Why I’m Not Showing Your Home Tomorrow …

It’s nothing personal, I assure you. The problem is this, really:

This is the only photo that your agent has entered into the MLS. And while your home appears to have what we call “curb appeal,” that’s just not enough.

Earlier today I spent a few hours with a lovely couple look for a home like yours, at least in the broad strokes. After looking at several, we were able to focus on more of the particular aspects they want in their next home.

For instance, they’re pretty particular about the kitchen so as I’m searching through the MLS for homes this afternoon, I’m being pretty particular about the kitchen. And this is what I see, thanks to your agent …

They’ve decided they want a fairly open floor plan for entertaining. Your agent provided the builder name but not the model number, which shouldn’t be an issue. I just need to look at the photographs to judge how your family and living rooms are laid out. This is what I see …

Upgraded flooring and counters, cabinets in decent condition irrespective of color, a master bathroom somewhat beyond the basic … these also are things that my buyer is looking for, so I’m also looking for them as I cruise through the MLS. Here’s what I see when I look at your home for these items:

The husband would love more than anything to have an easy maintenance back yard so he can sell his lawn mower once and for all, so I’m looking for that as well. When I look at your home in the MLS, this is what I see …

I suppose I could preview your home myself in the 110-degree heat to see if it matches what my client needs, just in case. Unfortunately, there are several other homes that meet my clients’ criteria.

I know this because the listing agent provided photographs of more than just the front of the house to help not just me in my search, but any buyer or agent who happens to be looking through the MLS for properties.

In short, I don’t need to preview your home nor do I need to show your home. If your agent had provided photographs, it might have made the list. Without them, I’m going to move on to the next one being listed and marketed by an agent interested in seeing the home sold.

Sorry about that, Mr. Seller.

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.

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