Funny Typos in Listings

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Real Estate Agent with United Realty Group, Inc. BK641413
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I wish I could say it isn't true, but I find funny and/or embarrassing typos in listings on the MLS on a pretty regular basis.  Here are a few of the ones I've seen:
  • a sinking living room (vs. sunken)
  • walking closet (where is it walking to?)
  • wreck room (rec. room)
  • stainless steal appliances
  • contract fell threw
  • hardware floors (hardwood floors)
  • remolded bathrooms (yikes!)
  • two full bedrooms (as opposed to what?...half bedrooms?)
  • No Job Road (vs. No. Jog Road... had to be a joke!)

Unfortunately, even spell-checkers don't catch many typos!  This is just part of the reason why it's so important to proofread your listings.  Sellers have the right to and should request to see a copy of the full listing data sheet from the MLS from their agent if the brokerage company doesn't automatically send one out shortly after listing the property.  Although typos can be embarrasing, incorrect information can be costly to the seller if not caught early on.  Anyone have examples of funny or embarrassing typos you've come across in listings?

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Rainer
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Maha Musson
Sunshine Eagle Realty - Fort Lauderdale, FL
How funny is that?!!! Cool
Sep 17, 2006 03:50 PM #8
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S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

I just came across another funny typo...

pothole window (instead of "porthole" window)!  LOL :-)

Sep 18, 2006 08:35 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL

this is not really a typo but always make me laugh.....

"PRICED TO SELL!!!" as opposed to what??  Priced to not sell?  priced to keep? 

Sep 18, 2006 12:36 PM #10
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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO
Leanne, we have a very nice, very professional elderly Realtor® in my area from another country originally; and he does his MLS write ups like he talks - he is a one man show at his Company too, so I don't know if he gets anything proofread. But he leaves out letters and adds them in; and he calls rooms by funny names; we hang his posts up in the office. It's hard to get mad at him because he does a good job on contract work, but boy his mls listings are hard to read!  As soon as I hit send I remembered one: "upstairs bathroom no go"  ????? So what it really means, I found out, is that it needs work!  :-)
Nov 29, 2006 11:17 AM #11
Rainer
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S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

 Now, see... here is a perfect example of why we should proofread our listings:

...check out the price ($3/year - for rent) for a 5 BR / 4 BA home!

WHAT A BARGAIN!!!  Hey... maybe someone will rent it for $3/year and use it for storage space!

Ines - how do you like this one?  Want to rent it?  LOL!!!!!

Dec 07, 2006 06:44 AM #12
Rainer
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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO
LOLOL  Now, isn't it true that once it appears in MLS if someone makes an offer on it it has to stand? I've never seen anything THAT drastic though!
Dec 07, 2006 01:46 PM #13
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S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

That's the theory, Carole, but in reality I don't think they'd be held to it... especially when we're talking about something that was clearly due to a lack of proofreading on behalf of the agent and/or person who entered the listing into the MLS.  At the bottom of all our MLS print-outs there is a line that reads "Information is believed accurate but is not warranted."

Dec 07, 2006 10:27 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Robert McArtor
RE/MAX Components - Fallston Maryland - Bel Air, MD
Top Listing Agent for Baltimore and Harford County
Those are great. I can't rell you howm merny ttipos e sea in the remarks session! :) (Oops. Sorry, I typed section wrong!)
Mar 01, 2007 11:21 PM #15
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Nancy Brenner
Woodstock Real Estate - CB Village Green - New Paltz, NY
Ulster County Real Estate - New Paltz Real Estate

I love this list, I had to add one too:

...Great Neighborhood at the end of a cuddlesack

Nancy Brenner, Associate Broker

Jun 27, 2007 10:39 AM #16
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S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist
Oh, that's a really funny one, Nancy!
Jun 27, 2007 10:43 AM #17
Rainer
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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO
I like it too; very Desperate Housewife's ish :-)
Jun 27, 2007 10:53 AM #18
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Ronda Myers-Waters
Willems Realtors, Principal Broker - Chesterton, IN

Leanne,

Thanks for laugh.  It's amazing that agents don't double check there listings.  Don't they know they may be auditioning for new listings with their current listings.

Jul 10, 2007 04:04 AM #19
Rainmaker
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Debbie DiFonzo
Debbie DiFonzo - United Country VIP Realty, SW Missouri - Lebanon, MO
Lebanon MO and Buffalo Missouri Real Estate

In my primary MLS we are broker load. The AE reviews the listings before taking them from "temp" to "active." She usually catches most mistakes, but last week she missed this one by a seasoned agent:

"Hoe needs lots of work."

 

Jul 14, 2007 02:24 PM #20
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MAUREEN STACCATO
Springfield, MA
LOL!- those are just too funny! I have seen quite a few myself and they make me giggle!
Jul 16, 2007 02:47 AM #21
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FRANK LL0SA Esq.- Northern Virginia Broker .:. FranklyRealty.com
Northern Virginia Homes - FRANKLY REAL ESTATE Inc - Arlington, VA

Just found:

"Grate Location"

Are you kiding me?

Frank 

Sep 10, 2007 06:25 AM #22
Rainer
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Prudential Preferred Realty Butler PA
Prudential Preferred Realty - Butler, PA

One agent in our office misread the listing agents handwriting.

She entered an "ELK kitchen"

EatInKitchen was the actual description.

Oct 15, 2007 06:24 AM #23
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Aida Pinto
United Associated Brokers - Long Beach, CA
Real Estate Broker (562) 884-6196

Yes, some are very funny--I happen to be a bit Dyslexic--and the word that gives me the most problme is grate/great! Do you have any advise advice for someone like me!  

Ok! problem gives me a problem lol

It's a good thing that to be a grate Realotr you don't have to be a grate speller!  But I usally do catch the errors!

My pet peeve is more with unethical agents than with bad spellers!  But you do make a good point!

Jul 25, 2008 07:28 PM #24
Rainmaker
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C. Thompson
Loan Modification - Bethesda, MD
Loss Mitigation Cases

Hey Leanne,

This happens to be a great way to market. I haven't personally done this myself. But, It's known to grab attention and you'd be surprised who would call you to correct you, they could become your client. So mostly likely these were intentional. Let's hope so anyway....LOL

Aug 06, 2008 06:01 PM #25
Rainmaker
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Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty

Love this. Ok included in a future list of ours. Thanks again for this funny reminder!

Feb 28, 2009 07:06 PM #26
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Konnie Mac McCarthy
MacNificent Properties, LLC - Cobb Island, MD
Broker/Owner - VA & MD "Time To Get A Move On!"

this made me think of a time when I worked in a hospital..and a nurse wrote in a chart "patient got foot stuck in throat"  (meaning food)

Sep 12, 2009 02:11 PM #27
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