Congratulations! You’ve decided it’s time to sell your Midtown Atlanta Condo! The agent interviews are over, the paperwork is done, the lockbox is installed and you are ready for the showings! But they don’t happen!! Did you pick the wrong agent? (Honey, I TOLD you we should of listed with Thom Abbott!) Is the price to high? Maybe you should ask your agent if Your Midtown Atlanta Condo is Listed Properly?
Is Your Midtown Atlanta Condo Listed Correctly?
How do you know? You would hope that your agent knows what they are doing, right? But there are numerous little mistakes that can happen during the listing process that can quickly send your Midtown Atlanta Condo to Forsyth County and Cumming, some 20 miles away! Let’s take a look at some common mistakes and how you might find them.
Your Condo Listed in the the Wrong “Area”
In Metro Atlanta, our two listing services (FMLS and GaMLS) have the city divided into areas but numbers. (For this discussion we will use FMLS numbrs) Midtown Atlanta is in Area 23. Some agents like myself are responsible for putting your listing into the listing service. Others may have a coordinator, assistant or office manager that does this. So, the Area may have been written down wrong, or the agent/office manager could of made a wrong key stroke. By adding an extra “2” to the Area Number, you have just listed your Midtown Atlanta Condo in Forsyth County, about 20 miles NORTH of Midtown! Whoops!
How do YOU, the Seller know if this happened? Well, you do not have any websites that search real estate by FMLS Area’s. So, once your condo is listed, ask your agent to give you a Competitive Market Analysis (CMA) of the neighborhood, or building where you have your home For Sale. If it’s not appearing in that CMA, Bingo!
Your Condominium Name is Spelled Wrong!
NO! Not really? Ah, YES….REALLY! As an agent that specializes in Midtown Atlanta Condominiums, I have specific searches built for all the major condo buildings in Midtown Atlanta. For example, let’s say you live in Plaza Midtown Condominiums and have your condo listed For Sale. I have heard some Buyers and even Owners refer to the building as Midtown Plaza. Well, search for a listing in “Midtown Plaza”, and get nothing. (Midtown Plaza is actually an OFFICE BUILDING located on West Peachtree Street. A search with just the word “Plaza” will also bring up ANY listing with the word “Plaza” and there is another condo community with that word.
So, I as an agent that knows the building names could MISS your listing if the building name is not listed correctly (or SPELLED correctly) on your listing. How do You, The Seller know if this happened? Once your listing is Active, again ask for a CMA of all the condos listed in Plaza Midtown. On the right is an example of a search using just the word “Plaza.” (Note: I do an area search as well to look for EVERYTHING, but does every agent?)
Your Condominium Building Is in the Wrong Zip Code?
Midtown Atlanta is split between TWO Zip Codes….30308 and 30309. And the dividing line does not follow ANY logic! If you live in Spire Midtown Atlanta, you are 30308. Go just two blocks North on Peachtree Street to Metropolis Midtown Atlanta and you are now in 30309! These are the main Zip Codes for Midtown, but if you were searching for Midtown West, it’s in 30318.
One overall way to make sure your Midtown Atlanta Condo is listed correctly is to have your agent provide you a copy of the FMLS AGENT report. We can print reports in a variety of ways, but the AGENT report gives detailed information not visible to the Public. (A portion of one is below.)
THIS is the report you should review in great detail to make sure Your Midtown Atlanta Condo Is Listed Correctly!