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How can i find out if a house is aviable if the agent will not and has contacted me?

There is a house posted on zillow when first contacting the agent. I was told it was
under contract but I keep seeing it on the website. I have e-mailed the agant to see if it's avilable or if it sold. I have not heard anything from her about. As of today it is still on the zillow website.
  • August 16 2012 - Kilgore
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Answer from Frank Lopez:

It will continue to show as FOR SALE on Zillow until the deal closes.

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Sorry to say Frank that is absolutely not true.  It depends where the feed came from on Zillow.  Some homes still show active YEARS after they have closed.

The MLS is supposed to be the most accurate place.  Our MLS is very strict, the agents are supposed to change the status within 5 calendar days or they get fined $50 for every day that the status is not changed and that can add up to a chunck of change for some.  I just wish they could change that 5 days to 2.
  • August 18 2012
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user8569018,

Mr. Lopez's answer (below) is a great answer. 

Another option you have, because it seems you are dissatisfied with how the Realtor has responded to you, is drive the neighborhood, can on another sign in the neighborhood, that interest you, and when previewing this new home, casually ask about the other home. 

If this new agent better answers your question, you can then decide upon hiring them to help you find another home, as the home you are interested is under contract.

Just a suggestion, sorry you missed out on the other home.

Josh Barnett, Realtor
  • August 17 2012
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That is the biggest problem with sites like these. If an agent says its under contract than it is. No agent would forego a sell of a house to someone. The best thing all home buyers can do is to find a real estate agents site that is easy to use because that will show every "Active" property for sale/rent. If you see it on zillow but not on our site then it's gone. I will be happy to explain to you how our sites work and why they are always 100% accurate.

  • August 17 2012
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Hi Kilgore,

It will continue to show as FOR SALE on Zillow until the deal closes. Zillow does not get Contingent or Pending notifications. Only Active or Sold. If the agent says it's Contingent or Pending then it probably is.Hope this helps.
  • August 17 2012
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the property could show on Zillow for 6 months after it is sold. Contact a local Realtor® to act as your buyers agent if you are serious about a home. Trolling the aggreagator sites will show you many properties that are no longer available but have not been updated.
  • August 17 2012
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What is the address?  I can give you the answer right away.  Don't rely on Redfin, Trulia or zillow for listings accuracy.  They aren't accurate as far as the listings.

Naima
  • August 16 2012
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I agree with other agents.  It is important to find a buyer's agent they have access to the local multi listing that contains information the public does not see..  Houses can be in the limbo of short sale status for months.
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I would agree with several of the agents here. A client of mine contacted me about a property that he found online, but had been off the market since November the previous year in a short sale contingency.

True, you can call another agent to look up property information. However, I recommend finding a good buyer's agent for yourself that will always return your calls because YOU are their client.
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I notice that Zillow dont post if a house is pending or sold   which makes it difficult . thats why i go on  REDFIN  or Trulia  they tell you  if they are pending or whats going on at least ..  i wish Zillow did that.  maybe they will in the future  i hope .........
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I agree with the agents above. It sounds as if the property has already sold, or the agent is too busy to follow-up with you. Lucky for you, there are many, many other agents willing to call you back, and find out if the property has sold and/or find a comparable property for you to purchase.
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what i do is i go on REDFIN  that site tells you if the house is  still on the market or pending ...  thats what ive been doing .. they have lots more information on that site for the house  very detailed  its great ....  or you can contact the agent that is  selling it ...   hope this helps.......
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I would contact another agent, Have them check the status of the listing. It sounds like it is pending and escrow has not closed.  Sometimes, it can take 60 days to close escrow.  Also, the sellers agent might be a little slow in putting the listing as Pending...
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Without knowing the details, I'd assume that the property has already been sold, and the listing agent has little motivation to respond promptly.  If I were you, I would contact another agent in your area and request that s/he look in the MLS for you.
Another assumption is that the house hasn't closed escrow yet (sale is pending).  A licensed agent can easily look it up in the MLS for you.
I hope this helps.

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