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What Happens When You Take Your Home Off The Market


What happens when you take your home off the market?

There are times when a seller takes their home off the market for a personal reason, an illness, a vacation or a situation that the house cannot be shown.

Maybe the listing has expired or is withdrawn by mutual consent.

Please note:

These sellers are then  bombarded with calls, letters, postcards and emails from real estate companies, Realtors® and auction companies.


Because there are many computer  programs alerting those who specialize in homes that do not sell. These programs automatically send out letters, cards and  trigger these agents when a home is removed from the MLS.


They all want  your listing!

 When the correspondence comes in, it sounds like everyone already has the perfect buyer lined up.

But do they? 


Please share this information with your sellers!


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Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 3 years ago

William Feela Good idea to prepare your sellers. I have a few stock answers to prep them.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 3 years ago


Great suggestions on how to prepare your sellers.  Wishing you a great weekend.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 3 years ago

Margaret it doesn't happen often but when it has we make sure to let sellers know what's ahead. And we get rid of as much contact info as we can before we take it down.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) over 3 years ago

I hate those types of calls.  Of course, when I used to call expireds, I never took that approach.  I just asked whey they took their home off the market and if they wanted to relist with a different approach. 

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 3 years ago

Hi Margaret - We always let our clients know what's about to happen when plans change and a home comes off the market, but they're still always amazed at the sheer volume of calls they get.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 3 years ago

Of course they don't Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland - if they did the home would have sold when it was listed.  

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 3 years ago

Kathleen Daniels That is exactly correct! 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 3 years ago

I can testify that your post is accurate when it comes to taking a home off the market.  I remember taking one out of the MLS due to one of those family emergencies (one of the sellers had a life changing medical event).  But, we decided to put it back on the market just to stop the flow of those calls from agents working properties that were "off market."  We decided to simply remove the lockbox, change the contact info and showing instructions to all come through me.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 3 years ago

Funny: we have warned our sellers what will befall them if they do remove their listing from Active. They never seem to listen until the strangers come knocking on their front door at all hours trying to get them to list their home again with them. Like they have a better plan and solution!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) over 3 years ago

Hello Margret

Very well said and your post has been featured to the group:


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Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 3 years ago

Robert Vegas Bob Swetz Thank you Sir, for the honor of being featured. Hope you are doing well.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 3 years ago