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I subscribe to all kinds of different websites and news feeds.  This came through my inbox yesterday and I thought I would share it… I thought it was hilarious!

Bernice Ross from RealEstateCoach.com wrote the following article.  And NO she was not writing about me :)

If you would like to see pictures of houses in Lexington without the panties in the frame…. go to my website at www.lexingtonhomessearch.com.

My Realtor Sent My Panties into Cyberspace
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While all the research supports the fact that listing agents should take at least 20 pictures of their listings, the type and quality of the pictures you take is critical, especially if those pictures will be syndicated across the web. This cautionary tale is a primer on what to avoid doing when you are marketing your listings.

After taking a hiatus from having her house listed, a seller decided to place her antebellum mansion back on the market for $2.5 million. The house had substantial grounds as well as a full time staff to manage the property.

The seller is an international real estate expert who also manages multiple technology platforms for thousands of customers who use her services. She is also an expert on listing syndication.

She had tried listing the property with a local broker, however, the broker lacked the expertise and the reach to market the property globally. Although the nearest luxury brokerage was 60 miles away, she decided to list with the name brand that assured her of the national and international exposure this property would require.

When the property was listed the first time, the seller paid an architectural photographer to take the high quality photos you would expect on a property of this magnitude. She sent the pictures to the listing agent.

A few days later, the listing agent made an appointment to take pictures of the gardens.

A Breach of Privacy, Good Faith, and Good Taste
Unbeknownst to the seller, the listing agent decided to walk through her property and to take pictures without her consent. The biggest invasion of privacy, however, was that he went into her master bath where there was some lingerie on the floor. He took photos of that as well.

Rather than publishing the beautiful photos the seller had paid for, the agent published all the interior and exterior photos he took with his cell phone including the lingerie on the floor. When the seller checked the listing on the local MLS, she was aghast to find that her panties had been spread all over cyberspace.

Needless to say she immediately demanded that the pictures be removed from the web. The listing agent made some lame excuse and said that he would take care of it.

Two weeks later, her panties were still spread in cyberspace. The seller was livid and demanded that the agent take care of the situation immediately. The listing agent whined about not knowing where her panties had gone or how to get them back.

In an effort to discover which sites had her panties, the seller checked List Hub. Her panties already had had 690 unique panty views on multiple sites. Making matters worse, her panties had been syndicated across the Immobel network making them available in 13 different languages as well as visible on Facebook in those languages as well.

The seller contacted the managing broker who wasn’t any more helpful than the agent was. She finally decided that the best she could do was to cancel the listing. At least her panties would be off the multiple listing service and the company website. The challenge, however, was that there was no real way to claim her panties from all those other syndication sites.

Lessons Learned

1. The Panty Clause
When it comes to photographing any type of listing, it’s important to make sure that the house shows like a model. The sellers’ personal effects, including the children’s toys, any type of clothing, or other types of clutter, should all be put away prior to taking any video or photography.

In addition, it’s just plain good business to show the photos to your sellers to determine which pictures they would like to include in their marketing. Have your attorney add a clause to your listing agreement that has the sellers sign off the photos you use to avoid issues in the future.

That this particular listing agent would opt for iPhone quality photos when he had access to beautiful architectural photos is incomprehensible. He did not have permission to walk through the interior of the house snapping photos. If he had taken the time to review the photos with the seller, he would never have gotten into this mess that could result in litigation.

2. The Panty Rider
In addition to obtaining the seller’s approval on the photos and the videos that you shoot, it would be smart to also add a rider that explains what listing syndication is as well as the various sites to which the sellers’ listing will appear.

3. What Those Panties Cost the Agent
This seller had referred a $7 million listing to this company and was about to make another referral for $11 million. As of this time, the seller’s panties are still out there on sites she can’t even begin to track. She has cancelled her listing, the sellers on the $7 million dollar property are cancelling their listing, and the $11 million listing will be referred elsewhere. That’s a pretty high price to pay for sending panties into cyberspace.

Just a short video blog on my thoughts of how what one man thinks is trash is another man’s trash. Do you have an ugly property you want to see? Call Brandi Mahon at 512-565-5319 and I’ll set up a showing! http://www.brandimahon.com, http://www.lexingtonhomessearch.com

 

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Call the Mahon Team at 859-514-8993 or go to http://www.lexingtonhomessearch.com to search for your  next dream home!

 You can also search for your ideal home by viewing current listings with detailed descriptions and photos. Or you can get help determining the value of your home by requesting a report that includes the prices of similar homes that recently sold or are currently for sale in Central Kentucky.


So whether you’re buying or selling, feel free to 
contact me and I will be happy to help you with all your real estate needs. 

Call the Mahon Team at 859-514-8993 or go to http://www.lexingtonhomessearch.com to search for your  next dream home!

 You can also search for your ideal home by viewing current listings with detailed descriptions and photos. Or you can get help determining the value of your home by requesting a report that includes the prices of similar homes that recently sold or are currently for sale in Central Kentucky.


So whether you’re buying or selling, feel free to 
contact me and I will be happy to help you with all your real estate needs. 

Call the Mahon Team at 859-514-8993 or go to http://www.lexingtonhomessearch.com to search for your  next dream home!

 

 

You can also search for your ideal home by viewing current listings with detailed descriptions and photos. Or you can get help determining the value of your home by requesting a report that includes the prices of similar homes that recently sold or are currently for sale in Central Kentucky.

So whether you’re buying or selling, feel free to contact me and I will be happy to help you with all your real estate needs. 

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As of today there are many homes and properties for sale that are available to search. The number of homes changes daily, so be sure to keep coming back right here, to the best site for Beaumount Subdivision homes for sale.

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Brandi Mahon
Keller Williams Bluegrass Realty
2424 Harrodsburg Rd. #101
Lexington, KY
512-565-5319

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