C'mon Fellow Agents....PAY ATTENTION!!!

By
Real Estate Agent with 'Til Dawn Real Estate

Seriously, how do you get the address for your listing WRONG??? I'm sure we have all made the occasional typo here and there when entering a listing in to the MLS and had to quickly edit the listing (been there, done that!), but to get the address wrong??? Really???

I've griped before about how my subdivision has been titled incorrectly by other agents. Even the residents don't always get it right. But getting the street name wrong is just....well, WRONG!

People are trusting us with one of the most important and stressful aspects of their finances- helping them sell what is likely their biggest investment. I think the LEAST we can do is advertise the correct address!

When all else fails, email the listing to your client and/or to a fellow agent. (BTW - Agent gets a free pass if they did send to their client and the client didn't pick up on it either! LOL) When you've looked at the same thing for so long - entering it in to the MLS, posting on your website and other sites, creating the flyer, it can be easy to overlook errors after awhile. So let a fresh pair of eyes review it for you. I would rather my client point out a mistake just after posting the house then having my listing expire and the incorrect information out there for all to see forever. Won't be hard for the next agent to come along and explain one thing they can do better than the previous agent to sell the listing...Hey, I can post your correct address!

Comments (12)

Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Oh, so true.  That is a pet peeve of mine.  It's almost like nails on a chalkboard!

Jan 11, 2010 06:53 AM
Dale Terry
Yadkinville, NC

I wouldn't worry about it, don't show the property, I don't work to make the other agent look better, I work to make money for me.

Jan 11, 2010 06:53 AM
Craig Richardson
National Realty - McLean, VA

Dawn, I agree.  2 other gripes I have is not putting in the school information or providing the square footage.

Jan 11, 2010 06:55 AM
Dawn Nuzzi
'Til Dawn Real Estate - Raleigh, NC

Dawn - Exactly!!!

Home Group - I wouldn't let it stop me from showing the home if it does in fact meet my buyers' criteria, but I know I would be dreading the possibility of my buyers loving the home and having to work with an agent who isn't exactly detail-oriented....

Craig - I too have asked WHY do agents not put in this information??? Doesn't this prevent the listings from possibly showing up in a specific Prospect Search?? Just doesn't make sense...

Jan 12, 2010 12:36 AM
Dawn Bush
Exit Landmark Realty - Waldorf, MD
Southern Maryland Real Estate

Great post Dawn!  I want to find that agent and get the listings on the same street and then when they list the wrong address they are actually advertising for my listings... hmm this should be part of my secret plot to take over the world and run the stupid people out...

Sorry, a little too much rambling for a Tuesday.

One comment on the school thing though.  In our area the school boards frequently and randomly change the districts around so it is safe to just put "contact school board".  This eliminates any possible liability on our part as Realtors for buyers buying a house based on their child going to a certain school and then it changes.

Happy Sales,

Dawn Nuzzi Bush

 

Jan 12, 2010 03:06 AM
Dawn Nuzzi
'Til Dawn Real Estate - Raleigh, NC

I actually am hoping to meet with the sellers of the home. The listing has expired and it shouldn't be too hard to make them realize the difference between me and their previous agent! LOL

You have an excellent point about the schools. In Wake County, we are facing the same thing. We generally put in Agent Only comments to verify school information. I always feel bad when I have clients asking what schools are for a specific house and they don't even have children yet! I always let them know it will more than likely change (at least 100 times) before their child is actually enrolled in school.

Jan 12, 2010 05:46 AM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

I just showed a listing last week where the agent put '4' bedrooms and it's really '3'. The tenants said they have called several times to ask them to change it because people are always disappointed when they look at the house. How hard is it to change the # of bedrooms?...but the wrong street?????

Jan 18, 2010 01:22 PM
Dawn Nuzzi
'Til Dawn Real Estate - Raleigh, NC

Blows the mind, doesn't it Sharon???

Jan 18, 2010 01:28 PM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Addresses might be wrong more often than right in our neck of the woods. I'm always amazed when the Realtor tells me the address for the home inspection and I find out it's something totally different, usually by searching through the MLS for something in that zip code that has the same square footage and is in pending status.

Part of our problem comes from having things like Russel Ray Street, Russel Ray Boulevard, Russel Ray Place, Russel Ray Court, Russel Ray Circle, and Russel Ray Avenue. It can get really confusing when they all are within blocks of each other.

Jan 18, 2010 08:09 PM
Rob Muller
ReMax Town & Country - Canton, GA
Cherokee County Real Estate

I have said it before and I will say it again it is far too easy to get your real estate license. In the last three months alone I have run into homes listed with the wrong address, directions that stated only see MapQuest, a primary picture that was of the kitchen sink, in the worst case the picture in the listing was the wrong house

Jan 19, 2010 02:48 PM
Dawn Nuzzi
'Til Dawn Real Estate - Raleigh, NC

Russell - I agree, some street names are easy to get mixed up when there's a lack of creativity and they just change the suffix or add the words New or Old to the street names LOL But really, I think that should be one of the first things we research about a listing we take on...the address of the home!

Rob - Frightening but true story...when I took the Broker's course, one of the students asked: I received a bill from my HOA. What should I do? 1 - What in the world does that have to do with this class 2 - Oh, I don't know...PAY IT?!!! Yikes! To know this is a practicing agent in my market...

Jan 21, 2010 12:50 AM
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

A little embarrassing to say the least...

Feb 04, 2010 05:45 AM