looking to sell my house in OC, NJ. Willing to sell for what I bought it for 2 years ago but what about realtors fee? What do I ask to incorporate?

Asked by Gam, Ocean City, NJ Tue Nov 10, 2009

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Edward ( Aug…, Agent, Wildwood, NJ
Mon Nov 30, 2009

To begin with , I think it is important to arrive at a value of your home first. Nothing happens if you dont get an acceptable offer. You mentioned that you are willing to sell your home at 07 prices. I think that most sellers in this market feel the same , if they can get out of the property for what they paid it would be an accomplishment. Unfortunately you purchased in the height of the market and unless you got a great deal for that time , you may have trouble breaking out even.
Regardless of what anyone else will tell you " the market determines the value of your home" . The value is not determined by the seller or the Realtor. You can listen to 10 different people and get 10 different values. The bottom line is that unless your home has some extraordinary amenities there will be a few almost exact comparable sales that have sold within the past 3 months to get you a TRUE value. You may be tempted to list your property with the highest value that someone gives you , but that will only cost you in the long run. We are in a declining market and depending on who you get your figures from homes are depriciating 1 - 2 % per month. If you price too high at the start you will be trying to chase the market as it declines. If you price too high it may get overlooked and sit , all the while your potential buyers are making purchases in the markets SELLING RANGE . I recommend that my sellers price themselves 10 % lower than the selling range. You may think that's stupid, why leave money on the table. You can ask any Realtor or Buyer in this market , if they were to see a home priced 10 % under market how quick would they be able to get you a contract. I would suspect that every Realtor has a buyer that is looking for such a deal and most savy Buyers are watching daily also. So lets say you get the activity and loads of showings , then I would have accomplished my goal, TO GET BUYERS THROUGH YOUR PROPERTY. I would also expect a fair amount of offers and that would put you in a Great position. You now will have a few offers to play against each other with the hopes of getting them to bid it up over the asking price to insure they get it. At this point I will give all the buyers a Highest and Best date and time and have the buyer choose the best price and terms. This will accomplish what you set out to do, sell it for the highest price in the shortest period of time.

The alternative is to price it slightly above the selling range and expect the buyers to offer lower and you will end up with the price you want. . Well I am sure that most sellers think that way but , the longer it sits on the market the less it will be worth. There are plenty of sellers that think that way. You can see hundreds of them on the market , none of them have a chance until they get in right range. If a home sits on the market more than 60 days with out pulling an accepted contract its over priced and will have to chase the market down.
You have to be ahead of the pack , you dont want to be the one that says " I should have ".

With a quick search it looks like the average days on the market for an active listing is 125 days . If homes are depreciating by at least 1.5 % per month and the average home has been on the market for 4.16 months that would figure that by the time a listing hits the 125th day it would have lost 6.25% in value. If there were no reductions in the sale price to that point , it would now be 11 - 16 % priced too high and already a stale listing. This is not a good place to be.

To sum this up , price it to get the traffic , the traffic will pull the offers, play the offers against each other and have it under contract in under 30 days and you should net your best number and settle in the shortest period of time.

To answer your original question, Realtors commissions should be concidered a fixed closing cost that is normally 6-7 % . This fee covers paying the agent, advertising,office staff , insurances , signage, office supplies and any other office overhead that is needed to insure your property gets sold for the highest price possible in the shortest period of time.

EDWARD ( AUGIE ) AUGSBERGER Local Realtor / Business Owner

OFFICE- 609.523.1112
DIRECT - 609.338.1189
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Walter J. Fa…, , 08226
Tue Nov 10, 2009
Hi Gam,

There are a few things that I would recommend you do before you list your house

1. Interview a few agents that specialize in the local market. Ask how they plan to market and sell your property: Internet presence, mail/e-mail campaigns, telemarketing, etc.
2. Have them prepare a market analysis with comparable sales for your property. Make sure that they have supporting documentation and are not just "telling you what you want to hear" to get your listing.
3. Once you find a Realtor that you have confidence with and know will get the job done, ask them to have their title company prepare a sample HUD (settlement sheet) that will show what all of your expenses will be as a Seller. This will include commission, realty transfer fees, out-of-state (non NJ resident) transfer fees, recording fees, etc.

