Example of a listing that frustrates hard working agents

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

This particular listing is a nice house.  It has high ceilings, is all brick, has wood windows, 2800 sq. ft. of living space, hardwood floors, several acres, double oven, Jennaire stove-top and lots of other great features. 

But in our MLS there is one photo.  We can put in 12 pictures.  When the agent was filling in the features, he/she put "see remarks" in 9 places.  These places were for exterior, heating and air, kitchen equipment, lot, other rooms, road surface, roof, stories and utilities.  When "see remarks" is used it should be explained in the remarks section.  On this listing the remarks says, "Great home on the edge of town.  Lots of potential;  room to spread out. Lots of trees and a pond.  Brand new hear and air."

We can upload documents to our MLS.  Two sets of documents were uploaded.  Both were for the property disclosure for a different property.  With a listing like this you want to just shake your finger at the agent and say, "Get better!  Review your listing.  If the secretary put it in, make sure it is right and does a good job of showing off a great property!" 

 

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Susan Haughton, REALTOR Alexandria VA Homes for Sale

I used to think these listings were entered by bad agents.  Lazy agents.  But this example and others I have seen on our local multiple listing service have recently changed my opinion. 

IT MUST BE INTENTIONAL.  No one can be that incompetent or that lazy, continue to attract clients and stay in business, can they?  :-)  

All kidding aside, I recently saw a $1.675 million home listed with no photos (don't want to advertise the priceless antiques, perhaps?  Okay, I get that) and no description.  A dot under comments.  That's it, a period.  Nada.  Of course, who was the selling agent?  Ah...the listing agent.  LOL  Sometimes there IS a method to their madness.

Usually not, though.  It never ceases to amaze me what I see.

p.s.  I TOTALLY agree about posting pictures when the property needs work.  Nothing is more frustrating than not seeing the property as it really looks.  There is a huge market out there of people who WANT a house that needs work.  And if I am previewing or showing something specific, I really don't need to waste my time on properties that are not described accurately, with no pix. Just my $.02.

January 07, 2008 04:42 PM
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Barbara S. Duncan
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR
RE/MAX Advantage
Susan, thanks for your comments.  I do feel that there are lots of agents who don't know how to use a digital camera at all.  But some are very likable and if the "bad" listing stays listed long enough it will sell after some agent does their own research and all the work.  Or that agent may stumble upon the buyer him/her self and get both sides.  Then he/she feels like a GREAT agent!
January 07, 2008 04:56 PM
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Susan Haughton, REALTOR Alexandria VA Homes for Sale

Barbara, I think you are exactly right!  Of course, if I was one of those agents who didn't know how to use a camera, I would learn or pay someone to do it for me.  I just cannot imagine not doing my job to the absolute best of my ability.  But you know what -- some of these folks probably are doing just that - the best they can.  That's the sad part.

January 07, 2008 06:03 PM
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Terry Iwaniw
Realtor - S NJ
Avalar Atlantic Properties

Thanks for the info, Barbara. It makes one wonder if the agent is really interested in selling the property or not.

 

January 07, 2008 09:22 PM
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Barbara S. Duncan
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR
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Terry, thanks for comment.  I guess they always want to sell but just don't want to help others sell.....therefore not doing a good job for the client. 
January 07, 2008 09:28 PM
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