Where's the Bathroom?

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Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977

Where's the Bathroom? 

Have you ever looked for a bathroom and been unable to find it? 

I have. No doubt you have as well. 

Where IS the bathroom?This happened twice in a row the other day when I was out showing condos to some first time buyers.

No, I didn't need to use the bathroom. 

But I still couldn't find it. 

The MLS listing clearly stated the condo had 3 baths, not 2 and not 2.5. I know coz I pulled out my copy of the listing and it was quite clear. 

There were only 2. We all looked carefully. It's kinda hard to hide a bathroom in a 1452 SF condo. Granted, having 2 full baths is OK, but most models in the complex sport 2 full and 1 half bath. And having another full bath in that configuration would be near impossible.

The only conclusion was the agent goofed. Big time. 

Ironically, it happened again, with a different agent, same complex, same model, a short time later. 

My clients weren't too bothered since the units didn't work for them, but they did comment on the error...twice.

On the one hand, it's not a huge deal, except that the agents aren't accurate in their listings, aren't representing their clients as well as they might, and for buyers wanting that extra half bath for guests, it's a problem. 

Missing rooms don't happen too often but it seems they really shouldn't happen at all. I missed a family room once that was clearly stated in the MLS and was no where to be found.

And every now and then the listing says 3 bedrooms when there are only 2. No optional room hidden away, or a den without a door that could be a bedroom - the bedroom is missing. 

Is it too much to ask to be a bit more accurate?

And represent your client's home correctly?

Sellers - you may need to be checking your listings for accuracy

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Rainmaker
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Richard Ruggaber
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So very true! What a great post. Thank you for sharing this post.

Apr 13, 2011 12:41 PM #1
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Richard - truer than we all wish, I fear.

David - good point. But I suppose one could argue that it is up to the buyer and BA to verify the information (and lots of agents now put that in the MLS). Not sure that would hold up or not. Sorta like the SF issue we hear about.

Jeff

Apr 13, 2011 01:06 PM #3
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Debbie Gartner
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Yes, that does sound rather careless and misleading.  Hopefully, you were able to forward the feedback to them.

Apr 13, 2011 01:10 PM #4
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Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
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INteresting isn't it??    I agree with you ...why can't agents proofread their listings?    Keeps life interesting for sure!

Apr 13, 2011 01:10 PM #5
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William Johnson
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Hi Jeff, I have heard of toilet bandits but never a whole a room. I wonder if somehow the agent will be compensating the Buyer the equivalent of same one day! How much is it worth? Ans. Depending on how bad someone needs one I suppose but if it goes to court, it would bet it would be a sizeable chunk of the the value of the condo. Not to mention the other costs.

Apr 13, 2011 01:21 PM #6
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Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
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LOL - the case of the disappeared bathroom!  Though I've had that experience too, of walking back thru and thru a house trying to find all the rooms that the MLS printout says there are, only to discover that there wasn't a family room, den and 3rd bedroom - there was one room that could be used in any of those ways.

Apr 13, 2011 01:24 PM #7
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Tim Peterson
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Hi Jeff-yes we get that here too-some agents do not even look at their listings on an expired and enter the same photos and details-shamefully wrong

Apr 13, 2011 02:15 PM #8
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Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
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My biggest pet peeve is saying a home jhas 3 bedrooms when it is really a 2 bedroom and the 3rd is a room on the other side of the house. But back to the bathroom. I haven't had one MIA yet but then again I am not retiring anytime soon. :0)

Apr 13, 2011 02:35 PM #9
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Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified
Dilbeck Real Estate - Burbank, CA

Jeff - We have some of the same mentality agents and we are 150 miles apart. LAZYYYYYY. I always proofread.

Apr 13, 2011 03:53 PM #10
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Larry & Jacque Ficek
Alaska Dream Makers - Wasilla, AK
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This phenomenon hits us too! Crazy! Are none of us immune?

Jacque & Larry

Apr 13, 2011 07:33 PM #11
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Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
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Those goofs do not bode well for other agents and clients alike.

Apr 14, 2011 02:38 AM #12
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Hannah Williams
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Jeff.. When things like this happen sometimes it makes for a better relationship with the buyers ..If nothing else we fun looking for a room that just isn't there ..lol

HelpfulHannah

Apr 14, 2011 07:18 AM #13
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Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
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Jeff that is a pretty silly mistake. It always pays to check over your listing info carefully!

Apr 15, 2011 01:06 AM #14
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With the "technology" age upon us, we are beginning to believe sentences can only be 140 characters long, acronyms are "cool" and spelling and other errors mean nothing, because, hey we did it with our thumbs, not our brains.

Sloppy MLS data is not limited to one location but is prevalent among mediocre folks just hoping for a commission.

If they are careless in the MLS reporting, you can rest assured they will be that way in other business practices as well.

Sorry!

Dec 28, 2011 04:16 AM #15
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