Quinte, On. real estate agent: Ontario: Deseronto

I'd like more information about MLS®*********

This is one of my pet peeves as a real estate webmaster.

info

When many people fill out an information request form for a specific property, they don't specify exactly what information they are seeking. To actually arrive at this form they would have had to have already browsed through the webpage that already contains quite a bit of information about the property. I generally do know quite a bit more about the property, but I'm not sure what additional information the person is seeking.

I get an email with a name and a return address that simply states "I'd like more information about MLS®*********

When I first got emails like that I was happy enough to shoot an email back with pretty much the same information that is contained on the MLS listing in the first place. I was pretty pleased that someone had found the listing on the interwebs. It seemed like a redundant solution to bounce back information that they had already seen, but I saw it as an opportunity to start some sort of dialogue with a potential buyer.

Now I'm a little annoyed when I get them. I have learned to be a lot more guarded about my time as a real estate agent and I am stung by a little twinge of resentment when I feel that someone is making me guess what their motives are. Why wouldn't the person take the time to ask me the specific questions that they would like to have answered? Ater having fielded hundreds of such emails over the last couple of years, I suppose the bloom is off the rose.

I have played with the idea of automatically sending back a response to such emails "I'd like more information about the information you'd like about MLS®*********" and see where that leads. Ball's in your court now.

I know it sounds like a petty pet peeve, but I'm happy to have it off my chest. Stay tuned for my take on insipid hand-dryers in public washrooms.

Comment balloon 13 commentsMalcolm Johnston • January 10 2011 06:12PM
I'd like more information about MLS®*********
share
This is one of my pet peeves as a real estate webmaster. When many people fill out an information request form for a specific property, they don't specify exactly what information they are seeking. To actually arrive at this form they… more
Aid That Works
share
I don't know how often I hear people say that foreign aid is a waste of money. People tell me that giving money to these causes is like throwing good money after bad. In a way, I can see their point. Oftentimes the money is wasted, and it does seem… more
I Spy
share
I have been following the whole Russian spy ring caper with some amusement. I guess the spy game isn't as serious as it used to be. For those of you who haven't been following along, apparently 11 Russian spies who have been operating under "… more