How Long Do You Leave A Listing Active On Your Website?

Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

An Inactive Website
Today some past clients contacted me to see if I could help them out.  It seems the house they purchased over 2 years ago still shows as Active on the listing agents website.  Now that might not be such a big deal...okay it is...but what makes it even worse is as a result of it being Active on the agent's site it is still Active on other sites as well.

They have had people knock on their door and ask if the home was still for sale or ask if it was a "coming soon" listing.  It also gave them pause as it know looks as if the house has been for sale for over 2 years and they worried whether that would have an impact when they went to sell.  Now here lies the rub.  According the local real estate records, the agents license expired at the end of 2010.  It is likely that she is out of business and that there is no one maning their old website.

I've sent an email to her former broker to see if the site which has the company name attached to it can be accessed by someone to remove the listing.  It's just another reminder that we have a responsibility to maintain our websites to make sure the information on them is accurate.  With so many of our sites being the portal that pushes information to dozens of other aggregator sites keeping a listing Active can have some unintended consequences.  And certainly if you are going out of business you need to make sure you clean up your website before you do.












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Dena Smith
DSmith Realtors - Irving, TX

Not surprised she is out of business.

May 29, 2011 02:13 PM #1
Gwynn Carpenter
Gwynn Teal Carpenter-Broker: Home and Hearth Realty (Austin) - Austin, TX
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Cindy:  Again this just shows that what you put on the internet stays on the internet...there's got to be a 'END OF SHELF LIFE" for this listing.  Hope you find it and write it as another post!

Suggested as all agents needs to read this post.

May 29, 2011 02:16 PM #2
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

Hi Cindy, I keep mine up to date. I would be embarrassed if a buyer called me and told me it's still active on my website.

May 29, 2011 02:42 PM #3
June Tassillo
Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty - Franklin, NC
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Cindy ~ Guess this agent is out of business because she didn't care enough to keep up with a simple website either.  I do hope they get the listing off the web for your clients sake and ours.  This is another reason people should work with a Agent to make sure the properties they are viewing are active.  

May 29, 2011 03:07 PM #4
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

I have never run into that but am not surprised by it! So many people just don't bother to update their website.............and then they wonder why business is so bad. Gee...........

May 30, 2011 02:02 AM #5
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Darn!  There goes my plan to leave my listings active on my website for two years or more.  :)

Seriously?  This is insane.  While this case is extreme, I have the same heartburn over agents not changing the status of their listings to contingent, contract or sold when appropriate.  What are they waiting for?

Featured in the group:  Bartender, Make it a Double.

May 30, 2011 04:41 AM #6
Aida Pinto
United Associated Brokers - Long Beach, CA
Real Estate Broker (562) 884-6196

Hi Cindy,... .thanks so much for joining my new group:  keeping life simple ....I hope you will also post as well....I love simple things but more I like to learn ways of making complicated things easier.


2 years is ridicules....once it's pending escrow, it's no longer Active.....that agent should listed as Sold!...shame on him/her!

May 30, 2011 02:58 PM #7
Retired Notworking
Tallahassee, FL

This is certainly frustrating for everyone involved. I'm surprised the website is still active after so long.  I would assume that if the agent is out of business, they wouldn't continue to pay for the website to be hosted. Hope you get this resolved.

Jun 02, 2011 04:24 AM #8
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