Santa Clarita real estate is what we do with regard to representation of buyers and sellers in the real estate world. We have been doing this since 1998 and during that time the internet has taken off.
Pre-Internet: the listings were contained within the MLS books – picked up by realtors from the Local Boards of Realtors. However, the relationships in the business were much more important than they are today. I’m referring to the agent to agent connections. It mattered who you knew and what they were willing to share.
Post-Internet: this has truly changed the game – however, with the apparent “transparency” that exists on-line, some still want to keep the waters muddy in an attempt to influence your buying or selling decision.
Examples: When searching on-line there are only so many truly active real estate listings for sale. However, some websites – some of the real estate syndication websites are publishing listings that are not for sale – that have sold. They may be in escrow about to close and sell. It could be that they are listings that had been uploaded by agents in an attempt to get you to contact them, but are not really for sale.
A Note about listings in Back-up position. Back-up is a status that should only be used when the seller of a home wants to allow additional viewings so another “qualified” buyer can write an offer on their home – to hold in backup. This is because the first offer, while it maybe secure, could cancel escrow. If that happened, the seller would have nothing to fall back on.
Unfortunately, the back up position still appears to be “active” on some of the real estate syndication websites. So you go into it thinking that the listing you have fallen in love with on-line is for sale and there are no “accepted offers” on it. It then turns out that that listing is in back up position, not that the seller wants to show the home or obtain additional offers, it’s because the agent is attempting to generate more leads from that listing via on-line attempts.
Therefore, if you are going to search on-line – that’s great. When you do so, make sure you know what you are viewing related to real estate. Are you looking at a website that is publishing listings that are not truly for sale any longer? Or are you looking at the true Active Listings that are for sale right now?
We Guarantee 100% that we only publish Active Real Estate listings on the home page of the Top Santa Clarita real estate website. When we publish the listings where the sellers via their agents have indicated they want additional offers to be held in back-up positions – We tell our clients that’s what we are doing and those are the listings they are viewing.
Side Note: I felt it very important to go into detail about the Active versus Back up statuses and the best ways you can search in order to protect yourselves from a “not so transparent” internet.