I have so many goodies for this week, that I just can’t put them all into one blog post.
Building a solid MLS Musings blog post is like making a wicked heavy-metal “mix tape” back in the 1980’s. You have to start, and end, on a good note, but you want to save something for the second edition.
You just don’t bury “Sweet Child of Mine” right in the middle of the tape. Save that space for something by Alice in Chains, or even Faith no More. And hey, don’t you think, “Youth Gone Wild” is underrated?
Anybody over the age of twelve will understand that there’s a method to how any good or service is priced.
I don’t know when the whole 99-cent thing came into play, but even a child could tell you that $3.99 sounds a whole lot better than $4.00.
When it comes to real estate, we see a lot of “$688,888” type of action, although as I remarked in my Pick5 this week, I often wonder of those of Chinese descent are attracted to their culture’s “lucky number,” or if they’re turned off by the pathetically obvious attempt to lure them in.
In any event, say what you want about the effect of numerical pricing strategies, but I fail to understand the devilish pricing “strategy” seen here:
Listing agents are getting more and more creative with how to attract, and compensate, buyer agents.
We saw the “2.5% Plus Free Pizza” offering last month.
But what about this offering to cooperating agents:
Do you want to call this “marketing at its finest?”
Have a read:
They’ve basically taken every negative and turned it into a positive.
Put on your Debbie-Downer hat, and you’ve got a house is in the middle of nowhere, with an unfinished basement, a useless loft, and no parking.
I’m feeling gracious today, so I’m going to give out an award.
It’s an award I’ve never given out before, but I don’t know that I’ve ever seen something so deserving as the following.
I’m not a fan of “pillars” in the corner of living rooms in condos, but in some units, they add character, and if the unit is large enough, they don’t infringe upon the space.
However, the award for “Toronto’s Worst Pillar” clearly goes to the following unit, which basically has a pillar in the middle of the goddam room:
Doesn’t look much better from this angle – which shows the pillar basically kills the entire space.
Who the hell designed this?
Some properties just don’t need photos.
And some backyard playgrounds shouldn’t be “marketed” on the listing.
Check this out?
It reminded me of something……I’m not sure what.
I closed my eyes, thought hard, and came up with this:
I’ve always loved blurry MLS photos!
It shows that either the person holding their Canon Sure Shot has no idea how to work the child’s tool, or they’re in such a hurry to run through the condo, that they take photos like the following:
First of all, why bother posting a photo of laundry? 99% of Toronto condos have a washer/dryer.
But more importantly, if you got back to your dark-room and developed these glossy 8 x 10’s only to discover that the photo of said laundry was blurry, why-oh-why would you put it on MLS?
I also don’t understand why people use the “fish eye” technique:
Why hire a professional photographer when you can just take photos yourself?
Not only did this agent or seller decide not to use a professional photographer, and capture him or herself in the window, but they also took the photo at night, which is basically magnifies their own reflection tenfold:
Of course, taking photos during the daytime can be just as difficult as those taken at night.
Just because there are no mirrors, or no reflections, doesn’t mean you can’t capture yourself in the shot:
Who says you don’t need to pay $400 for professional photos, am I right??
And while we’re at it…
…why protect the privacy and anonymity of your 2 1/2 children either?
We see a lot of “bedroom photos” taken at terrible angles on MLS.
This photo below only shows half the damn bed!
But are you better off taking a photo from the other side of the room, and showing the rest of the bed, when it points out this oh-so-lovely view of a brick all, eight feet away?
And last, but certainly not least, I want to give out another award today.
What can I say? I’m feeling really, really generous.
“World’s Worst Pillar” is an honourable award; so honourable, as I mentioned above, that today is the first time it’s been awarded.
But what if we went back to the well, and re-awarded, “World’s Worst Floor Plan?”
And what if we combined the two, and came up with “World’s Worst Floor Plan With World’s Worst Pillar?”
What would that look like, you ask?
In my mind’s eye, I see an awkward shaped-unit, with a ton of wasted space via a really long hallway, and a pillar literally in the middle of the room.
Yes, it might look something like this:
Folks, I challenge you – find me a worse floor plan, and I’ll include it in the next edition of MLS Musings.
And thanks again for all the agents and MLS-addicts that forward me pictures on a weekly basis. It seems like this theme has really caught on…
Have a great weekend!