When in Doubt, Just Make Up Words!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with American Foursquare Realty RM423982

When in Doubt, Just Make Up Words!

At least that's what I thought when I saw this in a real estate listing:

"Owner in Process of Removing Adondance of Personal Property."

Adondance?  Adondance??  I had to read that sentence three times before I finally figured out what the agent was trying to say.

Now the only thing "Adondance" brought to mind for me was a family event where my father-in-law, Don, inadvertently started dirty dancing with his step daughter and her friend.  Talk about A Don Dance!  But that's just me.  And no amount of brain bleach is going to erase that memory!  Try as I might.

All kidding aside, here's my point today.  As an agent, your public face is most often seen in your listings.  And if those listings contain misspellings or grammatical mistakes, past, current and prospective clients may get a perception of you that is not one you want them to have!

Any spell checker would have picked up on "adondance" because it's not a word.  Now I'll admit I tried running it through Word and a few others -- no one corrected it with the right word because those electronic marvels, like me, couldn't figure out what the heck it was!  But if your spell checker doesn't even recognize the word, it's time for you to either use another word, or ask someone for help!

As consumers, when interviewing agents, ask to see print-outs of past and current listings.  What you see is what you're going to get.  An agent with good writing skills is most probably going to be the one who showcases your home in marketing and advertising pieces well.  Like it or not, what someone else writes about your home is going to reflect on you!

There is an abundance of agents out there.  Please pick one that doesn't just make up words!


Richard Strahm is an award winning Realtor specializing in the North Penn areas of Montgomery County -- Lansdale, Upper Gwynedd, North Wales, Towamencin, Hatfield -- and beyond!  Visit him at www.NorthPennAndBeyond.com or call today at 215-853-2624 for a free and private consultation about all of your real estate needs.


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 Richard Strahm is an award winning Realtor specializing in the North Penn areas of Montgomery County -- Lansdale, Upper Gwynedd, North Wales, Towamencin, Hatfield -- and beyond!  Visit him at www.a4square.com or call today at 215-853-2624 for a free and private consultation about all of your real estate needs.
Richard Strahm
Broker / Owner
American Foursquare Realty - Lansdale, PA

415 North Broad Street
Lansdale, PA 19446

Direct: (215) 853-2624
Office: (215) 647-0700
Fax: (215) 529-8931

Email:  Richard@a4square.com


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Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change

Always best to write your MLS descriptions in a word document, and then cut and paste. Our MLS certainly doesn't have a spell-checker. My other insurance is to send a copy of the MLS to the client. They're sure to spot any thing that isn't accurate. (Hopefully we've got the spelling right though!)

Nov 27, 2011 03:30 AM #22
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX

At least that was a big word. My personal pet peeve "Come sale this house".  OMG if you don't know when to use sell and sale, you need to go back to the 3rd grade and start all over again. 

Nov 27, 2011 04:28 AM #23
George Lawson
Moreno Valley, CA

A personal pet peeve of mine as well, Richard. How can agents come across as professionals when they can't even edit their own writing! Thanks for the post!

Nov 27, 2011 04:35 AM #24
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Richard, I agree! Spelling and grammar mistakes don't make a very good first impression.

Nov 27, 2011 04:56 AM #25
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

This is why I always run everything through spellcheck before I post it! Well everything but comments! I probably should those too but wow that would be alot of work!

Nov 27, 2011 05:17 AM #26
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Hi Richard. Spelling mistakes are left behind all to often but we need to be careful of depending on spell checkers, too. They will pick the wrong "correction" more regularly than we might expect. Leaving the wrong "correction" in place could change the meaning of the sentence to something rather undesirable...

A few minutes of proof-reading will make a huge difference! 


Nov 27, 2011 05:53 AM #27
Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker


This happens a lot. And, it is rather surprising that frequently no one catches the mistake.


Nov 27, 2011 06:28 AM #28
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Hi Richard, looks like we have another less than professional agent here, eh? I make up words with my kids all the time, but I don't take them to work.

Nov 27, 2011 06:33 AM #29
Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

Richard -- spell check was a GREAT invention. I wish people would use it more often!

Nov 27, 2011 06:51 AM #30
Steve Warrene
Your Town Realty - Lower Burrell, PA
Pittsburgh Real Estate Investment Specialists

Richard, I always put my MLS remarks on here before I put them on the MLS,  That way I can do the spell checker and just like you said, I copy and paste it.  Good advise.

Nov 27, 2011 10:01 AM #31
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I have made up a few words to fit specific sentences - most have. Websterical.....

Nov 27, 2011 11:03 AM #32
Maureen Megowan
Remax Estate Properties - - Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Palos Verdes Real Estate Blog

I have always been amazed in the typos many real estate agents have in the listings on the multiple listing service.  It just shows what kind of agent you are going to be dealing with if your client makes an offer on their property.  Certainly not one who is careful with details.

Nov 27, 2011 01:20 PM #33
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

This is one of my pet peeves, too, so I know just how you feel.  I'm amazed by the number of typos and misspellings I find in listings on the MLS... almost daily!  Some listings have 3+ and some are hilarious -- unless you're the seller.  One of the more common ones I see in my area is "walking closet".  Another I've been seeing more & more often is "remolded" instead of "remodeled".  Yikes!

Nov 27, 2011 01:37 PM #34
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


The listing agent is losing out on buyers who read the ad and refuse to visit the house.  The ad makes the home seem very unappealing.  What was the agent thinking?  We are suppose to paint a picture of the home so that someone might actually want to see it.  That agent missed the boat completely.

Nov 27, 2011 01:54 PM #35
Jerry Morse
The Morse Company - Janesville, WI

You never know, the seller may have picked this agent because they liked his/her stile.

Nov 27, 2011 02:22 PM #36
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

BAHAhahahahahAHHA! (That is NOT a made up word) I laughed OUT LOUD at Phil's (#12) answer!! Can't top that!

Nov 27, 2011 03:59 PM #37
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

Just a question but in the paragraph starting with spell checker.  Because and either are mispelled.

Nov 27, 2011 06:03 PM #38
Richard Strahm
American Foursquare Realty - Lansdale, PA
Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate

Mark and Tim of Elite Home Sales (#40).  How right you are.  I dropped a letter in because and spell check allowed my ether that should have been either.  Both you and I prove my point that errors can make us look dumb.  As did mine.

And, inadvertently, yours!  You misspelled the word misspell!

Nov 27, 2011 11:43 PM #39
The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville - Lansdale, PA

Hi Richard,

Like Joni, I also like #12's response and the exchange between you and #40 (Mark and Tim) is pretty comical too.


Nov 30, 2011 12:50 AM #40
Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
Sells Real Estate!

Richard, I was laughing out loud when I read about your father-in-law! He sounds like a good sport...if not a good dancer! LOL Btw, what was the agent trying to say when he wrote "adondance"? I can't figure out what he meant!

Dec 04, 2011 04:12 PM #41
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