I'm a home owner and not an agentor broker, can I still place an ad forthe sale of my home?

Asked by Pat Valenziano, Wed Jan 2, 2008

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Sarah Garrett, Agent, Fort Myers, FL
Sat Aug 2, 2008
You sure can Pat. As a matter of fact some realtors such as myself are very happy to help you. I can help you with ad composition, placement, marketing possibilities, the correct publications to use etc. The more I know about your home the better equiped I am to assist you. Hopefully, you and I can build a trust relationship and then if one of my buyers really wants your house you can reciprocate possibly with a prenegotiated fee of your choosing. Looking forward to helping you! Sarah Garrett 239-464-8620
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Brian Burke, Agent, Highlands Ranch, CO
Mon Jan 7, 2008
Yes, it is not as easy as you think. I would suggest a Realtor to get it done for you.
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Thomas Hall, , Chicago, IL
Wed Jan 2, 2008
Hi Pat - you bet! As was already suggested, http://www.craigslist.org is a great site for FSBO. I also suggest using http://www.postlets.com. It allows you to post to several different FREE sites, allowing greater exposure.

As an additional recommendation, while you may not be interested in using an agent to list your home, you may want to consider offering a commission to an agent who could represent your potential buyer - it could provide a greater source of interested parties. Understand that if you do work with a buyers agent, they represent the interested ONLY of the buyer.

Best of luck!
Web Reference:  http://www.thomasjhall.com
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Donald J. Le…, Other Pro, Tacoma, WA
Wed Jan 2, 2008
Hi Pat,

There are also other places to do it yourself online of course.
But, did you know?

. . . the typical FSBO home sold for $187,200 compared to $247,000 for agent-assisted home sales.
FSBO Methods Used to Market Home:

Yard Sign . . . 51%
Friends/neighbors . . . 53%
Newspaper ad . . . 31%
Open House . . . 29%
Listing on the Internet . . . 22%

Most Difficult Tasks for FSBO Sellers:
Getting the right price . . . 11%
Understanding paperwork . . . 16%
Preparing/fixing up home for sale . . . 18%
Attracting potential buyers . . . 9%
Having enough time to devote to all aspects of the sale . . . 9%

Top 5 Websites where REALTORS® place their listings:

Realtor.com (82%)

Local Realty Firm Website (76%)

Local REALTOR® Association Website (50%)

Franchiser's Website (30%)

Broker IDX/Broker Reciprocity Website (29%)

Source: 2006 National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers

We see the majority of FSBO sellers who end up with a licensed agent in the end, so even though you have not disclosed where you are from... I would recommend that you get a professional to help you. Its a tough market for sellers out there right now. The For Sale By Owner concept worked better when it was a sellers market.... anyone could sell a home it seemed at that time.

In any case, best of luck.
Web Reference:  http://www.wa-homes.us
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Jacqueline F…, , Kissimmee, FL
Wed Jan 2, 2008
Yes you can. Try zillow.com also.
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