ACTIVE LISTINGS ONLY – Why do we have to specify – shouldn’t everyone be doing this?

    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.How do you search for the active listings only

    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.

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    Paris and Connor MacIvor

    Connor and Paris MacIvor are in the Top 1% of Realtors Nationwide, starting their real estate business in 1998 with RE/MAX Gateway - Santa Clarita Valley and Valencia CA. Their becoming licensed real estate consultants and representatives came from the horrible experience they had when they bought their first home. There were many things that the agent they had hired did not explain and disclose, which per law he should have. Getting that agent on the phone after they closed escrow and after he had gotten paid was impossible. Paris and Connor called the broker, the board of realtors, the office manager and all they received was the promise of a phone call back. The remedy did come, but not as fast and in the way they wanted. That act - that bad agent was the reason why Paris and Connor became Realtors. That was all they needed to vow to never let the same fate befall anyone else, that befell them. Today Connor and Paris are focused on client service. Protection and top-shelf service with regard to their real estate clientele. They primarily work within the Santa Clarita Valley and Valencia CA. However, for a referral, where 80+ of their business is referrals they have License and Will Travel to other parts of Ventura County, Los Angeles County, and Orange County to handle real estate transactions for those who trust their real estate operation. Writing on their Real Estate Blog is a passion. is where you will find over 10,000 real estate articles. Go to to listen to their latest real estate radio broadcast.

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