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Pros and cons of a pocket listing versus the multiple listing service

Have you ever considered selling a home without ever listing it? Has someone knocked on your door and said they wanted to buy your home and the excitement overwhelmed you? Has a real estate agent ever said “I can sell your house without putting it on the Multiple Listing Service for a discounted rate? Pocket Listings should be a red flag to a potential seller. The term pocket listing typically refers to an agreement between a seller and a real estate broker that allows the broker to market the property outside of the multiple listing service. The property is advertised through the broker’s “network,” and a buyer is targeted by what amounts to “word of mouth.” Although this seems attractive please be aware of the risks involved.

Posted: April 18, 2014
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Wednesday 04/09/2014
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Tuesday 04/08/2014
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Monday 04/07/2014
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Wednesday 04/02/2014
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Tuesday 03/25/2014
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Updated: April 02, 2014 - 1:32 am

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