High-end property owners initially used off-market transactions for a discrete purchase or sale of real estate property. With the coronavirus pandemic, people are opting to buy off market property. An off-market deal would occur when a seller does not want to sell their real estate property in public knowledge or when a buyer gets an opportunity to make an offer and inspect the property before public listing for sale.
Reasons for off-market transactions
Privacy; if you want your sale of the property to remain top-secret, you can opt for an off-the-market sale or purchase. You may not want family members or neighbors to find out until the transaction has taken place.
Saving on costs; off-market transactions do not involve additional charges such as market levies and advertising costs.
Urgent sale; Financial pressure could make one opt for a quick sale of the property. Sellers who dispose of their property quickly are guaranteed an immediate outcome instead of the highest possible price when the property is listed in the public market. If the property is rented and the tenants make it difficult for potential buyers to access the property, owners may opt for off-market sale.
Misfortunes; Sudden circumstances such as death or divorce could create a need for a quick but confidential property sale.
Finding off-the-market property as a buyer can be tricky as they are not publicly advertised. However, keeping in touch with real-estate agents would help you know of the property being sold privately. Some websites also specialize in off-market listings and advise clients on buying unlisted properties.
It is essential to seek professional services if you opt to buy off-the-market property as there are many misconceptions that off-market buyers get better deals. Various aspects such as emotional involvement may sway you, and there is a need to be cautious as you could pay more.