Agents And Sellers Should Check Data

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I have had a few interesting discussions with buyers and with local agents in the past about the fact that not all data in the mls should be looked at as being 100% true or accurate. No, I’m not going to get in to the whole Zillow, Trulia, thing, I’m talking about agent entered data. Things like rooms sizes can be a hot button for some and school districts can be another.

Schools… Here in Tempe, we certainly get a lot of people searching for specific schools. While the very most popular school search comes from students and parents looking for homes near Arizona State University. Obviously, we have many other schools in Tempe and we do get people looking at specific areas so they can enroll their children in other schools. Several web sites exist to show which school districts are located within our city and the information is available with just a few clicks of a button for anyone that has a basic understanding of how to surf the web. Unfortunately, when some agents are gathering data for their mls input sheets, they often look to the mls for information gathered from other agents working in the area instead of verifying it themselves. Here’s where it can get fun…

In Tempe, they announced the closing of a middle school in 2011. This past week, I ran comps for an out of state seller looking to sell his condo in Tempe. The results were interesting…

As I began looking at the mls sheets for all seven of the pending and recently closed units in this complex, I noticed that ALL of them ( there are no current active listings ) list McKemy as the middle school yet, McKemy Middle School has been closed.

Granted, not all of the different firms that represented sellers in this neighborhood are located in Tempe and, maybe they don’t read the paper, but this brings up an interesting discussion.

Check your data:

This is a text book example of how easy it is for an agent to just look in the mls and see what other homes in the area list as the neighborhood schools. It’s easier than actually verifying the information via the school district web sites, right? It certainly takes less time.

If the agent isn’t going to check the data, should the seller? I mean, you send your mls sheets to the seller, right? Don’t you think most of them would want correct data?

Tempe middle school boundaries 2012-2013

As you can see, the Tempe Elementary School map does not currently list McKemy as a school. ** Please note: this info can change, and there have been discussions about future uses for this closed school. if you see this in the future, let us help you verify the current info if you would like*

Certainly, we all make mistakes as no one is perfect. What I found odd here is the fat that seven different listing agents have the school information wrong. One of the pending sales is listed with an agent that was recently named “REALTOR of the year” by one of our local associations, another was listed by “one of the nations leading short sale teams” with a large staff of people working their files. I’m pretty sure that selling real estate in Tempe is similar to places all around the country. How are you checking your data? Do you use another agents information or do you check it yourself?

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Nick Bastian is a Tempe real estate agent specializing in the South East Valley and can be reached at 602-803-6425

Nick also writes a "hyper-local" blog about the communities, events, businesses and homes near light rail in Phoenix, Tempe and in Mesa.
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