Exclusive Listings Alert! 



Q. What is an Exclusive Listing? 

An Exclusive Listing only allows the Realtors from that one agency to bring buyers to your home.  It is not on Multiple Listing and not exposed to the vast majority of Internet Websites.  

Q. What is the typical result for home sellers?

Since the exposure to your home is very limited, generally you end up with a lower price.  Most Realtors don’t even know the house is for sale.   The market in Livingston is currently RED HOT with sale prices up over 10% in the last several years. (Per GSMLS)  We are now seeing bidding wars on many listings resulting in houses selling for way over list price, in many cases $30,000-$50,000 and above over list. The chance of this happening with an Exclusive Listing is very limited.  Even if you agree to a 2-week Exclusive Listing, it could result in a lower price, based upon offers from a limited buyer pool. 

Q. How prevalent are these Exclusive Listings in Livingston? 

This has become an increasing phenomenon for many home sellers.  They don’t fully understand the negative ramifications of these Exclusive Listings resulting in lower sale prices. 

Q. What are the advantages and disadvantages of an Exclusive Listing to the seller?

The advantage to the home seller is limited showings.

The disadvantage is generally a much lower sales price due to less exposure. 

Q. What are the advantages and disadvantages to the Real Estate Agency offering these Exclusive Listings? 

Advantage- The biggest advantage, they get double the commission.  They can also claim a higher market share by having both sides of the transaction.  

Disadvantage- there may be questions about whether the Real Estate Agency is working in the best interest of the seller.  What would the price have been if the house was fully exposed to the market?  In addition, not cooperating with other Realtors can lead to strained relationships with those Realtors.  

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At Elite Realtors of New Jersey, our policy is that WE DO NOT TAKE EXCLUSIVE LISTINGS.  We believe that generally they are not in the best interest of sellers, and will result in lower sales prices.  

Elite Realtors has sold an extensive amount of homes throughout Livingston, many of these homes have been sold to all cash international buyers.  Do you want to exclude these premium buyers from bidding on your house?

We believe that to get the highest possible price for your home, you need maximum exposure involving all Realtors, the local Multiple Listing Service as well as all Real Estate Websites, of which there are several hundred.    Let the competition from all buyers provide you with the best possible sale price. 

The bottom line is…when asked by your Realtor to do an Exclusive Listing, even for just 2 weeks, JUST SAY NO!

As the largest independent Real Estate company headquartered in Livingston, we pledge to always have the best interest of the sellers as our number 1 priority. 

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If you are thinking of selling your home please call any of our 200* Agents for a free no obligation market analysis.