The end of the year is a tough time to start searching for a new home. This December there was practically nothing for sale! Many buyers go into hibernation mode during this time, but we had some lovely clients that were ready and raring to use their holiday downtime to find their dream place.
This called for some creative thinking. We took a deep dive into the MLS “cancelled” archives; AKA the Graveyard for Homes That Didn’t Sell.
Typically this section of the MLS world is littered with musty shacks, backyards that face the freeway, and flophouses rented out by the room. But what’s this… a holiday treat? A totally renovated single family home that the Thanksgiving crowd had overlooked!
With this gem temporarily withdrawn from the market and totally under-the-radar, our clients were able to negotiate without competition and lock down a sweet, modern home and yard that seems made just for them. First 2022 resolution, done and done!
There are many other ways to source off-market properties. In fact, our team is regularly finding and showing off-market homes to our clients. Sometimes these are sneak-peeks; early looks at homes that will eventually hit the MLS. Other times, they are truly “pocket listings” that will never show up on Redfin or Zillow. In San Francisco and the Bay Area where competition is fierce, this can be a particularly compelling advantage. Contact us to see how we can help you access some of these secret gems in San Francisco and beyond!