The Villages Florida Area Real Estate: Sellers and Buyers Should be Aware

Sellers and Buyers Should be Aware

One of the first things that I do after listing a property is to send links of the listing information to my sellers for them to look them over.  I also send them links to their listing on,, their virtual tour, and the myriad of other websites where the listing shows up--I want them to see how others will see it.  It would be a good practice for any Seller to look over their public listing for accuracy, but buyers should also be aware that mistakes are made in listings that are not caught (thus, the disclaimer "all information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed").

What frustrates me is when easily corrected errors turn up. Your listing should be as complete and accurate as possible.  I often see properties listed with incorrect assessed values (and corresponding taxes), no room sizes, little or no information directing you to the property, in many cases no description, and worst of all--no photos.  Sellers are the ones that pay for these mistakes.

If a buyer thinks that property taxes are $2,000 higher than they really are, they won’t even come to look.  I am embarrassed to have to send out some of this incomplete / inaccurate listing information as it is information that buyers need in order to make informed decisions.  However, if the listing is not my own, I can’t make changes to it.

There was a listing in Waterbury for one year that was undoubtedly supposed to be listed for $149,900 that was in the MLS for $1,499,000.  No pictures, no description—and it was visible on!!  It was never changed in that entire year.  


Chris K. Canfield


Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

2890 E. Skyline Drive, #250

Tucson, Arizona  85718



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Comment balloon 1 commentChris Canfield • September 03 2010 10:50AM


Great advice. It has an additional benefit that keeps sellers happy too. We know we are working hard for our clients on innovative and pervasive marketing techniques but it is important for some of them to see tangible evidence of our efforts.

Posted by Dave Gubler, Realtor | Orange County (Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch) almost 9 years ago

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