Quote Taken Out Of Context @TheState

Today you may have read the article in The State Newspaper entitled, “Home Sales Gain Strength In S.C.”  The piece is a welcome collection of good news, and I was happy to discuss some thoughts with the reporter.  That said, my comments were taken out of context and I need to correct it.

Part of the article reads, “Jones and his team partner, Amanda Payne, are being honored by their company for closing on 100 homes in 213 days this year already. That includes 23 closings in the last year in Kings Grant, where homes list between $350,000 to about $1 million.”

Although we’re proud of our sales record in this downtown neighborhood, we have not closed 23 homes in King’s Grant since Jan. 1, 2012.  

Here’s the rub. During the interview the reporter and I spoke, at length, about many specific areas in downtown Columbia, SC. Because I had the stats right in front of me, I touted, “For example, King’s Grant is selling. In the last 12 months King’s Grant has enjoyed 23 closings, has X Pending Contracts, and X Active Listings. King’s Grant is selling.”  

The stats I rattled off included every KG sale by all real estate sales professionals in the last full 12 month period. This has nothing to do with sales by Amanda and me since Jan. 1, 2012 (seven months). As you can imagine, the two are wildly different. Even so, the reporter hooked the stats to the 100 sales we’ve had year to date @2012. Again, they are not related.

At the time I gave the KG numbers, we weren’t talking about Team F, Amanda and me, or our team’s closings. We were speaking about what was happening in the market, where I thought it was going, and why, which was the reason for the conversation.

In all, it was a positive and fine article of which I was flattered to be included. I do, however, feel compelled to set the record straight. Taking it a notch further, I’ve requested that The State print a retraction.

Thank you! 


Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2012/08/16/2401553/home-sales-gain-strength-in-sc.html#storylink=cpy


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