MLS and NAR Complaint - They won't let me sell my house

Review by mditlove on 2011-03-19
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- I am trying to sell a house on the Chain of Lakes in Lake County Illinois. The house is in Lake County, I pay taxes to Lake County, the schools are in Lake County and emergency services come from Lake County. Matter of fact I can only get a library card in Lake county!

For reasons that are unclear the US Post Office decided long ago that it was more convenient for them to have their McHenry, Illinois post office (in McHenry County) service our area and therefore they have given us a McHenry, Illinois 60051 address. This is the only connection we have in any way to the city or county of McHenry.

Our unincorporated area is 5 minutes from the town of Fox Lake in Lake County and 20 minutes from the town of McHenry in McHenry County. When you look at a map Fox Lake is on the Chain of Lakes; McHenry isn't even close.

Our problem is that anyone looking at a map of the area for lake front properties will not find our listing because it would never occur to them to look at a town twenty minutes away from the lakes for a lake front home!

I want our home to come up on both the MLS and Realtor.com when someone types in Fox Lake, Illinois and waterfront. I have been trying to get this done for a long time and have gotten absolutely nowhere! Why is this so hard? I am just asking to be truthful about where our house is.

The first place people look for homes is Realtor.com, as a result of this issue, people simply do not find us!!! We are being penalized by an inflexible bureaucracy!!! We are getting desperate to sell our house!!! HELP!!!
Comments:13 Replies - Latest reply on 2011-03-20
Posted by T on 2011-03-19:
It sounds like this complaint might more properly be addressed to the USPS, if the property's legal address is determined by the post office.

Hundreds of thousands of people are desperate to sell their homes, so you have company.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-19:
You need to talk to your local congressman to resolve this issue. They love to beat up on the USPS.
Posted by Nohandle on 2011-03-19:
I have an employee with the same problem with the exception that she doesn't have property for sale. She and her family live in one city/county and their mailing address is another city/county. She as well pays her taxes, votes etc. in the city/county of her residence.

Your review is helpful and obviously you are not alone with the address part. Perhaps a member versed in real estate can come on board and offer you a workaround so your listing will appear on a lookup.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-19:
I feel your pain OP. I am having the same EXACT issue. When I read this on my Blackberry a few hours ago, I booted up my pc to respond because the issue was so close to my heart but my phone rang and my house sold. FINALLY!!!! Praise God! Well maybe, this will be my third contract but Praise God anyway! I hope your turn is next.

When I bought my home it was listed as Richmond, VA. I paid gas to the City of Richmond but everything else was considered Henrico County (water, schools, etc...). Well many years passed and the USPS and some other folks decided to change us from Richmond to Henrico. It boiled down to an increase in online shopping, etc... and the County being cheated out of millions in revenue for sales tax, etc... and some other things that deprived the County of their rightful funds.

Sooooooo....my MLS listing, etc... was Henrico (not Richmond) and folks really never heard of Henrico and I complained of missing traffic as well. There is a function on realtor.com that the purchaser checks to include surrounding areas and that will hopefully lead them right to your door.

The fact of the matter is that homes just aren't selling. Period. In ANY zip code. Keep hope alive. It's coming soon!!
Posted by Inat on 2011-03-19:
blue, why 3 contracts? just curious...
Posted by Johanna on 2011-03-19:
the first two potential buyers probably fell through. A pretty common story in this day and age.
Posted by madconsumer on 2011-03-19:
sounds like a good realtor could solve this.
Posted by Johanna on 2011-03-19:
I wonder why the USPS did what they did. Sometimes it's hard to account for the rationale of decisions made by irrational people.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-19:
Both contracts fell through due to loss of income prior to closing. Brutal economy to buy OR sell. Mortgage companies make you jump through hoops of fire to get a mortgage these days due to the economic meltdown in 08. That surely doesn't help matters.
Posted by Johanna on 2011-03-19:
I hear you blue. Hubby and I live in LITH and he was just talking yesterday that he'd like to sell our current house and move before Baby C starts 1st grade. I wanted to laugh at him because that's less than 4 years away. Unless we sell to his brother who currently lives with my in-laws (which would only happen if he managed to get a handle on his debt) or the market improves SIGNIFICANTLY in the next 3 1/2 years, we're not going anywhere!
Posted by spiderman2 on 2011-03-20:
My address is not exactly where I live. I live in a township, we have no post office so we are listed as the living in the nearest our home. You can be listed in one of three different towns. Good luck to you!
Posted by T on 2011-03-20:
I'm in your situation spiderman2. I live 8 miles outside a city, but my address shows I live in that city.

These are issues that should be anticipated by both the seller and buyers familiar with the area - as pointed out about you can check "surrounding areas". Also, realtors should be saavy enough to point prospective buyers to the right homes in an area.
Posted by spiderman2 on 2011-03-20:
Are you in PA trm8r. A lot of people that move here say that we have a weird system of cities, boroughs and townships.

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