Surrounded by plummeting prices, bankrupting banks, fickle financiers, sagging stocks, cantankerous consumers …¬†It‚Äôs time for some frivolity.
If you, like I, show a decent number of properties and, in the process, read the displayed MLS remarks, you‚Äôll quickly discover that the art of good fiction writing is alive and well. With the current onslaught of foreclosures and distressed properties, listing agents have become, by necessity, ‚Äúcreative‚ÄĚ with their carefully crafted comments. As I read their information, designed to convey the important aspects of the home, I‚Äôd swear some of them are gunning for a Pulitzer.
And then you visit the property, read the comments again and ask, ‚ÄúHow did we get there from here?‚ÄĚ
As an example, a property I recently visited had remarks stating, ‚ÄúNeeds cosmetic work.‚ÄĚ
Translation? ‚ÄúThrow in a stick of dynamite and start over!‚ÄĚ The carpets were decimated, strips of wallpaper hung peeling from the walls, all the baseboards were missing and there was SUBSTANTIAL water damage to an upstairs bathroom floor and the ceiling underneath. Read, ‚Äúgaping hole.‚ÄĚ And that was just the beginning.
A REALTOR‚ÄôS job is to sell property,¬†and what they pen is designed to get you and your homebuyer to visit. Continue reading this post