However, if the West Palm Beach home is marked, "contingent," it indicates that there is a contract for sale on the home and there is an item of contingency that needs to be taken care of: an inspection, or a mortgage, for example. Once the contingency is taken care of, the listing usually moves to a "Pending" designation, which indicates that closing is imminent.
If the property is contingent, it may be taking back-up offers, but those offers will not supersede the original. Only if the original offer is cancelled will the back-up offers come into play.
If you are interested in this property, ask your West Palm Beach realtor to contact the listing broker and see if back-up offers are being accepted. But in the meantime, it would make sense to search for homes that are not under contract so that you have a chance of being the first to make an offer and get the house under contract.
Marc Jablon, The Jablon Team
RE/MAX Complete Solutions