Air Strips in Cary Condo Complexes? Not really, I think

Reblogger Jon Quist
Real Estate Agent with REALTY EXECUTIVES TUCSON ELITE DRE# SA113961000

What? You mean I can't land my twin engine Beechcraft next door to the Cary Condos? Well, that is just a deal breaker!

Seriously, let's all of us as listing agents (not me, by the way) try and pay not just a little more attention, but A LOT more attention to the information that goes in the MLS computer.

Otherwise I, as the Buyers Agent, have to explain the error and try to make the whole profession not come of as bozos...again!

I admit, I don't think I have ever seen that blunder, although I may actually go look.

The one I personally HAVE seen all too often is "wheelchair" accessible, when the houses are actually multilevel, with sets of interior stairs.

I remember I had a wheel chair bound client, ran such a search, found nine listed properties, and NOT ONE WAS REMOTELY "wheel chair"accessible!

Original content by Mike Jaquish NC Broker License #235526

Air Strips in Cary Condo Complexes?  Not really, I think!  But, the MLS told me there were.

As REALTORS®, and members of our local MLS's, we are responsible for the integrity of the data we input to maintain MLS's accurate, so that good comps can be pulled. When errors are made, they can be funny like this one, or they can be more serious.

I have been doing a series of blogs featuring custom real estate search links on various features that are desirable to some property buyers in Western Wake County.  And to do my next one, I set up a search for homes on air strips.  I got 11 results, scattered around Cary, Apex, Morrisville, and Western Wake County.  11 properties with "Air Strip" listed as an Exterior Feature of the property.

The thing is, not one of the properties is along an air strip.  We have a few private air strips in the area, and none of those homes has access.  Some of the homes are deep in upscale in-town neighborhoods miles from an air strip.

While that apparently widespread goof up is a little funny, and the niche feature of an air strip is not difficult to determine, it is symptomatic of larger issues in MLS Data accuracy that are more annoying.

Some agents do not note garages in their listings.  So if clients want to see all properties with a garage, we have to specify all properties, and cull the ones without a garage.

We often have to do extra work to find homes with 4 bedrooms, or 3 bedrooms and a bonus room.  If the buyer needs 4 spaces, we sometimes have to search three bedroom homes, and toss out all that do not have a bonus room.  At least the misrepresentation of calling the fourth space a bedroom, and also a bonus room seems to have gone the way of the dodo.  That helps.

We don't owe that effort to Sellers.  We owe it to our Buyer clients who want to see the market inventory from which they will be selecting.

So, until they start landing planes on the golf course, it is probably an error to refer to the property as having air strip access.



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Thanks for the reblog.  I always consider it an honor.

Merry Christmas!

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