A Delayed  l isting means  tha t t h ere is a valid listing contract b e tw e en the seller and the li s ting broker, but the  l isting is not available for showings.
  • Can you actively market and advertise the listing (i.e. broker sites or third party sites)? YES
  • Can you show the property while in the Delayed status? NO
When entering a new listing, on the Main Fields tab, the first section is Price/Status. To enter a listing as Delayed, click the drop-down menu for Status and select Delayed.

Once you have selected Delayed, the next field requirement is Start Showing Date. The date will default to the current date.
You must change this field to reflect the date the property will be available to show.
NOTE: Showing date information may not be included in the remarks fields.
Listing Agents/Brokers may utilize the 'Showing Instructions" field to include the showing date information if they wish to show this in addition to the 'Start Showing Date' field we have provided.

Continue to enter data on your listing as you normally would.
NOTE: If you need to extend the start showing date, please contact the MLS administrative staff.  The Start Showing Date cannot be changed to start sooner than what is found on Delayed Form.

Delayed Status field requirements:  
  • There is a required field called Start Showing Date: this will reflect the date that showings can begin.
  • Start Showing Date will be searchable from Full/Quick/Map Searches for Delayed status listings
  • Major Change description called No Showings- this is posted beneath the thumbnail for 72 hours

Delayed Status Business Rules:
  • The Delayed status is intended for properties that are scheduled and planned to be marketed on the MLS within 15 days. The Start Showing Date is not allowed to be greater than 15 days beyond the Listing Date.
  • Effective August 28th, 2018: a form titled 'Seller's Authorization to Delay Showings from Multiple Listing Service Inc.' will be required on Delayed listings. Your Seller will need to sign this disclosure form. The completed form is to be uploaded to the Delayed listing as the first page of the listing contract. With this form, the Start Showing Date will be locked in. The property cannot go active earlier than the date advertised. The form can be found on www.metromls.com under Resources > Forms & Profile Sheets.
  • While a listing is in the Delayed status, days on market are not calculated.
  • Once a listing goes from Delayed to Active status, it can never go back to Delayed. 
  • Delayed status listings will not be included on public websites powered by Metro MLS RETS feeds. Delayed listings are not available for anyone, including the listing company, to show. This also means no showings for broker opens or to the public.
  • Delayed status listings are automatically changed from Delayed status to Active based on the Start Showing Date via an automatic process that will run at the beginning of each day.
  • A delayed status listing requires all the same data requirements to submit an Active listing. This includes uploading a primary photo within 7 days and listing contract within 48 hours. 
  • If it is necessary to change the Start Showing Date, please contact the MLS administration staff for assistance, as they have exclusive permissions to change the showing date.

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