Behind every good listing is a careful homeowner – Daily News

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Have you reviewed your listing online? Have you carefully read the description, scrutinized each of the fields for accuracy, checked the HOA dues against your most recent statement, and made sure your contact and showing information is correct?

The last thing you want is for the information that is blasted out to hundreds, if not thousands, of websites to misrepresent or under-represent what your home has to offer.

Start with the flowery, captivating, emotional, and almost poetic paragraphs your agent put together to describe your house and all of its massively desirable features. Obviously, look for spelling and grammatical errors. Then, go through each sentence.

Did she include the fact that the laundry room is upstairs, that there’s built-in storage in the garage, and that there are two dishwashers in the kitchen?

If any of the features that you’ve enjoyed or that attracted you to the house in the first place are missing, make a list and send it over to her and ask her to add them. You don’t want to miss the chance to promote your house to people who search the description using keywords to sort for the features they are looking for.

Next, go through every field to see if all the information is included and accurate. If the field for “cooling” or “air conditioner” is marked “central air” and you do not have air conditioning in your house, call your agent to update the listing information.

Make sure all of the HOA dues are included and that the amounts are correct.

If the names of the schools are missing, call your agent with the names of the high school, middle school, and elementary school for your house. Most school districts have a “school locator” feature on their website that allows you to search by street address to see which schools your house is currently assigned to. Many people search for a specific school, and you don’t want to miss out on luring them to your listing.

Then, look at all of the pictures. As with the description, make sure all of the massively desirable features of your house are in the photos.

Is your recently remodeled kitchen shown from every angle? Is there a shot that shows how the kitchen is connected to the family room? Is there a picture of the Jack and Jill bathroom showing the entrances to both bedrooms?

And if the description says “spectacular sunset views,” there had better be a few photos of a spectacular sunset taken from your house to go along with it.

Leslie Sargent Eskildsen is an agent with Realty One Group. She can be reached at 949-678-3373 or

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