Properly furnished (i.e. "staged") is preferable. Look at what new home sellers and investors (flippers) do - they stage and for a good reason. Ask your realtor to assist you to find a good stager or to re-purpose what you have. Best of luck!... more
There isn't a time line for FSBO or listed by a realtor you can count on. In general, you are at a disadvantage as a FSBO seller. But I also will say a lot of agents are at a disadvantage compared to my team when listing a home for sale. We do a lot more than other agents in marketing, spend a lot more money advertising in the proper places and have the latest and greatest tools to sell homes. That doesn't always equal a quick sale either. Market conditions, area for sale and most importantly the price can affect how fast a house can sell. We get the most exposure as possible to get your home seen by as many potential buyers as we can. Plenty of people will argue with me here and they may have the same marketing skills as me and not have any problems getting their FSBO sold. It's all about knowing what to do and how to do it. Do you have the time to sell your own home? The patients to deal with buyers and the paperwork? The negotiating skills to get the most money for your home as possible. Will you be able to be there during working hours let a person in to see your home. Every time a buyer can't get in to see your home is another day without an offer and another day on the calendar increasing the average days on the market. There are a lot of lawsuits and paperwork involved in buying a home in California so most buyers don't want to deal with a Seller directly when buying a home so there are less people looking for FSBO in my area. Your area may be a lot different. If you are advertising on the MLS be competitive with your buying commission rate. Low balling a commission will get you ignored by an agent with a buyer increasing your days on the market.
Just all things to think of and keep in mind all areas are different. There are fees and expenses selling a home and it just all part of the process FSBO or not.... more
Are you getting feedback from the showings? This is a great way to get into the mind of buyers and see why they may be picking other homes over yours. It sometimes takes some effort to get real feedback and not just a quick response (I often ask agents if they could tell me what is was that made their clients pick the house they did).
You may also want to go out with a friend and look at your competition. Have your agent pull up the houses that a buyer will be looking at if they did a search and then look at them objectively to see how your house rates.... more