Realtor “Atta-Boy”: “Nice Listing!”

A new listing has a surprising number of parallels with the opening of a Broadway play.

There’s the opening night anticipation.

There are the hopes (and fears) about whether the audience (prospective Buyers) will like it.

And there can be a sense of dread about what the toughest critics will have to say.

Agent-to-Agent Feedback

In residential real estate, the toughest critics are invariably . . . fellow Realtors.

Which is why one of the best — and earliest — signs that a new listing is going to meet with a strong reception is when seasoned, local agents weigh in with a “Nice listing!,” “Congratulations,” or the equivalent when the home is on Broker Tour (held for Twin Cities Realtors every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

What they’re really saying: the home is attractively priced, well-staged and presented, and — perhaps most importantly — likely to sell quickly.

P.S.: Notwithstanding the foregoing, I like to tell clients that the only feedback I’m really interested in . . . is a full price (or higher) offer from a well-qualified Buyer. Even better: several of them!

See also, “Can I Hold Your New Listing Open?“; and “The Best Reason to Cancel an Open House on Broker Tour.”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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