Carlos Cardo, Associate Broker, RE/MAX ULTRA



Pocket Listings, Secret Listings or Future listings- ARE they legal???

Pocket listings or Future listings is an advertising method of withholding a property from the local MLS and advertising it within a brokerage (company) or network. This is perhaps a selling point to a buyer looking for a home that wants the “true inside scoop” on listings and future listings. This way they can get a head start on the competition and get “That” house before anyone else. Sounds good, but is it?

Perhaps to the buyer, but what about the seller? The job of the listing agent is to get the highest price and best terms possible for the seller! Will that normally happen in a so-called “Pocket Listing”? A very few number of agents say yes, but the majority of agents agree that selling a home in the open market with the best advertising will get that seller the...

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Getting there is getting easier and faster in Hampton Roads!

I hope this Halloween weekend finds everyone doing something enjoyable. I wanted to give a little information about some road developments that affect people’s decision about where to live and how to get around a bit faster!

Chesapeake is in the final process of opening up Rte 17. It will have a toll on it, but will make a significant cut in driving time to the Grassfield School area our top rated school in the area. Here is more info from the city http://www.cityofchesapeake.net/Page3340.aspx

Below is the current status of the Lynnhaven- Volvo connection that will alleviate some of the congestion of the 264-64 interchange, but more importantly gives our area an East to West route from the Beach/Oceana area to the Greenbriar Mall area. Below is a picture of the short term...

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Who do I trust to be my real estate agent?

First we need to figure out:

  • How do you become a real estate agent?
  • What is the job of a real estate agent?
  • Are all real estate agents the same?
  • Are all agents REALTORS®?
  • What do you need from a real estate agent?

What is a real estate agent? I have heard several answers from clients, customers, friends, callers and other agents. Some say that agents are salespersons (after all we are in sales!). I beg to differ on that answer.

A real estate agent is someone that:

  • Has taken a real estate licensing course
  • Passed both the National and State level exams
  • Is legally permitted to fill in and modify real estate contracts in the purchase or selling of real...

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