What is The Difference Between Expired and Withdrawn Listings

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Have you ever wondered why a promising real estate listing seemingly evaporates into thin air, leaving you tracing back your browser history in vain? Expired and withdrawn listings are crucial in the rapidly evolving real estate landscape.

However, potential buyers, sellers, and even real estate professionals often misunderstand and overlook them. We will unravel the intricate layers distinguishing expired from withdrawn listings.

It's high time we peek behind the curtains of this property vanishing act to strategize our real estate endeavors better.

An expired real estate listing refers to a property that did not sell within the specified time of the listing contract. On the other hand, a withdrawn real estate listing means that the property has been taken off the market before the contract duration ends.

Unlike an expired listing, which concludes the contractual relationship between the seller and agent, a withdrawn listing maintains the contract. However, the property is temporarily removed from active marketing.

From years of experience being a real estate agent, many sellers do not understand the difference. We will clarify the confusion with these two common listing statuses in the MLS.

Exploring Expired Real Estate Listings

Expired listings are a common occurrence in the world of real estate. But what exactly does it mean for a listing to expire? An expired listing is a property not sold within the period stated in the listing contract between the seller and their agent.

The opportunity to sell the property with that particular agent has ended. Understanding expired listings is crucial for sellers and agents alike. It sheds light on various factors contributing to such outcomes.

Many real estate agents have expired listing scripts they use to get a seller to relist with them. Some agents look at these properties daily in hopes of landing more business.

Sending out expired listing letters or postcards is commonplace.

Reasons Behind Expired Listings

There are several reasons why a real estate listing may expire without resulting in a sale. One common factor is an unrealistic asking price. Potential buyers might be deterred if a property is priced significantly higher than its market value. This leads to a prolonged listing period and expiration.

It happens often when sellers pay no attention to real estate comps. Instead, they list the home for their "want" or "need." A sure recipe for disaster.

Economic Changes

Additionally, certain economic conditions or changes in the local real estate market can affect listings expiring. For instance, if there is a sudden increase in housing inventory or a decrease in buyer demand, properties may struggle to find buyers, resulting in expired listings.

These things are expected in a buyer's market.

Marketing is Lacking

Another reason behind expired listings could be insufficient marketing efforts. Effective marketing strategies are crucial for attracting potential buyers and generating interest in the listed property. If these efforts fall short, the property may not receive adequate exposure, resulting in fewer showings and offers.

It's important to note that some expired listings occur due to circumstances beyond the seller's control. Personal reasons such as family situations or necessary repairs before selling can cause homeowners to withdraw their properties from the market temporarily or indefinitely.

While an expired listing may seem like a setback for sellers, it's essential to recognize that it presents an opportunity for reflection and reassessment.

Sellers can review their listing agreement and communicate with their real estate agent to understand their listing status and explore alternative options.

Interesting Statistics

  • According to the National Association of Realtors, as of 2022, approximately 40% of listings on the market end up either expired or withdrawn.
  • A market survey conducted in 2023 showed that about 10% of all residential real estate listings were withdrawn before they could sell.
  • The same survey indicated that nearly 25% of properties had their listing contracts expire without concluding a sale.

Consequences for Sellers

Understanding the consequences of specific actions is crucial for sellers regarding real estate listings. The difference between an expired listing and a withdrawn listing can have significant implications for both the seller's contractual obligations and their options moving forward.

Sellers need to review their listing agreements and communicate with their real estate agents to understand the status of their listings.

Understanding Withdrawn Real Estate Listings

Withdrawn real estate listings refer to properties taken off the market but still have an active listing contract between the seller and the agent.

The property is no longer listed on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), where most real estate agents and buyers search for properties. However, while withdrawing from the market, the clock is still ticking on the original listing contract.

Sellers may choose to withdraw their listings for various reasons. It could be due to unresolved family situations or necessary repairs that need to be completed before selling.

By withdrawing the listing, sellers retain their relationship with their current agent and can relist the property when they are ready without any penalties. It gives them flexibility and control over when they want to market their property again.

It's important to note that withdrawn listings are different from expired listings. An expired listing occurs when a property does not sell within the duration specified in the contract.