At that point you should talk with the agent to determine whether now is the right time for you to sell your house. If you thought this information was helpful, please give me a call. I would like the opportunity to interview for the job of your Realtor.
Web Reference:  http://www.weichertoc.com
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Dp2, , Virginia
Thu Feb 11, 2010
I'd analyze this situation nearly identical to the way Auggie did. I'd also factor in how close to or far from the median sales price that your listing price is into my valuation, any repairs, and the holding costs.
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Barbara Q., , Bergen County, NJ
Tue Jan 12, 2010
What your home is truly worth and how much you are willing to net...may be apples and oranges.
Step 1.) You need to speak with a few TOP Realtors in your area and determine current fair market value based on recently SOLD comparables. (Please try to tune out the agents who will tell you what you want to hear. Look at the real numbers.)
Step 2.) Make an informed decision based on the facts.

Good Luck!
Web Reference:  http://www.321advantage.com
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Gina, , Turnersville, NJ
Tue Nov 10, 2009
Hello Gam:

Commissions are negotiable. When a Realtor comes to your home, be sure to review all the marketing and services the agent has to offer.
If you would like some assistance, I would be happy to help you.
I can email you some information to review.

Feel free to contact me anytime!
Thank you!
Gina Fagnani
Realtor Associate
(856) 419-5066
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Janet Larsen, Agent, Turnersville, NJ
Mon Oct 28, 2013
Commissions are negotiable, however you may greatly reduce e the number of showings that agents do because of that. You also may not have to sell for what you just purchased for as prices may have increases and improvements you have done may get you a little more. If you need assistance feel fee to contact me
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Joseph Carid…, Agent, Ocean City, NJ
Thu Oct 24, 2013
Informative comments from my fellow Realtors...if your interested in the most important factor in selling your home?...call me joe carideo Broker / Salesperson OC new jersey...ocjoe.com..by the way the commission(s) earned by Realtors is the reason your home will sell for the highest and best price...
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Duane Murphy, Agent, Appleton, WI
Thu Oct 24, 2013
A local expert can be your best resource. They will let you now if it is common in a certain area to include certain items or not. Also, you may be surprised. Many markets have increased in value over the past few years.
Best of Luck to you and a quick sale!
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Joseph Carid…, Agent, Ocean City, NJ
Fri Jul 19, 2013
Give me a call or an email and I will provide you with a professional "Comparative Market Analysis" that will almost pinpoint the current market value of your Ocean City property. Once you have the analysis you can make your decision whether to move forward.
Joe Carideo
Coldwell Banker Casa Bella Realtors
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609-602-2310 cell
609-391-1009 office
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Joanne Berna…, Agent, Northfield, NJ
Sun Jan 22, 2012
Please remember that what you are "willing to sell your home for" is less important than what a Buyer is willing to PAY for it. Beware of realtors who will list your home at an unrealistic price just to get the listing. You need a Comparable Market Analysis of your home to see what similar homes to yours are selling for TODAY in Ocean City. That will give you a realistic price. If you price your home too high it will not sell. There are so many homes on the market the buyers are flooded with good choices and learn very quickly what the market will bear. If you are serious about selling your home, price it right and realize that you will be paying a realtor about 6% to handle all the details of the sale. You may lose a little on the sale but you will also be able to get a better deal on purchasing a replacement home. Check with your accountant to learn what of the settlement costs are tax deductible. In the meantime, check out my website's free MLS to see the list prices of homes similar to yours ! http://www.OCNJBeachHomes.com
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Vincent Skal…, Agent, Ventnor, NJ
Thu Feb 11, 2010
Hi Gam,

I am located in the Flanders in Oean City, am very famiiar with the value of the properties in Ocean City and would be able to do a Market Analysis of your property and provide you with an objective starting point to get the most value for your property. We've seen an increase in activity and now should be a good time to list your property in Ocean City. Emai or give me a call....
Web Reference:  http://www.foxocnj.com
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Jeanne Feeni…, Agent, Basking Ridge, NJ
Mon Jan 18, 2010
Hi Gam, given the deterioration of the market over the last 2 years, I think it unrealistic to hope to sell it for what you paid. Potential buyers will likely know what you paid, it is public information. And so as a starting point, prior to even considering commissions to listing agent and buyers agent, I think you should adjust your expectations. Now if you have made improvements, it may be a different matter.

