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Old 11-21-2011, 08:10 AM
 
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I was told by someone in the RE field that sometimes agents intentionally post bad pics or spotty information for some properties on the general MLS sites in order to drive traffic to their personalized real estate site. If this is true, it would explain some of the poor quality listings on mlsli.
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Village of Patchogue, NY
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I know that the seller takes the pictures. But now once this poor excuse for a listing is up - don't the people look at it and wonder what the hell is going on and get upset. I know I would. That house has been on there for years.
Listed in Feb 2011, and it almost sold in June but i guess it fell through. Now it's back in Pending status again.

I agree the pictures suck, but the house is getting activity.

I noticed the RE market works heavily on relationships and many times the listing agent is a relative or friend or something.
Things I hear at open houses all the time
"Oh the sellers have been a friend of mine since high school and..."
"This home has been in the family for a million years, I remember coming over every year for..."
"The sellers are my [insert family relationship] and..."

If I was the seller, I would be furious if this bit of info came out during casual conversation at open houses. But as a buyer I love small talk like this because it lets me dig for information not disclosed in the listing. "Oh they are moving out of state for another job? That's great that he got a job in this tough climate! Congratulations!" Then I take note that they are eager to get out.

Sometimes this relationship aspect gets in the way of seeking out quality professionals. I can sort of see if your aunt is a RE agent, you kind of have to use her...
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:31 AM
 
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I went to a bunch of open houses this weekend. We were pretty tired by the last one so I had dispensed with most niceties with the real estate agents.

Near the end of the day yesterday we stopped at a house that didn't have any pictures, just on a whim because the outside didn't look too bad. We pull up and the agent is sitting in her car in the driveway. Okay, the open house started an hour ago.

My wife and I walked in and walked out within 10 seconds because it smelled so bad and was obvious an illegal rental house the owners were trying to unload, listed at a price at least $80K above what anyone would consider paying, and contractors needed only apply to this one.

Not a good sign when the real estate agent won't even stay in the house for a few hours.

This is why you don't go to houses with no pictures posted.
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:33 AM
 
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ml#: 2365639

I understand it is a short sale, but still. Come on.
My interpretation from these pictures:

Stinks like smoke and cat urine, kitchen from 1950. A complete tear down.
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:37 AM
 
Location: under the beautiful Carolina blue
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Would not want to have pictures taken of my house right after it snowed. Pretty easy to make a house look neutral at other times of the year but snow is a problem. When my sister put her house on the market last year it snowed the day before the pix were taken and she was not happy, and she was just getting ready to have new pictures taken when she got an offer in May.

Realtors may be lazy, but if your ultimate goal is to sell your house, you need to stay on top of the situation.
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:42 AM
 
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I understand it is a short sale, but still. Come on.
Hilarious. I enjoy the snowprints.
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:13 AM
 
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yeah that is kind of crazy just a bunch of pictures of basically the same thing, on the other hand why get upset? if you are in the market for a house and you see this house maybe you want to go see it? so go see it? I would not ever imagine buying a house without inspecting it as thorough as a gynecologist might...

even If i am buying inexpensive items (30$ or so) I still want to know everything about the product so that I will not get burned, cash in cash out, i worked hard for my cash and i aint messing around with it...
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Kings Park, NY
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My interpretation from these pictures:

Stinks like smoke and cat urine, kitchen from 1950. A complete tear down.
I'm glad you are all agreeing with me about this listing...

Agreed it is probably a disaster inside.
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:59 AM
 
Location: East Northport
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I noticed the RE market works heavily on relationships and many times the listing agent is a relative or friend or something.
Things I hear at open houses all the time
"Oh the sellers have been a friend of mine since high school and..."
"This home has been in the family for a million years, I remember coming over every year for..."
"The sellers are my [insert family relationship] and..."
Absolutely the worst criteria on which to select an agent.
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Old 12-11-2011, 03:53 PM
 
Location: now nyc
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LOL, more....

MLSLI.com
(^^ A desperate attempt by a realtor to make a house look larger than it is)

This realtor obviously put a lot of effort into it;
MLSLI.com

Looks like this pic was taken from a 1970's disposable camera;
MLSLI.com

Hope the buyer will be able to fit through the door!;
MLSLI.com
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