An off-market home is one that the seller would accept an offer for — but they’re not actively advertising the home on the market.
Off-market homes are hidden gems that you can’t find on Zillow or other public websites. These are homes where you as a bidding buyer may face fewer competing offers, leaving you with a better chance to get the home of your dreams.
Sellers choose to sell their homes off-market for a variety of reasons including sensitive life circumstances — like a family disagreement, a relationship breakdown, or a seller quietly preparing to relocate for a new job. Sometimes a home is sold off-market because the home’s owner is a public figure who’d prefer to maintain privacy and make a faster sale. In the DMV of course we have no shortage of public figures.
Other times, the seller chooses to sell off-market simply to avoid the stress of staging their home and preparing it for showings.
The challenge with off-market homes is finding them, since by nature they’re kept quiet. As a home buyer, it’s to your advantage to hire a real estate team that has a large network of happy past clients. Our combined Orange Line Living and Keri Shull team has a 4.9 average review score on Zillow, with over 500 reviews to date.
How to find off-market homes
Many real estate companies advertise that they have access to hidden gem off-market homes, but some real estate teams earn more access and trust than others. Consider that the more business a real estate team conducts, the larger their network of contacts — so the more likely it becomes that they can show you great off-market homes that match your search criteria.
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