For the second question, it is not to anyone but, maybe, the agent's benefit to have a listing where the seller is not committed to the selling of their property. The only way the Agent may benefit is that he has his sign up and may leverage it to get buyers or sellers in the area
By the second part of your question, I assume you think that because they are not openly showing the property, they are not motivated. This may not, in fact, be true. They may be very willing to sell, under the proper circumstances.
In addition, if they are attempting a short sale, they need to market the property by having it in the MLS. If they want to attempt a deed In Lieu of Foreclosure, most lenders will want to see that the property has been marketed for short sale for up to 9 months.
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On the 2nd one, I would not be keeping a listing active if the seller does not want to sell. There is no advantage of doing so. I don't even know why a seller would allow a sign up on the property in that case. Maybe the price offered is lower than the listing price?
As for the second issue, you asked, â€œAre they trolling.â€
(1) Or there are a couple of other options as well. There are some agents who are desperate to get their sign in front of a property â€“ so they endure nonsense they wouldnâ€™t otherwise put up with if they had a lot more listings.
(2) Some sellers want to â€œtestâ€ the market â€“ not realizing that it is a flawed concept that actually does them more harm than good. Here is a post that spells out the flaws associated with â€œtestingâ€ the market.
Testing The Market NOT A Good Idea: Top 4 Reasons Explained
We see this sort of thing with income property where there can be issues with tennants. Some of the reasons Seller's may not show property are and not limited to: 1. Seller does not want tennants to know property is for sale, 2. Tennants may be difficult to deal with, 3. A tennant may have a medical condidion, 4.Sometimes the Seller is a trust where there is a dispute amongst members of the trust., etc. the list goes on. The previous mentioned can also happen with a owner occupied single family residence. Remember an offer is not accepted until the Seller signs off on the offer.
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