How do I list a home, on web, withour going through an agent?

Asked by awine129, Ellenboro, NC Sat Aug 18, 2012

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Karen McCall,…, Agent, Bostic, NC
Sat Oct 13, 2012

What you probably haven't thought of is how much internet advertising, print advertising, and a position in the MLS costs. An agent takes your listing on spec. They spend the marketing time and money on your house in the expectation that they can help you sell it and make some money. Not every house we list sells, but every house we list costs, time and money - especially when we advertise in print, just like it will cost you. We don't get paid up front, for your listing, despite the costs. That's where a flat fee MLS can put your listing online for you - you just pay upfront instead of at the end. Looks like you're in Ellenboro, and something you might want to know, is that you still need to complete a Residential Property Disclosure Form to be in compliance with NC law, and if you're in one of the older homes, you'll need a Lead Based Paint Disclosure. These forms are available from the NC Real Estate Commission. While you're there you might want to have a look at the Fair Housing guidelines, that should concern you as well. We Real Estate agents do more than the general public realizes.
I wonder why you would want to sell your home without an agent? Are you trying to save money? Have you been in the house for such a short time that you're upsidedown and can't add the commission to the sales price? Did you have a bad experience with an agent? Good Luch with that.
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Steven Marin…, , North Carolina
Fri Aug 31, 2012
Hello there. I can check with my Broker in charge and see if we list for MLS fees only. From what I understand the fee is 500.00 for listings only on the MLS. If you don't have any luck with FSBO, you can always hire an agent for full, or limited services. You can also hire an agent with an open listing. Please feel free to call me, i can explain the different types of services agents offer. 919-437-7077--steve
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Mon Aug 27, 2012
besides can list on :

You cannot list your home for sale by owner on Trulia or on or the local MLS.

In order to get on those sites, you can list with a flat fee broker, sor a set fee, but you will need to pay a percentage (commission) to any buyer's agent who brings in an acceptable contract.

best wishes......
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Daniel Fisher, Agent, Charlotte, NC
Mon Aug 27, 2012
You probably don't want your home just anywhere on the web. You really want your home in the local MLS and in (preferably wtih 25 fantastic photos and as a featured listing). You might want to look and see if there is a flat fee limited service agent in your area. If there are not, you should try to negotiate a commission that you feel comfortable with.

If you want to have some sort of control over the access to your property and to make sure that potential buyers are pre-screened and able to purchase the property, you should be prepared to offer a generous commission to a broker who brings a qualified buyer. If you appreciate an answer, please give thumbs up. For the most helpful answer, please say thanks with a best answer click.
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Ruth and Per…, Agent, Los Gatos, CA
Sat Aug 18, 2012
Hi Awine

Your best bet is to go FSBO web sites and Craigslist .

It will be tough otherwise to get Site hits.
You could also work with web hosting company that will give you an IDX site for your home.

Good luck.

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James Gordon…, Agent, Hamilton, OH
Sat Aug 18, 2012
There are hundreds of web sites that will allow you to post for a fee. Don't forget print advertising also. You won't get the exposure that you will get using a Realtor® and being posted on the MLS but it is a start. Most buyers currently are using a Realtor® to help them find a home. There may be a flat fee Brokerage in your area that can post your home on the MLS and you would only have to pay a buyers agent plus the flat fee brokerage charge. There are no flat fee brokers left in my area they all went broke.
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Dan Tabit, Agent, Issaquah, WA
Sat Aug 18, 2012
The problem is outside of Craigslist and some FSBO specific sites the main sites that get the bulk of the traffic are agent/mls owned. You may find a local Flat fee company who will charge you up front to post the home, but they provide little if any other services and have no vested interest in your success. You will still need to offer a selling office commission if you want any local agents to be interested in bringing you a buyer.
My consistent advice is to find a great agent. A great agent brings value to a transaction and is worth more than their commission. A bad agent, or none at all will cost you in ways beyond just a commission. Best of luck however you proceed.
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Tim Moore, Agent, Kitty Hawk, NC
Sat Aug 18, 2012
You can on Craig's list and maybe other places but not here. It must be listed with a Realtor to be here.
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