Orlando Real Estate, Orlando Buyers Agent, Orlando Homes, Orlando Buyers Broker: "BAIT and SWITCH" on homes for sale in Orlando

"BAIT and SWITCH" on homes for sale in Orlando

Orlando homes for sale

"Bait and Switch' is a game many real estate agents play when advertising homes for sale in Orlando... in order to get unsuspecting home buyers to call their office by "dangling" a property that is really no longer available for sale and not on the market. 

As more home buyers go to the internet to search for homes, there are more and more websites with bogus information...namely properties that are still advertised as available for sale, when they are already under contract or in some cases sold and closed many months ago...and sometimes the property was even sold years ago, when the prices were lower.   When  searching for homes for sale in Orlando, home buyers just need to be aware that not all the properties they find advertised are really as it seems.

There is also that Orlando open house...where agents hold a home open that already has an existing contract..."oops that is sold, but let me show you my other one, that is better"...deceitful at best. Most times the existing contract is cash or the deal is solid.

Why the "bait and swith" on Orlando homes for sale?

Because Orlando Agents want to make the phone ring by promoting their listings...even if they are no longer for sale.  It is called "snag a buyer with bait and switch".  A home buyer will call to inquire and then the agent says "Oh gee...we JUST sold that, but I have another one..."

This "Bait and Switch" is...

  • Misleading to the home buyer who thought they just found a special property that no one else had.
  • Frustrating to the home buyers agent who spent hours trying to track down this falsely advertised fake.
  • Unfair to all the listing agents that do follow the rules and work hard to update the correct status.

To all the home buyers searching on  agents personal  websites...home buyer be aware you might falling in love with a "bait and switch" property that was sold two years ago.  For accurate information and to check on something you found, give us a call and let us check it out for you...no charge, just courteous service!

PS: ...and a big thank you to those real estate agents that do keep their listings updated.

 Copyright @ Buyers Broker of Florida 2013 "BAIT and SWITCH" on homes for sale in Orlando".


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 Eve Alexander Orlando Buyers Agent


Comment balloon 3 commentsEve Alexander • May 24 2013 06:45AM


The bait and switch technique sure seems unethical to me. I guess with inventory being low that other marketing techniques are being sought. Last I recalled car dealers advertise vehicles no longer available. I don't think invoking frustration is a good thing though. Thank you for making people aware.
Posted by Marie Fox, Lake Mary, Florida, Home Stager & RE Photographer (Foxy Interiors Inc. Lake Mary Florida) over 6 years ago

They are only using their sellers' property to do this, and it's unethical.  If buyers would get a clue and have their own agent representation, then this wouldn't be occuring. 

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 6 years ago

Maria: It is unethical, as it is a violation of the code of ethics for "misrepresentation"...unfortunately not all agents have read the code...or care.

Carla: Luckily buyers are getting smarter...


Posted by Eve Alexander, Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers (Buyers Broker of Florida ) over 6 years ago