What IF...I were the New Presidential Housing Czar?

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Real Estate Agent with Network Real Estate, Inc. PB00001682

  What IF...I were the New Presidential Housing Czar?

  Take this scenario...all the homes for sale in my city are foreclosures.  All the agents became Federal Real Estate Agents under my employ by appointment of the President of the United States.  My job is to Dispose of all the homes in the best manner, at the highest price possible in the shortest period of time.

  My first day on the new job, I searched the MLS and found hundreds of homes by new and seasoned agents as well as broker owners of these companies that had the following problems:

(1) No picture in the MLS at all after 14 to 45 days.
(2) Blurry pictures that you can't even make out what the house looks like.
(3) Great homes in high priced areas with ONE STINKIN picture of the outside.
(4) Nice looking homes that have 5 pictures of the OUTSIDE ONLY.  Not one single inside shot.
(5) Virtual Tours that are nothing more than a rotation of the same 7 pictures already posted.
(6) Virtually no description about the home.  A 200 character description field using up 50 characters.
(7) Incomplete information on the MLS like whether or not there is zoned HVAC for a 3,500 square foot 2 story house...whether or not there is telephone service in a rural area.
(8) A large number of agents that have NO EMAIL address to communicate with.
(9) Get this...a home that the "City" field says "UNKNOWN".  Give me a break...you don't even know the city and you enter 999-Unknown?
(10) REO or Foreclosure field and the field says "Unknown".  Again, is real estate sales too much a "burden" for you?
(11)  I pulled up "Contemporary" homes in a large area....found 77 and looked at each one....only about 6 were Contemporary.  Oh...I get it now...IF it has a "vaulted ceiling", that makes it contemporary....Frank Lloyd Wright is turning in his grave.
(12) The "Original" listing price starts off at $124,000 and the "Current Price" is now $152,000.  Are we starting our day without a Starbucks stop?
(13) The Showing Instructions say "VACANT" and "APPOINTMENT ONLY".  Oh...do we not want to disturb the mice?  Is this a "computer system error"?
(14) One listing field for the number of square feet in lot said "CONDO".  Is my IQ just to low to understand that?
(15) The "Locator Maps":  Those are the maps you click on to show the location of the house from the MLS listing in our area which the agent is suppose to "verify" by going there...confirming it and zooming in or out if necessary ... shows on most listings 2 streets neither of which I've ever heard of and rather than zooming out to show where in the hell in the city we're talking about.  Again...let's not spend too much time letting somebody know where this place is.

I could go on, but WHAT DID I DO AS THE NEW PRESIDENTIAL HOUSE CZAR FOR MY TOWN ON THE FIRST DAY OF WORK?

Well, I called in 200 of about 300 real estate agents and I FIRED EVERYONE OF THEM.  They are now out of a job.  They might now have to ask if you want to Supersize the Fries with that order.

You would think that in the tough economic times we're in and the housing market being a key element of the erosion of our national economy that the Cream of the Crop would be left in this business and you'd see some top notch creative, efficient go-getter agents promoting the sale of their home for their client.  But I believe what has happened is that all the hard working well-intended agents have left the business and left us with the "Don't Bother Me" agents that have a "Financially Influential Spouse" that gives them Referrals so it doesn't really matter if you do a good job or not...it's just whether or not you "know somebody".  Some day, that may change.

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Jim Crawford
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Great post!  I agree!  Fire them, and we'd be on the road to recovery!  The agents have given up!

Mar 12, 2009 01:31 AM #1
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David W. Bolick
Network Real Estate, Inc. - Little Rock, AR

LOL, Thanks Jim.  I'm in one of those moods this morning, tired of lousy respresentation of clients. I'm looking forward to the public becomming more demanding.

Mar 12, 2009 01:34 AM #2
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Jon Wnoroski
America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc. - Green, OH
Summit County Realtor

Hi David - Lol, I guess you could fire them all but perhaps taking the time to provide a quality education program and helping agents improve their skills might be a better first step.  I agree that there are some really poor stuff out there but where are the brokers for these agents?  Don't they monitor what their agents are putting on MLS?  Shouldn't they demand a higher level of performance?  I certainly do agree that the public must be given the highest level of customer service and agents do need to be more professional in how they conduct their business. 

 

Mar 12, 2009 02:06 AM #3
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David W. Bolick
Network Real Estate, Inc. - Little Rock, AR

I agree Jon...you'd think the Brokers would take more interest.  I know I watch the presentation of everything that my agents do because I feel it is a direct reflection on MY reputation.

Mar 12, 2009 03:20 AM #4
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Stacy Jones
West Little Rock Title Company - Little Rock, AR

Well, I'm glad I don't have to look in that stuff, or my comments would probably be parallel or even more colorful. Love the D.Trump touch!

Mar 12, 2009 04:00 AM #5
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Jerry Hill, Network Real Estate, Inc., Little Rock, AR

David,

You hit the nail right on the head.  When I am searching from property in MLS, when I come to a place without a picture, it falls to the bottom of the "must see" list.  Maybe they had to sell their camera in order to "BIGGIE" those fries.

Mar 12, 2009 04:01 AM #6
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David W. Bolick
Network Real Estate, Inc. - Little Rock, AR

LOL....Mr Hill, I think YOU Hit the Nail on the head!

Mar 12, 2009 04:06 AM #7
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Shannon Aldrich
Keller Williams Coastal Realty - Rye, NH
NH & Maine Real Estate Seacoast

LOL - Very good post! If only we could make it true!

Mar 14, 2009 06:40 AM #8
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Barbara Canada
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Probate & Estate Sales Specialist

David - you are so right.  One time I found a listing for a commercial property that had a 123 Main St address. Good luck finding that one.  All sellers should request to see what their agents are putting in MLS. 

Mar 15, 2009 12:48 AM #9
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David W. Bolick
Network Real Estate, Inc. - Little Rock, AR

Yeah Barbara...I sure wish that sellers knew they should request copies of all advertising including MLS listings.  It sure would make a difference.

Mar 15, 2009 01:38 AM #10
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David W. Bolick
Network Real Estate, Inc. - Little Rock, AR

On 3-24-09 I received the following AR email message in my box....

Your post 'What IF...I were the New Presidential Housing Czar?' has been removed from the group 'realestatemarketing' by an administrator/moderator. You should either review the guidelines for the group or contact this person if you have any questions.

Now what's interesting is I CAN'T FIND A GROUP BY THAT NAME, SO I CERTAINLY CAN'T ASK "WHY".

I respect postings that are "ON SUBJECT" and I never put a posting somewhere I think is not related to the subject. 

Apr 04, 2009 02:04 AM #11
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