Sellers can relist with their current agent or switch to another agency without facing any penalties for changing representation.

However, if a property is already under contract when a listing expires, sellers are legally bound to stick with their listing agent until the sale is complete.

For instance, imagine a seller withdrawing their listing because they realized they need more time to make necessary repairs or improvements before putting it back on the market.

By withdrawing, they maintain their relationship with their trusted agent. Owners can take the necessary time without worrying about the property being actively marketed during this period.

Understanding withdrawn real estate listings allows sellers to make informed decisions. They can also navigate the complexities of the real estate market effectively. It provides control and flexibility.

Triggers for Withdrawing Listings

Real estate listings being withdrawn can occur for various reasons. Understanding these triggers is essential for both sellers and buyers in the market. One common reason for withdrawing a listing is unresolved family situations.

For example, if there's a sudden change in the seller's circumstances, such as a divorce or financial hardship, they may choose to withdraw the listing temporarily until the situation stabilizes.

Another trigger could be necessary repairs that need to be addressed before selling. Sellers may find it more prudent to take care of these repairs. Relisting the property when it's in better condition could be a more prudent decision.

For instance, imagine a seller discovering foundation issues during inspection. Instead of proceeding with the sale and risking potential complications later, they may withdraw the listing temporarily to address these structural concerns thoroughly.

Sellers must communicate openly with their real estate agent about any triggers that may warrant withdrawing a listing. They can work together to navigate these challenges. A decision can then be made on the best course of action.

Impact on Sellers and Buyers

The impact of withdrawn listings can vary for sellers and buyers in the real estate market. For sellers, withdrawing a listing means their property is no longer actively marketed to potential buyers. While this may relieve immediate stressors, such as an unstable living situation or pending repairs, it also delays the possibility of a successful sale.

Sellers should remember that even though their listing is withdrawn, their contractual obligations with their real estate agent remain intact.

For buyers, withdrawn listings can be frustrating because they represent missed opportunities. They might have encountered a property that met their criteria but could not pursue it due to its withdrawal from the market.

However, understanding the reasons behind withdrawals can help buyers gain insights into potential opportunities.

For example, suppose a property was withdrawn due to necessary repairs. There is a chance it may reappear on the market in better condition. It could provide buyers with a second chance to make an offer.

It's similar to a runner getting a false start at the beginning of a race. While frustrating, it doesn't mean they won't have another opportunity to compete and achieve their goals.

Both sellers and buyers should stay proactive and maintain open communication with their real estate agents to navigate the complexities of withdrawn listings.

Sellers can make well-informed decisions regarding relisting. Buyers can evaluate alternative properties by staying informed and understanding the impact.

Contracts and Legal Implications

The most significant difference between expired and withdrawn listings lies in the status of the listing contract and whether or not the seller is still bound by it. With an expired listing, sellers can choose whether to re-list with their current listing agent. They can also seek new representation once the contract has lapsed.

On the other hand, with a withdrawn listing, sellers may face limitations due to an active contractual agreement with their existing agent. While they no longer actively market their property, they are still obligated to honor their agreement until it reaches its predetermined end date.

Sellers need to review their listing agreements carefully. They should communicate openly with their real estate agent to understand the status of their listing fully. This will help them navigate the options available without any misunderstandings or contractual complications.

Rules For Real Estate Agents

There is a substantial difference for a real estate agent when comparing expired vs. withdrawn listings. A Realtor can contact a seller when a listing expires. The contract is no longer in effect with an expired listing.

This is not the case with a withdrawn listing. Since the contract is in effect, an agent cannot solicit another agent's listing. Doing so would be in direct violation of the code of ethics. It is highly unethical to do so.

Realtors can gain an awful reputation in the community when they violate legal rules in the industry.


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With three decades of experience, Bill Gassett is an authority in the real estate sector. Bill writes informative articles for numerous prestigious real estate sites to help buyers, sellers, and fellow real estate agents. His work has been featured on RIS Media, the National Association of Realtors, Inman News, Placester, Realty Biz News, Credit Sesame, and his own authority resource, Maximum Real Estate Exposure. Reach out to Bill Gassett for his real estate, mortgage, and financial expertise.

Comments (1)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

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Nov 28, 2023 01:20 PM