Agents post on Trulia although others can post on Zillow. I'm not sure whether it is shown on both websites now that they are owned by Zillow. Most established real estate agencies automatically market on all the major websites.... more
You can post your home for sale on websites like Trulia and Zillow for free. If you are serious about selling your home I would suggest hiring a professional Real Estate Agent. Here are a few of the reasons why:
1) Real Estate agents have access to the multiple listing service (MLS)- the database that Trulia, realtor.com and Zillow feed off of. Agents working with buyers most often use the MLS to gather information, view homes and schedule showings. Since professional agents almost exclusively work with pre-approved buyers- your home needs to be in the place that they are pulling their information from. This should be your first priority. Putting your home on Craigslist might find you an interested "buyer", but is the buyer pre-approved or did you just clean your house for 2 hours and open your house to a stranger whom was window shopping?
2) Professional Real Estate agents use hard data and local information to give you a clear picture of the market value of your home. Furthermore they market your home through numerous types of print ads, mailings, websites, personal networks and social media.
3)Professional Realtors not only find buyers but also take you step by step through the process of selling a home including reviewing the purchase and sales agreement*, negotiating terms with the buyer/buyer's agent, providing information on addendums*, tracking the buyers progress with getting inspections, appraisals, home insurance and the loan. And finally assisting with you with preparing for your closing.
4) The buyer of your home will likely have a real estate agent. In most cases as a For Sale By Owner you will be shelling over 2.5%-3% of the sales price of your home to the buyers agent. In my opinion, it would be in your best interest to put an additional 2.5-3% for an agent of your own so that your best interests are served. You will find that a good seller's Agent is worth every penny.
*Always have your lawyer review purchase and sales agreements and addendums to disclose all of the information and implications of these documents.... more
If the city is taxing you on a two car I would use that as my guide. A lot of new construction in my market area lists two car garages but they're barely big enough and most people end up putting one car in and leave the rest for bicycles etc.... more
I agree. I would check with the national historic foundation in your area to see what they say. They may give money to restore the house to the condition it was back then. May even offer to buy it and do the work. More so if it is in a historical area... more
You could see if you can take out a loan to make the repairs. You may also have some insurance that will cover some of the necessary repairs. If you do sell it as is, you won't get as much money for it. You could always do some of the repairs and then sell it for a little bit more. http://www.roofandwalldoc.com.au... more
I hate to be the bearer of bad news for some, but YES, there IS an average number of showings to sell a house. It may vary across regions or across time, but at any given point in time, and for any given region, there absolutely IS a statistical average.
I apologize that I do not know the specific answer, but I feel badly for Chad asking a question, then receiving over half of the responses saying there is no average, when there absolutely is such a number. A real estate professional may not know what the average is, but that does not mean that the average does not exist. The fact that the sample set may vary greatly from the average also does not limit the fact or authenticity of the average.
How any specific property will sell in relation to number of showings will certainly vary from that average, in high relation to condition, the market, the price, and the preparation. But, variances are expected ... without variances there would be no meaning to a statistical average.
As with any sampling of occurrences, there is an average, a mean, a standard deviation, and a variance. They are all strictly defined as a means of describing a set of varying occurrences.
I agree with Sally, from the sellers perspective it can be a negative because buyers may not want to even look at the home because they feel it is "under contract" and therefore not worth the time to view. Also, from the buyers perspective, you can think of it as a right of first refusal at the agreed upon price. If another offer comes in, the buyer with the hubbard must either release the contingency and proceed with the transaction, or withdraw.... more
I asked myself the same question when I was selling my house.
The first time I put it on the market, I use another search engine like this to look at agents. I selected 3 of them and interviewed each. I choose someone from a small agency because I liked his style. But my house didn't sell. I took it off the market for the winter and in the early spring, I asked for recommendations from friends. My property was a bit unique and I knew that I needed to find someone who would be able to get me the price I wanted. I choose someone who was from a large agency and who knew and lived in the area. It was a good choice. I had an offer the first week that fell through, but after 3 weeks my home was sold.... more
It really depends if you are cooperating 100 percent with your real estate agent and if you did not overpriced. Remember, curb appeal, de-clutter, fresh coat of paint and visibilty (showing your home when potential buyers want to see). A lot of Pictures, people see the pictures first before the words.
The spring time through the end of the summer is typically the busiest time of year . However homes sell year round and the time that you put it on the market is not in my opinion quite as important as prepping your home properly to be marketed. The market has picked up significantly in the past 6 months and buying has ramped up due to low intersest rates and prices . However the houses that are selling for the best prices are the houses that are show the best. It is important to work with a realtor who will guide you in the process and who is experienced in staging homes to sell. In that regards when you do decide to list your home do your homework but make sure that you start working with a realtor a few months before hand on some guidance as to what will pay you back and what is better left alone. If you have any questions feel free to call or email. We are here to help and work hard on your behalf!... more
Jim, to answer your question fully I do need to put it into some context. Yes now is a great time to put your home on the market. Spring is typically the best time of year. It seems after the winter buyers come out in droves. That being said it will still require focused marketing by a proffesional to get the best value out of your home. A good realtor with a focused marketing plan will be able to reach the most amount of people possible making all of the difference in your home being sold and it languishing for months . That being said it is also very important to price your home properly at what the market is saying it is worth today, and not overprice your home. The best chance at finding a buyer in todays market is when your home is fresh on the market. If you would like to contact my mother and I we would be happy to do a pinpoint market analysis and tell you what your home is worth in todays market as well as what you may be able to do to get the most out of your home as far as staging and inexpensive fixes that bring back a positive return.... more