SAN FRANCISCO -- Call them what you will -- pocket listings, coming soon listings, whisper listings, off-market listings -- but the Internet has made it easier than ever to engage in the long-standing practice of selling a home outside of the multiple listing service. Inventory shortages in many markets also appear to be contributing to a surge in pocket listings. A study by MLSListings Inc. found that pocket listings as a percentage of total home sales in some Northern California markets increased from 15 percent in 2012 to 26 percent during the first quarter of 2013. So it's not surprising that hundreds of Realtors packed a cavernous room upstairs at the Moscone Center Friday to mull what MLSListings Chairman Robert Bailey called "the hole in the donut" -- the erosion of the domina...
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