Inna Ivchenko, Real Estate Pro in Encino, CA

no showings? no answer? why did they list their house for sale?

Asked by Inna Ivchenko, Encino, CA Wed Jan 23, 2013

My buyer found a house he likes. I was not able to schedule an appointment to see the house, even it is a standard sale( 200 days on the market). A listing agent answer was" no one was there, and probably never will ''. I asked if we can submit full price offer 'subject to interior inspection'. His answer' all offers i presented were not answered, don't bother'. Why to list the house if you don't want to sell it?! Why to waste everyone's time?!

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Hi Inna,

Did you ask the listing agent why it's listed? Maybe it's a couple divorcing and one party wants to sell and the other doesn't? Or if there are 2 or more owners, maybe 1 wants to sell and the other(s) doesn't? It may be listed just to 'appease' one of the owners who wants to sell? Is it a standard sale at the list price but the list price is over market price? If this is the case, and it should really be a short sale, maybe the seller(s) doesn't really want to sell but has to? (Has an NOD been filed?) Ask the listing agent and if they won't give you an answer, contact their Broker. However, if the seller(s) has advised them not to divulge personal information, they may not be able to answer your question.

Shanna Rogers
SR Realty
2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2013
Hi Inna,

I am certain the broker would like to sell the home. I would go directly to the broker.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 27, 2013
We have a lot of sellers like that in South Florida.

Sometimes, it is a divorce and "exes to be" are competing in a "who outdoes the other in badness" contest...Had a situation when the wife left, and the husband would not do anything at all to sell - just to hurt her credit (and his too - but he didn't care about that).

In other cases, sellers changed their mind (got inheritance, transfer to another state didn't materialize, got a raise...). I had sellers who got full asking price offer cash, and would not sell - their reasoning was that if they sold so fast and so well, they should wait a year or too and they would sell for more...

Good luck with these sellers!

Irina Karan
Beachfront Realty, Inc.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2013
Have you reported this to your MLS folks. There are pretty strict guidelines dealing with this type of behaviour.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2013
It sounds like there are at least two people who's elevator doesn't go all the way up:
The Seller and his Agent.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2013
lol, my bad suspicious if they even know that they are listed for sale?
Flag Wed Jan 23, 2013
Crazy. Why is the listing agent keeping it listed?
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2013
For exposure? I'm upset that i wasted time, my buyer became pushes me, but there is nothing I can do:(
Flag Wed Jan 23, 2013
I've seen similar situations here. It's very frustrating when you have someone that wants to see a listing and they can't because of idiot sellers like this. If one of my sellers disappeared, that listing is cancelled. Period. Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 4, 2013
I am rolling on the floor! I guess Cali and Florida have other things in common, other than oranges, beaches and pretty people.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 4, 2013
Tough situation, very frustrating but the best thing you can do for your client is explain the problem to them and move on with your property search. Finding out the exact reason for the problem, will not solve the problem. I would just put it behind you and find the best place for your client.

Zack King
Keller Williams Estates Calabasas
(818) 825-7388
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 3, 2013
Contact your local MLS and let them know. As you've stated at the very least there should be a comment in the remarks section giving agents a heads up about what's going on.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 27, 2013
You may want to go directly to the managing Broker and with dates and time of your conversation, and communicate to the Broker your concerns. I too have a listing that is dificult to show, however, all the reasons are in the confidential remarks. This one sounds fishy.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 25, 2013
well, the only explanation i received: ''If he wants to submit an offer he is certainly welcome and it will get ignored like all the others. I can not tell you any specifics about this deal since there is a lawyer involved.''
Again, I'm not an investigator to think about all 'why's'. It is offered for sale. My client and I wasted my time, all those other agents and their clients wasted time. At least add to private remark the explanation, so we know what to expect~ do I ask too much?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2013
I agree, this sounds like the owner of the property is not reachable and the agent representing the owner is holding on to the contract hoping for a returned phone call. I suggest you keep an eye on it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2013
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