The Delayed listing status allows the seller additional time to prepare its home before showings begin. When a property is in Delayed status, no showings of any kind, such as agent previews, broker opens or public showings, are allowed until the property moves to Active status.

A listing must be entered as Delayed from the start and requires the seller’s consent. Delayed listing status is not considered a best practice or a tool for agents to use when selling a home. Instead, it is simply a way for sellers to have additional time to prepare their homes for showings. The listing agent cannot use Delayed status to create a pocket listing or circumvent other MLS policies or rules.

If a listing starts as Delayed, it can remain in the MLS as Delayed for up to 21 days. Once you select the start showing date, you cannot change it to an earlier date. You can extend the start showing date as long as it does not exceed 21 days. If you extend the date, you must upload a revised form with the seller’s approval and then notify Metro MLS (admin@metromls.com) that you changed the start by date.

The listing agent can market and generate interest in the property without having any showings when the listing is in Delayed status. Delayed listings are not included in subscriptions, IDX feeds and third-party syndication feeds.