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Virginia, Home Seller in 11971

How do I list my house for sale by owner?

Asked by Virginia, 11971 Sun Jul 22, 2012

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You can go down to HOME DEPOT and buy a sign FOR SALE,
and stick it in your lawn.

As Dr. Phil would say; "Let us know how it works for you."
2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 1, 2012
Dear Virginia,

I am sorry but there really isn't a Santa Claus !

Selling your house by yourself is like reading Prevention magazine and thinking that you are a doctor, or watching Judge Judy and thinking that you can convict OJ !!!

Call a professional Realtor to handle this most important ( and probably most expensive transaction ) that you may ever be involved in!

Don't hold the quarter so close to your eye so that can't see the dollar behind it !!

0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 11, 2013
Hi Virginia.

While personally marketing your home can be difficult, it is not impossible. Sometimes it’s just a matter of the “right place at the right time”. That said, if you follow a few basic guidelines you may have some luck – if not – then you can investigate using a real estate professional.

Whether you sell as a For Sale By Owner (FSBO) or decide to use an agent, you will find some of the principles are the same. Start with pricing your home correctly. In order to do so, you can search public records to get an idea of your home’s value. This step is certainly where a professional is irreplaceable – real estate professionals have actually been inside many of the local homes you will see in public records. (Meaning they know which homes are most similar to yours in order to put an accurate list price on your home). Second, ensure you have good signage in front of your home. A nice tasteful sign which displays your contact information. Be sure to stage the inside of your home nicely; de-cluttering, if necessary, is a must. And be sure to do so before you take any photographs. A professional photographer is also highly recommended in order to ensure great lighting, the use of specific lenses for smaller rooms, etc. As with any commodity for sale, be sure to utilize any/all online advertising available. For free online advertising consider – community classifieds, Craigslist.com, etc. In addition to these freebies, you can also pay to get your home on websites such as FSBO.com.

One of the largest challenges you will find as a FSBO on the North Fork is many of our buyers are coming to look at 2nd homes. The buyers do not know all of the areas intimately and they have limited time to shop around. Therefore many of our buyers are insistent on using a real estate professional to ensure they get a home that best meets their needs at the best possible price. These same buyers are viewing properties (from their primary home location) online using sites such as mlsli.com, trulia.com, realtor.com, streeteasy.com and will not see your FSBO listing – therefore they will not know to request their agent show your home to them.

Hope this helps a little bit!

0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 16, 2013
Dear Virginia- Don't do it is my advice. You can always put up a sign and have a go at it, but you will probably get more money and a faster sale if you listed with a good real estate agent! Proven Fact.
Agents get you more money. We negotiate better than you do and we have more buyers coming to us via the internet than will drive by your house or see an ad or go to an owner set up website.
Andrea Aurichio Broker, AurichioSmith Real Estate.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 21, 2013
You can go on numerous websites and pay for listing your home. You will also have to do some research and properly price your home, respond potential buyers, schedule appointments, prepare your home, be availabel to show your home and "sell" the unique aspects of the property, negotiate a deal and all aspects of closing.
OR you can call us and we'll be your agent and take care of every aspect of the process. Now doesn't that sound better?!
We're at 631 765 5333.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 1, 2012
hi Virginia - there are sights like FSBO.com, flatfeelongisland.com or forsalebyowner.com that you can use to list your house...though as a realtor, I don't recommend using those sights since you really limit your exposure to the buying public. They don't come close to the exposure you would get listing with someone from a major company such as Coldwell Banker for instance whose website gets more hits than Trulia, Zillow and Realtor.com. Also when you list with an agent, broker open houses are done in addition to public ones which is important because other agents can see if the house is right for any of their buyers...The FSBO sights will tell you to save on the commission because the realtor doesn't do any more than you could do yourself, but that's simply not true. I agree that some realtors don't service listings the way they should, but most of us do add value and will end up getting your house sold more quickly and for a higher price. Of course, pricing your house correctly and proper exposure are key in finding a buyer, (as is having great professional pictures which a good agent should supply) but a real estate transaction doesn't end there...a realtor is of utmost importance in seeing your deal through to a successful closing. Most people don't really know how many pitfalls there can be, and a realtor can help you every step of the way from staging your home, handling showings, qualifying a buyer, to helping you get CO's for work done in your house that you never got permits for (which can hold up or completely ruin a deal)...and don't forget about how important it is to have someone working in your best interest who is skilled in negotiations... I'm in Long Island so if you have any other questions or decide to use a realtor after all, feel free to e-mail me at joanna.jacob@cbmoves.com. - I wish you luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 28, 2012
You can not list your home here if it is a fsbo, only licensed agents and brokers can post their listings on Trulia.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 22, 2012
Sorry, but not on this website!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 22, 2012
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