It never fails that when I am browsing our MLS, I find outdated information that has been posted by the listing realtor and no longer applies. Here's a few outdated quotes and other information that I recently found;
1. Some of the pictures have snow in them! OK, I live in Wisconsin where we have winter for several months but it's now August and last time I looked, all the snow is gone! There is no excuse to have a picture of your listing with snow. This also applies to pictures that were taken this spring when the trees were bare and the grass was not green. Get out there and take fresh pictures!!
2. The comments say "Great house, won't last long!". And this listing is about 6 months old (sometimes longer). Be honest; if the house hasn't sold in 6 months then it's no longer reasonable to say this.
3. There is outdated bonus information. If the bonus that your seller is offering is now expired, get it off the agent remarks!!
4. If your agent remarks also say "No showings until 4/1/08 and it is now August, once again, delete that phrase. What that shows the rest of us is that you have not even looked at your listing on the MLS in quite a while.
5. This last one is a personal pet peeve but I know our MLS has certain rules regarding this. If your listing expired, you cannot (and I repeat, cannot) create a new listing contract and list the property as a new listing with a new MLS number. The house has to be off the market for a minimum of 30 days before it can have a new MLS number. This is a rule in our neck of the woods!! But I constantly see agents breaking this rule. Why be dishonest?? Buyers will recognize a house that has been listed for the past year and they are not dumb! They know it's not a new listing.
In this day and age of real estate, we all need to be on top of our game. Agents; look at your listings and make sure they are up to date. Sellers; look at your listings on the mls and make sure that your agent has everything up to date. Make sure your listings are the best they can be!!