Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty and Management)

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It depends.  

On the seller.  On the buyer.  On the agent(s) involved.  On what is in writing.  

Lots more questions to ask.  

Aug 21, 2017 12:54 PM
Gary 'Banana' Houghtaling
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Real Estate Agent

We have a 'ready to show' date on any listings we do the coming soon sign.

Aug 21, 2017 03:37 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Our MLS just implemented a coming soon status which is considered an Active status so it begins the count of days on market, yet the public can't even see the MLS listing at the point and according to our MLS rules the home can't be shown yet.  It's pretty clear to me the MLS was trying to curb the use of coming soon, as it totally hurts the seller to have a home come on market at 7 or 14 days already on the count. The first two weeks here homes often have offers, so this starts it as a stale listing. I get it, but it also hurts the sellers and agents who have a great pre-marketing system to hype the house up for the first open house or first weekend on market and truly are not doing it to try to double end it.  So, to your question, it would be against MLS rules to show it.  But, what are your MLS rules on Coming Soon?  Are there any?  Our rules used to be that if the listing agent would show it to his/her clients they had to show it to other agents clients otherwise nobody should be seeing it.  What's best for the seller?  To get it sold pre-listed or to get it ready for sale, in tip top shape and then show it? That answer may vary depending on circumstances. -Kasey

Aug 21, 2017 03:15 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

when we have a coming soon, we start showings when it hits mls.... or we may decide to start showings at the first open house event.... no showings until then....  they can all visit the open house and submit offers.... coming soon (obviously with a signed agreement) gives us time to market and buyer agents time to do their due diligence.... we also put a sign up in front of the house when we have that listing signed.... everyone knows it's coming soon...we have a rider on the sign...

Aug 21, 2017 02:01 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    Write an offer.  If the LA refuses to present it, go directly to the Seller.

Aug 21, 2017 01:01 PM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

Lets cut out the baloney...that the agent is hoping for multiple offers...


The agent that does that is ONLY hoping that they find a buyer for it before it really goes on the market.


PS: if I had a buyer for that I would call the listing agent and make sure I get an appointment to see it tomorrow.

Aug 21, 2017 12:34 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It's up to seller. Here, we can show and sell it if it's not yet in the MLS. If it is in the MLS, they need to wait until it's active. They can prepare their offer if they're serious.

Aug 21, 2017 12:26 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Depends on seller & listing agent.

Aug 21, 2017 12:12 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Call the listing agent and see.  Often times it's a wait until it gets on the market situation.  I've let a couple relo buyers in here and there.

Aug 21, 2017 12:09 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

The buyer waits until the property is ready for showings.

Aug 21, 2017 11:57 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is the proverbial can of worms.

Aug 21, 2017 11:52 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

We' don't have "coming soon" listings here so I have no clue - reading...

Aug 21, 2017 11:52 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Call the listing agent and ask.

Aug 21, 2017 11:49 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Depends on the agent Nathan. Some are looking to sell it themselves others are simply gaining traction and momentum.

Aug 21, 2017 11:42 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

In Colorado there have been a few complaints filed when this happened.   Only if you have it specifically written in the listing agreement that you can market to the public without giving agents the same privilege.

Aug 24, 2017 08:29 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I have not posted coming soon homes.

Aug 22, 2017 12:33 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Yes, this is the whole point. Usually the listing agents tries to sell it before the official day. Recently we see a lot of ''coming soon''. Great for marketing, but I noticed that pockets usually sell for less and have little or no exposure to public. 

Aug 22, 2017 10:44 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Give the agent a call and see what he or she has to offer.


Aug 22, 2017 09:17 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We write it up and make sure we get paid.

Aug 22, 2017 07:13 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

When I post a coming soon, the listing agreement is signed and the offer to cooperate with other brokers is given, so all offers are welcome.

Aug 22, 2017 06:05 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Michael Jacobs nailed this one!

Aug 22, 2017 05:18 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

That is why coming soon should only be used when a home is listed, but need time such as seller is ainting, organizing or reading the house for sale. You only have 1 shot at being a new listing. 

Aug 22, 2017 05:13 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

If we list a coming soon property in our mls we are prohibited from showing that property until the listing is activated. Obviously, someone can make an offer sight unseen.

Aug 22, 2017 04:22 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Nathan Gesner - if I can show the listing, I do! And write an offer if the seller is willing to review it (and accept it!)

Nothing wrong in asking!

Aug 21, 2017 10:21 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

ou tell the seller and let them make the decision on wether to show or not.

Aug 21, 2017 08:18 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Nobody views the home until it goes active to all agents. That is my rule.

Aug 21, 2017 07:49 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Wait in line like everyone else, and get out your wallet.

Aug 21, 2017 06:14 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Call door knock ask to talk to the listing agent (not seller).

Aug 21, 2017 06:01 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I do not do that.  I fish in the ocean not with a coming soon sign. 

Aug 21, 2017 04:48 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Coming soon in a sellers market with hungry buyers?...lets get moving here

Aug 21, 2017 03:38 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Call the listing agent and request a showing immediately.

Aug 21, 2017 02:42 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Here, it means that buyers have to wait until it's active in MLS - to...

1. Be fair to all MLS members

2. Be fair to all buyers and

3. Do the right thing for the sellers.

Aug 21, 2017 12:24 PM