Truth in advertising?

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Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty West CalBRE #01458572

Truth in advertising?

I was doing a lot of real estate reading late last night and found a nice slide show of what obviously was a foreclosed property.

There were a few slides that I would have left out unless you're 200% behind truth in advertising. This was the slide that most offended my real estate agent marketing senses:

http://www.missionvalleycondos.info


I'm not quite sure what that slide is supposed to say to the viewer: hole in the ceiling, foreclosure, needs a little TLC?


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Rainer
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Patty Luther
Lewiston ID Real Estate, Idaho-Washington
Rock-n-Roll Realty

~ looks like it needs some work!  a little sweat equity!

October 16, 2010 03:21 AM
Rainer
129,442
Maureen Fukumoto
Maureen
Help-U-Sell Realty Pro

Holes in the ceiling are never a good sign but if priced right someone will want it.

October 16, 2010 04:50 AM
Rainmaker
591,494
Laura Giannotta
Your Realtor Down the Shore!
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore

Is that an electrical outlet in that hole?  Well, at least the potential buyers won't say, "They didn't show this in the pictures!"

October 16, 2010 05:44 AM
Rainmaker
50,461
Lynn M. Bower
PA, ABR, GRI, RSPS, AHWD, PMN, CNE
John R Wood Realtors

Jim~ wouldn't it be funny if it were animated and a cat stuck it's head out with a mouse in it's mouth. Honestly, I don't know what or why some agents do what they do. My favorite are the foreclosed home pictures used from the last time it was listed and in pristine condition. Truth in advertising...NOT. Have a great day.

October 16, 2010 07:04 AM
Rainmaker
968,341
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Personal Service, always.
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC

I have seen that hole before...and it was related to a previous roof leak - a repair half way done!

October 16, 2010 08:12 AM
Rainer
257,137
Charles Edwards Bentonville
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796

Jim, Yet another mystery. Why do photograph what we do?

October 16, 2010 08:34 AM
Rainmaker
711,204
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria

Yikes! That needs some TLC alright.

October 16, 2010 08:43 AM
Rainmaker
521,520
Maria Morton
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758
BHG Real Estate - Kansas City Homes

I think it's a good idea to include shots that show some of the defects in REO properties. Most of the REO's are rough and have been neglected for months. The banks aren't going to make repairs. Buyers need to understand that the house is not in perfect condition. Not showing at least one or two pictures of some of the defects is misleading.

October 16, 2010 10:15 AM
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373

Jim, maybe that was camera taking pictures?     Definitely a strange photo to take at a listing!

October 16, 2010 11:50 AM
Rainmaker
309,182
Liz Flint
Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066
Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty

Hi Jim, I'm guessing that this agent must have gotten an earful before for not showing just how bad a particular property was.

October 16, 2010 12:17 PM
Rainmaker
1,199,485
Tony & Darcy Cannon
The C Team
Keller Williams Legacy

Jim, is it a foreclosure?  If not, I would advise the seller to finish whatever repair that was started!

October 16, 2010 12:20 PM
Rainmaker
437,408
E.J. "Mike" Carlier
Lakeville MN
CENTURY 21 MarketLink Realty

I've seen a lot of foreclosed property with pictures of items of interest in the listing.  If the purpose is to give a prospective buyer an idea of what work needs to be done, it's probably appropriate. 

October 16, 2010 02:13 PM
Rainmaker
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Carra Riley
CRB, CRS, GRI
Author, Speaker, Consultant, Carra Riley Inc.

Jim...I think pictures which depict the condition of a property are appropriate.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words!

October 17, 2010 12:07 PM
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Chris Ann Cleland
Associate Broker, Northern VA
Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA

Maybe it means, leak has been fixed and mold remediated.  Who knows.  It baffles me what agents will take pictures of.

October 17, 2010 12:27 PM
Rainmaker
147,088
Sonsie Conroy
Energetic, Knowledgeable Realtor
I list and sell everywhere in San Luis Obispo County

I think probably the photograph was to indicate an electrica outlet is available for a ceiling fan, light  fixture, etc. I can't be sure, but it looks like one of those heavy-duty outlets, maybe for 220? Not a pretty sight, but perhaps useful to a prospective buyer.

October 17, 2010 06:19 PM
Rainmaker
232,448
Mike Martin
The TCR Group - Keller Williams Realty
(909) 476-9600 ~ www.WeLoveFontana.com

That might not be so bad with an explaination - like Chris Ann said, maybe it's proof of something positive. Just the picture though... Gives a really bad impression!

October 19, 2010 03:32 PM
Rainmaker
444,363
Gay E. Rosen
Honest, Hardworking and always Professional!
Houlihan Lawrence

Hi Jim - How about "Room with a View?"  Bset, Gay

October 20, 2010 03:47 PM
Rainmaker
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Dave Miller
RE/MAX Real Estate Dumont,NJ - Bergen County, New Jersey Homes for Sale
RE/MAX Integrity, Dumont, NJ 201-385-8100

Jim, I've taken some shots like this one... - with an explaination, when I'm selling a home 'as is' that needs alot of work....Just to save agents/buyers time that would not want to tackle repair issues...

October 22, 2010 07:59 AM
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Jim Frimmer
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist
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Hey, everyone.

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