While Susan quotes NAR statistics, for whatever they're worth, she did fail to mention that FSBOs who use a flat-fee service are still counted in the 87% she mentioned. The NAR doesn't recognize flat-fee listed FSBOs as true FSBOs, because when a house appears in the MLS the listing has to be entered through a Realtor.
The 2008 National Association of RealtorsÂ® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers states that 81% of sellers used a full service brokerage, 9% used a limited service arrangement, and 9% used a minimal service arrangement, but yet another 13% were FSBOs. I'm still trying to fiure out how that adds up to 100%. Oh wait. I forgot. They were using NAR math. :)
Trulia will only accept listings submitted by anagent/broker. However, you can create an ad in the blog section complete with photos and a youtube video, but given the blog machines that some Realtors tend to be, it will get buried in nothing flat unless you comment on it from time to time, or make an edit on a comment.
As a FSBO, you may be interested in the blog attached to the link below.
Only real estate agents can post listings to Trulia. If you are working with an agent ask him to post your listing and include plenty of pictures. Buyers love to see pictures.
All the best,
Happy to tell you the best way to go about it. We work exclusively with buyers so you can be sure we aren't trying to sell you on our service :)
You will need an agent to post on Trulia... Is the house in Andover? Give us a try. We may get you more value than you sell it yourself. There is nothing to lose on your end.
Yuan's Team Realty
In addition to below, only 10% of homeowners sold their houses themselves, without a realtor, in 2011. The average loss per house was 65K - that is when sellers sold themselves, they lost.
Now you see that 5 to 6% commission will be a good investment with a great return...
Because of how little exposure the homeowner gets - in comparison with MLS exposure and agressive marketing campaign a good realtor will do for you - the do it yourself way will make you loose a lot of money.
However, getting a really great realtor and preparing the house for sale are paramount.
Blogging, UTube videos on the house and community, Pintrest...some FSBO paid sites are the tools for your home selling quest.
Best of luck,
Beachfront Realty, Inc.
Here are a few things to think about in MA - Purchase & Sales Agreement, Title V (if not tonw sewage), Lead Paint Law, New Carbons and Smoke Law, qualified buyers coming into your home, advertisement fees.
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