Have you had a second set of eyes look up the property? If not, what's the address ... 99 percent of the time there's a simple answer that doesn't involve anything illegal.
How are you seeing that it is still "available", on here or Zillow because the information is old. What could have happened is it was Active Contingent when you wanted to look and it fell through, if that is the case your agent didnâ€™t do anything wrong. Loans fall through, buyers change their minds, and properties do come back onto the market. If it is still available, put in an offer.
Tierra Antigua Realty
I'm understand your frustration! Some agents don't change the status right away, even if they have an offer. The are fishing for more leads. This type of action can be brought to the attention of the MLS compliance department as well as the agent's broker.
As for the bribes, it's not a good idea for anyone to be involved in any sort of bribery.
Best of luck!
It is not uncommon in this market for properties to also fall out of contract so it's possible that at the time of your inquiry the property was pretty much ready to close and somehow came back on the market. Also, is it a distressed sale. There are so many variables at play here but the simple answer to your original question is yes there are things in place to deter unethical practices. Are they fail-safe, no, which is why bad apples emerge. I really hope that's not the case for you. Good Luck and I'm going to give you access to the real AZ MLS below. When you go to the site and go to "search homes" you'll be able to see homes just like we REALTORs in AZ do. This is real time information. So, if you know the properties MLS # you can look it up. If the status shows AWC, Pending etc. then it's most likely not available. If it shows ACTIVE - it most likely is. The only caveat is, that while the info on here is real time and deemed reliable, it is only as reliable as the person who updated it. So if for any reason they didn't update the status accurately then it may be wrong. By having representation and an agent who's employed to represent you and has a fiduciary duty to you you can avoid some of this guess work. All the best
There may be a legitimate reason for the property to be active on the local MLS. There may have been variety of problems that caused this including: problems with the title, contingencies not being met, the buyer backing out of the deal, major inspection problems, etc.
Any of these issues could result in a delay or cancellation of the contract....it doesn't mean the agent is unethical, crooked, or manipulating a situation. Our recommendation is to stay on the safe side and always get the facts prior to accusing anyone of anything.
1) Fines (potential other legal issues)
2) Loss of professional License
3) Public/Personal humiliation
But I guess not everyone puts the same weight into these as they should......
Question 1: Do you have a buyers agent representing you? If not you should as a good buyers agent can explain what is really going on.
Arizona Homes for Sale by a Guy from Iowa
Depending on where you are getting your information there may be some confusion. Listings on Trulia and several other sites are not always up to date. I have to manually change them in my MLS which does not feed Trulia and several other sites, so I then have to make the changes there too. Many agents don't follow through and do this, so itâ€™s possible the agent is correct.
Your best bet is to have a good local agent working specifically for you and updating you through the local Multiple Listing Service. As an agent, if I submit an offer and I don't feel it was handled properly I know the options available to me to get my concerns resolved.
If a Realtor is guilty of unethical practices, they can be fined, suspended or lose their license depending on the State and local rules and the violation.
#1. Contact the local board where the listing is held and make a complaint. Generally the board will not approve of these practices. They will generally fine the agent or all together no longer allow them to list properties in that particular board (mls).
#2. If you feel that there were any unethical practices completed by the listing agent then you may also approach the Department of Real Estate to file a complaint in your state.
There is no rule that they have to accept your offer but certain practices are frowned upon.
All the best of luck.
Jonathan Katz - Absolute Consultant Group