Hello Jim. Good opinions here. I commend you on going it alone; however, just know that many professional agents/brokers pay huge bucks to have access to the best programs/software available geared to target and attract the massive buying market in any area. In my neck of the woods of the whole less than 10% of FSBO actually get their houses sold. After months they generally hire a competent and experienced agent/broker to finish the job...and quickly. Good luck to you!... more
adomic6, the best answer is to network with people and create your own list of referral partners and those you want to do business with. The person who touts his/her self is rarely the person you want to connect with. Instead look for third-party referrals and testimonials, then do your own face to face one-on-one meetings to get a feel for who you want in your circle.
We don't know what we don't know and don't know that we don't know it. We all have blind spots that prevent us from getting where we want to be. That includes myself and many others in the professions. Once we begin to understand that we too have blind spots, the judgments begin to cease and we look for what works instead of who is right and who is wrong.... more
If your looking for an agent I would be glad to help you. If not, I would try craigslist or for sale by owner websites. Most likely a majority of your calls will be agents, but you may also find your buyer. Some things to think about on your own though....How will you show it? How many potential buyers will you lose by not using an agent? Do you have the available paperwork to sell the home? (lead base paint disclosure, ect.)... more
I am so sorry to hear of your husband's death and the difficulties that he left you in.
You need to sit down with someone who will take the time to go through your paperwork with you and help you get everything straightened out. You have a mortgage on your home. It has to be paid. If you are lucky, your husband also had insurance on the mortgage that will pay it off, when he died. I would start by talking to your lender to determine what your status is with them and finding out if there is any specific insurance to cover the mortgage. Next, I would talk to an attorney about the situation.
Good luck. Please let me know if I can help with anything. I care.... more