How many left hands do YOU have? Writing directions for the MLS

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

 

I have a long-standing pet peeve that I wanted to vent about today.  I have been actively selling homes for more than a decade in and around Austin, but I have noticed a disturbing trend.

 

When one is a bad or clumsy dancer, he/she is said to have "two left feet".  I would like to coin a phrase today for agents who write directions incorrectly on their own listings - two left hands.

 

I have a GPS system in my vehicle, but it doesn't get every address in outlying areas of town.  I also have a pretty good sense of direction.  I am good at following instructions if given properly.  The key words in the last sentence were "if given properly".

 

PLEASE take the time to get the MLS directions right if you are a listing agent!  The last several homes I have shown have all had incorrect directions.

 Let's see - "turn right on CR 198" - seems easy enough.  Wait.  There IS no right on CR 198.  What the heck?

 

"Turn right on Maple, then left on Main."  Oh, I see.  You meant it the other way around.  Makes perfect sense now. 

 

Have you actually visited the property in person?  Maybe this is the first step.  Believe me, I am not really super detail-oriented.  I consider myself more of a big picture kind of guy.  So, if incorrect directions bother me somewhat, it might actually make someone's else head explode.

I have another possible reason for this.  Maybe you are trying to give directions to me as if we are sitting face-to-face (my right is your left, my left is your right?). 

Maybe you are holding a map up to a mirror when you are entering your listings.  That would certainly make good sense, although it does seem a little odd, now that I think about it.

Since I have seen this repeatedly in recent days, maybe someone in that part of town messed up his/her directions, and everyone is just copying and modifying as necessary.

I have even had some that were correct until you get to the street itself - "house is on the right".  You mean in the drainage culvert?  The last time I checked, this direction is called "left".  My mom even taught me a cool trick when I was a kid.  Hold up your hands with palms down (not up).  Stick out your thumbs so that they are perpendicular to your hand, and make your thumbs touch each other.  Which hand makes an L shape?

I think I actually figured out the problem just now.  You are using your feet to type, rather than your hands.  Sorry - my bad.

Thanks for your time!

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Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
CENTURY 21 - I see that Jan Evett is in your office - she is a friend of mine here on AR.  What is your first name?  I like your funny comments.
Apr 24, 2008 07:13 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI

I am directionally challenged, so I could see how it would be frustrating to follow ill begotten directions from the MLS.  I mapquest (no GPS yet) everything before I leave the house, because I know if I have to stop at a gas station, I am most certainly going to be given a quizzical look and pointed in the direction of the maps- even if the street ends up being two down from the gas station. 

And why is that?  Don't people know where they work or live?  Inquiring minds want to know.

Apr 24, 2008 07:17 AM #16
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Lori Gilmore
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Joliet, IL
Realtor - Will County Illinois
Jason -- This is soooo frustrating!  I saw a listing yesterday that gave directions that required me to turn on a street that runs parallel to the one I was on. . .luckily I knew the area well and saw the mistake right away.  
Apr 24, 2008 07:22 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Melina Tomson
Tomson Burnham, llc Licensed in the State of Oregon - Salem, OR
Principal Broker/Owner, M.S.

THe problem with giving right or left depends on how you are approaching the street. I also do N,S, E and W since people won't rely on the right and left thing. 

If the directions section were bigger, I would give the instructions from two different directions, but I don't have that much space.

Me, I never rely on agent directions, and if I can't mapquest them, then I call to verify.

Apr 24, 2008 08:23 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
JASON, Your pet peeve is my pet peeve.  It is so ANNOYING and it happens so often.  My GPS is doing an incredible job so I have pretty much stopped looking at those annoying directions.  You are correct though I do run it to those new areas that are not on the GPS yet.  It is not unusual for them to completely leave a street out.  I have noticed that it is often those agents who are coming out of their area to take the listings that are doing this.  I really don't have a problem with an agent listing across town but I do think they should at least get their directions correct.
Apr 24, 2008 08:23 AM #19
Rainmaker
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Ken Tracy
Coldwell Banker Residential - Naperville, IL
Helping clients buy and sell since 2005

Hi Jason.  Love the new picture.  Very handsome!

Ken

Apr 24, 2008 09:05 AM #20
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Kelly Sibilsky
Licensed Through Referral Connection, LTD. - Lake Zurich, IL

Sometimes I wonder why we even have directions on the listing sheet since they are so often completely incorrect! Luckily our MLS system allows us to map the property and print directions from house to house, so I rarely even look at what the agent inputs anymore!

P.S. nice new pic!

