Just a bit of advice

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 New Millennium

During 2008 and 2009, I listed and sold over 50 REO properties.  I was always conscious of the fact that although these properties were sold in "as is" condition, they needed to have utilities on, lawns cut and yes, snow removed.

Now, I am the first to admit that I did not have to deal with a storm of this magnitude but to those realtors out there who want to list these properties, the banks DO pay for snow removal.  I called a listing agent today and asked him when he would have his reo listing shoveled out.  His response was "when the snow melts".  Come on, guys..do your job correctly or don't take REO listings. 

So unless my buyer wants to wade through some hip deep snow, I guess we won't see this property.  As I told my buyer, at least maybe no one else will see it either. 

So before the readers of this beat me up too badly about not supporting my fellow realtors, please understand, that I am the biggest champion of my profession and my colleagues, but I do think it is important that we do as we signed up to do and not to mention do what we are being paid to do and take care of the REO properties.

Just my 2 cents...

Comments (4)

Douglas Lovitt
Washington Management Company, Inc. - Mill Creek, WA

Micki I do agree with you. It's not snow issues in my area, it's detrashing the properties.

Feb 08, 2010 10:48 AM
Bill Carroll
Corcoran Real Estate - Westhampton, NY

Micki - I absolutely agree with you, although as a buyer's broker, my first thought was how I would find a way to get my client in and make the deal while everyone else is sitting by their fireplace!

Feb 08, 2010 10:49 AM
Sara Homan
Coldwell Banker Ellison Realty 352-209-4044 - Ocala, FL
Realtor, Homes, Farms & 55+

Micki,  I support your position 100%!!! We have plenty of foreclosed properties here in Ocala and I don't have to wade through weeds hip high on them but I do encounter that on short sales.  Needless to say I don't show many short sales.  Thankfully we don't have snow.

Feb 08, 2010 10:49 AM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Chesterfield, MO


I have noticed homeowners not shoveling the sidewalks and driveways in my area.  It is disheartening to walk up to one and be covered in snow.....

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Feb 21, 2010 02:37 PM