Where Did I Put My MLS Book?

avatarthumbnail.jpg“This is Bob Jones at ABC Realty. I’m calling about your listing on XYZ Lane.”

“I don’t have a listing on XYZ Lane.”

“You don’t have the listing at 123 XYZ Lane?”

“No, I don’t. It sounds like someone gave you a print off my website.”

“But your name and picture are right there.”

“That’s because it’s my website. I have an IDX feed, which allows me to show essentially all of the homes in the MLS on my website.”

“Have you ever had that listing?”

“No.”

“So you just put whoever’s listing you want right there on your site.”

“Sure do, Bob … it’s been in the rules for the last few years.”

This, my dear readers, was an actual conversation I just had. I couldn’t make this one up if I tried. Well, maybe I could. But I probably wouldn’t.

Something tells me the other agent is wandering around his office right now looking for last week’s MLS book so he can see who might have the listing.

I could have pointed him toward the actual Arizona Regional MLS site but … I mean, really … shouldn’t someone practicing real estate know the difference between the IDX feed on an agent’s site and the real MLS?

Looks like I picked a bad week to give up cynicism.

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About Jonathan

Jonathan Dalton is a 30-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.

  • Jonathan, this guy may have been an agent in Charleston before moving out to the desert because I had an identical call a month or so ago. Don’t give up your cynicism, it adds to your charm.

  • Amazing! I get calls all the time where they think they are calling about my listing, but never from another agent. Well, I did get one agent call, but he got my number from his client that thought it was mine.

  • His twin sister is an agent in New Jersey, and I talked to her today. OK, I don’t know that it was his twin, but I definitely know that I talked to her….just a few hours ago.

  • Howard – maybe yours moved to Jersey and is bothering Deb.

    Rod – I wish this was the first. This was the first that seemed to be implying that what I was doing was unethical, though. Why in the hell are they even using my site and not the MLS? Did they not pay their fees?

    Deborah – Good seeing you! I got a call from someone in Jersey today. Must be something in the air.

  • Doncha’ just love this business? I had to read the dialogue twice before I grasped the caller was a real estate agent…

  • Not keeping up with very, very basic technology advancements in our industry is what is going to lead to drastic reductions of members among the ‘R’ ranks.

  • Jonathan – I think you hit the nail on the head with your comment to Rod. I actually had someone ask to borrow my SupraKey the other day. I laughed and said “no.” I’ve seen a few agents try to trim expenses by giving up their keys and not paying MLS dues. Of course, in my office, if you work here, you have to have paid your MLS dues, so the broker will catch on quick. We have to members of the local board if we want to work under a broker who is a member.

  • Hilarious. That’s why I love the Darwinian nature of this business sometimes — survival of the fittest.

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