It is tough enough for a Realtor to sell in our depressed Tampa market, but if you want to sell by owner have at it.
I would say safety first.
You can advertise your home on the internet including craigslist, avoiding costly ads .
I would make sure you have a fax at home and talk to the potential buyers at length to get a comfortability level. If you are not comfortable with a caller don't show your home to them. Have a sheet prepared pre-print ed --name, address, phone number, what they do for a living, how many in the family, are they pre-qualified.,etc You can obtain all these answers through basic conversation. You can tell them alot about your home over the phone and hopefully you posted some photos online in your ads. However, remember Realtors do not show homes unless they are pre-qualified, as least
the Realtors I know. Ask them to fax t their pre-qual letter and a copy of their drivers license to you and you will gladly set up an appointment. upon receipt. Make sure you call them back to verify the number is valid. No bad element will send you a fax I would suspect..
Have someone with you at the appointments. Always let the buyer walk first, and be on guard - as a precaution. Line up a Real Estate Attorney to write the contract,, once you have a meeting of the minds.
...if you have any second thoughts...call a Realtor.
Phyllis Crosby, Realtor, GRI
Tampa Bay Florida