Talk with several local agents and ask them to be prepared to discuss proposed pricing. Also ask the agnts to be prepared to discuss how your local market has changed over the last two years, and to bring supporting details. That will really give you your answer. As Cathy has said, you can try to sell on your own. But you are likely to have better success with the services of an agent. So much has to do with pricing correctly and maximizing exposure.

Good luck to you,
Jeanne Feenick
Unwavering Commitment to Service
Find success at http://www.feenick.com
Web Reference:  http://www.feenick.com
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Jerry Barker, Agent, Atlantic City, NJ
Tue Jan 12, 2010
Good luck with that, If you are unable to get your asking price, you may need to bring the difference out of your pocket in order to comlete the sale. If you still have good credit and you want to keep it that way then this might be your only option other then to keep the home. If your unable to afford the home any longer I would start researching what a short sale is.
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Catherine "C…, Agent, Metuchen, NJ
Sun Jan 3, 2010
Hi Gam,
In New Jersey, you are not required to use an agent to help you sell your house. Also here in Middlesex County, NJ, home prices have decreased about 15% Vs 2 years ago.
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Mack McCoy, Agent, Seattle, WA
Sun Jan 3, 2010
Is it at all likely that today's value for your house is the same as it was two years ago?
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Ryan Manney, , Stone Harbor, NJ
Sun Jan 3, 2010

The "realtor's fee" or commission collected to sell or home is a value that is determined by the seller of the home. I reccomend meeting with multiple agents that specialize in the Ocean City market, and inquiring about what percentage of the final sale price they will charge to sell your home. The commission rate will likely be similar among the agents that you speak to. One reccomendation I have is to not base your agent choice on the lowest commission charge but on the agent you feel most comfortable with. You can also negociaite "in house" commission rate where if two agents from the same company sell the property then the commission is reduced to a lower fee.

As mentioned in an earlier post pricing is a key to getting your home sold. The Ocean City market has a large build up of inventory and placing your property in the correct position is THE most important aspect of obtaining the quickest sale possible.
Web Reference:  http://www.RyanManney.com
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Mr, Home Buyer, Medford, NJ
Wed Dec 2, 2009
Hi Gam -
Where is your place located? My wife & I are looking at places in OC?
Please let me know.
(609) 668-8080
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Eric Booth, Agent, Ocean City, NJ
Tue Nov 10, 2009
Please contact me so that I can give you a detailed Market Analysis and tell you what your property is worth. I am a full time REALTOR located in Ocean City.
Web Reference:  http://www.EricBooth.com
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Tom Altieri, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Toms River, NJ
Tue Nov 10, 2009
With what happened to values in the past 2 years
you'll probably need to get a second job to pay the fees.

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Kenneth Verb…, Agent, PRINCETON, NJ
Tue Nov 10, 2009
Gam, speak with a few local agents who you have been impressed by (seen their advertising or been referred to by friends/associates). If you purchased a couple of years ago and havent greatly improved upon the place (if your market is like most of the state ) youre unlikely going to get what you paid for it. In fact you may have lost 20%. Have you had an appraisal done lately? (not a market analysis, an appraisal from someone who has nothing to gain) This may be well worth the few hundred dollars and will let you know if your price will be supported by a bank.
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Barbara Smith, Agent, Marlton, NJ
Tue Nov 10, 2009

All Broker fees are negotiable and there are additional fees you pay as a seller that you'd need to account for out of your proceeds. You should really have a Realtor come out to give you a pricing opinion for your home in this market, and an estimate of what you'd net at closing after paying all the costs involved. It is difficult to give you detailed advice in this forum without knowing more about the home. The location of the home, and the home itself will determine the difference in value since you bought two years ago.

If you'd like to discuss your property further, or have any other questions, please feel frree to contact me at any time.

Barbara Smith ABR/GRI
NJ/PA Realtor
cell/text: 609-980-7593
email: BarbSmith321@comcast.net
Web Reference:  http://BarbSellsSJ.com
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David Read, Agent, Avalon, NJ
Tue Nov 10, 2009
Hi, Gam. Gina is correct. Commissions are negotiable. On average, the commission you, as the seller, pay is between 5 & 7%, depending on what you feel you need out of the final price of the home. If you would like to discuss the possibility of selling your home, please contact me at 609-870-0066
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