years ago

Thansk Patrick.  Sometimes in haste, the job only gets half done.

Chuck when selecting an agent, due diligence ends with the selection and much of the time, a seller can't tell if they've enlisted the aid of the wrong agent until after the fact and at that point, the due diligence continues in the selection of another agent.

Thank you Lisa.

Mary I guess that puts a little fire under their butts huh?  Either that or smoke starts coming from their ears.

But the ghing is Brad, how many potentials buyers has the listing lost by not having enough photos at the time of entry into the MLS (or immediately thereafter).

Kim I have to remember that not all sellers are tech or computer savvy and the internet and email are not a part of their routines.  For those I might be able to understand. But for the tech savvy sellers that we are always talking about, it can seem a little surprising.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Tony these days nothing should surprise us.

#8 is the killer of all deal killers Michael.  Can I see the house?

Dana that can be very frustrating.  The MLS can be manipulated in so may ways.

Joy doesn't seem like an extremely difficult task to me.

Might break a nail.  I had to laugh out loud on that one Lyn.

Marte sellers do that more often than we know (secret shoppers that is) and who can blame them.

Richard, overpriced listings end up in the MLS for a variety of reason.  However, there is no such thing as a good reason for an overpriced listing.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Then of course the issue is laziness or is it something more sinister?  I often wonder

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

I am not sure about "Lack of creativity in description". I think we see here too much creativity in description, and it is often smoke and give little or nothing to Agents and Buyers.

Like "watch dolphins play", incredible sunsets, sunrises, and everything  is great, great , great ,great...

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) almost 8 years ago

I really enjoyed your post. I once had a seller who was "pretending to be for sale" She and her husband were looking to move to their "second" home together (an upgrade of sorts) ... no children, just pets so in their words they weren't "pressed for time with a school schedule". They didn't want a for sale sign because the neighbors were nosey! I explained those were the best kind of neighbors since they will be spreading the news all over & help the home get sold. They were stubborn when it came to price reductions discussions and they "didn't NEED to sell right away and they could wait it out". The home did not sell and I suggested they enjoy their home until 2014 when we "think" the economy will turn around.  

Posted by Ann Grant, SFR (KELLER WILLIAMS in CT) almost 8 years ago

I see it on the MLS all the time.  The most horrible pictures.  I always wonder if the sellers ever see their homes on the MLS, don't care, or just expect that's what they're supposed to be getting from a Realtor.  It makes us shine, however, so I hope the lazy agents keep it up.

Posted by Tom Grisak almost 8 years ago

I just knew when I saw this post yesterday that it was going to be featured Charita. Any agent that takes a listing knowing that the seller is "just pretending" is only doing themselves and their clients a disservice. But it makes us who don't look good!

 

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 8 years ago

Good points.

Posted by Jim McCormack, Nashville Short Sale REALTOR - Stop Foreclosure (Nashville Short Sale Specialist - Jim McCormack - Edge Advantage Realty, LLC - 615-784-EDGE (3343)) almost 8 years ago

Charita,

Fantastic list!  So many of my favorites made the Top Ten.

Posted by Eugene Adan, Carlsbad Real Estate (Adan Properties, Carlsbad, CA (760) 720-9710) almost 8 years ago

What a great post! It is unbelievable what some "agents" put on the MLS - or NOT put on the MLS. The cell phone photos really irk me the most. What were they thinking!? And then the Foreclosure agents who put one photo and a one sentence description. They should be "real agents" that care about their clients, no matter if it's an individual or a bank.

Posted by Linda Lane-White (Dilbeck Real Estate Real Living) almost 8 years ago

Gene it's probably both.  Sometimes agents are just so eager and excited that they have a listing, they just get a little hasty.

Jon those could be some valuable keywords if they accurately captured the essence of the property.

Ann that sounds like a listing opportunity that I would have ran away from.

Tom I imagine some do see it.  But it's all speculation on my part.

Craig it's such a waste of time and effort (everyone's time).  I knew you were psychic.

Thanks Jim.

Eugene I am sure that the list can go on and on.

