Sounds like you have had a difficult time. May I ask a couple of questions? Have you met with any agent in person? It is possible to do a listing via remote, but at some point, since NY is within driving distance I would think you would have wanted to meet with an agent face-to-face. However, if you are not able to do so, that does not preclude your getting good service.
Before I made a decision regarding whether or not to list the house, I would like to inspect it. You state you have tenants in there. Are they cooperative? Will they allow me to come through with a prior arrangement from you? Trolley Square, while a very desirable area, is also experiencing serious decreases in value. So if you are flexible on your price, both from a listing standpoint and from a sales standpoint, then I would certainly be willing to work with you. These matters can be handled quite efficiently these days with email and the various web sites that will allow tremencous exposure for your property. Our office also does a lot of work in the Trolley Square area and we have a team of agents very knowledgeable on the ins and outs of the area. I, personally, would like to take a couple of these agents with me to inspect the property prior to determining an appropriate price. The price point you are currently using is experiencing longer market time but it varies from property to property. And condition is of paramount importance. I use a professional stager to help market certain properties.
As for commission rates, that's negotiable. However, in the economic climate that we are experiencing I strongly encourage sellers not to attempt a listing 'on the cheap'. It can act as a deterrent when property showings are scheduled. We are all working harder for the money these days so agents need to be compensated appropriately.
I will be more than happy to help you. You can check out my web site and my company's web site and call my with any questions you might have.
The fact that you have tenants until Sept and you live in NY should not stop someone from listing your home. If your tenants are uncooperative, that causes some problems, but as long as you give the proper notice, a tenant normally cannot stop someone from showing the home.
As for commission rates, I recommend not listing it for less than 5%.
As a seller these days, you have to price the property to sell so that it is not sitting on the market.
I would be happy to help in any way I can, so feel free to give me a call at (302) 540-5373.
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