“How could someone possibly sell the house if there’s no contact number? Why would someone list their home, but not want any contact information listed for potential buyers?”
Scathingly Bad Review
This was a quote from the scathingly bad review from a FAMILY MEMBER of one of my customers (not even the customer), and she posted that review everywhere she could find. That kind of stings.
Item 1. That is not what the MLS does. The MLS is designed By Realtors FOR Realtors, so they might share information. Any phone number or address that would direct a looker toward any non-Realtor is strictly forbidden.
Item 2. Customers seek me out for their MLS listing. I do not approach them or solicit them. I do not promise any results or success to convince them to get a MLS listing.
Item 3. I have notes ALL OVER my site that their contact number is not on the listing.
Item 4. They must sign a “Permission to MLS” form to that effect, which I have on file and they have a copy of as well.
Item 5. I send them a PDF copy of the listing when it becomes active, and they can see exactly where their phone number is (not in public areas, but in the agent comments sections.)
Item 6. I don’t have any idea where they got the notion that the MLS was like a big Trader’s Post or newspaper. To my knowledge, there is absolutely NO SITE ANYWHERE that says that. Many buyers can end up buying a house without a Realtor involved, but they don’t get contact info off the listing. If I were to talk to a buyer, I would be glad to give them the seller’s number, because it’s not a secret. That would simply be a courtesy, and not a part of any listing the seller had purchased.
Item SEVEN – It WORKS!
Item 7. It works. That’s why. At least with me, over three decades, with sales by the hundreds and saving by the hundreds of thousands of dollars, it works.
Time to Bail
Those seeds of doubt I have already dealt with here and a bit more here. Everybody has some. They are magnified tremendously when an agent tells you something to the effect of, “we are just finding that in THIS economic and selling climate, houses at THIS price point are just not selling by owner without a traditional listing,” It’s all personalized and very informed, so it must be right.
Some of my customers begin to feel unbelievable pressure at this point. They are convinced they have made a mistake. This may occur in the first week or after a month, but when the hopes hit the ground, they hit hard. And just like when we slipped that time in the grocery store, the first thing you do is look to see if anybody saw you slip. The second is to look at the floor to see what you slipped on and who or what you can blame for keeping you from looking graceful.
It is sometimes like that in my business, and if a seller hasn’t sold in a week or a month, then it’s obviously something I have or haven’t done, It has nothing to do with the fact that the price may be too high, or the commission too low, or the pictures were dark and tiny, or the house was not accessible. If it is me who did something wrong, let me know and I fix it immediately- I am only human.
But the seller has to remember, in an MLS-entry only listing it is THEIR ONLY JOB to make their own listing accurate and effective. I only use the info they give me. And sometimes it is almost humorous when a first-time FSBO tries to make me change the whole industry to suit them better. I guess it’s just human nature.
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