Thanks to Brutal Honesty from a Listing Agent

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Real Estate Agent with Chapman Hall, REALTORS, Atlanta, GA GA RE License 129010

For the last couple of weeks I've been looking for that proverbial needle in the haystack for a buyer, and it has been a difficult chore at times. It seems that most of the houses she likes have issues not mentioned in the listing description--a big disappointment when going to view property with a hopeful buyer.

Yesterday I had an interesting conversation with a listing agent. I called about a house that looked unusually good for its price. The listing agent was quite candid when I said which house I was calling about: "Actually, the house a piece of crap...the photo was from when the house was new 35 years ago. I don't think anything's been done to the house since then. I don't see how anyone has lived in it and let it get in that bad shape. Oh, and if you do go see it, be careful."

A big Thank You for this listing agent being brutally honest! It saved me time and trouble.

Comments (5)

Kaera Mims
Liz Moore & Associates - Fort Monroe, VA
Associate Broker, e-PRO, REALTOR; Hampton, Newport News, York Co.

Yeah, while you probably did not sell their property, you probably have new respect for them and will welcome working with them in future. Some listing agents don't understand painting their listings in an unrealistically good light does not help them or the seller. Much success to you...

Aug 17, 2010 11:38 AM
Wayne Smith
Corona del Mar Properties - Corona del Mar, CA

It really does help and saves time & money when you get honesty.

Good luck to you with your search!

Aug 17, 2010 11:48 AM
Jason Montoya
Finance of America Mortgage - San Diego, CA
Res. & Coml. Mortgage Banker

It's kinda sad that honesty ends up being a refreshing surprise instead of a standard.  Nice of this agent to keep you and your client from wasting your time though.

Aug 17, 2010 11:55 AM
Gordon Lane - serving the Sacramento Region
eXp Realty - Sacramento, CA
Making selling or buying a home easy

I do wonder though why the listing agent didn't have newer photos...

Aug 17, 2010 02:06 PM
Don Duvall
Chapman Hall, REALTORS, Atlanta, GA - Northlake, GA

Kaera, Wayne, Jason, and Gordon: I didn't sell that one, but I certainly have respect for that listing agent who has a tremendous challenge ahead of him...Not going to that house saved me from criss-crossing in afternoon traffic in the same county, so the agent's honesty was much apprecaited...Yes, it is refreshing to get such brutal honesty. Too bad it isn't what we expect from everyone!...And I I think know why he didn't use newer photos--the place was so overgrown and rundown, he was ashamed of it--I could hear it in his voice. There was no way recent photos would do the house justice--it had once been a great house, but not anymore. In thinking about it, at least the old photo (just street front) showed it was once a handsome home and could be again.

Aug 18, 2010 04:15 AM