Who is playing games with our MLS data?


185 Old Mill Road - under contract, unless it isn't, again

185 Old Mill Road – under contract, unless it isn’t, again

185 Old Mill Road ($1.395)  is reported as “pending”, today, and isn’t that nice; it’s been for sale for 819 days, and I’m sure the owners and David Ogilvy, listing broker, are both relieved that an end is in sight.

But here’s the odd thing: I was sure I’d seen this reported as pending before, but according to our MLS records, that never happened. So I checked the only reliable source I trust, For What it’s Worth, and lo, I reported that this was pending on April 9th of this year. Where did that pending contract go to and, far more important to the question of the integrity of the Greenwich Association of Realtors, who made it disappear, and who allowed that to happen?

You wonder why the GAR has eliminated public access to real estate sales? This is one of the reasons why.

The "Official" history of 185 Old Mill Road, as doctored by the Greenwich Association of Realtors

The “Official” history of 185 Old Mill Road, as doctored by the Greenwich Association of Realtors



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12 responses to “Who is playing games with our MLS data?

  1. Libertarian Advocate

    Looks like we’ll need a special prosecutor and a specially appointed Grand Jury to pursue those lawless and conspiratorial bluehairs at GAR!

    • Which reminds me that I’ve forgotten to file a response to the ethics complaint they’ve brought against me.

      • Yos

        More, at some point you’re going to need to migrate everything from WordPress to your own URL. What you are creating here is not only valuable, but dangerous (to GAR). Competition… It’s a beautiful thing!

  2. Pete

    Actually this happens quite often. I don’t know the percentage, but my guess is that about 20% of pending sales have been reported previously. I never wondered why before. Now I would love to see an explanation.

  3. Mickster

    A pending status is a temporary status and when it’s updated or the listing expires, it disappears….at least that’s my theory and it actually makes sense to me..

    • Knowing that a contract has failed, an accepted offer has fallen apart or that a pending sale is no longer pending is useful to any agent representing a buyer. Their erasure is a disservice to buyers’ reps and just another example of the GAR attempting to keep a tight hold on information, keeping data away even from its member-agents. Bah.

      • Mickster

        I wasn’t clear earlier – it makes technical sense – however I agree with you and believe that any change of status should remain on the record of a listing for info purposes

  4. ill-logical

    Flex first came out with “Accepted Offer” which , which agents were reluctant to report because too many things ( like the inspection) hadn’t taken place yet; “Contingent Contract” wherein contracts have been signed , but there are contingencies – usually the mortgage, but it could also be a permit or easement issue; “Pending” when all contingencies have been lifted; and finally , “Closed” when the deal is done and we get to find out what the property sold for.
    AlwAys interesting to see how long it took to get the mortgage approval, and if a deal falls through, at what stage in the process.
    Was Old Mill reported originally as an AO and when that category was dropped, the date vanished?

  5. Anonymous

    May explain….was likely contingent until p&z approval came in this week…

    No. 5 PLZE201400394 185 OLD MILL ROAD, GREENWICH. Appeal of ?…. for a variance of rear yard setback to permit a 686 square foot addition to a single family dwelling located in the RA-4/RA-C4 zone was granted

  6. ill-logical

    Zillow, meanwhile, relies on its feed from the MLS up until the deal closes. Then it changes the status to “off the market” until an outside vendor feeds the closing price from Town Hall’s records.

  7. Anonymous

    Hmm. That would be something to do if the house failed an inspection, to help the *honest* listing agent… to forget to divulge radon in the basement or arsenic in the well… very reassuring to a potential buyer!