C'mon agents. We can do better than this!

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Real Estate Agent with Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI
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C'mon agents. We can do better than this!

About a week ago, I scheduled an appointment to show a rental property of another company. I usually have my leasing specialist take care of these but it wasn't too far and it got me out of the office a little early that day.

Anyway, I show up at the house to meet the prospective renter. She was with her sister and her younger son. They were all pretty nice people.

Then, we went into the house.

Front Front close up

The first thing to greet us was the odor. I couldn't tell right away what it was, but turned out to be an incredible combination of animal feces and urine, wet dog, dirty clothes piled in multiple places and dirty dishes, beer cans and food all piled on the counter and in the sink.

I'm only happy that we went in for one reason. So I could get these pictures! Check them out below.

Living room   Bedroom   Other Bedroom   Bathroom

Kitchen floor   Basement   Kitchen counter   Basement other

As a real estate agent, I'm disturbed that someone, anyone, would put this house on the market before it's completely cleaned out. I understand if you're still moving furniture and some other things out, but this place was disgusting.

I called the listing agent afterward and asked why they didn't wait to clean it before letting people in to see it? His response: "Your people should be able to look beyond the condition of the house. Are they still interested?"

How many people do you think that client told about their experience and that house?

I'm sure you'll agree with me when I say...

C'mon agents. We can do better than this!

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Rainmaker
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Diane M. Phillips
Realtor 443-286-4365
Frankly Real Estate Inc.

Eric ~ Disgusting, gross... yes there are those special few who I have trouble believing they even visited the house before they listed it.

November 13, 2011 11:25 PM
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Kathy Sheehan
Movement Mortgage 770-634-4021

Obviously we can't experience the "smell" of the property, so I will take your word.  That agent should have known better.  (I am sorry to say, that isn't the worst condition I have ever seen).

November 14, 2011 03:46 PM
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Eric Michael
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI

Diane, or they just "assume" it'll be taken care of before the first showing.

Kathy, you're lucky!

November 14, 2011 07:14 PM
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Janis Borgueta
LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115

I think it does matter where you live as to the condition of what homes will look like on the inside. I went into an estate sale home today. The children live far, and they are not getting much out of the proceeds on this. The house was lived in for 50 years, and needs a lot of work. No way would just taking out a few things matter much, and they don't want to be bothered as they live far way.

Yes, it is reflected in the offer they will get, but they are already with asbestos, some water damage,  and a home that needs major renovations. This is rather customary for the city homes. What you see is what you get there!! Yes, i do prefer to be out at the new homes that are rat free too, but sometimes we can't avoid that. For an empty home, and the owner wants to have the property managed, that does come under a different commission and job description.

December 15, 2011 09:50 PM
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Eric Michael
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI

Janis, you're totally right. Area determines a lot. But this house was just rented out and should've been cleaned up at least a little before letting agents bring in prospective clients.

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