How Do I Know if a House is Already Under Contract?
In the Arizona MLS, there is a status called UCB (Under Contract-Backups). If a property has this status, it means that the seller has signed an offer from a buyer but may still be willing to show the property and accept backup offers.
Whether or not we as listing agents are permitted to set a property to this status is established in our listing agreement with the seller.
But Zillow Says
That’s right, Zillow shows that this property is for sale. So does just about every other real estate website, because the data that is released to the MLS is limited, and developers have a tough time keeping on top of the different changing status codes for the hundreds of property MLS systems in the world.
The truth of the matter is, if the seller instructs us to list their property as UCB (Under Contract Backups) then technically, until the property closes with the current buyer, it is still for sale. It’s just not as likely to receive showings and subsequent offers because you, the buyer, are looking for a house now, not a hope and a prayer later.
So how do we know if the house is under contract already?
It’s relatively simple.
Zillow shows the house is for sale, and they’re right.
Scroll to the link that reads “See More Facts and Features” and click it.
Scroll down to the section that reads “Other.”
Or do this
Press CTRL-F or CMD-F to search the text on the page and search for the word “Under”
Status - Contingent
UCB (Under Contract-Backups) in this section, then you know the house is under contract.
How to avoid all of this hassle
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