How Prevalent Are Short Sales In the RMLS Market Areas?


Lots of people are talking about short sales and foreclosures these days. If you didn’t know better, you might think that they’re the dominant type of listing for sale. But fortunately, you do know better and starting next week when we add two new short sale fields to RMLSweb (more on that later)  it’s going to be even easier for you to keep tabs on these distressed properties. 

The graph below shows you the total number of active listings in RMLSweb as of today, July 23, 2009, compared with the number of active listings that are checked 3rd Party to Transaction Yes – approximately 12.8%.

(Since 3rd Party to Transaction doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a short sale – it could also be an estate sale or relo property, for example – I’ve also included the number of 3rd Party to Transaction that mention short sale in the Private Remarks.)

The next logical question is how well are these properties selling? To help answer that here’s another chart that shows the number of listings marked 3rd Party to Transaction Yes that are currently active , currently pending and  that sold in the first half of the year.


As I mentioned earlier, 3rd Party to Transaction Yes does not necessarily mean a listing is a short sale. Therefore, to handle short sales more efficiently and to help the other types of properties that require 3rd Party approval to get fair attention, the RMLS™ Board of directors voted to add the following fields to RMLSweb:

Short Sale Yes/No – will be required when entering a listing and 3rd Party to Transaction will be automatically checked when Yes is selected.

Short Sale Offer (Seller Accepted; Submitted for Approval) Yes/No – The rules will be revised to require updating this field when an offer is made.

For more information on short sales see the National Association of Realtors Field Guide to Short Sales.

P.S. Be sure to check back for statistics on Bank Owned properties to come soon.

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One Response to “How Prevalent Are Short Sales In the RMLS Market Areas?”

  1. rob aubrey July 26, 2009 at 7:28 pm #

    We have
    Short Sale – ye or no
    Price previously approved by 3rd Party
    Price subject to 3rd party approval
    Offer Under Third Party Review

    The idea is to have a uniformed status.

    Just saying short sale is one thing, where are you in the process? Offer submitted, approved?
    I think there should be other check boxes.
    BPO ordered, Short Sale Package Complete and submitted.

    It may seem like overkill, but I think it helps educate the agents too. A lot agents do not understand the process, and I think the MLSs are in a position to guide them into consistency. If not people start making up their own rules…

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