listings: The Lazy Agent Series: #5 - 06/28/07 04:31 AM
Do not attempt to adjust your computer monitor!  The latest addition to "The Lazy Agent Series" was selected because it is an example of why it is not only important to proofread your MLS listings for accuracy but also for the quality of the photos uploaded.  I can only hope that this agent possibly did not realize that the resolution of the photo was too low and had they seen how the photo looked on the MLS, they would have returned to the property to take better quality photos.  Apparently, the seller did not see the photo either.
Anyone new to digital photography should consider spending time learning the basics as it … (30 comments)

listings: As Seen on the MLS: #1 - 06/27/07 05:24 AM
Some photos I come across on the MLS don't quite fit into "The Lazy Agent Series" I started last week but are interesting and educational in their own unique way so I've decided to name this new series of posts "As Seen on the MLS".  Maybe it's just me, but I've always believed that part of my duty when I'm the listing agent is to advise sellers on matters that may affect them or the sale of their property somehow.  Many sellers don't realize how the photos of their property on the MLS can sometimes help or hurt them in any number of ways. 
Looking at these photos, can you find reasons why a … (15 comments)

listings: The Lazy Agent Series: #4 - 06/26/07 02:26 AM
Today's selection for "The Lazy Agent Series" was chosen because it left me wondering "How hard could it have been to move a few items before taking the picture?".  Don't get me wrong... I wouldn't expect any agent to start acting like wife and real estate agent, Carolyn, did in the movie "American Beauty" when she went on a cleaning spree of her listing just before her open house.  However, there are times when taking a minute or two to just move a few items out of the way can make a huge difference in how a property is presented to prospective buyers … (23 comments)

listings: The Lazy Agent Series: #3 - 06/22/07 08:17 AM
In keeping with the title of "The Lazy Agent Series" , I found this example that at first blush may not appear too terrible, until you notice (among other things) the date imprinted by the camera on the photo and then check the MLS info only to find that the house was built several years after that date.
I know this series is probably being read much more by ActiveRain members than sellers, but I think it's important that sellers realize how important the marketing of their home is, how it is possible that it can affect their bottom line and that they should be … (25 comments)

listings: The Lazy Agent Series: #2 - 06/21/07 10:20 AM
Yesterday I introduced "The Lazy Agent Series" and it seemed to strike a nerve with those who commented.  I suspect this is because those of us who work with buyers are forever frustrated by the quality of what we find on the MLS.  In a few of my 'old' posts, I'd given examples of funny typos in listings and showed a funny example of "before & after" photo editing and have even blogged about how the MLS is the best under-used marketing vehicle we have as real estate agents.
For those of you who wondered whether one of the items on yesterday's photo was a puppy head, … (79 comments)

listings: The Lazy Agent Series: Just The Facts, Ma'am - 06/21/07 05:06 AM
Seeing new & used cars that are marketed better than some homes on the MLS is frustrating for both real estate agents and buyers. This post is a slight departure from my previous two entries for "The Lazy Agent Series" but it's to bring home a point.  That point being that, time and again, studies have shown that the number one thing buyers want to see are photos... lots of them!  Knowing this (or even just putting yourself in a buyer's shoes), why do so many listings in MLSs throughout the country offer no photo or even just one photo?  I decided to get … (18 comments)

listings: The Lazy Agent Series: #1 - 06/19/07 02:48 AM
I'm sure all of us have our pet peeves about the MLS and what we see (or don't see) on it.  I'm starting a series of posts which I've decided to title "The Lazy Agent" to illustrate some of the things that I see on the MLS that just make me shake my head and think to myself "What were they thinking?".  I hope you'll come along with me for the ride.  I promise it'll be an interesting, if not funny (albeit sad) one.
Below is a photo I found recenlty that just makes you wonder why the agent bothered to not only take it … (107 comments)

listings: Florida Vacation Home Rental and Ownership - 06/18/07 10:34 AM
In recent years there has been a surge in the number of people purchasing a second home to be used as a vacation home.  The majority of Florida vacation homes are located near lakes or along coastal areas such as the hundreds of miles along Florida's coastline.  Some people have purchased second homes to be near other family members (especially children or grandchildren).  According to the reports I've read, this is in large part thanks to the baby-boomer generation and low interest rates.  Buying a second home for many people sometimes means taking on a second mortgage and some opt to treat the … (0 comments)

