Are your listings outdated?

By
Real Estate Agent with Prudential Benrud Realty

It never fails that when I am browsing our MLS, I find outdated information that has been posted by the listing realtor and no longer applies.  Here's a few outdated quotes and other information that I recently found;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  There is outdated bonus information.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!!

 

Comments (10)

Linda Mae Croom
Topock, AZ
(928) 768-3040

Tina,

Thanks for the reminder to always keep an eye on what I've wrote. In today's market listings are sometimes on the market much longer and need to be updated. Hope everyone reads and follows your advise.

Aug 12, 2008 12:30 AM
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Tina I could not agrre more. If sellers paid more attention and actually kept up with what their Realtor was doing many of them would be fired!

Aug 12, 2008 12:32 AM
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro

Tina--I agree with you about the SNOW pictures! There are still plenty of them in our Twin Cities MLS too. As for your pet peeve, we are allowed to let a listing expire or do a cancel/relist and get a new MLS number. The information is listed in the history section and there is a cummulative days on the market statistic on our MLS. It is driven off the property id number on the tax record and the address. Some agents will try to get around this by putting erroneous information in these fields but there is a huge fine if you are caught. Not playing by the rules shows a person's ethics plain and simple!

Aug 12, 2008 12:34 AM
Tina Bann
Prudential Benrud Realty - Eau Claire, WI

Teri - I figured that some of the MLS rules would be different.  Our MLS rules specifically state that a house must be off the market for 30 days before the realtor can re-list it with a new mls number.  Of course, this only applies to re-listings that are done with the same realtor.  I have seen some realtors get around the "history button" by changing the street name with the listing.  They will call it "xxx dr" when last time they called it "xxx drive".  Ethics, ethics!

Aug 12, 2008 12:39 AM
Don Fabrizio-Garcia
Fab Real Estate - Danbury, CT
Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate

Tina - I say one yesterday, where in the public remarks it said, "OPEN HOUSE TODAY AUG 2".  Besides the fact that we're not allowed to advertise open houses in the public remarks, that open house was nearly two weeks ago. Update it!

And, yes, we still have many listings with snow in the pictures...

Aug 12, 2008 12:42 AM
Carol Swain
Keller Williams Real Estate - Langhorne, PA
Realtor, -www.swainsells.com- Bucks County, Pa

I agree.  I constantly see the, "No showings until ....."  You are hurting your own listing.

Aug 12, 2008 01:00 AM
Charlie Ragonesi
AllMountainRealty.com - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

It  is kinda like dating the sellers disclosure. Oh what a give away to the amount of time the house has been on the market

Aug 12, 2008 01:01 AM
Miriam Martir
Keller Williams - Metuchen, NJ

Very good post, I agree what does it take to make a change.

Aug 12, 2008 01:03 AM
Evelyn Panning
Property Connections Realty Inc. - Alturas, CA

I try to keep my listings updated, but honestly, so many of my listings are on the remote side and I usually have about 100 active listings at any one time.  Sometimes photos are the thing that don't get updated -- all other info does. ~Evelyn

Aug 12, 2008 01:22 AM
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

Tina Bann

I am very guilty of this. I am getting better bout watching mine and keeping them updated

Feb 12, 2015 09:23 AM