Deb's Lake Conroe Real Estate & Stuff! : Real Estate and the Question of Courtesy Listings...Get Over Your Phobia!

Real Estate and the Question of Courtesy Listings...Get Over Your Phobia!

My listing, no my listingThinking back a few years ago I remember the attitude of..."It's my listing...don't touch it!"  I had progressed into the new millennium like a comet hitting earth for an old fart like me. It all seems to me to be a normal understandable thing to do! Zillow, and so many others scrape our listings anyway. Why not allow a competitor to show your listing on their web sites?

Why not?

Our standard rules are to show the listing company and simply place your name and contact information for the showings and "BUYER'S REPRESENTATIVE". We should all have the simple "DO IT RIGHT AND HAVE AT IT!" attitude. It is our Fiduciary responsibility to do everything we can to represent the seller when we take a listing. Placing that very listing on other sites is also a responsibility to give the listing as much exposure as possible!

Get over the "it's mine" phobia.

How nice would it be to be able to say to your potential client, "don't worry, with us you get everyone! I will take good care of you and make sure everyone has the opportunity to sell your property!"

If you were selling your home isn't that what you would want?


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Comment balloon 18 commentsDeb Brooks • October 16 2011 10:53PM


Deb....I'm not so sure about what some of the folks and companies are doing right now. Some of it is legit and some of it is very sleezy. More on what I've discovered and learned just this past week....later.


BTW you're not an ole fart!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 7 years ago

Hot topic and will be for awhile.  In our market center we are now 'asking' permission before marketing a colleagues listing.  Most say 'go for it'.  If you don't want anyone else to advertise it, and sell it, are you really doing your seller a disservice?  That is what I'd call a 'stealth' listing.  Good luck with that!

Posted by Mary Benton, TechTown Realty in Lubbock (TechTown Realty, Licensed in Texas) over 7 years ago

I just want to get my listings SOLD. Why not get all the expossure possible?

Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) over 7 years ago

Deb - Thank you for sharing quality information on real estate and the question of courtesy listing.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) over 7 years ago

You make a great agument for letting another agent show your listing on their web site Deb. Thanks for the post.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 7 years ago

Deb, I would be a lot more enthusiastic about your position if it weren't for the abuses I am seeing.  Listings sold and closed months ago advertised for as much as 200K less than the sale price and promoted as another agent's current listing?  That is an example of one abuse here in the Phx area.  I would have no problem if it were all honest, fair and above board.  It often isn't.

Posted by Marge Piwowarski, Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC (Phoenix AZ Horse Property) over 7 years ago

Another thing, this is what an ole fart looks like, you aren't here yet. 

Posted by Marge Piwowarski, Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC (Phoenix AZ Horse Property) over 7 years ago

Marge, have no idea what an old fart looks like my friend! I see a beautiful and sweet and adorable lady in the picture. If you could see me limping around with my bad knees right now you would understand! You have a helluva smile! Hugs, Deb

Tom, yes sir. I believe it should all be above board, in writing and accepted with grace! We should share!

100% of nothing is still NOTHING!  Advertising and getting the word out is the only way today! Do it!


John, you're welcome! Let's do it!

Carol, I so agree. Sell it. Make people happy which brings more business to make people happy! That's it.

Mary, I want my listings to be STEALTH! The more people see them the quicker it will sell. I am not greedy.

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 7 years ago
This is what I have been preaching for years. I even know of Agency Brokers upset that their Associates who are allowing others outside their brokerage to advertise properties they presumably own. Of course, I want everyone of you to advertise my listings and the best of luck to you all. Bill
Posted by Bill Jones, Realtor (403-701-1739) Airdrie & Calgary Area Homes and Condos (Discovery Real Estate Ltd. - "Homes By Jones") over 7 years ago

Deb - I do not get it when listing agents get so posessive. you do not want us, buyers brokers, to help you find a buyer? What a "wise" move...


Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 7 years ago

Anna, yep. I like bringing up subjects with a possibility of disagreement. I use to think the same way the old school way thinks. Hands off. Today, I hope everyone in the world will pick up my listing and help sell it. It just has to be sold and I don't think I can do it all myself. All help and Advertising is good. Very good. I hope many will allow me to advertise their listings. I just don't see why not? And, yes I am. I am an old fart! hee, hee...

Mary, I believe we should all have the requirement of at least giving a verbal "OK" . I don't believe it's okay to just scrape listings. All should go through the proper channels for the listing!

The listing belongs to the Broker, right? Can't just take them!

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 7 years ago

It is a different world and everyone is advertising my listings.  They sell faster that way.

Posted by Elite Home Sales Team, A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team (Elite Home Sales Team OC) over 7 years ago

Do we still need written permission from agent and their broker?

Great idea for all concerned; isn't the idea to simply sell the home?

Posted by Brian Schulte, SFR, Sierra Vista, AZ (Allison James Estates & Homes) over 7 years ago

Hi Deb-firstly since WE are the same age watch that old fart stuff! LOL secondly you are right about this. The MLS in FL allows you to advertise others listings if they check off a "yes" box. A listing gets broadcast on every other site and no one complains about that so whats the big whoop?

Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) over 7 years ago

Deb- I think it's easy for a lot of us to become entrenched in the "way it's always been done" but sometimes you have to step back and see things in a different light.  BTW... if you're an old fart that makes me a decrepit old fart! 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 7 years ago

Deb I don't think the worry is actually about another agent advertising someone else's listing.  I think the worry is that they don't misrepresent the seller or listing agent with inaccurate claims and information.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) over 7 years ago

Deb,  I had been pondering this very topic as of recent.  I was wanting to approach a colleague from another brokerage if we could advertise each others listings.  I really don't see a problem with it personally I mean that is exactly what the MLS and broker reciprocity is really all about.  Advertising your listing on another brokers site is no different, however It may be wise that the listing agreement clearly identifies the practice.  It may also be wise that the verbiage in the add be the same as that actual listing agents ad. Just my 2 cents!

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 7 years ago

I would LOVE for other agents to advertise my listings, as long as the information is correct! Heck, my sellers would love it, too! The more exposure, the better!

Posted by Rose King, Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area (David Tracy Real Estate) over 7 years ago