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Can a seller take their house off the MLS?

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A seller can take their house off the MLS (off the market) as long as they are not already under contract with a buyer. They may also have the option to take their house off market temporarily (by putting it in a “hold” status which pauses the listing’s MLS visibility).

Sellers may choose to remove their listing for a variety of reasons:

  • If they are having difficulty finding a buyer, they may choose to try again later.
  • If they change their mind, have financial issues, uncover significant repairs that need to be made, etc.
  • If they have received an offer they like.

It is not uncommon for sellers to remove their listings, but the decision can be difficult. Financially, some agents may charge a fee, especially if they already put in significant work to get multiple offers. Psychology, it may feel like a waste of the time and money spent getting the house ready and listing it.

Although there are off-market buyers, they are not as common as on-market buyers. The benefit is that they don’t usually need a turnkey house, are accustomed to making repairs, and may be able to close on the transaction quickly.

If you are considering selling off-market, feel free to contact us to see how we can work with you!

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