Your Realtor in the bathroom mirror? Fail.

Appearing Sunday Feb 15 in the OC Register
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Have You Looked at Your MLS Home Listing Report?

Sorry I Couldn’t Send Your MLS Home Listing Report to My BuyersAtrocious MLS home listing report photo

One of the most important things I do for buyers I work with is to actually read the MLS home listing report and look at all the pictures of homes that appear on the surface to be a reasonable match for that specific clients’ list of wants and needs. My job is to use my experience, expertise, and advanced forensic Realtor skills to weed out the duds and highlight the shining stars based on the MLS home listing report.   This is especially true for buyers looking at a Mission Viejo MLS home listing report while sitting in their current home in New York, Louisiana, or Texas. With approximately 200 residential properties currently for sale in Mission Viejo, narrowing down the field by scrutinizing the MLS home listing report is a must. It occurred to me that it might be useful for other Realtors, and any sellers who read this column, to be aware of the MLS listing reports I did not send to buyers in New York, Louisiana, and Texas this week. Here are the top four reasons I didn’t send your MLS home listing report.

  • The pictures were atrocious.

    • The first one was too dark. The next one was too bright. And the last one was of the Realtor taking the picture of the bathroom mirror, using the flash. I didn’t send your MLS listing report because even I couldn’t tell what the house looked like.
  • The clutter was atrocious.

    • Dirty dishes in the sink, every inch of kitchen counter space covered with kitchen wares and other odd items, photos and coupons sticking to the refrigerator, and dirty laundry in a big pile on the laundry room floor. At least I assume it was dirty laundry.
  • The terms were atrocious.

    • A 5% buyer premium? A 1% negotiator fee to be paid by the buyer? Are you kidding me? The only time I’d pitch that kind of listing is if my buyer specifically asked me for more details based on their own preliminary review. Granted, these terms are in the Agent Remarks section, not viewable by buyers. Then I’d do my best to explain the financial impact of these terms and point out the pros and cons of agreeing to arrangements like this. How’d you guess that the cons column was much longer?
  • The condition was atrocious.Dirt in the Back Yard of the MLS listing report photo

    • Overgrown and under watered vegetation taking over the front yard. Bare dirt in the back yard?  I know we’re in a serious drought, but that’s the best you’ve got? Visible dry rot on the rafter tails and window trim. And the kicker – that’s the only picture in your MLS listing report. One can only imagine what Pandora’s Box of damage and/or deferred maintenance projects that weren’t photographed. Yikes. Your MLS home listing report was not sent to my potential buyer. So sorry.

I’m Leslie Eskildsen.  Just keeping it real in Mission Viejo real estate.  Call me text me email me


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