Are pocket listings common in Chicago?

A recent webinar in California suggested that “pocket listings,” i.e. listings represented by an agent that are on the market but not on the MLS, are a growing concern.

Off-MLS listings are more common in a tight-inventory market, as we’re currently experiencing in Chicago. In Silicon Valley off-MLS listings are approaching 20% of the market, according to data presented in the webinar.

One presenter suggested that properties listed on the MLS typically sell at higher prices than off-MLS listings, raising questions as to whether agents are breaching their duties to sellers by limiting exposure of the properties to a broader market. The “circulated by the few for a few” listings also raise fair housing questions.

Are off-MLS listings currently common in Chicago?

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