When a property is listed for sale in the MLS, it is given a status of “Active” to indicate that the seller is currently marketing the home and soliciting offers from buyers.

Sometimes you may encounter a listing online that is marked as “Active”, later to find out that the seller has already accepted an offer. In the Northwest MLS, agents are required to change the listing status when an offer is accepted by 5PM on the next business day, but this doesn’t always happen in a timely manner.