Truth In Listing

Real Estate Agent with Flying M Team Small World Realty Fort Worth, Tx

My buyers would love a five bedroom home. They absolutely must have four bedrooms to accomodate their small children and a mom in law.

Imagine our delight when a search of their preferred area and price range garnered two listings with five bedrooms. The first one we toured was a valid five bedroom home. The second, not so much.

The second home had a flex room near the front door that the sellers were counting as a bedroom. Okay, it has french doors...but it also had a small closet and a nice bright window. The space was probably designed as an office or even a formal living area. You COULD use it as a bedroom, but it would need work.

So...we traipse upstairs to the large bonus room. The listing says a bedroom and full bath were finished up there. What we find is the large game room--no windows. And the room they say is a bedroom has no windows at all. The full bath was there as described. The young mom buyer was so miffed. No mom would risk having a family member trapped up there in case of fire. There are no windows at all on that level.

Window with flowers

This was not a five bedroom house, it was a three bedroom with two flex spaces. Most builders design the upstairs as a game room and a media room.

Agents and sellers, let's practice truth in listing. It will save everyone time and trouble. buyers are still looking...

Comments (3)

Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

You make a very good point! Someone who wants a five bedroom house is going to turn it down and someone who doesn't want a big house will pass it by - not realizing it doesn't really have 5 bedrooms! 

May 10, 2015 10:10 AM
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

They always say to under promise and over deliver.  Calling it a 3-bedroom might have resulted in your buyer not seeing it, but now she's angry that the listing is "puffed up."  

Our MLS has an anonymous reporting system where we can call agents out on this type of behavior.

May 11, 2015 08:11 AM
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Same happened to me recently.  Listed as four bedroom and a room to possibly rent for extra income.  Absolutely not so!  It is aggravating.  I've never made a complaint but I do get irritated because my client now wonders why we viewed the property.  

Jan 13, 2016 01:47 PM