Agents can make me mad sometimes. We are paid a good amount of money for the work that we do and some of us can’t seem to do the minimum amount of work to list a home. Today, as I was reviewing the new listings that were released on MLS for my clients, I came across a bunch of listings with pictures upside down, toilet seats left up or clutter everywhere. This is unacceptable and these agents need to step up their game or get out of the business. Our job is to represent our clients to the best of our ability and some of us can’t seem to do the basics. Here are some basic guidelines when listing a home on MLS:
1) Put the f-n toilet seat down and remove the clutter from bathroom counters before taking pictures. I get so irked when I see a disastrous bathroom. Not only does it look messy, it sends the message that this bathroom is DIRTY and will need some major TLC and who wants to clean someone else’s bathroom dirties anyway??
2) If you can’t take good pictures, hire a professional. Taking some quick pictures with your iPhone is not good work. Purchase some professional equipment, learn how to use it and buy some editing software or better yet, HIRE A PROFESSIONAL who can make your listing look its best.
3) Take pictures when the sun is out. A dark room looks awful and doesn’t accentuate the home’s best features.
4) Buy a measuring tape and measure the rooms so people don’t waste their time by seeing a home in person only to realize that their must needed king size bed will definitely not fit in the 9×9 foot master bedroom.
5) Take pictures – as much as I hate seeing horrible pictures, it’s better than no pictures at all. I will not take listings as seriously if the pictures aren’t posted because the home is likely a disgusting mess and not worth seeing.
6) Add a description to your MLS listing. Take some time and highlight the important features of the home. This is a true sign of a lazy agent. If you don’t have the time to do this, then hire someone to come up with some creative genius.
7) REVIEW your listing once it’s been posted onto MLS. Make sure the pictures aren’t upside down, that there are no grammatical errors, the map location is accurate, the home is classified correctly, the number of bedrooms and washrooms is accurate. SIMPLE THINGS PEOPLE! So many times, I’ve done a map search and come across a home that should have been mapped in Aurora but shows up in downtown Toronto. Spell check was invented for a reason – use it! Make sure your condo is classified as a “Condo Apartment” vs. a “Detached” home because that will impact the amount of serious buyers seeing your listing, don’t you think?
I could go on but I’ll stop here. I just want my fellow Realtors to understand that our job is important and we need to take the time to serve our clients properly. If you got into this business to make some quick money, get the hell out because you aren’t doing the industry or yourself any favours. Hopefully, your reputation will catch up to you and you will lose business and eventually need to consider a career change.
To anyone looking to buy or sell their home, please make sure you are hiring a professional who will take a vested interest in doing what’s best for you. Ask for referrals, conduct interviews and do some background digging on the agents you are considering. The decision to purchase or sell your home is a HUGE one and should be taken seriously.