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Sally Campbe…, Home Seller in Harrisburg, PA

How do I post my house for sale on this website? How do I find a buyer for my house?

Asked by Sally Campbell, Harrisburg, PA Mon Oct 29, 2007

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Only Realtors can post listing on this site. How do you find a buyer? I assume that you are selling your home yourself. I would suggest that you look for a poster on this site by the name of Ruth and email her for guidance in that area.

As for me, I would suggest that you not sell your home yourself, not in this market, not without knowledge and training in this field. To me that is like a person pulling an engine from a car, tearing it apart and putting it back together while looking at a book with no experience.
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Way to go Ruth. Great plug. We can always count on you! You are the only one I have seen refer to the National Open House.
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I don't know if you found my profile, but if you click on my picture you can read a little bit about me. You can also scroll through many of my posts filled with advice for home sellers as well as agents/Realtors.

If your house is already on the market for sale, what you should do is put it in the National Open House scheduled for Nov 4th at: At that site, you can also download the press release that I gave input on as well as the quote:

"A frequent question asked by homeowners at Trulia is, "How do I sell my own home?" Ruth Johaningsmeir, a FSBO seller in Illinois says, "I'm answering questions online to balance the scales. If a Realtor® tells a consumer to use a Realtor®, it is self-serving. But when a homeowner selling for sale by owner (FSBO) says, 'If you have to ask that question, than you need to hire a professional', the seller will hopefully accept that advice."

I thank Brett for the shout and admit that I don't recall seeing any of his 136 answers. It's funny because I don't know if he sees me as an ally or foe. Some Realtors see FSBO next to my name and their blood boils. I get thumbs down for questions they really should be asking themselves. The EXCELLENT agents that have been reading my posts for the past couple months realize that I am their friend and that our goals are the same - TO GET RID OF BAD REAL ESTATE AGENTS HARMING THE PUBLIC! (I hope Trulia doesn't sensor that as profanity.)

I even picked a fight (while I was on vacation) with Michael J Ke with this questions:…
Patrick included me in the National Open House idea and I RAN with it. Then as it grew, the question of excluding FSBO came up. I was very hurt. I missed all the posts regarding that and they were deleted. The problem with me debating Michael was that he made very good points. Even sweet Sylvia emailed me saying "not a really successful fight when you agreed with him."

So, back to you and other FSBOs. Instead of working extremely hard to try and find a buyer, work extremely hard to try and find the best Realtor in your town. I hate the fact that the public is strong armed into using Realtors but the truth of the matter is you need them.

I hope this helps. Please read through the post on when NOT to use a Realtor.
Good luck,
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Ruthless, Other/Just Looking in 60558
Hello Sally:

Trulia works thru Realtors / Brokerage firms and there are a few ways to get the listing in the system:.

If your brokerage has a direct feed to Trulia, then you are set, you don't have to do anything (how my listings go on Trulia).

Or, if his/her personal site has syndication with Trulia then that will feed into Trulia also

There are two ways to get your listings on Trulia. Your Realtor can submit your web site address for crawling by the Trulia search engine or if you are familiar with xml you can prepare and submit a listing data feed with your listing information. ; here is a link

Sometimes it takes a couple of days for the listing to show up, I guess when you are crawling - good description for that.

Best way to find buyers for your house is really through a Realtor; not self serving but it's because REALTORs are trained to do just that and they have built up a strong working knowledge in the local marekt, how to market your house, how to negotiate a contract, how to steer you from any pitfalls when selling your house, we also have a huge network where we market your house and much more.

To heed Brett's advise, I will forward this post to Ruth and see if she will give you some advise.

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Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin, CA

Please view the attachment for an answer to your question. Emily of Trulia, provides directions for your Realtor.
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