listings: Vacation Home Rentals - an ActiveRain Group Invitation - 06/01/07 11:25 PM
Are you going on vacation and need a place to stay but you don't want to stay in a hotel?  Are you a real estate agent or property manager with any vacation rental listings or do you own a vacation rental that you'd like to advertise here to the public and our colleagues?  If so, please join one of ActiveRain's newest groups:
                                                   Vacation Home Rentals
This group is intended to be a "Vacation Rentals Directory" where you can find vacation homes, beach houses, cabin rentals and villa rentals throughout the U.S. and beyond. 
Do you need help putting your vacation rental listing together … (7 comments)

listings: Eco-Friendly Agents - 11/20/06 10:28 PM
Are you an eco-friendly agent?
Among other things, Eco-Friendly Real Estate Agents:
Include as many photos as their MLS will allowHave a virtual tour of their listings availableProvide good directions to the propertyInclude a floorplan whenever possibleIf listing agents took the time to properly market their listings, buyers would be better able to narrow down the homes they'd want to see.  This saves everyone time and gas (less pollution), and doesn't inconvenience the seller with home showings to buyers that perhaps would have known it was not the home they're looking for had they seen more photos or a virtual tour ahead of … (28 comments)

listings: What You Get For $200K - 11/19/06 08:28 PM
Many of you have probably seen HGTV's show called "What You Get For The Money" at some point.  I watch it whenever I can and always find it interesting to see what you can get in different parts of the U.S. for the same amount of money. 
So I was curious to see how my newest listing stacked up against others around the U.S. priced more-or-less the same.  To quench my curiosity, I went on Realtor.com and searched for 10 condos/townhomes priced in the mid-to-high $190's mostly in cities that are just outside of major cities throughout the country.  To make … (17 comments)

listings: MLS: The Best Under-Used Marketing Vehicle We Have - 09/22/06 04:30 AM
Most people's largest investment is the home they own and live in.  Why, then, do so many real estate agents put as little information as possible on their listings in the MLS?  The MLS is the first place we, as real estate professionals, turn to when we're searching for homes for a buyer.  With all the technology and how-to guides available to us, why do so many agents only enter the minimum amount of information required to get a listing on the MLS?  Rarely does more information get added after the listing has been entered into the MLS.  Are these agents lazy … (34 comments)

listings: Funny Typos in Listings - 09/12/06 06:57 AM
I wish I could say it isn't true, but I find funny and/or embarrassing typos in listings on the MLS on a pretty regular basis.  Here are a few of the ones I've seen: a sinking living room (vs. sunken)walking closet (where is it walking to?)wreck room (rec. room)stainless steal appliancescontract fell threwhardware floors (hardwood floors)remolded bathrooms (yikes!)two full bedrooms (as opposed to what?...half bedrooms?)No Job Road (vs. No. Jog Road... had to be a joke!)Unfortunately, even spell-checkers don't catch many typos!  This is just part of the reason why it's so important to proofread your listings.  Sellers have the right to … (27 comments)

listings: Do You Proofread Your Listings? - 09/06/06 03:02 AM
Whether you input your listings yourself into your MLS or your assistant or the office secretary does, it's always a good idea to proofread your listings, preferably soon after they are entered into the MLS and especially if you won't be uploading any photos at the same time the listing is entered (or ever). 
Over the years, I've come across many typos and incorrect information on new (and old) listings.  This never ceases to be amaze me.  When you consider that most seller's largest financial investment is their home and the MLS is the main vehicle used to market the majority … (9 comments)

listings: Top 8 Things to Remember When Leaving a Phone Message for Listing Agents - 08/28/06 04:18 AM
Speak clearly.  I placed this in the #1 position because it has caused me the most frustration.  This is especially important if you have an accent (thick or not).  I regularly have to listen to voicemail messages 3+ times because I can't understand some of what the agent is saying.  I've written down wrong phone numbers because the agent did not speak clearly.  I can't call you back if I can't hear your phone number correctly.Speak slowly -- I don't take shorthand!  I also don't like to have to replay the same message 2+ times in order to write down all … (15 comments)

 
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL, Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist (United Realty Group, Inc.)

S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL

Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

Davie, FL

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