You are not required to, but how bad do you want to sell the home? The simple answer is add the 3% to the amount you need to net from the sale. You can try negotiating that number down, but do risk losing the buyer. You should know the easiest part of the sale is finding a buyer, the hard parts come after the contract. The inspection, the buyers mortgage and bringing the sale to close are the hardest parts. Working with an owner, the buyer agent will be doing some of what the listing agent may have done, so they do like to ask a higher fee.... more
Short sale-related questionI want to sell my house in a short sale. My lender requires that I give it a listing agreement, Realtor license, and authorization for third-party arm's-length transaction affidavit.
If you are a licensed real estate agent, you can create an agent account and post all of your listings directly to Trulia. If you a homeowner wanting to place your FSBO listing on Trulia, you cannot. Try Zillow instead as they accept FSBO posts.... more
Does the fact that you're worried about screwing up not tell you that selling on your own is a bad idea?
No internet forum can cover all of the possibilities. Every sale is different and you've got to be prepared to respond to an awful lot of unpredictable things along the way and often in a short period of time.
Exactly why do you want to do this all by yourself?... more