Use GPS is Code For Why Should I Help You Find My Seller's Listing

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

Use GPS is Code For Why Should I Help You Find My Seller's Listing

Whenever I see "Use GPS" in the directions field in the MLS, several things run though my mind.  The first of which is that the listing agent doesn't think enough of the seller to type a few extra keystrokes to put in the directions.  From there, my thoughts run as follows:

  1. Aren't we suppose to make it easy for buyers and their agents to find our seller client's listingGPS
  2. The listing agents assumes that the only people that see those directions are other agents (WRONG).
  3. The listing agents forget that consumers see those directions too and not all of them have a GPS
  4. What a terrible way to represent their seller.  
  5. I can just hear the listing agent thinking "if they want to see the house, they'll figure it out."
  6. I imagine the agent saying to themselves and others "if they are going to sell real estate, they should have a GPS.
  7. I think to myself "is this what they call service to the seller?"

For those of us that use GPS's, we know that occassionally, they will lead us to no man's land.  A little extra effort by the listing agent could serve as a backup just in case the GPS sets us on a path to Timbuktu. 

The only other thing that about directions that tops the GPS thing is when I see directions like "make a right at old Tom Butler's store, and then a right at the boarded up snow cone shack."  Okay yeah that's fine and all, but can you tell me how to get to Tom Butler's store?
 
But here's the killer:  You get this from agents that boast that they do everything possible for their sellers, and that they go out of their way for their sellers.  And yet, such a simple thing like including the directions to the listing seems to fly over their heads.  I guess they mean they will do everything but........
 
If I were a seller and I saw the directions:  Use GPS, I'd be asking "and this is how you're helping me to sell my home.  Is it too much trouble for you to include the directions?" And there would be NOTHING that the listing agent could say to me that would justify why they didn't include the directions. Shame on those agents for misrepresenting themselves and their seller clients.
 
 
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Dick Greenberg
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
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Hi Charita - I've never seen that either, but if I had, I'd react exactly as you have. It certainly doesn't fall into the outstanding service category. I do see our equivalent, which is no directions at all. Google maps to the rescue.

September 04, 2012 11:40 AM
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Charita Cadenhead
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
Keller Williams Realty

Lisa I hope that that would never be the case. That would be a set up for sure.

Dick I don't know which is worse:  no directions or "use GPS." Maybe they are equivalent.

September 04, 2012 01:14 PM
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Wayne Johnson
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®

Charita-Use GPS is not the most helpful way to get one to the right house. And GPS is not infallible. I've been on wild goose chases with GPS and it's no fun.

September 06, 2012 09:00 PM
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner
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Of course we can use GPS for any address, not just this particular listing agent's.  The courtesy is not there when they state the obvious.  What if they would written "Use Thomas Guide" in the olden days prior to GPS?  LOL

September 09, 2012 12:17 PM
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Andi Grant
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I will NEVER-EVER understand why lazy agents do that!!!! I want to push them in the forehead really hard!
September 22, 2012 01:30 PM
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