I am willing to pay commission to a buyer's agent, as they will be showing the house. I have purchased and sold several homes (with agent's help) and believe that I understand the process. With the help of a lawyer for the contract and closing and my sister who is a mortgage underwriter, I should be able to get all my questions answered. My husband and I are retired so we have the time to show the house. I can also put together marketing materials that are comparable to what other realtors in my area are using. I will also use rockinblu's blog as a source of information. As for comps, there is a website for our neighborhood that shows which houses are listed and at what price. The website also shows what has sold in the last year.
it will also get the same second rate exposure that realtor dot com gives all of us realtors who do not pay for upgrades. it's quite a racket they have going...we provide all their content to them by way of our paid participation in our local MLS's and they sell us our own listings back if we want them featured nicely.
See the link above, perhaps my confusion is based on this question now being about 4 years old but there are sites that show MLS listings for FSBO customers at a flat fee. So are the answers on here outdated and now inaccurate?
for those in the trade you should be aware of these plans and know that realtor dot com DOES broadcast this FISBO/flat fee sellers home in the same roster as your listing(s). and if the broker that is the listing agent pays for realtor dot com upgrades the flat fee listing gets the same premium placement and enhancements.
What you can do is an open house.
Create a flier with home features, square footage of the lot and living space, along with the asking price.
Put up some sidewalk "A frames" (that go for around $15 to $17) 18x24 inch cardboard signs with arrows pointing to the direction your house is. Place them where there is heavy traffic or main street and place some balloons so they can find your open house.
Talk to your neighbors and tell them if they would like to pick their neighbor. They might know someone that might like to buy your house.
You can go to a local college or university and ask the wed design students how much they will charge you to create a personalized website. Be sure to check some examples of their work.
Have them create a website and post pictures, description and video of your house. With the web address being your home address. And place the web address on a yard signs, Craigslist.com, local papers, penny savers ads magazine and flyers.
Jes Sierra, B.Sc., RealtorÂ®
I had one that was FSBO and during their Buyers (bogus) inspection, cleaned them out of thousand of dollars worth of jewelry and other items never to be seen again. Earnest money check bounced the day after. There is value in our services. Even if you do find a prospective Buyer, it would be wise to have a RealtorÂ® for a fee, manage and represent you during the transaction. We really do care and work hard for our clients.
Wishing you a quick sale, Dunes
Good luck to you!
PS in this difficult economy and real estate market why would you not want to work with an experience real estate agent to sell your property?
There is more to selling a home than MLS exposure and Realtor.com. The last home I sold was directly related to marketing the home on Trulia.com according to the buyer's agent. Listing agents know that selling a home is like fishing...you have to have a lot of lines in the water to get a 'bite'.
This is the reason I don't use realtor.com. I feel that I am paying for my dues and an mls fee why should I pay to have my phone # on it. Trulia doesn't charge me extra and I haven't given them a dime.
My question to you would be, why don't you want to list with a listing agent? As you can see, and Realtor.com is not the only site, Realtors have the availability of many sites and marketing products that can ensure a quick sale to your home, work in negotiation with the buyer's agent and much more.
Keep the discussion going behind your reasoning for not wanting a Realtor and maybe we can assist you with options that may or may not include having a Realtor sell your home; some Realtors, including myself, often assist For Sale By Owners with the sale of their home...let me know if I can help you out or at least provide a referral for you.