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Agmolly, Home Buyer in Houston, TX

how can i find out how many days a house has been on the market?

Asked by Agmolly, Houston, TX Mon Jul 9, 2012

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Al Geffon’s answer
This is not publicly disclosed to potential buyers on most websites, as it could be interpreted as a negative factor, especially if the home has been around for a while. Realtors have access to this and other information, and it's one of the reasons why you should be working with a buyer's agent. By default, Realtors represent sellers, and place their interests over and above that of buyers. By signing a Buyer's Representation Agreement, your agent now places your interests and concerns above those of the sellers ... and at no cost to you.

As noted below, there are all kinds of games that can be played with the numbers ... price history, days on market, etc. Your agent can cut through this and provide the most accurate information, including whether there have been any contracts that have fallen through, any existing inspection reports ... in short, everything that can lead you to make an informed decision.

Since the seller compensates the agents, there's really no reason why a buyer shouldn't have representation equal to (or better than) that of the property owner. It levels the playing field, so that both parties are on solid footing.

I'd welcome the opportunity to further discuss this matter. Please feel free to contact me at (713) 213-6350 or ... al@algeffon.com. I look forward to hearing from you. Regards ...

Al Geffon
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Texas is a non-disclosure state meaning that we don't share sale data or "days on market" unless there is a signed representation agreement. Zillow and several other sites track days on market, but, they are not always accurate. Your best bet is to work with a Realtor.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 10, 2012
Contact your local REALTOR®

Alan Harper
World Wide Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 9, 2012
Contact a Realtor. Happy to help
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 9, 2012
Realtors have the ability to look at the history of any home listed in our MLS system for sale or lease.

Not only days on the market. We can see if it was on the market last year, leased 4yrs ago, or relisted with the same agent along with price changes and if the home has been under recent contract. This information goes along way to see how to work with a seller/landlord when preparing an offer.

A good buyer's agent can assist you with all of this information and a lot more! Let us know if we can assist you.

Mark McNitt
m 832-567-4357
Bernstein Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 9, 2012
When you contact your real estate agent as the two of you do your search they will be able to provide that information, as it's available to us through MLS. Be sure not to put too much reliance on that number as there can be a multitude of reasons why a property is a very good buy even if its just listed or been on the market for a longer time. Discuss it with your agent as she/he will also be able to provide other details that you will need to make an intelligent business decision, such as the pricing history of the property and ownership history.
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The previous response is right. Your Realtor will be able to give you that information easily. They will have access to the history of the listing's DOM as well as price changes and status changes. If you do not have a Realtor give me a quick call and I will look up the property for you.
Heather MacKinnon 832 964-5619
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Send me the address, I'll be happy to let you know plus give you comps for the neighborhood so you can offer a good price! Don spelled it out pretty well, but HAR (Houston's MLS system) on the public side doenst state Days On the Market, but Trulia and Zillow sometimes will if the listing agent inputs it.
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Your buyers agent can assist you with that info.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 9, 2012
Usually this in not shown in general public listings. You can ask any Realtor to check for you as this information is detailed in our MLS access.

Don Groff
REALTOR® | Mortgage Broker
Keller Williams Realty | 360 Lending Group
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 9, 2012
Some online sites show that information. Its in many/most MLS listings, so any Realtor can tell you, as well.

One thing to be careful of: There's a difference between (and the terminology varies) DOM--or "Days on Market" and "DOMP"--or "Days on Market Property." The first is the current listing. However, it's possible that the property was listed before, taken off the market, then relisted. So a property listed January 1 and taken off February 28, then relisted July 1 would show a "DOM" of 8 (this being July 9), although it's actually been on the market a total of 67 days or so.

Sometimes properties are taken off and then relisted specifically to "refreshen" the listing--to make buyers think it's a fresh, new listing. Other times, there are other reasons. For instance, the property might have been listed, but the feedback was that some improvements were needed--new paint, carpet, etc. So the property was taken off the market so the work could be done, and then relisted.

Point is: Just looking at "days on market" may be misleading, depending on what you're trying to determine.

Hope that helps.
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