Is Your Lake Ridge VA Listing Pretending to Be For Sale?

Reblogger Cindy Jones
Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

Great information for home sellers in the Northern Virginia area.  Yesterday I ran across a great post on MLS photos were the agent couldn't seem to get out of the way of the bathroom mirror.  A few times a week I run across this issue in our Northern Virginia MLS.

Realtors Stop Photgraphing Yourself In The Bathroom Mirror

As a seller do you check to see how your home looks on the internet?  If you don't you certainly should.  The MLS descriptions are hard to be more than the basics due to the limited number of characters.  However our company pays the extra money for enhanced listings on Realtor.com which means more photos and a customized description.


Original content by Charita Cadenhead

Is Your Listing Pretending to be For Sale?

BLiz's post (Move Along, There's Nothing To See Here!) served as a catalyst for this post.  BLiz talked about poor photos and no photos at all on an MLS listing.

There are other ways that listing can be disguised as homes for sale.  Here are just a few examples:

  1. Grossly overpriced listings
  2. Lack of creativity in descriptions
  3. Not enough info about the home itself in the description
  4. No description at all
  5. Lack of home features (where specific fields are available)
  6. Contact info of agents that never answer or return calls
  7. Incorrect lockbox codes in agent notes
  8. Unreasonable showing instructions (i.e. available to show ONLY on Mon and Wed between 1pm and 3pm)

Clearly the best listings have

  • Great photos that invite the buyer into the house.
  • Descriptions that go far beyond "won't last long" and nothing or not much else
  • Showing instructions with short notice were possible and not limited to specific windows of time

NOTE TO SELLERS:  You should be just a little bit curious as to how your listing is presented in the MLS.  It's okay to check up on your listing agent to see how they are presenting your home for sale (if it really is for sale that is).

Do a Google search on your address and see where it is showing up and how it's being presented (sold) to the world.  Give credit where credit is due, but everyone recognizes a lousy job when they see it.  Above all, make sure you're not the culprit of "pretending that your home is for sale" by insisting that it's overpriced.

 

Origin of BDAMB from Bham (The Back Door Ambassador Series)

BDAMB Gains Access Through Front Door

Charita Cadenhead, Your Metropolitan Birmingham, Alabama Real Estate Broker of Choice

Got a question about Metropolitan Birmingham real estate? Just ask Charita. Need a good Realtor(R) to help you find a new home or sell the one you already own?  Just shoot me an email.  In need of a rental property?  Subscribe to be notified whenever we list a new rental or home for sale.

  Bham WIiRE Logo  NAR logo  Search MLS 
www.inandaroundbirmingham.com
bhamwiire@gmail.com
(205) 527-1112 - cell
(205) 321-1200 - Office
(800) 496-7431 - Fax

One thing about being in real estate:  I can't hide even if I tried. Bham WIiRE Realty:  We're Everywhere You Want to Be!

Facebook logo   LinkedIn Logo   Twitter Logo    Word Press logo   Posterous logo    YouTube   FriendFeed logo 

Protected by Copyscape Plagiarism Finder

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Topic:
Real Estate General Information
Location:
Virginia Prince William County Woodbridge Lake Ridge
Groups:
RE/MAX Active Rain Bloggers
Dedicated Bloggers
Local Expert
Tags:
woodbridge va homes for sale
lake ridge va homes for sale
homes for sale in lake ridge va
lake ridge va listings

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Rainmaker
147,409
Krista Lombardi
Prudential Calfornia Realty - San Diego, CA

Hello Cindy, I have also seen many realtors in bathroom mirrors.

Sep 21, 2011 06:06 AM #1
Rainer
405,953
Dan Hopper
Keller Williams Realty Downtown LLC - Denver, CO
Denver Realtor / Author / Advocate/Short Sale

Cindy, in some ways it is very comical how brokers will take pics or who ever they used for taking the pics, and then post them for marketing purposes!  The quality is absolutely terrible in some cases.  MLS providers will normally not allow that photo to be posted, since someone is in the mirror.  But some photos do get through.  Just some common sense would go a long way.

Sep 21, 2011 06:08 AM #2
Rainmaker
796,443
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677
Hi Cindy, Great list! The lockbox code is a pet peeve of mine! I like Kristas comment above as well. lol. That's when you use photo shop!
Sep 21, 2011 06:09 AM #3
Ambassador
759,137
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Thanks for reblogging Cindy.  And for adding the note about agents reflections in the mirror.  I always get a kick out of that one.

Sep 21, 2011 06:17 AM #4
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Ambassador
1,893,139

Cindy Jones

Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
Have A Northern Virginia Real Estate Question?
*
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Additional Information