Yet Another Thing for Sellers to Watch Out For

Real Estate Broker/Owner with J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY License # 49FA1074963

It was a bizarre phone call this afternoon. The lady on the phone swore that her home had just come off the market with another broker, but I couldn't find it on the MLS. I changed statuses, spellings of the address (1st? First?), and anything else I could think of. Nothing. The home is in Yonkers, so I asked if it could be on a corner and have another address. Nope, middle of the block. 

I asked who the broker was, and she didn't know. Her brother and co-owner was handling that. Then, she finally gave me the clue I needed. The broker was in Queens. After a quick check, I had my answer.

The broker listed her Yonkers home on the Long Island MLS. Yonkers is not in the Long Island area. It belongs on the Westchester-Putnam MLS. 

No wonder there were no calls. No wonder there were no showings. The house was, for all intents and purposes, not listed, at least not on the local market. It might as well have been on the California MLS.

So, if you are selling your home, I guess you need to add to track record, references and other advisable queries, if the agent will actually put the property on the correct MLS. Not that you want the local brokers and buyers to be aware of it. I mean, if you did that, it might actually sell.

Oh, and here's another little detail. The house doesn't expire on the Long Island MLS until August, 2010!



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Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Does this mean that you won't be putting any Manhattan listing in Westchester MLS?! I AM BACK!

Nov 16, 2009 07:51 PM #1
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

That is truly a shame and the seller wouldn't know of this huge mistake. 

Nov 17, 2009 02:05 AM #2
Amy O'Laughlin
Saint George, UT

That is horrible!  Can't help but to/hate to think of lost opportunities. 

I'm sure that happens on (hopefully rare) occassions, but I haven't heard of one, yet.  Is there really any recourse for her against the previous agent (besides word of mouth)?

Nov 19, 2009 05:38 AM #3
Andrew Monaghan
The Monaghan Group - Glendale, AZ
CRS, GRI, EPro Associate Broker

This is a breach of the Listing agents fiduciary to the client, they should face sanctions or worse.

Nov 30, 2009 03:29 PM #4
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