How to not sell a home.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Atlas Realty Service, LLC Ga Re lic. 266576

Maybe I shouldn't do this but hey that's never stopped me before.  If I need to take the post down I will.

Unfortunately this is a real listing that is active right now.

How to NOT sell a home 


1. Use 1 really crummy picture.  This pic is even worse than the pic that was on the Cobb county tax record site.  Just think if your drivers license picture was better than the photo you used on your website!

 Pic from Cobb county tax website

2. Overprice the home. - Price the home $6000 over the home down the street that also has a full finished basement when yours is on a slab.

3. Mention in your public comments that there is an allowance for the needeed repairs ..  and the section 8 tenant needs to be notified before showing

4. List the wrong zip code

5. List the wrong elementary school


Stuff like this hurts our profession.  There is probably a lot more that I could say.

Consumers wonder if there really is a difference in real estate agents .... I think it is very apparent that there is a huge difference!

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Anthony Stokes-Pereira
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Nanuet, NY

Hi Bob;

I like this post, agents should pay attention to what they are doing. I always do the best to present the property to the buying public. Great Post!!!

Jun 15, 2008 08:36 AM #1
Dana Couch-Davis
Kendall Haney Realty Group - Memphis, TN

I hope you can keep the post up.  There are lots of free tips on ActiveRain and other website about photo taking in addition to alloowing "pros" to take the photos to sell the listing.  Good points.

Jun 15, 2008 08:38 AM #2
Michael Shankman
Award Realty - Las Vegas, NV
Selling Las Vegas 702-498-3383

good post..I totally agree with you..amd most of the time the sellers never even see their printout and also many listings don't have enough info about the house..those agents are just lazy..what a shame for the sellers!!!

Jun 15, 2008 08:42 AM #3
Kara Casamassina
International Property Management Group, LLC - Aiken, SC
Boomers and beyond

wow.  someone needs to help out that agent!     

Jun 15, 2008 08:42 AM #4
Ernie & Barb Suto
Century 21 Preferred Realty - Pompton Lakes, NJ

That is a great post!  Feel sorry for that seller, but we are not all like that thank goodness!

Jun 15, 2008 08:54 AM #5
Patrick Lambert
ALLY Real Estate - Waikoloa, HI
Hawaii Real Estate Expert

Sloppy, lazy agents give us all a bad name.

Have a great day.

Jun 15, 2008 09:04 AM #6
Joan Snodgrass
Midamerica Referral Network - Kimberling City, MO

Oh, THEY are out there!  Brokers and agents who can't be bothered with putting the right subdivision in the info??

Jun 15, 2008 09:05 AM #7
Glenda Cherry
Keller Williams Realty - Herndon, VA
Realtor / Photographer

Unfortunately, I see way too many listings like this.  I'm always itching to call the seller and ask them if they know how bad their agent is :-)  I had a couple come through my open house a few weeks ago - they're selling their home just a few blocks away.  After the open, I tried to look up the listing ... I had a hard time finding it because the agent listed it UNDER THE WRONG ADDRESS!!  Wonder if they're getting a lot of showings?

Jun 15, 2008 09:06 AM #8
Scott Daniels Florida Real Estate 2.0. Agents Earn 100% Commission.
Florida List For Less Realty, Inc. Broker/Owner. - Cooper City, FL

It never ceases to amaze me the quality of bad photos that exist out there.

Some folks take pics from their cell phones,which is comical.

Jun 15, 2008 09:06 AM #9
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor

Bob, another biggie is to not answer your phone or return calls for a showing.

Jun 15, 2008 09:19 AM #10
Mott Marvin Kornicki
Waterway Realtors® • South East Florida - Miami Beach, FL
Waterway Realtors, Notary Public 786-229-7999

Some listings are easier than others to be proud of! In your example, the listing agent most likely never has been inside the property. The zip code is a totally diferent story. I don't see why you would need to take the post down. It seems that all parties have been unnamed and anonymous.

Jun 15, 2008 09:20 AM #11
Brian Solinsky
Keller Williams Realty - Puyallup, WA

How do agents like this even get listings? Makes you wonder if the seller even wants to sell.

Jun 15, 2008 09:25 AM #12
Jim Lee
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH

We have ongoing issues in our area with the same things you do.


One favorite 'trick' is to list multiple types for the same house, i.e. ranch, basement ranch, two story, etc.



Jun 15, 2008 09:31 AM #13
Shaun Wren

Wow. That is too funny. I guess some people are willing to go the extra mile. too bad this person was a mile in the wrong direction.

Jun 15, 2008 09:34 AM #14
Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate

I sometimes think I should call the agent and point out the errors of thier ways but then reality sets in and I don't.  Most agents don't look after themselves nor does it seem the brokers do.

Jun 15, 2008 09:48 AM #15
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That's a pretty weak listing alright.  I like that your tax department puts pictures of homes!   I didn't know that was an option.  As for the incorrect info in your MLS, couldn't you send in a correction notice about the zip code?  That's just plain bad info, and it makes us all look bad, and hinders your ability to do your job.

Jun 30, 2008 12:58 PM #16
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