Sometimes in the process of selling of a home, things come up. Can you believe it?
There are good reasons for temporarily taking a property off the market. For example, the owner may decide to take time to improve the property, or a life event could take someone out of town. Whatever the reason, here’s how to take a listing off the market temporarily.
Changing a Listing to Temporarily Off Market
From the menu, click on Add/Change and select Change Listing. This will let you click on the listing you need to temporarily take off the market.
In the bottom left corner, select Take Off Market (Temporary), type in the Temp Off Market Date and click Save.
Now your listing will immediately be placed in Temporarily Off Market Status.
There is no maximum time limit for how long a listing can remain in Temporarily Off Market status. However, you will want to review the time frame with your Seller and Broker. Keep in mind, if the listing’s expiration date passes, the listing will automatically change to Expired status.
How do you change a TOM back to Active?
Thanks for the question. When a listing is TOM (temporarily off market) all you must do is edit the listing and select Back on Market (Active). Pay close attention to the expire date because if it has already passed the listing will automatically expire.
In what case can a Listing Broker initiate the status of a property being Temporarily Off Market?
Hi! At the direction of the seller, if the Listing Agent becomes inactive or leaves the office, etc. Is there a particular scenario in question?
When a listing is TOM, do the cumulative and agent Days on Market, pause?
They do pause. Just keep in mind that ARMLS can ask for instructions from your seller when a listing is changed to TOM.
Is it required to utilize the ARMLS Sold/Change form to change a listing status to Temporarily Off-Market? With COVID-19 affecting a listing subscriber’s ability to show a property due to fear of occupants potentially being exposed, how long can a listing be left in a TOM status? Should the listing subscriber encourage a property owner to cancel their listing to accurately reflect the statistical data of listings and the true ability of a participant to show a listing in the future that has been placed in TOM during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Hi, please use the Sold/Change form and have written permission available form your seller on request if you move a listing to TOM. TOM requires sellers’ permission. As far as what sellers should do, we cannot comment. A property’s sudden unavailability is a legitimate TOM use.
It seems that there are some agents using the TempOffMarket as a means of intentionally limiting showings. When a home goes active and then is immediately changed to ToM and left off market until the listing expires, something is wrong there.
Appears that it is being used to have faux pocket listings.
Hi, showings are not required in Active status (or any status) so the claim that TOM is used to avoid showings is probably not the case. In ALL statuses, showings are always the decision of the seller. Cooperation is also required in all statuses. You may challenge if a listing (any listing) is in the correct status at any time by using the “Report an Error” link on the listing (under the three dots). ARMLS will reach out for written proof/authorization from the seller.
Is the LA required to remove the sign or add a rider when the status is changed to TOM?
No, as long as the seller has given permission.