1.For sale by owner does not want someone showing up on their doorstep unannounced.
2. Agent wants knowledge of all prospective buyers that come through a buyer agent or otherwise. This can give them some protection from buyers contacting a seller who would cancel from the agent and then "find a buyer on his/her own" as well as protecting the owner from above.
This is so important for a seller to have an agent to protect their privacy. If you are really interested in a particular property contact REALTOR and have them send you the specifics and pictures so you can make an informed decision. You don't want to miss your dream home by overlooking just one of those properties. LIsa
For sale by owners may want to keep their location a bit low key & not have drive-bys or unannounced door knockers. Some folks don't want the neighbors to know they are selling.The majority of the properties listed for sale in the Multiple Listing System have the address set up for public knowledge. In the "olden" days- -it was everyday practice to keep the address out of the ads- that was to encourage prospective buyers to call the real estate office. . Marketing styles have totally changed with the introduction of the Internet.
Instant gratification is the norm now ! Why don't you contact a local agent who can conduct searches in the particular areas that interest you the most? Any one of them would be more than glad to help you ...and it may put an end to your frustrations.
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Bangor, Me 04401
Continuing the discussion: the practice of posting addresses is fairly recent in Maine. Until a few years ago, you never saw addresses on the websites, just Realtor contact info. It is not uncommon to leave the address out at the request of the Seller if it is a high end property and/or vacant. Or it could be an elderly person who has concern for security. Or any of the reasons listed below. BUT almost always now, if an address is not included, it is at the request of the Seller - an agent prefers to post to address whenever possible but will always (and in fact must) honor a Seller's preferences in advertising location.
A lot of people don't want strangers coming to their house or even driving by. Sometimes they haven't told their employer that they are planning a move. They could be in a private location or on a long driveway where they would be uncomfortable with people coming by to see their house.
If you don't want to waste a lot of your time, get yourself a buyer's agent. We can do all that homework for you and it usually costs the buyer nothing. Give me a call and I'd be happy to explain how it works.