Being an expert involved with the National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents (naeba.org) has given me some interesting national exposure.
A month or so ago I spoke Jay MacDonald of Bankrate.com about the exaggerations we see in the listing information. As the Ann Arbor company who represents BUYERS ONLY we focus on being truthful and pointing out the negatives of homes as well as the positives.
As a result of that interview, the author, Jay MacDonald wrote the piece for Bankrate.com and it has been picked up by quite a few websites and mentioned on almost a thousand webpages. Here is an excerpt:
Most homebuyers have encountered a “lying listing” — the house for sale that doesn’t even remotely resemble its colorful description in the Multiple Listing Service or classified ad.
“The only thing that would ‘stun’ anybody about the house was how bad the previous owner did the work to ensure that every room would need to be redone,” Boyd chuckles. “I don’t know what was going through the listing agent’s mind to say that.” Jon Boyd, an exclusive buyer’s agent and broker for The Home Buyer’s Agent in Ann Arbor, Mich., recently showed a self-described “stunner” to one of his clients.
Presenting all homes, even the nightmares, in the best possible light is part of the listing agent’s job, of course. Most buyers know this and view colorful descriptions with healthy skepticism.
Here is a link to the full article: ‘Lying Listings’
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