There are certain things about real estate that drive me absolutely bonkers.
Bad data in the listing is way up that list.
In just the past couple of days, we’ve shown two houses that clearly stated in the MLS listing that the “refrigerator conveys”. What this means is that the refrigerator will stay in the home and transfer to the new owner when the home is sold (typically refrigerators, which are not fixtures, do not convey).
OK, so the listing says the fridge conveys, what’s the problem?
The problem is, there was no refrigerator in either house.
Why then, would the listing agent say the non-existent appliance conveys?
I honestly have no idea.
Then there is the listing that mentioned the tile in the hallway. You know, the hallway that is carpeted.
And in what may be the most egregious error we’ve seen in the past few days comes this gem”¦
In the listing remarks for a home built in 1977, it stated that a somewhat notable architect had built the home. The problem is, said notable architect died in 1951 ”“ some 26 years before he supposedly built the home.
What is one to do?
About all a buyer can do is verify everything. Sadly, it’s not safe to assume anything in the listing is correct. Missing refrigerators, dead architects, wrong square footage, the wrong address, the wrong price. You name it, and it has been done. Verify everything.
Seller’s should check their listings for accuracy. Ask your agent for a printout of what is actually in the MLS. Insist that inaccuracies be corrected swiftly.
Agents, triple check your data entry and brokers should do the same. The age-old, “Oh my transaction coordinator/assistant/trainee did that” is about the lamest excuse out there. Be smart, be responsible, do your job.