One other thought I had for you. As you populate websites on the Internet, keep this in mind. In order to gain a buyer's interest in your home, you must satisfy 70% of their selection criteria. This criteria includes different things for different buyers. But the most common types of information they are looking for are of course, price, size, location, number of beds/bahs, year built, etc. And since there is no way to actually know what they think is important, the best advice is to give them as much information as possible and let them sort through it and pick out what they want.
This information can include such things as surveys, floorplans, lists of upgrades, school information, property taxes, community information, maps...the list is long. Anything that you can think of about the property that may influence a buyers decision should be made available to them.
WIth the number of homes for sale in today's market, it takes this type of information to make a property stand out. And in addition to the information itself, there are a number of ways to present it...slide shows, audio/video presentations, instant voice access, etc. And most important, photos, photos and more photos.
If you can put the time and effort into creating this kind of Internet presence, you will be far ahead of your competition in trying to entice a buyer. Simply stated, buyers that don't get what they want will move on to the next property. Unfortunately I see this quite often in working with buyers. As we look at property on MLS for example, if the listing does not have photos, they say "NEXT". They just do not want to take the time to try and figure out if the home might be of interest when the next listing is load with information.
Hope this helps. I will be happy to offer any advice to you that you may need during your selling process.
Like NO ONE Else!
First, I would like to commend you on your question. What it tells me is that you realize how very important it is to have Internet presence for your home for sale. I am sure you are aware of the fact that that the National Association of Realtors states that over 85% of prospective homebuyers search for their home on the Internet...even if they are using a Buyers Agent.
And now there are what's called syndications that will allow you to enter your listing information once and they will send it to hundreds of other websites for you. Getting the information about the home out to as many prospective buyers in as many ways as possible is the key in this market...because you just don't know where that buyer is coming from.
Now, to answer your question. I have designed my website for the benefit of my clients so that I can provide them with the very best combination of marketing and technology that is possible. The Internet presence I provide to my clients is extensive...and expensive. In return for the investment I make in marketing and selling their homes, they pay me a fee at closing to cover the cost of this marketing.
Therefore, it would be unfair to them if I were to provide the same sort of facility to a home seller that was not my client. Please put yourself in their shoes...if you were paying me a fee to market your home but I provided the same facility to another home seller at no charge...
I wish you the very best in selling your home. If you are interested, you can see an example of my website at this link... http://DallasHousesOnTheWeb.com Also, you can view and interactive demo of my marketing program at this link... http://MaxMarketeXpo.com
Thanks for being a Trulia Voice and please feel free to call or email if I can help you in any way.
Like NO ONE Else!
In addition to the preceding information, I would recommend you get started by posting your home for sale on Zillow.com if you have not already. Zillow is helpful to get a better idea of market values, but remember their estimates are a very general snap shot. My home in Dallas was over-priced on Zillow by $60,000 at one time....if only I could have found a buyer for that!
I am finishing up on the sale of a home in Richardson in the Floyd Terrace sub-division over on Twilight Trail. If you grow tired of the time it is taking to sell your home to qualified buyers, I think you just might find an agent willing to work hard for you judging from these responses.
Covenant Realty Corporation
There are some things you will need to do as well, provide a sellers disclosure, and depending on when your house was built you may be required to provide some other disclosures as well.
We answer allot of emails and calls about this daily I feel sorry for the home owner.
We do offer a seller where you can list your home for $795 open listing, therefore you are covered under our e & o insurance where you are protected it does go in MLS, you have more exposure than FSBO. This is a busy time of year for moves hate for you miss the selling season. The stat's show 97% of all FSBO go to realtors within 45 days to list.
FEW CONCERNS you may not be aware of beside the above statements:
a) Are you going to allow strangers in your home that are stalking your home to detemine if they can return and rob you? Buyers agent we qualify our buyers BEFORE showing properties therefore we know we have a real buyer than a person who is seeking other opportunities for your home
b) Do you know how to author the contract?
c) Option period