Linda the one photo foreclosure has become an accepted practice.  However in our area, I am seeing more photos.  Based on their volume and the number of homes they sell, I guess they really aren't too concerned about it.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Charita--great post!  You deserve Featured Post.  I will reblog shortly.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Terrible or lack of photos and overpricing are the two biggest in problems in our market. Agents are not putting forth the extra effort it takes to get their seller's homes sold.

Posted by Sean Williams, Your Louisville Realtor (AcklesWilliams of Semonin Realtors) almost 8 years ago

Thank you Mary.  I appreciate it (and the reblog).

Sean listing needs and deserves extra effort.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Great Post !!! 

I hate to admit it, but I actually have a listing that fits in this category.  The seller thinks that it would help to sell the house if there were more and better photos and I completely agree new photos are needed.  I remind my seller that I am waiting for them to "clean up front & back yard" and do something with the inside "junk & clutter" first. After 3 attempts with the seller cancelling due to not having the home ready, I finally said call me when you're ready and that was early summer and I just heard from the sellers last week.

Also, I have repeatedly advised my seller that the house is overpriced and reminded them that they promised to lower the price within 2 to 3 weeks if no activity.  They admit that yes it's overpriced, but they need "X" amount of dollars. 

I have told my seller that this is "not a beauty contest, but a price war" which is correct for our market and now thanks to you Charita I can now add "that we're just pretending to be on the market".

Posted by Kathy almost 8 years ago

And sometimes its not on all the websites you supposedly have. What a shame.

thanks for the wordds

Posted by Brian Schulte, SFR, Sierra Vista, AZ (Allison James Estates & Homes) almost 8 years ago
Charita, Very well said. When I see listings with these things you mention, I can't help but wonder if they really want to sell!
Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) almost 8 years ago

The unrealistic showing conditions make us crazy!!

Posted by Gary & April Greer, Real Estate Professionals (Century 21 Wright) almost 8 years ago
Kathy, I beg of you. Stop hugging that listing. You will be so relieved and proud when you tell them that you think that they would be better off with another agent.
Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago
Brian even I have trouble keeping up with that. I need to work on my system.
Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago
DeeDee you just have to wonder.
Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

I won't even send a lisitng to my clinets when they don't have pictures.

To send them with fuzzy or dark pictures is not much better.

It seems it would be worth while to take that time to get decent pictures for both you and your seller.

 

Posted by Tyla Edwards almost 8 years ago

With our broker, a printout of the MLS listing must be initialed by the seller.  I encourage them to help me with the description and special features to insure everything is covered that may assist in attracting buyers.

Posted by Steven Pahl, Real Estate Consultant Tampa, FL 813-319-6423 (Keller Williams Tampa Properties) almost 8 years ago

SO THANKFUL FOR YOUR BLOG.  I see this often and I wonder do the sellers know?  They must as they all double check ? I realize people do not and it continues to amaze me why.  There is no excuse.  The pictures that are crooked, bad information or tacky information, AND OVER PRICED HOMES IS TOO MUCH! THANKS FOR POSTING!

Posted by Tamara Schuster, Realtor Broker - Naperville (Naperville Glen Ellyn Lisle Plainfield Wheaton Illinois) almost 8 years ago
Tula nothing says move on to the next house, like bad photos.
Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago
Steven sellers that I have encountered have not been very helpful in providing descriptions of their homes. However, things change and the imagination would run rampant if they saw some of the disastrous descriptions that agents have in the MLS.
Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago
Thank you Tamara. There has to be some pride in the way we represent ourselves and our clients.
Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Charita,

 

Great post!  I call expireds every day.  I love it when I see one that has expired after 1 year, with 1 photo and the remarks say "this one won't last long!"

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) almost 8 years ago

Thanks Charita. I will review my own listing to ensure that it is sans pretensions.

Best.

Maria

Posted by Maria Gilda Racelis, Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen! (Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington) almost 8 years ago

Bob I really wish agents would stop putting "this one won't last long" in the listing description.  I'm almost embarrassed for them when it's still there a year later or even worse, after it has expired.

Maria I should be doing the same thing.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Thanks Aram.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Great post. I am amazed at some of the things I run into in the MLS.

