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When you’re searching for a new to home to buy and you’ve exhausted all the houses with the sign ‘for sale’ in the front yard around the neighborhood you’re interested, you don’t have to worry about not finding the house of your dreams or settle with something far away from your taste because there’s a solution for your search and it’s called off-market. Traditional real estate bidding has a little private feature for many homeowners, who are interested in off-market listing for their homes, either because they want to test the present value or for creating a higher one than ordinary bidding process.

Overview of what Off-Market listings actually means.

The traditional real estate experience comes with an agent and a multiple listing service in order to find the right property for each buyer need, a succeed method for finding and advertising a home for sale but it’s not the only one. Some owners present their properties through private listings, sometimes called ‘pocket listings’ without the use of a multiple listing service or online marketing. Potential buyers and investors can find a wide variety of private deals maybe without the effort or the competition of a bidding war.

Ways of finding an Off-Market listing.

One of the main ways to find an Off-Market deal, is always seek local, stay informed from public records, like local newspapers, government websites where upcoming property auctions are always published or make a conversation with local builders, contractors, tradesmen and learn who’s incapable to complete a project, creating an opportunity to swoop in and finish it. Another way is an effective network with real estate attorneys who can provide you with future available homes because of a credit or a law issue. Except local websites, internet tools are handy when you’re searching for a listing before is open to the public, by browsing estate services through specific websites, you may find ‘pocket listings’ even forty days before they hit the multiple listing services and take advantage of the leverage. Real estate agents are still a good option if you’re seeking a private listing because they have all the information for the neighborhood you want and they can alert you about upcoming private listings.

The wide range of Off-Market listings

If you are wondering what kind of listings will you find in private market, then you must understand that different tastes and flavors can be satisfied. You can find houses which cost millions of dollars and simple ones which will be auctioned some days later than the initial ‘pocket listing’ and cost thousands. Also it’s common enough, a real estate agent to approach an owner for selling their property by a private listing and find out the present value, making the listing an opportunity for potential buyers.

Buying an Off-Market Listing

The process of buying an Off-Market listing may be slightly different but the main lines of the procedure are still the same. Once the price and terms have been agreed upon, an agreement is created between the seller and the buyer where the only thing that may vary it’s the primal, private negotiation part but paperwork is exactly the same. Furthermore, some crucial benefits are gained through a private listing. Competition is a lot different because it’s not open to the public and especially if you’re interested in a hot market, ‘pocket listings’ might be the only way for buying. Moreover, the odds of eventually purchasing a home and with a better deal or a lower commission are increased through off-market listings.


Don’t be frustrated after a thorough search of properties because off-market listings is the key point for higher chances of buying a house you want without compromising with something less than your dream. You should be careful and patient during your long way to homeownership and get exclusive previews from houses that are not open to the public for a unique opportunity getting your desirable home.

Eric Lawrence Frazier, MBA 

President and CEO 

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