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Monday, May 17, 2010

Don’t Let the Cats Out and other MLS Clues… [Other title: Beauty is in the eyes of the seller!]

When we go to schedule showings for our buyer clients there are sometimes often subtle hints in the MLS narrative that can give us a clue about the property.

On the other hand I have read descriptions before, arrived at the property, then had to confirm the address because the description was off the mark by a long way!

Being a real estate professional I know the “secret words.” Now this is really written with a tinge of sarcasm and humor...but sometimes there are things to be learned in sarcasm!

Here are some secret phrases and the meaning…ssshhh, don’t tell anyone where you got these. Tomorrow I will show you the secret handshake!
  • “Owner will be taking ceiling fans.”  Check to see what else will go with seller… 
  • “Value in the land.”  POS!  
  • “Roof is in good shape.”  Better have it inspected on a sunny day! 
  • “Buyer backed away!”  Previous buyer did not just walk...they would not even turn their backs as they hustled on down the road! 
  • “This is truly an opportunity knocking...Needs just some updating.” I priced it as low as the sellers would go but come on. lets see if they will take a lower price, please! 
  • "Owner is allowing a carpet allowance" If the carpet is so bad even the owner acknowledges the condition, leave your shoes on! 
  • “Needs a little cosmetic help, but in great shape”  Not sure...This may have been what my last girl friend said about me! I married my last girlfriend over 31 years ago!
There are other “code words” like charming, cute, bring your toothbrush, and my favorite, just needs TLC that should be interpreted figuratively. Besides.. beauty is in the eye of the seller!  

Gary Waters, Century 21 Baytree Realty, Rockledge, Florida, serving buyers and sellers in Brevard County Florida's most popular communities - Viera, Suntree, Heritage Isle, Cocoa Beach, Rockledge and all of central Brevard!

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