Bank-Owned Listings Shoot Up

I was signing checks today when I noticed that our bill for obtaining bank-owned listings that have not yet appeared in the MLS (that is, those that are marketed on bank’s websites but not yet by a real estate agent, usually because the bank just took possession) in November had increased 123% from what it was in October. This was noteworthy because for the past year, what we pay has remained relatively steady.

Since we pay by the record, this means that, for the markets we cover, the number of bank-owned listings not in the MLS has, in one month, increased 123%. Possible theories:

  1. The September and October credit crisis created a new spate of foreclosures.
  2. Banks have suddenly balked at hiring real estate agents to list their assets in the MLS, perhaps in part because real estate agents are now slower to take on poorly maintained, costly listings
  3. Our data provider is bilking us (this is extremely unlikely, as we check the bill carefully)

What’s your theory?


  • Sasha Aickin

    4. Our data provider has found a new bank/source to get unique foreclosure info from.

  • Ray Daly

    I think they are trying to get business done before not kicking people out of their homes during the holidays.

  • Sasha

    To be clear, my #4 above was just another possible theory, not based on any facts in the world.

  • haydesigner

    Personally, I feel it is due to rural law enforcement officers spending too much time playing with their pet snakes.

  • Kim

    I suspected my x had once again fallen
    into the hands of the law.

  • Myrtle Beach

    oh my god that is a big snake

  • Ho

    Banks, who are already losing lots of money on these properties, are trying to see whether they can keep the 3% selling agents’ fees for themselves?

  • Glenn Kelman

    Kim, that is the funniest comment I’ve seen in a long time.

    And that’s a good theory Ho…

  • Pingback: A Bad Case of Indigestion… | Redfin Corporate Blog

  • Pingback: Which City Has the Lowest Percentage of Homes for Sale? Envelope Please… | Redfin Blog