Prudential Tropical Realty
What ever the reasons some options are Craigs List, e-fliers, marketing meetings.
What is going to happen if a neighbor finds out to you or your listing, did they specified that?
La Rosa Realty
I'm still puzzled about the "why" -- why sellers would not want their properties to appear on the MLS. If you can get them to be honest with you, the answers will guide your subsequent conversation.
Why would sellers care about how their neighbors feel, unless for some reason they have some sense of shame about the circumstances. Perhaps it has to do with them remaining in the same condo complex, and they have heard others complain about how lower market prices have decimated assessment values for the rest of the owners.
It's not like the sale is going to be a secret. Surely they understand that the condo association must be notified when a unit is being marketed. Many condos have the right of first refusal (which makes them difficult to finance). Are they concerned that their neighbors would interfere in some way? Are they in a dispute? Are they up-to-date on fees? Is there an assessment brewing?
Is there something about the MLS itself they object to? Did something happen when someone they know had something listed on the MLS? Note that if it is the massive accessibility, then that may well negate using any of these other alternative and social media venues suggested here.
What did they read or hear that led them to making such a demand? Do these sellers know each other?
The mind reels with speculation. Is it a security issue? Are they hiding from the insurance company? The IRS? Is it a divorce or estate situation? It might be a good idea to have your title company check to ensure everything is OK now (no other names, liens, clear title, etc.).
Again, good luck -- and please, keep us updated.
MLS is the best way to get exposure out to the most IDX feeds, but not the only way. If it's a good listing & well priced take it. A couple of things to consider:
1. If it is not going to be in the MLS have the Seller sign some form of a Listing Agreement Addendum stating that they have requested it be withheld from the MLS. Also check with your broker to see what your company's rules may be regarding this.
2. Ask for an extended listing period since they are putting such restrictions on your marketing ability.
3. Take it to "Pitch Sessions", have Broker opens, start sending it directly to other agents.
4. What about other online websites or social media outlets?
5. When you check with the condo association to verify fees and what's actually covered, along with rules....snoop around and see what else you can find out that might be their motivation.
6. Since neighbors will know after the first showing....probe as to the real reason.
Could be a challenging, but great two listings. Good luck!
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In less than a month the neighbors will know anyway. A secret in a condo complex...very unlikely. After all, you WILL show it to a few folks in your official realTor uniform. And lets not forget a few evening pictures to feature the homes lighting or a sunset.
However, don't make concessions when you eventually double-end these sales. Your task have been made harder and you will be facilitating the sale of both buyer and seller.
Having been in similar situations, you meed to be real clear regarding the sellers motivation. Be aware, if they intend to leave town, how they treat you is not a high priority for them. See the horizon and protect your interests.
Selling in this fashion, especially in a high demand area like Clearwater Beach will be a cinch. Every agent working the area would like to be able to say, "I've know of an exceptional beachfront condo that only 'A-List" buyers get to see."
This will prove a great opportunity to test and implement your 'generic' social media communications.
Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group, Palm Harbor, FL
Well the MLS is the best way to sell the property, as we know....but there are many other consumer sites that might provide a buyer for you. My personal webiste syndictes to all agents who use the service as well as 150 other consumer sites. I would recommend you take a look at that option, and caution the sellers that it might take a bit longer this way.
Also I would Email BLAST all local buyer agents.
It sounds like you are being put in a no-win situation; anything you do could backfire on you.
But if you stumble on two buyers, who just happen to want these properties, and are qualified.....
Yeah, that's gonna happen!
Are they forbidding Open Houses, too? Are they not really motivated to sell?
Compromise by not putting a sign in the yard -- but do list it on the MLS. How do they expect it to sell if you cannot use the selling network?
See how many showings you get. Buyers often pick a neighborhood and then drive around looking for Sale signs.
Good luck, Kelly.