The Washington Post has come up with one of the dumbest ideas I’ve seen in a long time. Thanks to real estate agent Michael Bergin of GW Slept Here fame for pointing it out, because I wouldn’t have believed it without seeing it with my own eyes.
The new feature is “Your No Thank You Notes” to sellers – feedback on the one thing that supposedly kept the buyer from buying a particular house. It is thankfully generic – while it encourages a photograph, it does not list the property address. There is no guarantee that what we’re seeing on the site is genuine in any way.
I’m with Michael on two points – I think that feedback is fairly useless. The only feedback that really matters is an offer. Lots of showings without an offer is feedback enough to tell the seller that price and features/condition are not in line.
The second point – I won’t be participating in this particular form of feedback either.
Shame on you, Washington Post, for acting on such a cheap and gratuitous idea. It’s the print version of Reality TV.
© 2011 Susan Pruden