Here's the truth. Sellers lose with short term listings. Agents lose with short term listings. It's the old perverse incentive.
Agents work less hard. In a market where there is five months worth of inventory, chances are less that a property will sell in six weeksl. So agents don't really try, knowing they may be throwing out good money on marketing with no commission at the end of the day.
A lesson on life from Amarillo Slim:
Giving a six week listing is perfectly acceptable....as long as the seller agrees to reasonble terms. Like a price that is below market. A good agent is only going to take this listing if there is a reasonable chance to sell it. Otherwise, a seller has to ask if they want a subpar agent who is too dumb to get away from a loser listing.
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