How The Internet Helps You Understand Charming Homes In Great Neigborhoods

from the words,-words,-words... dept

The book Freakonomics is getting plenty of attention lately, for taking a more data oriented approach to answering some very interesting questions. Wired Magazine is now running an excerpt discussing how real estate agents sell homes. The economists who wrote the book compared data from when real estate agents sold their own homes against the data when they sold homes for others. What they found, not surprisingly, was that the agents did a much better job selling their own homes. What was more interesting, though, was the way they did this -- often by using certain keyword triggers in housing ads. Anyone who has done enough real estate shopping probably recognizes much of this intuitively. "Charming" = small or odd in some way. However, the statistical analysis supported these findings, and actually suggested what words to avoid in advertising a home, and what things to watch out for (basically, watch out for general adjectives, and look for actual factual descriptions). Even though an agent is supposedly interested in getting you the highest price, they also have the incentive to get your deal done and move onto the next deal. So, they're likely to push you to take the first "good enough" deal, rather than the best deal you can get. What's most interesting, however, is that at the end of the article, the authors note that the internet is starting to change this. It's all a question of who has access to the information. It used to be that the agents clearly had a huge advantage. However, with the amount of information on the internet, the information advantage is shrinking -- and "mere mortals" are able to close the gap when selling a home.


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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 6th, 2006 @ 11:38pm

    its shocking that buyers and owners dont get to meet/talk/come up with compromises and ideas before offers are made. if thats true that is.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 7th, 2006 @ 6:08am

    The Realtor's #1 job is to make themselves look essential.

    They try very hard to keep the buyer & seller from meeting, which of course the best way to finalize a deal. Both Realtors are working for their own commission- so a fast OK deal pays them now, while a slow good deal may only give them pocket change more for a ton of work.

    I have seen many times over the Realtor mafia discourage buyers away from For Sale by Owner houses, and flat-fee MLS listings. They just won't show a house unless a fellow Realtor is involved. It's corruption, and we're the ones paying for it.

    Anything that helps break this open is a good thing.

    I'm suspicious that keywords can really be lined up to house quality. Most Realtors are part-time, non-degreed, people who like working with people. They're all just trying to make a place sound good by making stuff up without technically lying.

     

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    Xanthir, Oct 1st, 2006 @ 12:09pm

    I'm suspicious that keywords can really be lined up to house quality. Most Realtors are part-time, non-degreed, people who like working with people. They're all just trying to make a place sound good by making stuff up without technically lying.

    Exactly. And that can possibly carry with it certain tendencies influenced by our culture. That's what Freakonomics was looking for.

    They're not saying that, whenever a house is odd or small, the realtor deceptively uses 'charming' as an innocuous codeword. They're saying that, when trying to write up a favorable shot of the house, the word 'charming' is often (likely unconsciously) used for small or odd houses. It's just a consequence of our minds and the English language.

     

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    Guerrilla Marketing, Mar 6th, 2009 @ 1:45am

    Real Estate Search

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    Guerrilla Marketing -, Mar 6th, 2009 @ 1:49am

    Real Estate Search

    for the real estate search please follow the link given below

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    Guerrilla Marketing, Mar 6th, 2009 @ 1:53am

    Real Estate Search

    Anything that helps break this open is good thing.for real estsate search follow the link given bellow.

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