The Grammar Police

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Real Estate Agent with Realty 3

I had a previous post regarding photography, the do's and don'ts. Now I am here to really focus on some personal pet peeves: grammar and spelling. I just read a listing by an agent and it made my skin crawl. I will put a few of the whoppers here:

"From the exterior and color coordinated siding enhanced by the lighting selected to make this home special for you!" << What?

"To your left & right is the parlor & dinning room," <<I guess I was absent in class the day they discussed the dinning room. I only learned about dining rooms.

"Covered in solid surface counter tops with stainless steel appliance. " <<I'm not quite sure what is covered in solid surface. Too bad only one appliance is included.

"For breakfast, lunch or diner there plenty of room for everyone to dine in sun room. " << Once again, What? And there is a diner in there?

". . . and a over sized walk in master closets." << No comment.

" . . .leads directly to the first floor laundry & onto the kitchen." <<I guess there must be some kind of landing on top of the kitchen?

"Each bedroom has their own bathroom sink & an inter connecting private bathroom" << I'm glad each bedroom has their own bathroom sink. Bedrooms appreciate a sink. I'm not even sure what an inter connecting private bathroom is. I guess it is better than a public bathroom.

"Truly this home was designed for you & the years to come." <<Truly. I hope the years appreciate it.

Oh, I love this one, "Up your oak stair case . . ." << Up yours too, buddy. 

 Ouch! Between the grammatical errors, the spelling mistakes and the poor wording, this makes my head spin. All of these phrases were taken from ONE listing and the kicker: it is for a $550,000 house.

If you aren't a writer, please, please, please, have someone write for you, or at least have someone proof it.  

So if you see spelling errors or poor grammar in any of my posts, feel free to point them out to me! 

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Rainmaker
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Jeff Kessler
Austin Homes, Realtors www.OwnAustin.com - Austin, TX
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Just like Maria said it takes "al" kinds.  Too funny.

J.

 

Oct 18, 2007 10:04 AM #3
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Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

I am the broker of our office.  I always scan the remarks of every new listing to check for spelling and grammar errors.  They are so easy to do.  Our MLS did recently come out with a spellcheck feature which has reduced errors.

Oct 18, 2007 10:10 AM #4
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Roy Kotz
NPDodge - Papillion, NE
I loved reading the examples you posted. It's hard to believe that people really post this stuff. Oh, by the way you should use "an" instead of "a" preceeding words that begin with vowels.:) 
Oct 18, 2007 10:14 AM #5
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Matt Crow
Huntley Realty - Huntley, IL
www.mattcrow.com 630-728-6051

Love it!  This is a huge issue for me!  I can't stand the way some agents pay no attention to the details! I was reviewing listings for a CMA and actually read:

"The kitchen and family rooms has a fireplace you can seen from both sides."

PLEASE!  Any 8-year-old could have done a better job!

Matt

Be of service! The rewards will come!

www.mattcrow.com

630-728-6051

Oct 18, 2007 10:18 AM #6
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John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
When agents are this careless with MLS descriptions, you really have to wonder how much attention they will give to filling out contracts. Secondly, I wonder why nobody else in that office has offered to help the agent correct their writing.
Oct 18, 2007 10:30 AM #7
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Matt Crow
Huntley Realty - Huntley, IL
www.mattcrow.com 630-728-6051

We have a fairly recent addition in our office.  She has been an agent for many years in a variety of offices.  Yesterday she got a listing that belonged to a smoker.  She asked me if I had the names of someone who could help make it more marketable.  (I'm sort of the guy who knows somebody for anything in our office!)  I handed her 3 business cards: estate sales company to clear out the furniture, painter, and a carpet cleaning company.  She was impressed, not only that I had cards to give her, but that I was so willing to SHARE!  Can you imagine?  She said that in other offices people kept such contacts to themselves!  CRAZY!

Make it a GREAT week!

Matt

Be of service!  The rewards will come!

www.mattcrow.com

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Oct 18, 2007 10:39 AM #8
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Daniel Smith
First Priority Financial - Spanaway, WA
PROUDGAY
Hi Keli,Thank you for your post! My wife is an English teacher and if I make a mistake on one of my blogs she'll undoubtably comment. I think it's important to write clearly and intelligently (even in "short" emails and blogs) for the sake of conserving our language! Have a great day, and best of luck to you! Dan
Oct 18, 2007 10:53 AM #9
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Maria Couto
RE/MAX Premier - Berkeley Heights, NJ
Realtor with "Results That "MOVE" You'
Ok Jeff, Kelly I did use spell check. It can happen to any one. All though not to the extreme you mentioned Kelly.
Oct 18, 2007 01:59 PM #10
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"Tommy" Decebal
HomeSpector Inc. 516-851-5833 - Farmingdale, NY
Adamescu Long Island NY Certified MASTER Home Insp

Hi Kelly

I like your idea to be a spell check police.

I am pretty bad at it.

