We took a look at the pocket listing phenomenon in Los Angeles.

I’ve been authoring an LA housing market report for Douglas Elliman as part of their expanding Elliman Report series I’ve been authoring for 23 years. The report covers their firm’s LA footprint, namely the Westside, Downtown and other areas including Malibu.

Aside from Brooklyn, this housing market is one of the most robust we covered in 1Q17. Price growth, elevated sales and sliding inventory remained the theme.

We matched public record closings with properties listed on the MLS. Those sales missing from the MLS were either FSBOs or “pocket listings.” I don’t have a great way to separate the two at this point but I’m inclined to believe the higher the price, the more likely the sale was a pocket listing.

The chart shows that about 19% of all sales are not shared through the MLS. But even more interesting is the pattern shown by price. Approximately one-third of all sales over $5 million are missing from the MLS.

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4 Responses to “Pocket Listings: Appreciating Los Angeles Sales We Didn’t Know About”

  1. Eric says:

    Sorry, what is a pocket listing exactly? and how does it differ from a FSBO?

    • Jonathan Miller says:

      A FSBO is a listing open marketed by the property owner. A pocket listing is a home that is not listed for sale, but if a buyer appears, they have already expressed interest to a broker and would consider selling. They simply don’t want their home to appear for all the world to see.

  2. Peter Christensen says:

    Does your data regarding “public record closings” exclude intra-family transfers, transfers to LLCs owned by the transferor, or transfers to trusts for estate planning? Those types of transactions are more common in the higher price ranges.

    • Jonathan Miller says:

      Good point – generally yes, to the best of our ability to observe them.