Those Are Non MLS Listings and Only We Can Sell Them

I’ve seen a number of things over the years but the latest one has me scratching my head. We have a specialized little subdivision in the area and a couple of agents from one of the larger brokerages have a corner on the listing market.  I don’t have a problem with them cornering the listing market but what they’ve done next just seems wrong.

NON MLS Listing

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I was searching for properties in the subdivision and there were none in the MLS. I have an interested client so I drove through the neighborhood and found plenty of signs. I jotted down a couple of the addresses and tried to pull them up in the MLS…nothing.

I called the listing agent and asked for the details and showing instructions. I was told that the properties were non-MLS listings and only she can sell them. I asked about registering my client and then showings the home…”No…only I can sell those listings.” I asked about a referral fee for sending her my buyer…”No referral fees…your buyer will eventually call me directly.”

Why would any seller list a property and agree to keep it out of the MLS nor allow one of the 15,000 REALTORS® in the area to show and sell it? It makes no sense except for the listing agents and their brokerage.  But are they really doing the best for their clients? I’d argue that the lack of competition actually creates lower prices and longer selling times.

If you’re listing your home, talk to the listing agent or read your contract to see if they will be placing the home in the MLS and to be aware of what they are offering to cooperating brokers.

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Have you ever just met someone, but felt you like you'd known him for years? That's what most people experience with Tom. He has a knack for making folks feel right at home. After 21 years in the Air Force, loyalty and honesty are the foundation of everything Tom does. In addition to being a Texas Real Estate Broker, Tom is a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) and a Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource (SFR).

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