OOPS! - The Map Coordinates In The REALTOR® MLS Were "999"

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Marine Jet at Marine Museum


Here in the mid-Atlantic region we, like many real estate associations, have map coordinates in our MLS listings. Its' purpose is twofold
  • It enables me to quickly zero in on a property's general location
  • It facilitates arranging listings for ease of travel with my clients
Many REALTORS® are either too inexperienced or too careless to locate and enter the map coordinates. Hence, the ever misleading "999" entry that tells me I may be dealing with a REALTOR® who doesn't take his or her client obligation very seriously.

While arranging listings for a client coming in from The Netherlands there was a listing with a map coordinate - it was in the middle of the 15,000 acre Prince William Forest Park and not very helpful, either

You depend on your REALTOR® to put forth maximum effort to market your home. The very least you should expect is that they use all the tools made available to them to accomplish that goal. After all, it's impossible for me to sell your home if I can't find it.


The plane in the photo above is hanging beneath the spire in the rotunda of the National Museum Of The Marine Corps in Quantico. The map coordinate in the REALTOR® mapbook is 24D8. It's a lovely place to visit - there just aren't any homes there and it's a lousy place to fly an airplane

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Andrew  I don't know if it's stress vertigo, but it is a lack of marketing "savvy"

May 26, 2010 06:43 AM
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Wallace  That certainly is a lot more productive and better service to the property owner

May 26, 2010 06:44 AM
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Fernando  GPS is wonderful, but the initial planning of general travel order can be accomplished with a mapbook

May 26, 2010 06:47 AM
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Karen, we don't have that in our MLS but I got a chuckle out of Gita's response.  FAR too often I've seen wrong directions on the MLS.  You are so right in that some agents are just plain lazy and don't take the time to do what's needed!  Folks in Prince William, Fairfax & Stafford Counties are very lucky to have you and Art to rely on as their REALTORS®

May 26, 2010 09:34 AM
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Lee and Pamela  The sad truth is that it happens far too many times.  Karen

May 26, 2010 11:58 AM
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Jeff&Grace Safrin
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Great point Karen - we are able to move the marker on the map in our mls right over to the proerty ( I like to put the marketr in the front yard :) - takes time to do so but it's well worth it as the auto map location default is often times incorrect!

sincerely,

Grace

May 27, 2010 11:31 AM
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Grace  We have the capabiliity to do the same in our MLS

May 27, 2010 01:45 PM
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Lori Cofer
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Karen,

 

I agree.  It is important that as REALTORS® we act as professionals who put forth maximum effort. 

 

Lori

May 27, 2010 05:28 PM
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Lori  It is a shame everyone doesn't have your attitude

May 27, 2010 06:32 PM
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Karen - First of all, I love the photo!  It's impressive!  And, I couldn't agree more when it comes to acting as professionals and demonstrating maximum care!

May 27, 2010 10:49 PM
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Myrl  The dome's architecture is very photogenic and I appreciate your comment  Karen

May 28, 2010 06:50 AM
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Karen, we also have the map code feature.  Unfortunately, there are plenty of properties entered into the MLS with incorrect codes or otherwise incorrect information that cause those properties to fall off the list when you do a somewhat specific search. 

The photo is stunning!  What a great perspective.  Have a great weekend!

May 29, 2010 07:36 AM
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Silvia  It is a shame that it impacts negatively on the client  .  I like the Photo, too :)  Karen

May 29, 2010 09:04 AM
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Bruce Walter
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Hi Karen,

We have a pretty good connection on our MLS sheet with Google maps and that is what I rely on. 

Love the Harrier jet and the backdrop of the spire.  Very interesting and appealing photo!  Those Harrier jets are the loudest of any I have ever heard when they are hovering. 

I like your flag to honor our veterans for the Memorial Day weekend.

May 29, 2010 06:13 PM
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Bruce  I always enjoy your visits - they are so complimentary  :)  Karen

May 29, 2010 06:26 PM
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Karen I love the photo and I like the statement you made about it being a losy place to fly or plane.  On a serious note misdirecting potential buyers can be harmful to a seller.

May 31, 2010 11:53 PM
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Jennifer  There is too much incompetence in our business today

June 01, 2010 10:30 AM
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Stacy Magid
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Map coordinates are a thing of the past and probably should be removed as a mandatory field from our MLS.  They were based on the old ADC Map books which are rarely used today.  Good directions are far more important these days. 

June 01, 2010 03:29 PM
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Stacy  They serve the purpose of giving general location to quickly sort listings  Good directions are important s well

June 01, 2010 03:40 PM
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Karen  You did an excellent job on this post - I enjoyed reading the varied comments

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