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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Most buyer's agents want to write a clean offer, so knowing the seller's desired close date allows them to accomodate the sellers on that issue. It's nice to start out giving the sellers something they want without costing the buyer more $$$.

Jun 26, 2018 10:29 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

If it's the seller's preference & it's not a must I would save that conversation for when we're talking offer. I feel like discussing preferences prior to the buyer even seeing the house is jumping the gun. It could even get your listing X'd off the list of houses to be seen by a buyer who doesn't share that preference. 

Jun 26, 2018 11:05 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

IDK. I think yes because if the seller absolutely has to stay in the house for a certain amount of time maybe they're having a house built or something, if a buyer needs a quick close then let's just not waste time.
However, for the seller to impose additional terms that may scare a buyer off might not be the most strategic thing.
But if they can't get together on the timing, then there's really no sense in proceeding with that particular property at that particular time.

Jun 26, 2018 10:18 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Yes, if it will be a longer than normal period.

Jun 26, 2018 10:16 AM
Jerry Thomas-Construction Loans
Cranbrook Loans - Farmington Hills, MI
Construction Loans in MI, OH, VA, GA and FL.

Can't think a reason you shouldn't. Why solict an offer that the seller isn't going to accept?

Jun 26, 2018 10:42 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

Why not? Most of the time the settlement date is chosen at random. If you have specific date/time in mind, let the other guy know.

Jun 26, 2018 10:38 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Knowledge is power, right? 


Jun 26, 2018 11:00 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

I would indicate most negative thing about my listing so we get the most qualified and motivated buyer to make an offer.  The details about contingent on home of choice or a long closing if mandatory would be in the agent remarks.  The buyer's agent has the right to decide who to bring to my listing.  I would suggest closing at the earliest possible date and getting a rentback to avoid falling out of escrow.

Jun 26, 2018 01:13 PM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

I would put it in the Agent's Remarks section in the MLS..."seller prefers a closing date after August 8th" or "seller prefers a Thursday closing" for example. Disclosing a preference is a Pro.

Jun 26, 2018 12:27 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I would say "yes, why not?"

Jun 26, 2018 10:48 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Peter Testa nailed this one!

Jun 26, 2018 01:39 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

I would put in the agents remarks anything that the seller is not flexible about.

Jun 26, 2018 01:37 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

John Duke 

It depends. If the seller is flexable, I will turn the question back and say when would be convenient for your buyer?

Jun 26, 2018 12:20 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team's not a confidential.... buyers and their agents need to know that....

Jun 26, 2018 12:14 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I am in favor of maximum communication....

Jun 26, 2018 11:34 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


There are some great answers here!  It depends on the whole picture.  A

Jun 26, 2018 11:16 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

There's no reason to not share it with potential buyers.  If the buyers need another date, make an offer the sellers don't want to lose to accommodate the buyer's settlement date.

Jun 26, 2018 03:37 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Not before they show the house, but if they are interested in writing an offer this is one of the things they will ask the listing agent prior to writing.

Jun 26, 2018 01:50 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

How can anyone interpret this as anything other than giving the buyer a clue how to make their offer more attractive.

"I can close in 4 days or 9 months. Very Flexible." Such inclusion in a purchase offer can alleviate much anxiety for the seller (who indicated TIMING IS A FACTOR) Sellers value highly certainty and will often be more flexible with pricing when there is less stress.

Jun 26, 2018 12:40 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

The listing often states the owner likes to stay after escrow until they can find a new place or motivated seller.  You work out the details.

Jun 26, 2018 12:24 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I would wait till we want to write a contract!


Jun 26, 2018 12:00 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

If it helps a buyer write up an offer that will be appealing to the seller, why not? 

Jun 26, 2018 11:59 AM
Byron K . Jones
Coatesville, PA
List Today - Sold Tomorrow!

Absolutely, why make is a negotiating factor when it doesnt have to be...

Jun 26, 2018 11:17 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

If there is a need to close on or near a certain date, that should be stated in the mls comments. I find nothing adverse with that sort of informaitn and it can save time.

Jun 26, 2018 03:46 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

If I have a seller who knows upfront they need an extended close date I put that information in agent remarks in MLS... if seller can't consider offers from people who need to close quickly why waste time? Anything that's material to a seller should be disclosed up front so people know what kind of an offer to make.

Jun 26, 2018 03:03 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I don't see any reason why not. Disclose, disclose, disclose

Jun 26, 2018 01:32 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

The agent remarks here often have something like, "contingent on seller finding new home - actively looking" or "seller cannot move out until August 1". I do think those are important to include. Then people who must be in a new house on July 1st will look elsewhere.

Jun 26, 2018 12:41 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

As a buyers' agent, it's nice to know ahead of showing in a hot market. If the timeline doesn't work for them, why bother showing? 

It's also nice to know if the buyers' timeline is flexible in a multiple Offer situation - that will often put an Offer in the lead because a Closing date is very important to some sellers.

I don't have a problem with them sharing it!

Jun 26, 2018 10:05 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Depends on the sellers preferences, generally they dont care.

Jun 26, 2018 08:28 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

No, wait until you have an offer on hand and then, address it.

Jun 26, 2018 07:33 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

We post that info in the MLS' confidential remarks and re-visit with offer talks.

Jun 26, 2018 07:13 PM
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Sure, if it's important why not.  If it's not important, I wouldn't. If a client wants an extended close period or a rent back, I may include a comment in the Agent Only section that an "ideal offer will include a rent back up to 30 days or an extended close".  We've been in a strong seller's market for a long time, and it isn't a big deal to ask. 

Jun 26, 2018 06:12 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

The Seller can always counter with a close of escrow date. In a Seller's market, if the Buyer's agent asks whether there are terms that the Seller would like, then why not mention it?! 

Jun 26, 2018 05:56 PM
Rae Hoffman
Roots & Wings Realty Group / eXp Realty - Katy, TX
Real estate agent serving the Katy area

I'd probably list it in the agent remarks in the MLS vs. the consumer facing side. That way the agent has the info, but isn't likely to mention it to the buyer unless the buyer likes the house and decides they want to put in an offer or unless the timeline is unusually short or long, so the buyer can decide if they'd still like to see the home. As Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA, said, I'd prefer to know what date a seller would prefer to close in order to have an offer most in line with the seller's needs. 

Jun 26, 2018 04:41 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Depends on if the seller wants it shared in the listing.

Jun 26, 2018 04:20 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I am going with @Peter Testa on this one.

Jun 26, 2018 03:51 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

I don't see a problem with it at all. We list it in the MLS with the sellers preferences all the time.

Jun 26, 2018 03:51 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

If outside the norm, say 30 days, it makes sense to let buyers know. How nice to have them accommodate a closing date that works for the seller

Jun 26, 2018 01:34 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

If they ask, why not?

Jun 26, 2018 08:16 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We usually put this information in Broker remarks.   It is important to know what date the Seller would prefer.

Jun 29, 2018 06:49 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

No, you could chase away your best buyer

Jun 27, 2018 07:18 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Why not?  Setting expectations levels the playing field. If a seller wants a long close and needs a 60 rent back - I'd want to know that before looking at the home. 

Jun 27, 2018 09:27 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Never as it can erode the negotiation position.

Jun 27, 2018 07:23 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't think this is a good idea.

Jun 27, 2018 05:57 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Jun 27, 2018 03:31 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

It does help, John Duke

Jun 26, 2018 10:08 PM