Selling a Home with no Address

Home Inspector with Bay Area Home Inspection, LLC WI 739-106

Home with poorly listed directions

As a Home Inspector in a low population area, I travel extensively. I also use Google to map addresses whenever possible and a the phone app for directions. As you might imagine, the GPS at times is hit and miss. I sometimes find myself 30 miles from the nearest town, the GPS has taken me on a wild goose chase, and, I can't call the listing agent because there is no cell reception. Sometimes I don't have a house number, other times I do, but it's the lack of directions that keeps me frustrated at times. Also, if the home is in town and the house is 765 Elm street, but actually set between 321 and 334 Elm, it might be nice to know that up front. 

Obviously, having good directions to a property before I set out for an inspection would seem like the answer.'s not so easy up here. Directions are almost never included on data sheets in my local MLS. I do often call the listing office before hand if it appears the property would be hard to locate. The directions often leave a lot to be desired...sometimes I get "just look for my sign". Ahh, well, yes, it's possible your sign isn't one of the other 30 that have fallen down, but Co Rd 467 is 25 miles long. It would be nice to have some idea where on that road to turn. And, I'm on the turn off said take a right at the fork, but there are 2 forks and also a T.

Here's my beef: If I have trouble finding the property, and the Appraiser has trouble finding the property, and the plumber has trouble finding the property, it seems logical that many prospective buyers are taken off the table because they had trouble finding the property.

Many years ago, I still remember when directions to a home were included on the MLS data sheets, but that hasn't been the case here in over a decade. Personally, I've bought several properties over the years and I generally drove by it before calling anyone. I wanted to eyeball the home, the neighborhood and have some time to think about it before taking the next step.

 So, I'd be interested in how the rest of the 50 states handle this issue.   

Comments (6)

Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Great blog...thanks for sharing!

Apr 27, 2018 06:06 AM
Paul Antonelli
Antonelli Realty - Saint Cloud, FL
Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty

I agree. There have been some properties that have been well off the beaten path. 

Apr 27, 2018 06:08 AM
Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert
E*Rae Realty - Austin, TX
Exceeding Expectations in Every Transaction

I struggled with this a lot when selling farm and ranch properties.  I would personally drop a pin when I found the location so that I could send that to prospective buyers/agents.  Also, I created maps, and aerials to send to any prospective buyer along with directions.  

Apr 27, 2018 09:09 AM
Walt Fish
Bay Area Home Inspection, LLC - Marquette, MI
Upper Michigan's Most Experienced Home Inspector

Awesome ideas.

Apr 27, 2018 01:56 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Walt that is odd that the MLS in your area doesn't have directions.  We've had directions as long as I can remember and that's been since 1987.  It just makes sense to tell folks how to find and get to a home - as easily as possible.

Apr 27, 2018 04:00 PM
Walt Fish
Bay Area Home Inspection, LLC - Marquette, MI
Upper Michigan's Most Experienced Home Inspector

Yes, they used to have them here, but I always print out the data sheets and maybe one in a hundred has directions now. I also have noticed over the past few years that the construction type (i.e. convential frame, stick built ect...) is also no longer on those local MLS data sheets. The latter I can understand to a point as sometimes an agent lists a property as conventional framed and I find it (at the home inspection) to me modular or in rare case, a double wide with renovations.

Apr 27, 2018 05:32 PM

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