Top Ten Reasons to Spank Your Listing Agent

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Real Estate Agent with Dove Realty Inc.

10.  Your agent doesn't bother to post pictures on your listing.                                                          

9.  Your agent has taken pictures but your house is being featured on Bad MLS pictures. Yes, this is a real website

8.  Your agent has decided to call your circa 1953 Ranch a Tudor just because it has a brick exterior.

7.  Your agent tells you "You don't need to paint (your dingy faded walls). The buyers will want to pick their own colors. You don't need to re-carpet (even though it smells).  We'll (you'll) just give them a carpet allowance. What they don't tell you is that you're going to lose up to 10 times the cost of these simple improvements and you're going to gain days, weeks or months on the market. stained carpet

6.  Your agent tells you "It's okay for you not to have a sign if you don't want one. A serious buyer will find it." Believe me, when it comes to real estate, anonymity is a dirty word.

5.  When you say you don't want to have a lockbox your agent weenies out and tells you what you want to hear instead of the truth. "You don't really need a lockbox if you don't want one.  I'm sure the agents won't mind making a special appointment to see your home." Not!

4.  No driving directions on your listing. 

3. Worse yet, driving directions that lead agents in the exact opposite direction.  My favorite is turn left or right with no point of reference. Sometimes your best offer will come from an out-of-area agent.  Why make it hard for them to find your house?

stuck door2.  An agent is standing at your door with their buyers and, try though they may, they can't get the key to work.  After tracking down your agent they get the following instructions: "Insert the key half way in, take a deep breath, lean to the left while pushing the key in and turning it to the right at the same time." For pete's sake get a new lockset installed before you list!

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vicious pitbill1. Your agent neglects to mention in the listing, "You'll be greeted by Sally the friendly pitbull. Don't worry about about the fact that she'll charge you with teeth bared- she's actually very friendly."  I'm not making this up, it happened to me just last month. Can you spell lawsuit?

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Lisa Long
Heather Roda Broker - Paso Robles, CA

It would surprise me if you found an agent that didn't agree with you. Those were all funny because they were so true! Thanks for sharing and making me laugh.

Sep 01, 2008 12:55 PM #38
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Tori Lynn Wallitsch
Prudential Ambassador / Ross Designs, LLC - Omaha, NE

Hilarious!!  I wish more sellers knew enough questions and things to follow up with their agents to make sure they are doing everything right.

Sep 01, 2008 02:14 PM #39
Rainmaker
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Cynthia:Thaks. I had a ball. I love to cook and my company pitched in with the clean-up.

Michelle: My pleasure.

Bryce: Speak softly but carry a big stick.

Susan: It's bad Feng Shui as well.

 

Sep 01, 2008 04:15 PM #40
Rainmaker
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Mary Bowen
Coldwell Banker United, Realtor - The Woodlands, TX
Real Estate At Its Finest!!!

I LOVED your title and just had to read the blog.  My favorite is the "friendly dog"  I love dogs, but dogs aren't always so friendly when you are breaking into their home while the family is out.  I find it atleast helps to know the dogs name.  Atleast the dog might think you know him.

Sep 02, 2008 01:01 AM #41
Rainmaker
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Dale Terry
Yadkinville, NC

No doubt these things will continue to happen and will leave us shaking our heads.  Good Post!

Sep 02, 2008 01:28 AM #42
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Kathi: As I've said before "that borders on malpractice".

Dean: In this market we all need a good laugh from time to time.

Tori Lynn: Don't we all.

Sep 02, 2008 09:16 AM #43
Rainer
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-- Casey Brischle
Columbia Bank - Spokane, WA
Spokane Home Loan Mortgage Professional

Luckily I never experienced anything on this list.  I snagged a good realtor right off the bat and have been happy so far.

Sep 02, 2008 10:36 AM #44
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Jeff Rogers
retired - Manchester, TN

This is great thanks for the laugh.  But it is true.  I will try and make sure to avoid such pitfals.  Thanks for the post.

Sep 03, 2008 01:29 AM #45
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Jim Crawford
Maximum One Executive REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
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Thanks! True but very funny. I cannot help but laugh because it is every day in our business.
Sep 03, 2008 01:31 AM #46
Rainmaker
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Mary: You're right. Under the best of circumstances dogs can be territorial and this certainly wasn't the best of circumstances.

Home Realty: Thanks for clicking and commenting.

Casey: You're lucky!

Sep 06, 2008 01:41 PM #47
Rainmaker
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Lisa: I certainly didn't have to puff this up to make it funny.

Jeff: Thanks for stopping by.

Jim: Unfortunately that's the case.

Sep 07, 2008 01:17 PM #48
Rainer
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LS Rogers Realty
LS Rogers Realty - Richardson, TX

That's funny. Truth usually is.  I've been in the biz long enough to encounter each and every one of these.

Sep 15, 2008 02:20 PM #49
Rainmaker
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Hi Trunda,

I hear you. "That which doesn't kill you will make you stronger". Thanks for stopping by.

Sep 15, 2008 02:51 PM #50
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Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
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Susan- You nailed it with this list.Number 2 is a personal pet peeve.

Sep 20, 2008 11:12 PM #51
Rainmaker
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Ellie: My other favorite is the hidden lockbox.

Sep 22, 2008 01:01 PM #52
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Randy G. Morley
The Home Brokers, Inc. - Colorado Springs, CO

LOL,... I have run into every one of those,... and while they sound too ridiculously stupid to be true,..every one of them is. Your story reminds me of one of my own that I wll shre post haste.

 

Thanks for the gin

Sep 22, 2008 04:52 PM #53
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Robert Worthington
Worthington Realty - Manitowoc, WI

THanks for the great blog.  This is great and should be read on the david letterment show.  Keep the good posts coming

Sep 22, 2008 04:58 PM #54
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Randy: I know. I didn't have to exaggerate one little bit to come up with this.

Robert: Thank you soooo much. There's nothing like being validated by your peers.

Oct 15, 2008 04:29 PM #55
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Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

Susan your countdown just made me laugh!  Thank you for the great Seller Tips - I hope you don't mind but I just Re-Blogged it! :-)

Oct 27, 2008 07:33 PM #56
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Suzanne Metz
Design to Appeal (Homestaging and Interior Redesign) - Medicine Hat, AB

This was a very informative artice. Homesellers should make sure they do alot of research before hiring a listing agent. A professional listing agent will make sure that none of the above things happen.

Oct 27, 2008 11:10 PM #57
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