Like you, I do like to save money! And, when the opportunity presents itself I DO save money. When PUBLIX wants $8 for a box of Cheerios and Wally has the same box for $4,50, I will choose to save! And like the rest of us, you too want to protect and retain the equity you have accumulated in your home.
You've taken the obvious step and used Craigslist. Is your ad noncompetitive? Does it have the same 'snap' at the competing ads? If not, fix the presentation. If's it is the images, fix them also.
Now you need to amplify your home for sale message. You need to syndicate. Use the free services that will syndicate your message. (Big G the key words) more suggestions at end.
Now consider throwing money at it and pay $2,500 for a FSBO placement
Next consider throwing $1,000 money at it and pay an agent to do a MLS entry only. (add to this the buyer agent compensation. If you try to save here, your plan is DOA)
Then follow bad money with good money and hire a flat fee broker for $2,000.
Then follow bad money with good money and hire a limited service broker for $3,000
After spending $8,500 hundred dollars, you are face-to-face with reality. You just spent $8,500 of your homes equity and are still at ground zero. Many of the home owners with whom I have sat across the dining room table share this very story. In their words they, "flushed' their money.
But, I do understand, you have to try. After implementing the 'syndication' resources, expand your grass roots marketing. Where do people gather? Where are the bulletin boards?
You can sell you home on your own.
It's not easy.
It is tiring.
But, IT IS POSSIBLE.
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Reamx Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
Pick an agent who will keep in touch with you, regularly update you on what they're doing to market your house, and who will advocate for you when you get an offer - which you will. Price it right and things are selling.
If I can help, please get in touch.
When picking an agent go with one who can offer a good comission rate, one that will dedicate time for scheduling open houses, and of course see what their sales record is.
Feel free to email me
Selling your home is a challenge not for everyone but I understand that owners like to try to go it on their own for many reasons.
I agree with everything that other agents have said here. That being said there are options to use a Realtor and sell on your own getting the maximum exposure for your home. Realtors really do care about the market and helping you acheive your goal. Ask about options you will be surprised. On your own there are sites such as For Sale By Owner, and you can contact the local Multiple Listing Services to have it listed as an owner.
While internet is "king" for marketing real estate, Craigslist is not the best option. Most importantly, and I counsel clients all the time, is safety. Marketing on the internet has to be monitored and potential buyers screened. Please be cautious.
Good Luck, I really do hope you beat the odds.
John J Lease Realtors
If you need any help or what questions to ask, please feel free to call me.
Licensed Real Estate Agent
Century Homes Realty Group llc
Direct Line: 347-932-0609
Trying to sell your house by placing it on Craigslist and other websites is usually a frustrating experience. Buyers who look on these sites are looking there because of their reputation for having low priced items for sale. Listing with a real estate broker is your best option. If you need a recommendation, contact me I know several in your area who are very good.
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I think you already know the answer.I suggest that you find a realtor that knows Woodstock and works full time.The best way to find out their online reputation is to google their name. Better to list your property while the buyers have the opportunity to benefit from the lower interest rates and before mortgage guidelines change in April.
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Statistics show that homeowners who sell their homes by themselves get less money than if they use a real estate agent.. Even if they pay a commission, they still come out ahead. You can save yourself a great deal of time, frustration and effort by using a broker who will do all the work for you and get you the best price possible in the market.
It's as simple as that.
Lawrence O'Toole Realty
835.380.3394 (direct connect)
Taft Street Realty, Inc.
It sounds as if you are doing a "for sale by owner" and and arriving an an understanding why it's so much easier to achieve this through the use of an experienced real estate professional. Selling anything is all about price, appeal, and visibility....focusing on these very basic ideas could make a difference.
The typical FSBO has a very poor appreciation for the actual current real estate market and usually focus on what they paid for the property and what they have done to it while owning it. It's not unusuall for these sellers(not necessarily you) to expect to recover every dollar they have spend maintaining the property. This is unrealistic and gets in the way of the ability to market the property in an accurate manner.
Here's a suggestion...even if you are not willing to list with an agent, consider contacting one to find out what they would list it at and how the would market it in your location.