You see them advertised everywhere in the Destin Florida real estate market– “Coming Soon! New Listing!” But, what does that mean, exactly? The Emerald Coast Association of Realtors is guided by rules regarding entering listings into the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). “Coming Soon” is a special category for listings that are not quite ready to be fully activated on the market, or so they say.
Key points about the “Coming Soon Status” for the Destin, Florida market are:
- It’s only a short-term status when preparing a property for active status
- It’s used to notify other Realtors that the listing will be made fully available to the public once preparations are completed.
- The listing may be in “Coming Soon” status for 30 days before being fully “active” in the MLS
But, what difference does it make? Not much. The Emerald Coast Association of Realtors allows showings of “Coming Soon” properties. Many Realtor association across the nation do not allow “Coming Soon” listings to be shown. In other parts of the country, that category builds up anticipation for a new listing to be premiered. But, locally, in the Destin Florida market, that’s not the case.
Of course, a seller, with the advice of his agent, may decide to place a listing in the “Coming Soon” category and not allow showings. Then the listing may be activated once the property is ready. On the other hand, many listings that are newly activated already have a date specified on when showings may begin. For example, a newly active listing may state that showings may begin in two days, for a period of two days, and only between certain hours. That’s because the real estate market on the Emerald Coast of Florida is quite vigorous and there are normally multiple showing requests immediately upon MLS entry.
The bottom line is, if your agent sends you a listing that’s in the “Coming Soon” category, and you want to see it now – ask.
It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!
Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Email Wendy: [email protected]
Wendy Rulnick, Broker, lists and sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Crestview, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Freeport, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.