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An Active Property
The property is actively for sale and on the market. The sellers may have received offers but have not accepted any yet.
When an offer is accepted the property will become Pending the completed sale.
If the contract falls through, typically the property will go Active again.
What is an expired listing?
A real estate listing that has expired and is no longer active, usually because it didn’t sell in the amount of time agreed upon by the listing agent and the owner of the home.
Other reasons for a listing to expire are the asking price was not met, or there were other issues with the property.
If you see an Expired listing, the owner may still be interested in selling. Ask your agent about it.
What is an FSBO?
FSBO stands for “For Sale by Owner”. Often pronounced “fisbo”.
The owner of the home has it listed without an agent representation.
The buyer’s agent can usually still show the home, as many FSBOs will agree to work with agents representing a buyer.
Be wary of FSBOs since rarely does the homeowner have the requisite knowledge, experience, and understanding needed to sell a property.
What is a Listing?
In real estate, the word “listing” is typically used to refer to the for-sale home or property itself, although it technically means the agreement between the broker and the owner of the home to market and sell the property.
This is not the same as listing the property on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service).
What is the MLS?
MLS stands for Multiple Listing Service. They collect, compile and distribute all information about homes listed for sale.
The MLS is the organization real estate brokers use to search for and list properties for their clients.
Membership isn’t open to the general public, although selected MLS data may be sold to real estate listing websites, like Realtor.com or our own MLS listing search where the public can search the MLS at no charge.
See also the term “listing“.
What does Pending mean?
With a property that is pending, the property owner has accepted an offer from a buyer and they are under contract with that buyer.
Their agreement may be subject to a variety of contingencies: inspections, appraisal, financing, and more.
The home is not sold just yet. Typically if the sale does not go through, the house will return to “Active” status.
What does Temporarily off the market (TOM) mean?
The owner has decided to take the listing off the market for an undetermined amount of time. Typically, this is because work is being done, or the home is unavailable for showings at the time.
Usually, the home will be back on the market in the near future. If not, the listing status will go to Cancelled.
Along the same vein as a contingent offer, we often get the question about the meaning of “active contingent” in real estate.
Active contingent is one of a variety of status updates given to a home listing. If a property has an active contingent label, it means the seller has accepted an offer from a buyer. But the home sale has certain contingencies that need to be met, and the seller is taking backup offers in case the first deal does not go through.
Similar to contingencies being protection for the buyer, having the listing be active contingent offers protections for the seller.
Having a home be active contingent can influence a buyer to release contingencies prematurely, or when they shouldn’t be, just so the “other guy” doesn’t get the house. This would be a mistake!
Buying and selling real estate can be a very emotional time. Relying on your agent to guide you through the process is the best way to end in a result that you will be happy with!
In real estate, a contingent* offer is an offer made on a property, which says that certain conditions must be met in order for the sale to be completed.
These contingencies usually involve the home appraisal (the home value determined by an appraisal), home inspection, and receiving approval for your mortgage.
They may also include an offer contingent on the sale of the home the buyer (you) needs to sell before purchasing the new property.
Contingencies offer important protection for home buyers and are rarely waived.
Should I accept a contingent offer on my house?
If you are both buying and selling, should you take a contingent offer on the property you are selling? Typically, the answer is yes. But this is a decision you should discuss thoroughly with your Realtor®. Every situation is unique, so having an experienced agent is essential for determining if this is the right move for your situation.
* Contingent – occurring or existing only if (certain circumstances) are the case; dependent on.