Apr 24, 2008 10:32 AM #21
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Kimberly Grant
Exit Leon Crawford Realty - Huntsville, AL
Real Estate Agent - Huntsville Alabama
Jason I'm glad its not just me that is irritated by this.  You know I even hate those where they leave off half the streets that you need to know to even find the property.  Or another one I hate is when they say turn off of XYZ street onto ABC avenue and XYZ street runs from one part of town to the other... so at what point do you find the street you're looking for.  OK i'm about to start venting so maybe I'll leave it at that.  LOL
Apr 24, 2008 10:34 AM #22
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Geoff Scowcroft
Coldwell Banker - Studio City, CA

We have the same problem in LA. Agents will say north of Moorpark, when the property is actually many blocks north of Moorpark . We could all save quite a bit of fuel if they could list the directions properly. We had one agent that listed the cross streets that were actually parallel to each other.

At times I think agents try to use the cache of a desirable area to make people think the home is in that area. We will see quite a bit of Beverly Hills adjacent or Baja Beverly Hills.

Apr 24, 2008 10:42 AM #23
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Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Jason- I never trust the directions on the MLS. We just put it in our GPS or hit Map on our MLS. Our MLS has a very good mapping feature and it will map out all of your showings. 
Apr 24, 2008 12:01 PM #24
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Ann Banos
Real Living, LifeStyles Realty - Austin, TX
Broker, Real Living

 

The GPS works fine for most things but I had to go down to San Antonio last week and the GPS mapped the street and it wasn't the correct East 11th street I was looking for---so much for relying on GPS--it took me another 20 minutes to find the correct East 11th street. And  I'm really aggravated with agents in Austin who can't put the correct directions to their listing in mls...come on---its your job to get agents to the listing(with the buyers)...its very agravating and embarrassing when you are with a client trying to find a house and the instructions are completely wrong......and you know how some consumers are about lumping us all together....

Apr 24, 2008 12:47 PM #25
Rainmaker
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Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS
So true and they call themselves professionals?   I love the "L", never heard it before.  But I know I will use it sometime.  Thanks :)
Apr 24, 2008 12:52 PM #26
Rainer
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Jan Evett
The Premier Property Group LLC - Rosemary Beach, FL
Broker Associate, 20 years+ in real estate

Jason,

Alas, it is I ... I have been found out!  :O)

I set up the Century 21 Ryan Realty blog for our office.  On Tuesday of this week, I led a class about blogging for our admin and agents.  It was a bit more challenging than I had expected, but we'll keep working on it until we get them set up on AR.  

I did not want to unfairly draw attention to myself or away from the other agents, so I chose to remain anonymous, but like you, some of our friends recognized me.

The best part was reading your comment saying that I am a friend of yours.... that means a lot to me!  Thank you for checking out the C21 blog and I hope you will subscribe to it, also.  Much appreciation for your support! 

Apr 24, 2008 03:03 PM #27
Rainmaker
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Carol Lee
Dilbeck Real Estate - Oak Park, CA
Realtor - Agoura, Oak Park, Westlake CA Homes
Jason- maybe they are like me- I say, or write left, but in my head, I am thinking right.  I mean, it made perfect sense in my head!  I really am not that dense.  Dyslexia?  Who knows, But I do double and triple check things like that!
Apr 24, 2008 04:06 PM #28
Rainmaker
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Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
and this is why I use north east south and west with my directions we all have our own way of getting to an area and right may be left and so on.... it is frustrating when a street is not there at all on top of this
Apr 24, 2008 05:44 PM #29
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Melody Botting
Broker Associate PenFed Realty - San Antonio, TX
You Deserve The Best
Great post!  I am a n,s,e,w person myself.  I get confused when someone tells me to go left or right.  Yes, I know which is which but I don't always trust the person giving the directions does.  Then I worry that they are coming from another direction and it stresses me even further.  I have a Nuvi Garmin, a Tom Tom and my husband's new car has a GPS built in.  I never get lost.
Apr 25, 2008 03:23 AM #30
Rainmaker
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Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
Century 21 In the Mountains - Ellijay, GA
Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!
Wrong directions are a REAL problem in our area, where GPS is often of little help.  And, believe me, a wrong turn up here and you could wind up in "banjo music" territory!
Apr 25, 2008 07:12 AM #31
Rainmaker
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Joel Weihe
Realty World Alliance - Wichita, KS
Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits
Big pet peeve here too.  I do NSEW directions too.  And I always look at the map of the area before I head out so I know where I'm going.  That said, our town is laid out pretty much in a Grid.  I'd have a hard time giving directions in the curvy lands!  I hate the ones that state "Go north on Broadway....."  When Broadway runs north for 50 miles thru the town.  At which point do you want me going north???
Apr 25, 2008 01:09 PM #32
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Jeremy Blanton
Myrtle Beach Homes Blog - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com
Jason remember,As Relient K said 2 left hands don't make a right...but 3 do!
Apr 26, 2008 02:14 AM #33
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Joshua & Kathy Schmidt
ERA Henley Real Estate - Cabot, AR
This seems to be a problem everywhere.  I am glad I am not the only one that thinks the majority of Real Estate Agents do not know how to give proper directions.  Thank goodness for my Garmin.
Apr 29, 2008 01:27 PM #34
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