Asked by Lassiter1, Chesapeake, VA Tue May 24, 2011


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Vicki Marsh, Agent, Suffolk, VA
Tue May 24, 2011
The reason that real estate professionals do not show properties that are already under contract, pending home inspections, POA/Condo document reviews or 3rd party approval is because if you see the property and fall in love with it then the 1st buyer's contract goes through and they go to have just fallen in love with a property that you cannot purchase. Then once that happens, it is very had for a buyer to find another home that they like as well. This becomes frustrating to you the buyer. There are currently many available properties to choose from, so at this time, you should work with your buyer's agent (if you have one -don't ever use the listing agent to purchase a home he or she has llisted) and view other available homes. If you don't have a real estate professional looking out for your best interest, then I would certainly like the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your home needs.
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Frank Bigans…, Agent, Newport News, VA
Tue May 24, 2011
It could be that the owner has told their agent not to continue showing :)

if you want to email the property address and/or MLS number, I'll be happy to look into this a little further for you - no cost or obligation.

Frank Biganski, Realtor
(757) 303-0517
Reliance Realty, Inc.
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Tue Apr 23, 2013
The listing agent is working for the seller and is responsible to follow their direction. Some agents will allow access and back up offers and some will not. It is not uncommon for agents to refuse showings once they feel that a property is likely to go to closing with an existing contract.
Susie Ochsenbein ABR SFR CRS GRI CDPE
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Tue Jan 22, 2013
When a property goes under contract it is common for showings to stop. It is the seller/home owner that tells their listing agent to continue showings or to hold off.
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Ibolling, Home Buyer, Suffolk, VA
Tue Jan 22, 2013
It could be the owners, but I tend to think its the realtor. He/She doesnt want to "waste their time" with a property that you are unlikely to get, even if you want to see it to get ideas about the neighborhood or something.
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Danilo Bogda…, Agent, Reston, VA
Wed May 25, 2011
It is important to note that the seller/owner of the property is the one who decides if/when their home is available to be shown, not the listing agent, your agent or anyone else.

Once a home goes under contract, the seller may elect to not allow any more showings. Whether or not this is the case in this situation is not something I can speak to because I don't know the seller nor the details of the listing agreement between the seller and the listing broker.

The title search is part of the closing process and contingencies of the contract, but not reason enough for the property to continue to be shown.

Perhaps you (or your Buyer's Agent if you have one) should contact the listing broker and explain that you're very interested in the property and would like to see it and that you're guessing the seller wouldn't mind more interest and a potential back-up offer in their hands.

Danilo Bogdanovic
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trulia, , Chesapeake, VA
Tue May 24, 2011
Once a contract has been accepted by the seller, there is a time limit and a progression of work to be done in order to get to the closing table (sale of property). One of the things in this time period is a title search on the property to make sure the title to the property is free and clear with no liens, so that it can be passed onto the purchaser at the time of sale. All offers are submitted to the Seller and can come in up until the day of closing.
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Shanna Rogers, Agent, Murrieta, CA
Tue May 24, 2011
Hi Lassiter1,

Most likely, since an offer has been accepted and they are under contract, the seller has asked the Listing Agent not to show the house anymore. Most sellers don't want to keep showing the house when they are under contract because they feel there is really no point. However, when I have a listing, I put it in Backup status until the buyer has removed all contingencies. My sellers still show if the house is in Backup Status and not Pending Status. This way, the seller can accept Backup offers in case the contract in escrow does fall through. Not all Realtors do this though. If you really, really want to make an offer as a Backup, have your Realtor contact the Listing Agent and see if they will take a Backup Offer 'subject to interior inspection'. In this instance, you would be making an offer without seeing the house. If the original contract falls out of escrow, then you could be 'next in line' and then you can see the house and see if you want to move forward with your offer (since it is 'subject to interior inspection). Just a thought...depends how badly you want to make an offer. Other than this, you should look at your other available homes for sale that are not in contract. Again, it is the seller, not the Realtor who decides whether to show the house or not as it is their home.

Shanna Rogers
SR Realty
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Jay Hurst, Agent, Washington, DC
Tue May 24, 2011
Properties that are under contract rarely get shown. If it is a done deal, you need to look elsewhere.
If the deal falls through, your agent would be the first to know so keep in touch with them.
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Jim McCowan, Agent, Arlington, VA
Tue May 24, 2011
The owner/seller decides who gets in, not the realtor.
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Leanna McKee, Agent, Hendersonville, TN
Tue May 24, 2011
It is really up to the seller as to whether they will allow showings on their property. Most sellers don't do showings after a contract unless they feel the deal is shakey. Hang tight and maybe they will call you back because of an issue in the contract. Good luck!
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