Also, by owner may seem like a good option to you, and I wish you good luck with this. However, in the current market, especially in Grand Hampton, where there are lots of homes and builder homes competing with yours, you really need all the exposure you can get. That's what a good (I did say good, and not all are created equal) realtor can give you. Please visit http://www.560Severn.com to see some of what I can do. Remember to click on the HomeVidy Tour, which is something I do for luxury homes - no charge.
And, you may not realize that, usually, a good realtor will sell your home for more than you will. And the difference is usually enough that, even AFTER all closing costs and commissions, the seller nets more money than they would have selling it themselves. There are logical reasons for this... One is, people who buy FSBO's (For Sale By Owner properties) are looking for a bargain, especially today, and will make lowball offers almost every time. Which tends to drive the sellers expectations down, and they end up selling for less than the home is worth... In today's market, that's happening all the time.
Please visit my web site: http://www.PrettyDogRealty.com for more info about this and other subjects that should interest you and help you sell your home.
Regarding for sale by owner, I have no experience with this. I would like to try this, too, when I sell my current home, because of the thousands of $ that I have to pay for the realtor. 6 % of the sale price is just way too much !
First, you'll have to give up paying for your own advertisements. Then you'll have to give up staying home hoping the phone will ring... and worrying about burglars...and waiting for people who don't turn up... and handling all the real estate agents calling...and wondering when your prospect will phone back... and all those other great aspects of being a For-sale-by-owner. Yes, you'll definitely lose all that. And that's a good thing.
You'll also gain a lot, because we have the experience to get your home sold and put more money into your pocket, while you continue to live a normal life.
Making your home sale easy and getting the best price is what using a real estate agent and their professional marketing services are all about. Please call me and find out why my past clients wouldn't dream of selling their houses any other way.
You may find marketing the furniture with the home to do more damage than good. You'll end up getting a low offer and be forced to "throw in" the furniture to satisfy the deal. You may be thinking, well we'll just wait for the next offer... Typically your first offer is your best offer AND in a declining market 3-6 months could be a tremendous hit if you decide to wait it out.
The buyers hold ALL the cards in this market. Marketing IS the key and I ask you to do a search for grand hampton tampa fl real estate or homes for sale in grand hampton and you'll find my site on page one of google. (as well as for many other key word search terms). You'll be on websites such as: craigslist, backpage, oodle, weichert, point2homes, house.com, yahoo real estate, and many, many more...
Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org for more marketing information. Regards and Best of Luck!