Like you, I do like to save money! And, when the opportunity presents itself I DO save money. When PUBLIX wants $8 for a box of Cheerios and Wally has the same box for $4,50, I will choose to save! And like the rest of us, you too want to protect and retain the equity you have accumulated in your home.
You've taken the obvious step and used Craigslist. Is your ad noncompetitive? Does it have the same 'snap' at the competing ads? If not, fix the presentation. If's it is the images, fix them also.
Now you need to amplify your home for sale message. You need to syndicate. Use the free services that will syndicate your message. (Big G the key words) more suggestions at end.
Now consider throwing money at it and pay $2,500 for a FSBO placement
Next consider throwing $1,000 money at it and pay an agent to do a MLS entry only. (add to this the buyer agent compensation. If you try to save here, your plan is DOA)
Then follow bad money with good money and hire a flat fee broker for $2,000.
Then follow bad money with good money and hire a limited service broker for $3,000
After spending $8,500 hundred dollars, you are face-to-face with reality. You just spent $8,500 of your homes equity and are still at ground zero. Many of the home owners with whom I have sat across the dining room table share this very story. In their words they, "flushed' their money.
But, I do understand, you have to try. After implementing the 'syndication' resources, expand your grass roots marketing. Where do people gather? Where are the bulletin boards?
You can sell you home on your own.
It's not easy.
It is tiring.
But, IT IS POSSIBLE.
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Reamx Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL