Funny Showing Instructions

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Real Estate Agent with http://www.CapeGroup.com & http://www.REindex.com 9023635

I had to throw my head back and laugh at this one. WYSIWYG pictures and hilarious showing instructions make this one good for a giggle. The house is in an estate.  The contents are strewn throughout, the landscaping hasn't been maintained, and the building needs a BIG hug (TLC).

What made me laugh are the showing instructions that are for other agents and brokers: "Call us to let us know you're going in case we need to send out a search party." The public description is pretty clear for buyers, too.  "Why so cheap? Well here's the bad news: It needs lots of work and is overgrown and is therefore priced at lot value. There's lots of rotted trim, mold and other creepy stuff and the lucky new owner gets the property strictly as is which includes clutter out of a scene from some hoarders TV show (there might just be a treasure under there somewhere!) No record of any septic work ever being done. If you're game for a challenge this just could be the bargain you've been waiting for."

At least he is straight forward from the start!

 

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Ambassador
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Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 800-610-7253 DRE01267479 - Costa M

This is funny.  At least you don't have to pick through the puffery to the reality.

August 18, 2010 12:40 AM #40
Rainmaker
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Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Would it be that more listings were so truthful -- there are so many that say things like "view" and you go there and wonder what on earth they were thinking.

August 18, 2010 01:00 AM #41
Rainmaker
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Elite Home Sales Team
Keller Williams Realty - San Clemente, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

That tops any I have seen here.  The agent does have a sense of humor.

August 18, 2010 01:28 AM #42
Rainer
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Kathy Kenney
Keller Williams, Princeton, NJ - Robbinsville, NJ
Realtor - Princeton & Central NJ Homes for Sale

Truth in advertising - gotta love it!

August 18, 2010 07:39 AM #43
Rainmaker
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Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Heath that is one of the better descriptions I have ever heard! Is there too much truth...only the seller would know:)

August 18, 2010 07:52 AM #44
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Very funny!  I am one of your Re-Bloggers. Thank you.

Most sellers would put the kabash on such truthiness.

August 18, 2010 08:23 AM #45
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I wonder how most agents would have written this description.

August 18, 2010 09:48 AM #46
Rainmaker
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Dan and Amy Schuman
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Solon, OH
Luxury Home Specialists

I like the brutally honest description and would love to see more agents use this approach, although most sellers probably wouldn't allow it. I would be curious to see what kind of reaction the agent gets.

August 18, 2010 11:11 AM #47
Rainmaker
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Connie Johns
Transaction Realty - Toledo, OH
Toledo, Ohio Area Real Estate

The honesty and humor are sure to entice that buyer looking for a deal.  We all know that "needs a little TLC", "build equity with your sweat", "handymans dream" all mean the same thing...so why not just say it!  Thanks for sharing and KUDOS to the author!

August 18, 2010 11:42 AM #48
Rainmaker
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Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Heath,  Don't know about you but this ad would be a sure fire attraction for me.  I like the candid nature coupled with a dry sense of humor !

August 18, 2010 12:23 PM #49
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Lesley Wagstaff
Re/Max Results Realty in Vancouver, BC - Coquitlam, BC
For Real Estate and Mortgages

Hilarious, made me laugh too.  I have shown a few listings like that and I did not have the warning first.  Kudos to the agent for being honest!!!

August 18, 2010 01:35 PM #50
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Back when I was flipping properties, that would have piqued my interest and I would have headed right over there.

August 18, 2010 02:02 PM #51
Rainer
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Phil Cogan
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Coral Springs, FL

Too funny. I just wrote a blog about not enough information on listings. Now I read this.

August 18, 2010 04:17 PM #52
Rainmaker
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Bernadine Hunter, SFR, ACRE
Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - Reynoldsburg, OH
"Finding Solution to Your Real Estate Needs"

Well at least he told the truth and didn't raise any unrealistic expectations.

August 18, 2010 05:56 PM #53
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This is great! Loved it. Thanks for sharing, Heath!

August 18, 2010 05:59 PM #54
Rainmaker
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Evelyn Johnston
Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Super Agent, Probably the Best Agent in the Galaxy

And you know what else?  It is just what someone else is looking for.  You just have to find that person!

August 18, 2010 09:28 PM #55
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Judy Jennings
508-209-5000 - Plymouth, MA
Sales Director

Heath - Did you show the property and live to tell about it? You seem to be MIA... is everything okay? Hello.... quick, somebody call the search party!!!! LOL

August 19, 2010 08:33 PM #56
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Latonia Parks
Top Bragg Realty, Fayetteville NC, Home of the 82d ABN DIV - Fayetteville, NC
Military Relocation Expert

I, too, am at a loss for those comments.  I guess he was counting on a 50/50 response to sell.

August 19, 2010 11:55 PM #57
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Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker
http://www.CapeGroup.com & http://www.REindex.com - Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker Robert Paul Properties

I'm still here.....  grin  : )

August 20, 2010 10:24 AM #58
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Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group - Westwood, MA
"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

"AS IS" For sure. Thanks for a not so boring description with all the "puffery" taken out.

August 23, 2010 07:40 PM #59
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