The Featured Home section of our local newspaper, the Connecticut Post, was discontinued the day before one of my listings was about to be featured. This was frustrating for me as the reporter had stated in June that she would try to set up the feature in early July. Then the day before the reporter was scheduled to come she called to say that her Featured Home section was being discontinued and that a national syndicate was taking over the spot.
Well, the Featured Home section is back in the paper, but the national syndicate has been given the same amount of space (two pages) as the previous feature. Now one home will be featured on the front page of the Real Estate section and several homes will be featured on the second page. My listing at 62 Prescott Street which was supposd to get a two page spread will get less than 1/4 of a page and it will be on the second page, but at least it will be in the paper.
More homes will be featured, but the copy on the homes will be shorter and there will be fewer photos. Last week was the first with the new format. I will be holding an Open House there tomorrow and hope that I get the turnout I got at my last one with over 44 attendees.