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  • Note to Eva Zurek, broker for 17 Wolcott: If someone was going to pay me tens of thousands in commission fees for the professional marketing of their property, I would be sure to have a colleague grammar-check my listing before posting. Apostrophes are not to be used like sprinkles on a cupcake. Brooklyn is the borough of writers, and grammar Tourette’s is going to distract some of your clientele trying to read this listing (although you’re probably marketing to more of a numbers crowd).

  • Wow, Garfield is ideal location and super mint, but really shallow. 37×19. So at 2800sf, that’s about $1400psf.

    I wonder what the current vogue for dark wood floors is going to look like in a decade.

  • St. Felix street always reminded me of E. 62nd St. in Manhattan – the street Tender Buttons is on. That house looks amazing.

  • Arkady

    Maybe she could change a few apostrophes into hyphens where they’re called for & give a liberal sprinkling of periods to cut the run-on sentences too.

  • BigGuy22

    St Felix house will be gone by Tuesday…

  • Speaking of nonsensical brokers – I’m really interested to see how that house in the picture for 182 Monroe is only 10′ wide.

  • BigGuy22

    I think the 182 Monroe house is a much worse listing than the Red Hook one, why anyone would list with this broker is beyond me. I really just dont get it, it makes no sense. I go on rants like this sometimes because I am a broker, brokers like this is what gives brokers in general a bad name and make my life and my agents lives harder. Why couldnt the ruttenburg agent just take some more photos? Or not over price this house by 100k+ or write a better description? Why cant the Corcoran agent use correct grammar? I know the corcoran agent is getting 6% on that, thats 100k!!!!! hire some one to do it if you cant. The Ruttenburg agent has to pay for all of her own marketing so thats why there aren’t any photos and she probably only charged 2-3%…which is still over 20k which isnt anything to sneeze at especially since Ruttenburgs split is 80-90% because Ruttenburg pays for nothing…a photographer costs $100-$150…splurge a little so you dont look so terrible to the THOUSANDS of people potentially looking to move to Bed Stuy…build your business!! Whatever Im done…I just wish there could be an industry standard that every broker had to meet and if they didnt they’re out and some one who actually cares about this industry could move in…bottom line half ass brokers…go sell something else and stop ruining it for the rest of us. Its embarrassing. Impossible to defend these listings…take notes from the other two brokers featured…thats how its done.

  • bfarwell

    I don’t know what hifalutin’ RE listings you people normally read that you think this one has such bad grammar. Sure, there are some extra apostrophes, but just go on craigslist and pick a random listing – there’s a better than 50% chance that it will feature capslock, egregious misspellings, and probably a photo with the toilet seat up. This one is relatively well done.

    bornraised… There are many reasons to avoid raging against the terrible writing style of others. Near the top of the list is the danger that you will demonstrate exactly what you’re decrying, and look like a bit of an idiot in the process. That’s why I try to avoid such criticism.

  • bfarwell

    I don’t know what hifalutin’ RE listings you people normally read that you think this one has such bad grammar. Sure, there are some extra apostrophes, but just go on craigslist and pick a random listing – there’s a better than 50% chance that it will feature capslock, egregious misspellings, and probably a photo with the toilet seat up. This one is relatively well done.

    bornraised… There are many reasons to avoid raging against the terrible writing style of others. Near the top of the list is the danger that you will demonstrate exactly what you’re decrying, and look like a bit of an idiot in the process. That’s why I try to avoid such criticism.

  • bfarwell – I respect your use of the word “egregious” and the proper spelling of “misspelling,” but has it become high-falutin’ to expect at least a middle-schooler’s grasp of grammar, esp. when writing listings is part of your job? I normally just wince and keep it to myself, but this particular listing sent me over the edge. I think the world would be a better place if more people were grammar nags once in a while (though you are right – be sure to proofread before you post).
    Since the digital age has made us all writers, for better or worse, it’s part of the presentation. This broker wouldn’t show up to her open house in old sweatpants covered in cat hair, would she?

  • bfarwell – I respect your use of the word “egregious” and the proper spelling of “misspelling,” but has it become high-falutin’ to expect at least a middle-schooler’s grasp of grammar, esp. when writing listings is part of your job? I normally just wince and keep it to myself, but this particular listing sent me over the edge. I think the world would be a better place if more people were grammar nags once in a while (though you are right – be sure to proofread before you post).
    Since the digital age has made us all writers, for better or worse, it’s part of the presentation. This broker wouldn’t show up to her open house in old sweatpants covered in cat hair, would she?