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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Either "it is" or "it is not"

You may heard it said that someone is either pregnant or not...There is no "sort of." Similarly, it has been said you either will or will not...There is no try. And, when it comes to selling your house, you either are or are not selling.

Finally, our MLS system has agreed. They have removed the status "temporarily off the market."

I have never understood why we used that classification. If you are a seller and circumstances require you to remove the property from the market, cancel the listing. Your real estate agent should be willing to work with you on this.

I have seen cases where the seller was going to be out of town for an extended period and did not want anyone to enter the home while gone. Better to withdraw the listing than just have the office state no showings for an extended period.

Why? Because the "days on the market" [the total time listed] continues to add up and people see it as either:

  1. An indication that something is wrong with property
  2. An indication of it being overpriced
  3. An uncooperative seller or
  4. Some unknown but perceived "negative" issue.

Regardless of reason or validity of such issue, the perception works at a disadvantage. This decision made by our MLS is one that works for the client!

Considering buying or selling in Brevard County Florida, please give me a chance to be your Realtor of Choice. Gary Waters, Century 21 Baytree Realty, Rockledge Florida. Call me at 321-693-3850 or email me at

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