In a long list of "1sts", FranklyMLS.com is now the 1st Virginia/DC/MD MLS search engine that scrubs for Short Sales! (maybe the 1st in the nation). Also see my quote today in the Wash Post, and my other articles defining Short Sales.
On the FranklyMLS.com spreadsheet results page, try a search for Alexandria, if you see an asterisk next to the price, that means it is "probably a short sale" (if you see a yellow highlighted home, that is a reviewed home by a buyer agent, with extra photos.)
How do we know if it is a Short Sale? Since only 17% of Short Sale listing agents check off the "Short Sale" box under Current Financing, we also crawl the Public Remarks for the phrase "Short Sale" and "Party Approval". (Soon we will unscrub those that say "Not a Short Sale" ie, no asterisk).
Why do you want to know which are Short Sales? So you don't get your hopes up. There has been much discontent amongst buyer agent Realtors, some even calling for a complete ban of Short Sale listings on the MLS since so many are "Fake Listings." (but they are starting to close, more soon on this, so subscribe to this blog). But now that we give them an *, you can quickly see which are which.
If you see any inaccurate asterisks, or ones that should have an asterisk, please let us know! Enjoy!
-Written by Frank Borges LL0SA- Broker FranklyRealty.com