Tommy

Oct 18, 2007 10:31 PM #11
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Ginger Allen
RE/MAX Advantage Realty - Annapolis, MD
Greater Annapolis Md Area

Yep - just this morning at our office meeting I asked our manager if there was any kind of policy about proof-reading our office's listings - It sets the tone for how our agents are perceived by the public and by other realtors... and it embarrasses me to no end when I see a poorly written listing out of my own office...

 And, yes, those of us who throw stones shouldn't live in glass houses... I'll assume your line about "a agent" was just a typo!  :)  

Oct 18, 2007 10:46 PM #12
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Ginger Allen
RE/MAX Advantage Realty - Annapolis, MD
Greater Annapolis Md Area
Oh by the way - when I asked my officer manager if we had any kind of proof-reading policy on our listings... her response was "No, but you're welcome to send them an email"...  <<sigh>>  I guess an office manager has only so many hours in a day...
Oct 18, 2007 10:48 PM #13
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Keli DiRisio
Realty 3 - Perinton, NY

AAAH! THanks for the catch - I had a typo myself! But you are right - I should have proofed better! I think it is a sad state of affairs nowadays. I know I am a lazy typist when it comes to personal emails and such, but when it comes to work, we should be diligent. 

Thank goodness I have all of you to proof my words! 

Oct 19, 2007 07:30 AM #14
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Diana Walkosak
Assistant Per Project - Springfield, OR

Thank you !  I do a lot of the entry for the agents on our team and am a stickler for proofing what I type.  What gets me is when you have a conflicting rules.  I've noticed a couple of times that what I was taught in school was perhaps not what someone else was taught.  As an example:  I was taught that when listing things you should separate them with a comma until the final two are separated with "and" which replaces the comma.  Someone else was taught to use a comma along with "and".  So, if you are talking about the new carpet, tile, counter tops and appliances or should you be talking about the new carpet, tile, counter tops, and appliances?

Anyway, it's nice to see other people concerned with spelling and grammar as I sometimes think I'm being dramatic or stuck up about finding errors.  It's the Virgo in me.

I absolutely agree that there should be a proof reader in every office, it does reflect on the business.

Oct 25, 2007 03:44 PM #15
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Keli DiRisio
Realty 3 - Perinton, NY

I have to admit, I do the comma before the and. English teacher in 12th grade insisted upon it! 

And nice to see the use of 'anyway' not  'anyways'! Another pet peeve of mine.

There is a good book entitled: Eats, shoots, and leaves.  (Or it may be Eats shoots and leaves) One the cover panda bears are erasing the commas, so I don't know which it is, but it is a great book on grammar.

Oct 31, 2007 01:08 PM #16
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I agree as well.  I am amazed at how many people don't use spell-check.  It truly enhances the appearance of professionalism.
Jan 04, 2008 07:47 AM #17
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Barb Hutchinson, Fruitland Idaho - Payette County homes and real estate
Silverhawk Realty - Payette, ID
www.BarbHutchinsonHomes.com
Oh my gosh, this was hilarious!  I guess they eat their diner in the dinning room, LOL!  If I were the seller, I would just die - maybe they can't spell either or their listing agent is a relative and they don't want to hurt his/her feelings.  This is SO pathetic!
Jan 04, 2008 04:44 PM #18
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Teri Deane
RE/MAX 100 - Columbia, MD
Realtor, ABR, CRS, SFR - The Deane Team

Thanks for the fun examples of goofy writing.  I see this king of thing so often that I've come to think some agents simply don't know any better (I've read some pretty incomprehensible blog comments on Active Rain too).  My personal pet peeve is when they have "you" when it should be "your" -- a common error that spell checks don't catch.  I see this everywhere -- menus, ads, marketing flyers, brochures, etc.

When it's something important (like for a client or any print piece) I proof it and then have someone else proofread it too -- as a one-time technical editor, I've found this is the best system.

As far as commas go, we all were taught to use them in many places that current style books have dropped (e.g. before "and" in a list).  A lot of times when people don't know the rules they "over comma" their writing, thinking it's better to have a few extra commas than not enough!

Jan 05, 2008 10:59 AM #19
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Keli
I agree on the commas! I worked for an ad agency for years and I was doing a big rush job and had to create an ad for Angus Beef. I did a spell check, but it (and I) never caught the 'g' I left out. I sent it to the client for approval! Luckily she had a sense of humor and didn't want to sell any anus beef. I learned to always ask someone else to proofread!
Jan 05, 2008 11:47 AM #20
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Richard Schardt
Keller Williams Realty - Kernersville, NC
Triad NC Real Estate

Hi Keli,

That was great! Thanks for the laugh that came at a great time for me today! I appreciate your great sense of humor, while you were also being serious of course. I do agree with your advise... ask someone to proof read. If you have observed that someone does not have good writing skills, that doesn't make them less of a person, just offer to help them.

Jun 04, 2008 08:49 AM #21
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Keli DiRisio
Realty 3 - Perinton, NY

I'm glad you were able to laugh! These postings are funny and always tickle my funny bone. I guess we should look at it as they are the competition . . . so we shouldn't have to worry!

Jul 29, 2008 01:59 PM #22
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