While the multiple listing service should be updated and render as accurate, sometimes delays happen. Not delays in the way the system updates (that happens at the speed of light), I’m talking about being updated from an agent’s end.
Here is an example of a response to an email I sent to a Realtor wanting to show one of our sellers listings:
Thanks for your email inquiry about 8407 Fullbright Ave, Winnetka CA.We purposely set up the showings to be handled between agents and the owners via text messaging which is representing in the Multiple Listing Service.If you look at the MLS sheet you can scroll down to the confidential remarks. When there – you will see that I have placed the owner’s mobile numbers with instructions pertaining to the setting of appointments.Thanks and let me know if you have any other questions regarding to showing the property we have listed at 8407 Fullbright Ave, Winnetka CA.For your Information, the owners were explained to by me never to allow a showing without someone first obeying the MLS instructions first. I also told them if anyone said I gave them the green light to show their listing, it is a lie and should be disregarded with the highest level of irritation.We appreciate you reaching out and if there is anything else I am able to do for you – don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
Why this may appear to be “speaking” to one of lesser intelligence, it is not.
The agent on the receiving end of this email is one of those who does not either know how to ask direct questions, or is unable to read the MLS sheet for this particular listing.
The agent may have asked “What is going on with Fullbright…”. “Do you have any offers, I’d like to show the property and need to know for my buyers…”
Etc. But, the bottom line is agents need to do recon before they re-connect with their clients about a specific real estate listing.
If they are not able to do that, their buyers are at a severe disadvantage.
Some agents hire companies to do the scheduling for real estate showings so the agents don’t have to speak with other agents.
They “sell this” to their sellers by saying, “It gives me more time to find buyers for your home when I don’t have to field calls from other agents.”
The problem with this is that the “Good Realtors“, those who are really looking out for their clients best interests, have to speak with the listing agent before showing them the listing!