Real estate agents are licensed professionals trained to assist you before, during and even after you sell your home. A qualified agent can save you time and money, reduce stress and streamline the entire process.
Here are some additional advantages for working with a qualified agent:
1.An agent can provide you with current market information, such as which houses are for sale, what their listing prices are and how long theyâ€™ve been on the market. He or she will also help you set a realistic price for your homeâ€“to get it sold quickly, at the best price and with the least stress.
2.Your agent will recommend ways to improve the marketability of your home, such as fresh paint or landscaping to improve curb appeal.
3.An agent will market your home to both the general public and to other agents. According to National Association of Realtors statistics, 82% of sales result from agent contacts through previous clients, referrals, friends and family.
4.An agent will know how and when to advertise your property.
5.An agent will prequalify prospects so you donâ€™t have to allow strangers into your home.
6.Your agent will help you evaluate offers on your home as well as negotiate the terms of the contract on your behalf.
7.When issues ariseâ€”as they do in every transactionâ€”your agent will be there to help resolve them and keep the deal on track to closing.
8.Your agent will be there every step of the way, to guide you, advise you and ensure that everything goes smoothly.
CENTURY 21 Alliance has sold over 65,000 homes since our founding 40 years go. That averages out to be about 4 homes per day. Wouldnt you like your home to be 1 of those 4?
First, we are not in your area so this is not a pitch for you to hire us...
Before you go down the FSBO road, you need to know a few things about how it really works:
Most buyers don't want to deal directly with the owner, which means you'll have to pay a fee to a buyer's agent. And many buyer's agents won't deal directly with the owner since they end up having to do a lot of extra work for half the pay. So starting out of the gate you have significantly reduced your buyer pool. That doesn't help you sell your home.
Add to that the fact that many buyers don't feel comfortable asking the owner tough questions or relying on their answers, you have further reduced your buyer pool. More important is the issue of pricing. We have worked with many owners who started out trying to sell themselves first and almost everyone one of them started out way too high on pricing thinking they were allowing room for negotiating - instead they just contaminated the property in the market and either didn't sell or sold for much less than they would have if properly priced out of the gate.
Additionally, most buyers who are willing to make an offer without an agent are likely going to reduce their offer by the commission amount anyway, so in the end you're doing all the work on the sell side for the same or less money.
Admittedly there are a lot of people in the real estate business who don't bring much to the table in terms of marketing, negotiating, and offer strategy, but the ones who do will get you more money for you home than
you would otherwise, relieve you of the work of doing it yourself, have a comprehensive marketing plan that you could never come up with not being a pro, reach WAY more potential buyers than you ever could - some of the fsbo sites claim to put your property on the "MLS" but it's usually some other other website with the letters MLS in it that no one who is serious actually uses - and make sure that you have covered yourself in terms of liability by making sure you have disclosed everything about the property that you need to.
If you are still determined to do this yourself, you can use craigslist.com, fsbo.com (and others) and build a website - there are many sources for this - with lots of pictures. And while on the subject of pictures, are you a professional photographer? Does your camera have really high resolution and a super wide angle lens to make sure potential buyers can actually see the room instead of being confused by the photos instead?
The smart thing to do would be to talk with some local brokers who are active in the business, reputable, knowledgeable, and experienced negotiators. The good ones are usually busy so make sure that they have the time to do it right. In the end you'll be glad you did.
Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
In the end, accounting for the low offers and the buyer wanting to share in the savings, the Seller got approximately the same net proceeds as they would have if had used an agent.
Sorry, but Trulia is not set up to allow "for sale by owner" listings.
It is the way the company operates (contrary to what some have said below) - fsbo's cannot list here at this time.
Listings are fed here via various MLS systems across the country.
If you want your home to appear here, you can look into listing with a flat fee company who can place it on your local MLS. You would, however, have to agree to pay a commission to any buyer's brokers who bring in clients.
Another option as a FSBO, is Craigslist...or you can also list on Zillow.
Unfortunately it's a different setup for realtors and when we log in there is a "listings" section on one of our tabs in which we can submit new listings. As it's always in the upper right when I log in, I didn't realize that wasn't there for consumers. It sounds like you may want to contact Trulia directly as I would certainly assume that you can/should be able to upload a home as a for sale by owner. Let me play around with it on a computer that I'm not automatically logged in and see if I can solve the problem.
I dont think that you need to be a "professional" to list your home on trulia. BTW you can call a trulia customer service person and they can guide you.
However, this is one of the most difficult real estate markets in U. S History, Hiring a professional limits your liability. Many people try to list as a FSBO or "For Sale by Owner" and they end up hiring a professional realtor. Its proven that people that sell their own homes often end up netting less. Its difficult to navigate through the transaction alone. Please reconsider a local Professional to represent you and manage the 22 plus people involved in the transaction including, agents, seller, buyer, escrow, title, NHD company, Inspector, termite company, outside vendors (contractor or handyman), home warranty, brokers, marketing people, photographer, stager, advertising contacts, transaction coordinator etc. It isnt as easy as it looks.
Do you have an ocean view from any of the rooms or from the backyard? Has your home been upgraded recently? Is it a 1 or 2 story? Do you have granite in the kitchen or hardwood floors or wood shutters, newer carpet or windows? Also do you know what your lot size is?
Please email me directly, I won't look back on here for new answers. I have a buyer who's looking for a good lot size to build a new home on, near the beach (if it's a 1story, he may just add a 2nd story). I was trying to get him to build in Seal Beach, but it's too far south from L.A. for him.
Realtor Since 1996
It sounds like the other answers you've gotten are really refering to the MLS and not to your question about Trulia. To my knowledge you do not have to be a realtor to list your home on Trulia for free. If you go to the tab at the top that says "Buy" all the way at the bottom is a tab that says FREE List a property. It's possible that it's different for a consumer and a realtor but I believe that option is there for everyone. There are other sites that will "syndicate" the listing as well and many of these sites will include Trulia in their syndication and that may be another strategy to take.
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