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Old 06-18-2012, 05:38 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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An acquaintance of mine put her house on the market last fall, through a major national real estate company, at a reasonable price, I thought. She never lowered the price, which surprised me.

Six months later, the house suddenly and nearly simultaneously disappeared from realtor.com, zillow, trulia, and even the website of her national real estate company. The timing led me to believe that perhaps she had just let the listing expire and took the house off the market.

However, the for sale signs from that major company stayed on her lawn and are STILL there, several months later. Don't realtors always remove their signs when the house is taken off the market?

I thought at first that perhaps the house was in escrow, but wouldn't it still be on realtor.com listed as "pending"? The signs do not say "pending", "sold", or really anything different.

What could possibly have happened? I would ask her but selling a house can be such a touchy subject and I am reluctant to cause her any distress or emotional upset by bringing it up when I don't have to, especially since I don't know her that well. I thought maybe somebody here could think of various scenarios that might explain what could be happening in a situation like this. Otherwise I just might die of curiousity. Thanks.

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Old 06-18-2012, 06:05 PM
 
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It is possible to have something listed without being on all those sites. A seller has to give there permission in writing for the advertizing. It may have expired and permission for that wasn't given when listing contract was written up. Why they would do this is anyone's guess.
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:08 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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It is possible to have something listed without being on all those sites. A seller has to give there permission in writing for the advertizing. It may have expired and permission for that wasn't given when listing contract was written up. Why they would do this is anyone's guess.
Hmm. I hadn't thought of that. It is difficult to think of a reason why anyone would do that, but it could be. One never knows.
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:35 PM
 
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The house we are leasing/moving out of this month is under contract/with a July 3 closing date. It too suddenly disappeared from all the listing sites, it never was updated to "pending" - listing just went away (I looked b/c I'm signed up for automatic updates from Realtor dot Com and never saw an update about this house so I was curious like you.) The sign is still in the yard. It doesn't say 'pending' or 'sold' ...
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:43 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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The house we are leasing/moving out of this month is under contract/with a July 3 closing date. It too suddenly disappeared from all the listing sites, it never was updated to "pending" - listing just went away (I looked b/c I'm signed up for automatic updates from Realtor dot Com and never saw an update about this house so I was curious like you.) The sign is still in the yard. It doesn't say 'pending' or 'sold' ...
Hmm! Maybe it could be in escrow after all then.

(I love both your and Zyngawf's suggestions of possible reasons for this! Thanks)
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:46 AM
 
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An acquaintance of mine put her house on the market last fall, through a major national real estate company, at a reasonable price, I thought. She never lowered the price, which surprised me.

Six months later, the house suddenly and nearly simultaneously disappeared from realtor.com, zillow, trulia, and even the website of her national real estate company. The timing led me to believe that perhaps she had just let the listing expire and took the house off the market.

However, the for sale signs from that major company stayed on her lawn and are STILL there, several months later. Don't realtors always remove their signs when the house is taken off the market?

I thought at first that perhaps the house was in escrow, but wouldn't it still be on realtor.com listed as "pending"? The signs do not say "pending", "sold", or really anything different.

What could possibly have happened? I would ask her but selling a house can be such a touchy subject and I am reluctant to cause her any distress or emotional upset by bringing it up when I don't have to, especially since I don't know her that well. I thought maybe somebody here could think of various scenarios that might explain what could be happening in a situation like this. Otherwise I just might die of curiousity. Thanks.
Isn't there a saying "Curiosity killed the cat"...just sayin......
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:59 AM
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I had a neighbor across the street list her house, drop the price, take it off the market, move, put it back on, drop the price and take it off again, all in 5 months I think it was. She took out the chandeliers and other stuff, too, before she left, amongst other things. She always liked a lot of drama around her so maybe that's her motive!
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Phoenix AZ
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The house we are leasing/moving out of this month is under contract/with a July 3 closing date. It too suddenly disappeared from all the listing sites, it never was updated to "pending" - listing just went away (I looked b/c I'm signed up for automatic updates from Realtor dot Com and never saw an update about this house so I was curious like you.) The sign is still in the yard. It doesn't say 'pending' or 'sold' ...
Some of what you are seeing could be related to the multi-list rules in your area.
In my area, we have different "status" levels, some of them cause a home not to be populated in third-party sites, like realtor.com. A property in "active" status will always pop, but "active with contingent offer" may not pop. If the property is a short-sale, which can take a long time to process, an agent may change the status to "temporarily off the market" , so they won't keep getting inquiries on a pending deal. In my market, both active & active with a contingent offer both pop on realtor.com, and it's misleading & frustrating for buyers who see a home that looks "available", when a deal has been in the works for months, so the MLS is talking about changing the rules so that "contingent" properties won't pop on third-party sites.

But the presence of the sign could just be a lazy agent, or one hoping to generate "leads" based on leaving their sign up. If the agent doesn't have another listing to put the sign at, your neighbor could just be advertising for free.
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:14 PM
 
Location: under the beautiful Carolina blue
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I worked with a girl whose RE agent NEVER came to get the sign on the house she bought, after many calls she finally put it out with the trash and never heard another word about it.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Florida Gulf Coast
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LOL....I am the same way about a house up the street from mine that's for sale. I thought their asking price was way too high ($235K) given that I paid $190K about two years ago for basically the same house. I mean, it would be nice to see a house go for that much, but the comps don't support it. So I've been keeping an eye on it through the various websites. Sure enough, they've had to drop the price numerous times to the point where it's now $180K. Darn....I didn't want to see it go THAT low!!! Other more realistically priced homes have sold in the meantime. But anyway, in my curiosity-seeking, I have seen a couple houses that suddenly appear out of nowhere, or disappear, or a sold sign will appear in the yard when it was never even "for sale" to begin with.....argghhh....confusing.
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