Test your knowledge of residential real estate, and take a crack at this multiple choice question.

What are possible explanations for a home being “TNAS” (Temporarily Not Available for Showing”) on MLS:

A. A pipe burst, and the owner is cleaning up the mess;
B. The owner is out-of-town for a few days, and doesn’t want any showings while they’re gone;
C. The home is under contract, and the Purchase Agreement specifies no showings while the Buyer is doing their inspection.
D. The home failed to sell at the current listing price — which is also what the owner currently owes on the home.  The owner is now exploring a short sale.

Correct answer:  all of the above.

In fact, there are even more possible explanations for “TNAS”:  the owner (or someone in their household) is sick; the owner is hosting company/guests; or — especially over the holidays — the owner simply wants to take a break.

Which is why you really don’t know what’s going on with a TNAS property until you check with the listing agent.

P.S.:  the use of TNAS for an “underwater” property (owing more than the home’s current value) is a new one, at least for me; I ran into it the first time last week on an Edina listing my Buyer wanted to see.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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