HELP! Someone has stolen my stainless!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with American Foursquare Realty RM423982

Today is Pet Peeve Friday.  And in honor of that, I'm going to talk about something I see all of the time.  And it drives me bonkers. 

We have literally hundreds of examples of it on our MLS.  The curse of the stolen stainless.  Usually it's appliances, but it can also be counter tops, or anything else that can be manufactured out of stainless.

Steal is a verb or a noun.  As a verb it means 1 : to take the property of another wrongfully and especially as a habitual or regular practice, 2 : to come or go secretly, unobtrusively, gradually, or unexpectedly, 3 : to steal or attempt to steal a base.  As a noun it means 1 : the act or an instance of stealing 2 : a fraudulent or questionable political deal 3 : bargain "It's a steal at that price!"

Steel, on the other hand, is a noun that "commercial iron that contains carbon in any amount up to about 1.7 percent as an essential alloying constituent, is malleable when under suitable conditions, and is distinguished from cast iron by its malleability and lower carbon content."

(Thanks to Merriam Webster for the definitions.)

Stainless steel, that wonderful invention, is "an alloy of steel with chromium and sometimes another element (as nickel or molybdenum) that is practically immune to rusting and ordinary corrosion."

So please, fellow real estate professionals, when writing about those high-end appliances and industrial counters remember that the word is STEEL, not STEAL.

<Getting off soap box, dusting it off and putting it away for another week>

Thank you for these few moments that I've stolen from you!


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 Richard Strahm is an award winning Realtor specializing in the North Penn areas of Montgomery County -- Lansdale, Upper Gwynedd, North Wales, Towamencin, Hatfield -- and beyond!  Visit him at or call today at 215-853-2624 for a free and private consultation about all of your real estate needs.
Richard Strahm
Broker / Owner
American Foursquare Realty - Lansdale, PA

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Lansdale, PA 19446

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Leanna Putman
Shanna Selections, LLC - Enfield, CT

A good 'heads up' post, Richard.  Thank you!

Jun 11, 2010 09:02 AM
David Obbee - Agoura Hills, CA

Richard: A stolen steel stove would bring new meaning to the term "hot merchandise!"  :)  Thanks for the post!

Jun 11, 2010 09:03 AM
Paige Walker
Paige Walker - Pineville, LA
Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA

That is crazy, however, I do see typo's like that all the time! That why we check and double check our ads before submitting! Thanks - Paige Walker

Jun 11, 2010 09:09 AM
Richard Strahm
American Foursquare Realty - Lansdale, PA
Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate

Paige - It's the double checking that counts!  And if you're a poor speller, get an associate or office staff member to look it over for you!

Jun 11, 2010 09:11 AM
John Thomas
E3 Green HOMES - Boulder, CO
EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA

It is amazing how many mis-spoken words and typos make it into the MLS. It certainly is not very professional.

Jun 11, 2010 09:17 AM
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

This stuff drives me crazy too, how do these people pass the test?  Right up there with the stainless steal is the charming tutor.  What do you mean?  Are you selling a small and lovely teacher who has a side job helping high school students with math?

So glad you brought this up.  I thought I was the only person annoyed by this.

Jun 11, 2010 09:42 AM
Katherine Fornale

I guess the charming tutor comes with the house in place of the stolen appliances.

Jun 11, 2010 09:48 AM
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

Any misspelling on the MLS drives me nuts. If you don't care enough to  even spell things correctly - do I want you to market my home?

Jun 11, 2010 09:52 AM
Richard Strahm
American Foursquare Realty - Lansdale, PA
Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate

Liz - I am loving it!  Charming tutor!  I have never seen that one, but will now have to be on the lookout for it!!

Katherine - Not too sure the tutor would like it if you tried to make an omelet on her!

Allen - It does make you wonder.  If they don't pay attention to their spelling, will they pay attention to the numbers in the contract?!?

Jun 11, 2010 10:59 AM
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Richard - I haven't ever seen that one in our MLS before, but I have seen "hugh" instead of "huge" more times that I care to count.

Jun 11, 2010 12:22 PM
Kristen Wheatley
Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group - Brunswick, ME
Supporting Success - Best Job in the World!

Too funny.  You can get your soap box out anytime.  A couple of days ago, my buyer client asked me to look at her loan application for her.  My favorite part was the word "APPLICANNT."  As we laughed about it, her daughter told me about the note she received from her child's principal with directions for a field trip.  "go through the roadary, then turn left just after the medium."

I think it's time for everyone to brush off their dictionaries and practice those spelling words.  At first, I thought most of these were typos (which is bad enough,) but I'm realizing that people REALLY don't know how to spell.


Jun 11, 2010 12:28 PM
Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker

Don't let me START bacause there's no place to stop. SADLY, this is  a situation where spell check cannot save you because it cannot detect the improper use of the word! Too bad.

Jun 11, 2010 12:29 PM
Richard Strahm
American Foursquare Realty - Lansdale, PA
Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate

Jason - I love the hugh mistakes!  It;s like Hugh Jackman, Hugh Heffner, Hugh Grant and Hugh Laurie are living in our MLS!

Kristen - I'm truly about to wet myself over your Applicannt.  I can hear the slogan now, "If too many people tell you you're an applicannt -- we'll make you an appliCAN!"

Charles - I preach proofread, proofread, proofread!  But so many people don't listen . . .

Jun 11, 2010 01:34 PM
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

I haven't seen that yet......or maybe I just overlooked it.  Now I'll be looking everywhere..

Jun 11, 2010 03:10 PM
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

I was mislead by the title and I thought this would be a post about the advertised stainless steel, appliances that are only "look" like stainless. One thing about the misspellings...they are made right here, not in China. 

Jun 11, 2010 04:00 PM
Jay Lloyd
Cape Coral Florida - Cape Coral, FL
Allpro Home Inspection

Hi Richard, Spelling errors get me too. Oddly though, I don't mind the typo (I do plenty of those myself from time to time). jay

Jun 11, 2010 05:17 PM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

LOL Richard -- you are too punny!!  As I was reading the comments, my biggest (as in HUGH HUGE) was already peeved by Jason #10, but I concur!  Nerves of STEAL!!

@ #7 -- those tutors, at least in my area, are EXPENSIVE!  GEEZ, you'd think they could "afford" a little more EFFORT when marketing those lovely Tudors!

Jun 11, 2010 05:39 PM