Does your listing take full advantage of all the MLS has to offer?
This afternoon I have been creating a list for a Realtor® I work for. She wants a list of potential homes that would be suitable for a client retiring here. She wants to show only single floor homes, or condo's/townhomes on the first floor.
I am completely frustrated by the MLS right now, as well as the Realtors® who use it for Listings.
I would say that the majority of listings give no mention to these facts. Instead of entering my search criteria and getting the results I want, I have to search through all listings in each neighborhood that may work for this client. It is a time consuming project, and one that, frankly, should be done in minutes.
This is not the first time this has occurred. When I was working as a Realtor® I used to have the same frustration. I would pull homes with the criteria I wanted, and go out to preview. And lo and behold, there would be several homes that would meet my criteria that did not come up on my list.
Since we live in an area with a high number of retirees, and they are the ones buying for the most part, I would think that Realtors® would want to highlight the fact that a condo or townhome is on the lower level with minimal steps. Or that a home would be perfect for those requiring no or minimal steps. After all, isn't selling the home the whole idea of placing it in the MLS? And selling it to the very person who seeks what you have?
I am sure that there are other features that would be nice to have acknowledged as well, so searching can be easier. I hope that Realtors® will at some point see the importance of this idea, and start to fill out every single thing that may matter, that may be the very thing someone may be looking for. Because is this not part of the job of Listing a home?
How well do you do with listing a home in your local MLS?
Jerri McCombs, Advanced Virtual Assistant
828/553-5190 or info@JerriMcCombs.com