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How to not sell a home.

Maybe I shouldn't do this but hey that's never stopped me before.  If I need to take the post down I will.

Unfortunately this is a real listing that is active right now.

How to NOT sell a home 


1. Use 1 really crummy picture.  This pic is even worse than the pic that was on the Cobb county tax record site.  Just think if your drivers license picture was better than the photo you used on your website!

 Pic from Cobb county tax website

2. Overprice the home. - Price the home $6000 over the home down the street that also has a full finished basement when yours is on a slab.

3. Mention in your public comments that there is an allowance for the needeed repairs ..  and the section 8 tenant needs to be notified before showing

4. List the wrong zip code

5. List the wrong elementary school


Stuff like this hurts our profession.  There is probably a lot more that I could say.

Consumers wonder if there really is a difference in real estate agents .... I think it is very apparent that there is a huge difference!




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Comment balloon 16 commentsBob Southard • June 15 2008 03:31PM


Hi Bob;

I like this post, agents should pay attention to what they are doing. I always do the best to present the property to the buying public. Great Post!!!

Posted by Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) about 12 years ago

I hope you can keep the post up.  There are lots of free tips on ActiveRain and other website about photo taking in addition to alloowing "pros" to take the photos to sell the listing.  Good points.

Posted by Dana Couch-Davis, CRS, GRI, ABR, SRES (Kendall Haney Realty Group) about 12 years ago

good post..I totally agree with you..amd most of the time the sellers never even see their printout and also many listings don't have enough info about the house..those agents are just lazy..what a shame for the sellers!!!

Posted by Michael Shankman, Selling Las Vegas 702-498-3383 (Award Realty) about 12 years ago

wow.  someone needs to help out that agent!     

Posted by Kara Casamassina, Boomers and beyond (International Property Management Group, LLC) about 12 years ago

That is a great post!  Feel sorry for that seller, but we are not all like that thank goodness!

Posted by Ernie & Barb Suto (Century 21 Preferred Realty) about 12 years ago

Sloppy, lazy agents give us all a bad name.

Have a great day.

Posted by Patrick Lambert, Hawaii Real Estate Expert (ALLY Real Estate) about 12 years ago

Oh, THEY are out there!  Brokers and agents who can't be bothered with details...........like putting the right subdivision in the info??

Posted by Joan Snodgrass (Midamerica Referral Network) about 12 years ago

Unfortunately, I see way too many listings like this.  I'm always itching to call the seller and ask them if they know how bad their agent is :-)  I had a couple come through my open house a few weeks ago - they're selling their home just a few blocks away.  After the open, I tried to look up the listing ... I had a hard time finding it because the agent listed it UNDER THE WRONG ADDRESS!!  Wonder if they're getting a lot of showings?

Posted by Glenda Cherry, Realtor / Photographer (Keller Williams Realty) about 12 years ago

It never ceases to amaze me the quality of bad photos that exist out there.

Some folks take pics from their cell phones,which is comical.

Posted by Scott Daniels Florida Real Estate 2.0. Agents Earn 100% Commission. (Florida List For Less Realty, Inc. Broker/Owner. ) about 12 years ago

Bob, another biggie is to not answer your phone or return calls for a showing.

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 12 years ago

Some listings are easier than others to be proud of! In your example, the listing agent most likely never has been inside the property. The zip code is a totally diferent story. I don't see why you would need to take the post down. It seems that all parties have been unnamed and anonymous.

Posted by Mott Marvin Kornicki, Waterway Realtors, Notary Public 786-229-7999 (Waterway Realtors® • South East Florida • Real Estate Brokers) about 12 years ago

How do agents like this even get listings? Makes you wonder if the seller even wants to sell.

Posted by Brian Solinsky, CDPE, CNE, ABR (Keller Williams Realty) about 12 years ago

We have ongoing issues in our area with the same things you do.


One favorite 'trick' is to list multiple types for the same house, i.e. ranch, basement ranch, two story, etc.



Posted by Jim Lee, Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH (RE/MAX Shoreline) about 12 years ago

Wow. That is too funny. I guess some people are willing to go the extra mile. too bad this person was a mile in the wrong direction.

Posted by Shaun Wren (AGENTFORLIFE) about 12 years ago

I sometimes think I should call the agent and point out the errors of thier ways but then reality sets in and I don't.  Most agents don't look after themselves nor does it seem the brokers do.

Posted by Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate (Fathom Realty) about 12 years ago

That's a pretty weak listing alright.  I like that your tax department puts pictures of homes!   I didn't know that was an option.  As for the incorrect info in your MLS, couldn't you send in a correction notice about the zip code?  That's just plain bad info, and it makes us all look bad, and hinders your ability to do your job.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 12 years ago

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