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National Association of Realtors Bans Pocket/Off-Market Listings

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) board of directors voted last week to ban off-market listings—ones that agents promote outside of their local Multiple Listing Service (MLS). The policy will take effect on January 1, 2020 and will be fully implemented starting May 1, 2020 to give the hundreds of MLS’s time to make tech changes and educate users.

I agree, in general, that buyers and sellers benefit from full MLS exposure. However, there are situations in which it may not be beneficial for sellers to go the full marketing distance. Privacy concerns, tenant-occupied properties and trial list price runs are reasons why some sellers would prefer to wade into the marketing waters in a lower-key manner. Many ultra high-end properties also have a limited pool of buyers that doesn’t lend itself to an MLS. Continue Reading

Here’s the Latest on Off-Market Sales

Sellers agree to market their properties outside of the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for a variety of reasons. They may not be able to move before they sell, so their home won’t look as good as some of the comparable sales. They may have limited funds to paint, stage and fix up the house for sale. Or maybe they have small children, pets or tenants that make showing the property a challenge.

And finally, many off-market sales happen because a seller knows an agent who personally has a buyer for that seller’s property.

Many off-market sales are in very high price ranges, and there simply aren’t that many buyers out there who can afford those properties. So agents reach out privately to brokers who typically represent multi-million dollar buyers. Continue Reading

Here’s What’s Going On In Off-Market World

Here’s What’s Going On In Off-Market World

Off-market sales close throughout the year in San Francisco. These are properties that agents promote outside of the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), and sellers opt to go that route for their own specific reasons. They may not have the budget to paint, stage and do everything it will take to be camera ready—efforts that can easily cost $20,000 or more. They may have small children, pets, or tenants that make showings challenging, or simply want only qualified buyers coming through the house and no Lookie Lous or nosy neighbors. Continue Reading

Off-Market Sales Slow Down in 2016

Off-market sales are accounting for a much smaller percentage of single-family homes and condos this year. Though a quarter of all properties sold in 2015 changed hands without the benefit of being entered into the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), those numbers have dropped off significantly in 2016. Continue Reading

Coming Soon and Off-Market Opportunities: April 28, 2016

Inventory is here! Here’s a heads up on properties that will hit the market this weekend—or might be snapped up before they hit the MLS:

118 Melrose / Glen Park
3BR/2BA remodeled single-family home; huge deck, garden, 1 pkg

504 Joost / Sunnyside
3BR/1BA house, 2 pkg

18 Colonial Way #8 / Misison Terrace
3BR/2BA top-floor condo, views, good light

125 30th Street / Glen Park
2BR/1BA Edwardian flat, 1 pkg
$899,000 Continue Reading

Coming Soon and Off-Market Opportunities: November 12, 2015

Off-market land is quiet this week, but that’s probably because inventory is slowing down in general. Here are my picks for this week’s up-and-comers:

216 Yerba Buena / Monterey Heights
2BR/2BA home with expansion potential, 2 pkg

130 Vienna / Excelsior
4BR/3BA + two bonus rooms up, 1 pkg

Sunnyside Single-Family Home
2BR/1BA Marina-style home, huge garage
Price upon request Continue Reading

“Off-Market” in a Hot Market Can Shortchange Sellers

“Off-Market” in a Hot Market Can Shortchange Sellers

The San Francisco real estate market is booming, and sellers are greatly benefitting from buyer demand. There are five or more buyers for every listing, particularly in popular neighborhoods. Interest rates are low, our local job market is strong and there’s no shortage of foreign investors.

If you’re thinking of selling your home in the near future, here’s how you can capitalize on this hot market: Make sure your agent enters your property in the San Francisco Multiple Listing Service (SFARMLS) database. Continue Reading

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