Posted by Dustin McClure (Mossy Oak Properties Outdoor Realty) almost 8 years ago

Amazed Dustin, but probably not surprised.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

This is so timely for me.  I am trying to get more information (basic information that should have been included in the MLS) for a buyer of mine.  Three days later, with no return phone call, we will just skip looking at this listing.

Only one pic, no room sizes, the description had nothing to do with the house and everything to do with an outdated financing option, it appears to be or is to be a foreclosure.  I could go on and on.  Buyers are busy, so are we.  I shouldn't have to huntdown an agent to get basic info

Posted by Kathy McGuriman, CRS, SRES, ACRE, Realtor for Lansdale, PA area (First time home buyers, downsizers,seniors,new construction) almost 8 years ago

Kathy you absolutely should not have to hunt down an agent.  More than anything else, poor communication really gets my goat.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

How right you are!  I, as the sales manager and coach for our agents, educate them on how important it is to bring this into the listing 'performance' to educate the owners as to what is really going on......

Thank you for putting it into writing!

Posted by Doreen Nystrom almost 8 years ago

LOVE IT, but how do get the message to seller?  It is also so embarrasing when a fellow agent makes these bad calls with photos , incorrect comments etc.  Often wonder if the sellers are aware of how their agent presenting the property.

Posted by Sandy Vale almost 8 years ago

Thank you Doreen. I hope they are listening.

Sandy the way to get the message to sellers is in the listing interview.  If you are fortunate enough to get an interview when the original listing expires, that would be a prime time for you to shine.  That's your opportunity to show them the difference between your marketing (MLS listing) and their previous agents or just the competition in general.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

C'mon say it! What about homes that you simply cannot get a showing appointment for at any time on any day!

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Vickie there is just no way that I could have said it better than you.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

There are a few days that I bang my head against the wall as I try to set up showings.  It shouldn't take several phone calls to line up a showing.

Posted by The Hollinden Team, Serving the Greater Louisville area (EXP Realty) almost 8 years ago

You would think it wouldn't Steve.  But unfortunately we know it's true.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Charita

I wonder what percentage of homes (too many) fall under the pretending to be for sale category and how many are in that *best listings* category you mention.

Posted by Scott Hayes, Realty Austin, Broker Associate ((512) 786-8300) almost 8 years ago

Scott I know your comment is rhetorical, but I wish there was a way to find out.  I'm sure it's probably higher than we actually realize.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

 

Charita-

Good summary--- and great idea for the owner to check the info that is being advertised about their home. Unfortunately there are some agents who do not take the sale of their client's home seriously, and the end result is disastrous and a big financial loss to the owner. Thank you for sharing this info.

Posted by DEBORAH STONE (Balboa Real Estate San Diego, CA) almost 8 years ago

Agents like the ones described in your article are the reason we get a bad rap sometimes.  Let's face it, the client is paying us a fair amount of money for the work we are supposed to provide.  If you're not going to do the work then get out of the business.

Posted by Maria Picardi Kenyon (Re/Max Tri County) almost 8 years ago
Deborah the days of just sticking info into the MLS are long gone. There has to be a continuous plan of action in place.
Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago
The fact is Maria that zero becomes a fair amount for a listing that is overpriced.
Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Charita: We had a listing that we stuck with for a year, yikes right?! This couple had the motivation, they actually broke up during the listing period and had to sell, but could never turn that motivation into actually action. During the year they rescheduled or denied more than 40% of the showings. We finally smartened up and now it is another agent's problem. We feel they were definitely pretending to be for sale. Carrie

Posted by Carrie Sampron, ABR SFR & Kathy Sampron (303) 931-3629 Highlands R (Home Smart Realty Group) almost 8 years ago
Carrie, motivation = action. Could they have been as motivated as youbthought?
Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Charita,

This expresses part of my anger and frustration when I'm searching for a home with a buyer.  Especially homes listed by "Top Producers" who play the 'Numbers Game' and list as many homes as possible hoping to spend as little time as possible selling each home.

Maya

Posted by Maya Thomas, Broker, Please see my client recommendations. over 7 years ago

Maya doesn't this just drive you up a wall.  It skews the data so badly it's no wonder we can even pull reports from the MLS that even close to being accurate.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) over 7 years ago

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