Greetings to all! This post has been a LONG time coming. In 2012, I sold almost $9 million in homes! Some were my listings (YAY!!) and some were sales to buyers. All in all, I did keep a log of all the homes I showed in 2012, and the grand total was 169 homes! That’s a LOT of inventory. As you can imagine, I get to see a lot of “interesting” stuff. Some illegal, some unusual, some just plain downright vile.
It never ceases to amaze me, when I am out showing property, how some Realtors have presented their listings for the public to see. Even if the seller is distressed or has picked up in the middle of the night and left, there are certain things a Realtor can do when preparing a property to go into the MLS. Number ONE on that list is… wait for it…. TAKE DECENT PHOTOS. Come on people! We all know that people love to look at homes online. Take a look at the following photos and let me know if you think the listing agent has represented their seller’s best interests…. I’ll be looking forward to your comments!( Important to note before viewing: I copied and pasted these photos straight from the MLS, I didn’t take them with my phone or camera. This is how they are truly presented online for everyone in the world to see.) Let me know which is your favorite!
Perfect for someone with a really bad neck perhaps?
You won’t see this one on Pinterest.
I guess if I was the listing agent I would have moved the garbage cans before I snapped this shot. Just sayin.
I love this one! It’s so cool to leave the toilet seat up so that buyers can see the inside of the toilet. Also cool to make sure you are in the photo that you take!
The listing agent billed this one as “farm style.” I disagree.
Lazy listing agent couldn’t even move the BIKE out of the room? Come on.
You are kidding me. In 23 years of selling homes, I have never had a buyer tell me they are looking for a home with a bucket and a lot of floor cleaning supplies. If someone does tell me that this year I will know right where to go with them.
I would not recommend this organization strategy
This one might work if the buyer is totally into St. Patrick’s day? Or maybe is a leprechaun?
Again, a listing agent who would actually like to SELL this property could have tidied up a little before the photos were shot.
Leave your comment below to let me know which one is the biggest loser! Until next time,
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The sign that you have arrived at one of Kane County's top 2010 top 20 real estate offices!
This was the remark from a fellow Realtor I was with last Thursday night at a function that was sponsored by a loan officer I do a lot of business with. I shrugged my shoulders and told her my company had our best year ever, and I had my best year ever, as well, in 2010. Then I laughed until I cried when she told me, ” you still have your diamond earrings on… everyone else has hocked theirs!” HAHA!!!
Now, let’s make clear that this is not Teresa Rockefeller authoring the post!! I have beautiful earrings that my husband purchased for me many, many moons ago. MANY moons! At a time in my life (marriage) when earrings were very valued gift. At this time in my life (marriage) a more appreciated gift is a warm dinner, prepared by said spouse, and a laundry basket full of clean and folded laundry, also prepared by said spouse!!! Now that’s my kind of gift!!!
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Me and my boy
Not really real-estate related except for the fact that this whole incident DID occur in the Stone Tower Properties office, as follows…….
A couple of Mondays ago, I walked in the front door at about 9 am. Barely got my lap-top plugged in when I heard some sniffling and crying at the front door. When I looked up from my desk, there was a woman standing in the front of the office, crying her eyes out. Of course, I asked her if there was anything I could help her with!!! This was the reply…” My mom just died! She lived in St. Louis and I have to get down there….. I didn’t have enough money to pay my rent on Saturday, and now I only have enough money to get on the train and get to Chicago, I don’t have enough money to buy a bus ticket once I get there… can you help me????”
Well, what was I going to do? Geez… so I opened up my wallet and gave her $20, which was all I had in there! (live by the debit card, die by the debit card!) She thanked me profusely, then left, still weeping. Of course, my husband was upstairs here at the office, listening to this whole scene, and when she finally left, he yelled down the stairs something about me being a bleeding heart liberal a.k.a. SUCKER……
How shocked was I when one of my friends who lives about 2 blocks from this office told me the exact same story, but a different ending…. my friend was wise enough not to pony up the money!!! At this point I was still thinking maybe the girl really needed that dough! My convictions were dashed to shreds on Sunday morning, when I ran smack into her at the French Market here in Geneva, with a nice big bag of fresh produce, probably purchased with my $20!!! She saw me and avoided all eye contact immediately….dead give-away that I had been ripped off! Easy come, easy go….
Leave me a comment and let me know…. would you have given the money, or showed her the door?
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