Of Rangers Home Runs, Trulia Voices, and Life Down the Rabbit Hole

avatarthumbnail.jpgBatting practice on the Texas Rangers’ fields at the Surprise Recreation Center often were punctuated by shouts of “didyou?!” – as in “did you just hit the ball over the fence.”

This morning, I found myself yelling “didyou” at my computer monitor – as in “did you really just do that?

Yes, dear readers, we’re now at the point where a real estate agent went to Trulia Voices to find out if a home is on lockbox rather than going to the Arizona Regional MLS for the same information.

God help all of us in this business.

Folks, I can’t begin to urge you enough not to settle for the first agent you find or to call on a sign and decide this is the best person to help you find your home.

The MLS and the residential resale contract are the twin lifebloods of real estate and we are at a point where fewer of the licensed thousands have the slightest concept of how to work with either one. Make sure the agent you choose actually knows not only what is written in the nine-page contract but knows the effect of the words. And make sure your agent knows how to search the MLS for listing information rather than rely on online listing aggregators that don’t carry a substantial portion of the listings.

Postscript: The home in question, by the way, has been off the market for the past month … well, except for on Trulia where the listing’s never been updated. It took about 45 seconds to make this discovery in ARMLS.

[tags]Phoenix real estate[/tags]

(The home in question, by the way, has been off the market for the past month … well, except for on Trulia where the listing’s never been updated.)

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at allphoenixrealestate.com.

1 Comment

  • Rod Rebello 8 years ago

    I saw that too and couldn’t believe it! And even if the agent wasn’t up to going to the MLS, the listing contact info was there through a link. I don’t think some people understand the concept of an open forum and it’s implications.

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