There’s an excellent column in the Washington Post by regular contributor Jill Chodorov on off-market or “pocket” listings. (Technically it’s a column, but it reads more like a well-researched article.) Whatever you think of pocket/off-market/pre-listing listings, it’s worth a read to understand how and why they’re out there.

“[I]t depends on what the seller wants in the end,” [Realtor Dina] Paxenos added. “I think some sellers are into it because they don’t want to bother painting or clearing out clutter to get ready for open houses. If they can get a certain price, they are willing to sell without listing on the MLS.”

Check out the column by clicking here.

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