If you would like an unbiased third opion, I can send you an online home evaluation based upon recent sales in your neighborhood from the MLS and Washtenaw County public records.
Basically your working with a realtor but that realtor is usually getting checked up on often by the Relocation company as a managing intermediary with the authority to hire and fire the agent and has the agent sign contracts agreeing to no loophole listing agreements allowing you to fire them without broker protection clauses, etc.
These benefits often give the option to buy the home directly from the employee albeit not at top price.
If trulia does not offer anything like this, all companies don't, usually just the bigger ones, If you know any realtors from back home you may just want to give them a call to help you out. If not you can call me and I can discuss your situation and help you find a good broker in the area and of course in exchange that broker would have to share their commission with me for sending them you as a referral. ;-)
Note you would need to either get documents notarized when signed and mailed or just have your attorney if one is being used in the transaction power of attorney to sign on your behalf for all documents associated with the sale. OR if you have someone back home that you can trust, you can give them this limited power of attorney to sign for you. You should make sure nothing is signed without your verbal or emailed approval first, adding a stipulation like that to the power of attorney will CYA one step further as being something you can trace back.
Make sure the agents you talk to for the listing know the local absorption rates and are familiar with the area and based on the absorption rate, don't sign listings for longer periods than that. Absorption rates will tell you how long it may typically take to sell your home. Also don't hire the agent who claims they can get you more for your house than the others, they're just BS'ing you.
Working for Trulia? Sounds fun. Maybe you can get Trulia to puta satelite in A2 someday. If you want a great referal for me go down to Central Park,look for "Manhattan Rickshaw" (the bycicle buggies) and ask for Peter (the owner).Peter will speak highly of me as The Ann Arbor REALTOR.
Good news! A2 is still a great place to call home and we have new people coming to the area everyday. As for selling...that's what we do everyday (well, most of us). Please do consult a good REALTOR as data shows us that REALTORS have ~87% of the sales and with you being out of town selling by owner could be a nightmare! Are you sure you want to sell it?A cottage in A2 could be nice if you could get a renterto pay your payments (+). If you need some weeding out of all of the REALTOR choices I would be happy to assist. Moregood news is that REALTORS live and function by a code of ethics so finding an agent you can place your trust in should be easy. I am born & raised in A2 (48104). Feel free to call me so we might talk for a few minutes. You can call me at 734/Mi-LANDS (645-2637).
Bottom line, hire good Realtor who knows the area, and it technological so they can communicate with you in all aspects from afar. You can Google me.
Say hi to Rudy, for me.
Now for selling your home from afar... you have to hire out all the maintence, get stagging done, and financially pay all the utilities and mortgage. Then the real work begins. We are in this situation..and I have to keep a constant eye on marketing (or lack of it..to the point where I call the listing company and say "It's been two weeks since the craigs list add has been updated"), condition of house (open houses -- hardwood floor had mud clumps, carpet had foot prints), monitoring the market (two homes came up as forcolsure/short sale -- and that impacts our listing price, taxes- (county raised our taxes and we can't get what they say our house is worth), staying current with local news like the fact that HP has its printer facility up for sale and the employees are soon out of work or already laid off , dealing with someone taking things like hoses and potted plants from the property....Yes, In our case the home has been on the market since Sept 07..and in a market that was fairing better then the rest of the country..still has tons of inventory..and the pool of buyers has shrunk considerably.
Congrats on your move and your job..but I know that "A rolling stone gathers no moss" is the best piece of wisdom...get is sold before the boxes go on the truck for NY..
best of luck
Good luck with your new job!
Good Question, I would certianly reccomend a RE/MAX agent to sell your home. The other thing that is important to the performance of your agent is communication, it needs to be open and honest for your long distance relationship to work. Also I would consider contacting your local interior design business and see about renting some furnishings and have them set it up or "Stage" it for you.
The best way to sell it from afar would be to list with an agent you trust to get the home sold with the least amount of headache. Our team, The Bouma Group, often works with sellers who live in another part of the coutnry or even the world! We handle all of the details to listing and showing and will even coordinate any repairs or updates for you. If you would like further information about our team, please feel free to contact Kristal in the listing department at 734-761-3060 or Kristal@bouma.com or just go to our website to be added to the market snap shot at http://www.bouma.com