FAQ

What is PocketList?

PocketList is a listings portal where buyers can search thousands of homes for sale in the San Francisco Bay Area. We list all the active MLS listings (and refresh those every 15 minutes), but what sets us apart is that we have carefully compiled hundreds of pre-MLS and off-MLS listings. Buyers who pair up with one of our partner agents gain exclusive access to properties they won’t find on any other listing portals.

What's the difference between public and private?

When a home is for sale, it will (most frequently) be listed on the MLS (multiple listing service) and then be syndicated to listing portals and the public. This is a public listing. However, some sellers and listings agents want to pre-market listings before they put the information on the MLS. Some sellers may even make the decision to sell their home without listing on the MLS. In fact, in 2014 & 2015, almost 25% of homes in San Francisco were sold privately without listing on the MLS. These homes are “private” listings. We do not advocate that sellers either market their home publically or privately, but we try to organize all active homes for sale so qualified, motivated buyers have access to all homes currently for sale.

 

You can read more on reasons for private home sales on our blog post.

How does PocketList work?
  • Download the PocketList app to create an account.
  • Answer a few questions to customize your home search.
  • Gain access to public MLS listings immediately.
  • For those who wish to gain access to private listings, we will introduce you to one of our partner agents. Since the majority of private listings in our channel are not intended to be marketed in the public domain, we can only give access to buyers who are working with our partner agents and whom we can verify are qualified buyers.
  • Browse homes and favorite the ones you like. Request more information or schedule a viewing through in-app messaging.

 

It’s that simple. We are with you every step of the journey.

How do we select our partner agents?

Did you know that there are over 4000 licensed agents just in San Francisco? We understand it’s important to work with a top agent when making one of the biggest purchases of your life. We have interviewed and selected only top agents as partners because we want to give our buyers the best experience. Here are some stats on our partner agents:

  • Full time agents
  • Ranked in the top 10% in the Bay Area in sales dollar, with transactions ranging from 1 bedroom condos to multi-million dollar listings
  • On average, over 10 years of industry experience

We are happy to introduce you to one of these partner agents!

Can I see homes without being verified?

Yes, you can browse our public channel anytime! All PocketList buyers must be verified to access our private channel. To get verified, our buyers work with our partner agents on their home search.

How much does it cost?

PocketList is free to use for homebuyers and listing agents.

Where is PocketList active?

Currently we are only featuring homes in the San Francisco Bay Area, but we plan to expand to more regions in 2016. Feel free to send us a note with where you are searching, or check back for new locations.

Which properties will I see in my feed?

Users see all homes in our public channel. Once verified, buyers see homes in our private channel that match their price and location criteria. For example, if you are looking for homes in Noe Valley and the Mission that cost between $700k-$1M, your private feed will include properties that fall within that price range in those neighborhoods.

What do the different property labels on the private inventory represent?

Coming Soon: Properties that will be listed on the MLS soon.
Private: Properties that are for sale, not expected to go on the MLS.
Still Available: Properties that were taken off the MLS but are still for sale.
Temp Off Market: properties that were taken off the MLS, are still for sale and expect to go back on the MLS.

Does the transaction happen in the PocketList app?

No. PocketList is the platform for connecting buyers with top agents, but the actual real estate transaction takes place outside of the app (with your partner agent).

How can I get my pre-MLS and off-MLS listings on the app?

If you are a listing agent and would like to use PocketList to help pre-market your listing, please contact us!

As an agent, why should I use PocketList?

PocketList allows you to gauge demand and test pricing in a private channel before, or without, listing on MLS. Market properties only to pre-approved, serious buyers. PocketList is the largest source of pre-MLS and off-MLS homes in the Bay Area.

I'm a homeowner and want to sell FSBO. Can I list on PocketList?

At this time we do not accept FSBO listings, but we would be happy to connect you with one of our trusted partner agents who can help you sell through PocketList or elsewhere.

How do agents access and search listings?

PocketList is currently only accessible by individual home buyers. Feel free to reach out to us directly with additional questions!

Start your home search with PocketList today!