14274 real estate listings are for sale in Southern California

The real estate listings in the Southern California cities – the Greater Los Angeles Areas and within the Santa Clarita Valley is just over 14,000 in number.

These are those where the agents have taken care and consideration to upload photos of the homes they are selling for their sellers.

Why would a real estate agent, almost 300, not upload real estate photos at the time they are entering a listing with the Multiple Listing Service on SCVnest.com?

Laziness would be my first guess. SCVnest.com refreshes very often. However, some of the qualified real estate buyers are using real estate syndication websites like Trulia and Zillow. They may not be pulling the real estate information as often as a MLS based real estate website like SCVnest.com

Therefore, those home buyers searching for home are going to miss the photos on 300 real estate listings which are showing up as “new” listings for sale.

The new real estate listings are what most buyers that have been searching are looking for. They have seen the old ones and have now curtailed their search only to show the newest real estate listings that are for sale.

Listings currently for Sale in Southern California

As you are able to see by the listings reflected above, we have currently 14,274 real estate listings that are currently for sale in Southern California.

As far as real estate listings without photos currently, because their real estate listing agents did not upload them at the time of publication – you can see there are 14,544 – roughly 270 homes listed for sale by the Seller’s chosen realtors who did not bother to even snap a single exterior photo from their phone to be uploaded with the listing.

No photo real estate listings for sale

I know, I sound irritated. This is bad real estate seller representation plain and simple.

As your agent what they are going to do first and how they are going to start the publication process on the home that they are selling for you.

Ask me and I’ll tell ya! – Have a GREAT day and reach out to me when you are ready for my assistance with your buying or selling of real estate needs.

Free Money and Grant Programs for First Time Buyers

Real Estate grant programsHave you heard? There is free money and grant programs for first time buyers and others?

Maybe you have seen this on your twitter feed?  Maybe you have seen this on your social media or RSS reader?

Most often, it’s a scam.

People using whatever it takes to get you to do something you may not be ready to do.

In fact, we see this game often.

Here are the facts

Most grant programs and rebate programs are bogus.

They are not really in existence.

It’s just lenders and realtors trying to manipulate you.

We had a client recently use a grant program where the grant covered their 3.5% down payment. It was not an easy transaction and one that would have made the rest of my hair fall out if I wasn’t already bald.

The tip to take away from this posting is that you need to make sure you are not getting taken. Agents will use anything to sound spectacular in order to attract a real estate buyer or seller.

I was a cop far too long to take advantage of people and It’s in my blood to protect and to serve the real estate needs of our clients. Just reach out if you have any questions, concerns or comments.

Real estate home buying and selling failsafe measures

Trust, it’s a word that’s thrown around by salespeople along with honesty hard-working, and other words that are self-grandizing.

One of the things that I really think about often, all the ways to not be like the worldview of sales people.

 One of the things that strikes me as being different is someone that talks about how to keep safe when dealing with the world of salespeople.

I was a Los Angeles police officer for a very long time. Some would say I’m more police officer than real estate agent.

I don’t mind that. In fact, when we bought our first home, we were taking advantage of to the hilt.

The real estate agent we hired not only steered us away from purchasing new housing, but he also did a good job trying to keep his relationship with the seller of the home we were buying a secret.

That does nobody any good. Those kind of games should not exist in the world of real estate. Those kind of games should not exist.

When you’re buying something that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, takes 30 years to pay off, and is dependent on at least 10 different entities to buy, those games should not be played by anyone on the field.

I’m Connor I am a Remax realtor here at Re/Max Valencia located in the Santa Clarita Valley serving greater Los Angeles cities and all of Southern California.

I look forward to being your residential real estate advocate.

I want to help you. Reach out to me the phone number at the top of our Re/Max Valencia blog. And we will talk to you soon.

What happened to the home I just saw for sale it just disappeared

don't get into danger searching for homesAh – an age old problem in the “internet and real estate syndication” world.

It could be that the agent flipped it active, then back to the status it was before.

Why? Because they understand the inner-workings of the real estate syndication websites. They get signaled when a new change takes place and the new “status” is not recalled, just updated on their servers.

They will then receive a second signal of the original status, if the agent is actually “flipping the status”. However, that update may take a while, so hence you seeing a home you have had your eye on active and for sale.

How can you know for sure? Ask your real estate agent. If you are located in Southern California, ask me.

Another “trick” is to take a property that is in the “hold do not show” status – flip it active and return it to it’s present condition. This is especially apparent if the home is in a legal dispute, the agent wants to get everything they can, so hence them “flipping the status”

That will get the syndication websites in a tizzy and show the listing as active, in some cases long enough to get you emotionally attached.

This will only work if the listing (home for sale) is “allowed” to be shown and uploaded to the real estate syndication websites, those sites who are not “realtor” endorsed, then this trick will work. An agent, at least in my Board of Realtors, has the power to exclude their listings from the Real Estate Syndication Websites. We don’t “per se” – however, in some cases our sellers wish to not have their home showing up anywhere but the Multiple Listing Service which is owned and operated by the National Association of Realtors, The California Association of Realtors and our local Board – The Southland Regional Association of Realtors SRAR.

How to stay Safe

There is no better and no more updated source that to use a Local Realtor’s MLS fed real estate and housing website.

The way we work is we send our clients listings directly from the source. The Local Multiple Listing Service.  We also inform our Real estate clients to send us any other real estate listings they find on other online channels.

However, we advise our home buyers and home sellers never to give up who they are for any reason. That will cause them to end with SPAM issues.

At the end of the day, I’m no better than the real estate data I provide to my real estate clients. This applies to sellers wanting to know what their home is worth. It also applies to buyers that have entrusted me to find them a home to buy.

We always have our access point on all of our Paris911 / REMAX of Valencia systems tied to the local Multiple Listing Service owned and operated, partly by me, Because I’m a Realtor!

Have a great day and please enjoy the podcast / REMAX of Valencia radio show tied to this real estate blog post.

I’m Connor MacIvor, myself and my team are at work this weekend, as we are every other weekend, reach out to us when you are ready and I’ll make it happen for you!

A few other reasons as to why this happens

This is applicable to properties that you may have been monitoring and waiting for. It will also apply to listings where the agent “chose” the wrong status, then went back to change it, then chose incorrectly again. If active was one of the agent’s “mess ups” the listing will be sent and shown as “active” on the real estate syndication websites, at least for a while, until they update their servers.

Using a site like ours will do a great job with preventing this due to how fast our systems update. Some Real Estate syndication websites take several hours to several days to update a listing’s status. Remember, they are in the business of selling your personal and private information to agents willing to pay for it! And business is a boomin!

It could also be the property sold Quick! Maybe the seller does not want the entire world traversing his home. Maybe he wants to accept the first offer received in good faith. (I’m not sure why a seller would want to not at least see other offers, but it is possible)

There could also be a legal battle, causing the agent to change the status to “hold do not show”. Maybe some one got sick or there is someone living in the home with special needs who developed a new issue, that applies too.

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