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Pocket Listings, Buyer-Needs Networks and
First-To-Know Lightning Alerts
As I write this at 7:49 p.m. on October 21st, our Multiple Listing
Service (MLS) shows four hundred and ﬁfteen active listings in The
Woodlands. Equal to a 1.9 Months Supply Of Inventory. This means
that if yesterday’s velocity of sales continued and zero new listings
were added to the inventory, every for sale home would be under
contract in 1.9 months. To win in this strong-like-bull seller’s market requires some adaptable thinking and modern market success
Here’s what we’re experiencing. Between July 20th and October
20th there were six hundred and seventy ﬁve sold properties* in The
Woodlands. One in three sold at full list price or above. One in six
sold within seventy two hours. Here’s a picture.
The Woodlands Texas Real Estate Report
• Other Solds = 347
• Sold At or Above List Price = 220
• Sold in 72 Hours or Less = 108
Sold Residential Properties
July 20,2013–October 20, 2013
What does this mean to you?
Whether you are a buyer or a seller, how you go about creating
your best possible outcome is different today. Smart strategies that
worked faithfully in yesterday’s buyer’s market will lead to frustration and failure in today’s sellers’ market. To win in today’s sellers’
market you need modern success strategies.
Here are a few modern day strategies that will forward your success and position you ahead of your less informed selling and buying
Pocket Listings and Private Sales
A Pocket Listing is a property that has been formally listed For Sale
via a signed Exclusive Agency Listing Agreement.
Before a new listings’ property information hits the mass market via
the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) the seller agrees to allow privately
scheduled showings, may consider offers and execute a contract
before the property is made available to the mass public market.
Prior to MLS upload Pocket Listings are promoted by the listing agent
to a private network of top performing selling agents via eMail broadcast, text message, phone calls and personal conversations. Buyer’s
agents with qualiﬁed buyers arrange viewing appointments. When a
match is made offers are negotiated, contracts are signed, escrow
opened and everyone proceeds smiling to closing. When a property
does not sell during the Pocket Listing period conventional marketing
A loud Pocket Listing whisper campaign announcing the date and time of
your open-for-showings public debut helps increase the number of prospective buyers who will view the property. More buyer tours increase the
odds for a faster sale, a higher price and most favorable terms. A Pocket
Listing campaign that includes a broadcast to announce “Coming Soon”
inventory allows agents working with eager buyers to arrange their busy
schedules to allow for viewing as early as possible. The more prospective
buyers that view the property the higher the probability for a supremely
To discuss this strategy in detail contact your trusted Gary Greene agent
directly or at the ofﬁce: 281-367-3531.
Pocket Listing disadvantages for the seller:
Broadcasting a new listing to the largest possible pool of qualiﬁed buyers
creates a higher probability of attracting the best possible buyer for the
property. Limiting exposure shrinks the buyer pool. A smaller buyer pool
may not yield the highest possible sales price or best possible terms.
Summary: If you would be happy to sell your property for a price and
terms set by you and you want to avoid the hassles of preparing and
disappearing for multiple showings over multiple days, consider a
Pocket Listing strategy. Even if you choose not to consider private
showings, having your agent pre-promote with a “Coming Soon”
strategy will provide an opportunity for more buyers to arrange their
schedules to be available on the day your listing appears online and
showings begin. The more viewers the better.
If you want full details on how to strategically pull the trigger or pass on
Pocket Listing strategies contact your Pro Gary Greene agent directly or at
the ofﬁce – 281-367-3531.
Pocket Listings advantages for the buyer:
In this low inventory seller’s market, choosing a buyer’s agent who is connected to the local Pocket Listing agent network may provide you knowledge about listing inventory that is unknown to the army of buyers who may
be looking for the same thing you are. More selection is better.
In addition to plugging yourself into the Pocket Listing information network
for advance notice about new or “coming soon” listings there are a couple
of other strategies you should know about; First-To-Know Lightning Alerts
and Buyer-Needs Network.
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First-To-Know Lightning Alerts
Tell us exactly what you’re looking for and we program our software to
recognize and instantly alert you the moment a brand new listing meeting your speciﬁc criteria (location, style, design, amenities, etc.) makes it’s
debut on the Multiple Listings Service (MLS). For example, when a new
listing matching your criteria is entered into the MLS system at 1:27pm,
kaboom, you receive an instant eMail alert with all the available property
details and pictures at 1:29pm (give or take a minute or two). If you want to
be the ﬁrst-to-know about properties that match your dream home criteria
before everyone else you’ll want to use Lightning Alerts. The service is free,
automatic and you can opt out with one click.
If you want First-To-Know Lightning Alerts contact your favorite Gary
Greene Pro directly or call them at the ofﬁce: 281-367-3531.
Buyer-Needs Network Strategy
This strategy is sorta like the Pocket Listing Strategy for sellers, except it
works for Buyers.
Tell us exactly what you are looking for in your new home (style, design,
location, amenities, schools, etc.). We condense your needs into a concise
Buyer-Needs proﬁle (protecting your identity and private information) and
broadcast your Buyer-Needs request to other top performing listing agents
who may have Pocket Listing inventory, private sale opportunities and
”Coming Soon” listings that match what you’re looking for. Buyer-Needs
are broadcast via eMail, text message, phone calls, personal conversations.
Also we exchange Buyer-Needs via our Better Homes And Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene company wide online bulletin board, which connects over
eight hundred pro real estate agents throughout the Greater Houston Area.
Using the Lightning Alert and Buyer-Needs Network Strategies will help you
ﬁnd out about hot new listings inventory before your less informed and
unconnected home buying competitors. To discuss how to get started and
tap into insider information contact your trusted Gary Greene agent directly
or call them at the ofﬁce: 281-367-3531.
Summary: New Seller’s Market Conditions Require New Success
Whether you are a buyer or seller, new strategies are required to
maximize and speed your success and satisfaction. If we can be
helpful please call on us: 281-367-3531
Thanks for reading.
Sold Residential Properties l July 20,2013–October 20, 2013
Pocket Listing positives for the seller:
Lock in the satisfaction of getting your price and your terms.
Avoid the supreme hassles of preparing and disappearing for relentless multiple showings over multiple days, weeks, years.
AVERAGE SOLD PRICE TO
TOTAL NUMBER SOLD
TOTAL NUMBER SOLD
WITHIN 72 HOURS
TOTAL NUMBER SOLD AT OR
FULL PRICE OR ABOVE
If you’d like more information about Pocket Listings plusses and
minuses contact your favorite Gary Greene agent directly or call them
at the ofﬁce: 281-367-3531
All Price Ranges
Data obtained from the Houston Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service for the period July 20th–October 20th, 2013 – Location 107 – The Woodlands, TX
9000 Forest Crossing, The Woodlands, TX