You look at Sequim MLS listings online for months before arriving in Sequim to look at homes. But what if the information in the Sequim MLS listings you are looking at doesn’t give you an accurate vignette of the properties? What if the information is incorrect? What if the photos are incomplete or don’t reveal a major shortcoming? Buyers often complain about these issues after they arrive and see the homes in person.
A client called me excited about a listing with a “water view,” and he was ready to buy a ticket to fly up and look at what the listing described as his perfect home. I suggested I go preview the property before he bought his ticket. Lucky for him I did, because the home was not quite what was conveyed in the Sequim MLS listings. It was in very bad shape, and in order to see water, I had to walk up hill above the house where I was standing above the roof, and then the water view was only a peek-a-boo view with a large shop building across the street blocking most of that view and electric and telephone wires hindering the view further.
Another client called me about a listing that only had one exterior photo, but she was excited because the narrative description in the Sequim MLS listings made it sound ideal, and the price was phenomenal. She was a couple of thousand miles away, so I went out to see this home and get photos of the inside for her. It was a disaster inside, and I held my breath through most of the house. She was grateful she didn’t waste any more time and energy on a false hope.
Sequim MLS Listings and Accuracy in Advertising
A client called me from halfway across the country. She found the perfect property in the Sequim MLS listings (which includes Port Angeles), but it only had a few photos, and all were exterior shots. She wondered why a listing agent would take no interior photos. It was my privilege to go over and take those photos and email them to her. It turned out the inside was . . . let’s just say it was less than one would have expected based on the MLS information. Also the description made it sound like much more of a home than it really was. Remember, the information in the MLS is only as good as the data entered by the listing agents.
Other clients have called me about homes they found in the Sequim MLS listings but after I went to preview these homes for them, we learned there was a gravel pit nearby in once case, loud highway traffic in another, and still another one was downwind of a local dairy farm, which added a new twist to the idea that Sequim has fresh air. Realtors have no obligation to reveal this kind of information in the MLS, but you would like to know, right? That’s why clients call me before they come to Sequim, so I can help them filter through the Sequim MLS listings to eliminate “false positives.”
Sequim MLS Litsings and Special Previews
If you are looking at listings online before you come to Sequim or Port Angeles, use my free service, which includes previewing properties for you before you arrive, sending you additional photographs, and helping you filter your prospective properties to a manageable short list so you don’t waste time when you come. I love doing this, and I’d be delighted to help you filter homes in the Sequim MLS listings.
Last Updated on September 19, 2019 by Chuck Marunde