Hog.wash by some of the Realtors comments. I have sold several homes ..... for myself and for other people and I am not a Realtor. You can get an MLS number without a Realtors license. There are good realtors out there who are on the ball. And then there are very lazy ones. Most are good salesmen but mostly at selling themselves to to the one interested in selling their home.
Non of them possess the qualities of a profession that only a Realtor has.
They get the listing ..... and it goes on the internet ..... and that is where buyers search for it. The Realtor is just sitting there waiting to be called by the interested party of a home they located ONLINE.
Some Realtors just want the listings and let others do the work. Because if it is their listing, its more money for them.
Bottom line is ..... there is zillow, estately, trulia and hundreds of sites out there that pick up a listing with an MLS number.
Get all your paperwork in order. Do your research. There are several website that offer this information. Like this one: http://budgeting.thenest.com/documents-needed-sell-own-home-agent-22423.html
Take great pictures. Enhance them if possible with lighting, etc. List them in an order that tells the story. Let the first picture be a fabulous picture of the house. CLEAN THE HOUSE before picture and make sure the house is clean and tidy before a showing.
Be clear in the ad .... YOUR REALTOR IS WELCOME TO SHOW HOME AND IF SOLD 2% COMMISSION! (I have sold several houses that way.) Add .... NO LAND CONTRACTS! And CONVENTIONAL LOANS AND CASH ONLY.
Write a great ad. Use words that spark interest and touch the emotions. Avoid being over mushy. Use your words .... What gets your attention and/or response when you see an ad.
People automatically think you may be desperate to sell a house so those tips are important.
(Do you see the Realtor taking notes people.) Then there will be those few who will make snide comments .... those are the ones you do not want to hire. They are the lazy ones. Ever notice how the truth will make some people angry.
I am not against Realtors ..... In fact .... I have very good friends who are Realtors and we discuss these things in great length. And they agree with everything I say about what have learned about the Realtor magic wand thing. TIMES HAVE CHANGED. WE HAVE THE INTERNET NOW. USE IT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE!
Oh and the Dr. Phil comment? Who has time to watch that in the middle of the day. Bored housewives and Realtors waiting for the phone to ring.
There is no way of knowing if you will make money or lose money in real estate until you put the for sale sign in the front yard. No one can predict the market into the future without a crystal ball. It is just like the stock market it is like the luck of the draw. There are to many factors that play into what you can and can not get for a house when you sell it after you purchase it. Purhasing a home is the biggest investment you are going to ever make in you life and sometimes you win big and sometimes not so much. Good luck and choose wisely.... more
You need to tread lightly here. A critical investigation of the Certificate of Occupancy and the supporting documents behind it is essential to get a good read on what is happening.
This is not unusual in our Town. The building Dept is very helpful in this situation if you just ask them. Like anything else, there is a process and fees involved. Typically homes built before 1957 in Southold did not have CO's when they were built.
I have been through this process dozens of times and can help you if you wish to contact me!... more
The statistics for YTD 2013 are 13.67% for MLS zone 30 which includes Shelter Island, Southold and Riverhead Townships. This is based upon 33 recorded transactions on MLS. This is a statistic, but should not be applied to any particular sale or purchase that you contemplate. These discounts are from the last listed asking price, not the starting price on a particular listing, and does not take into consideration that the property may have been previously listed with another broker, or with the same broker at a different price.
Some properties sell at or close to their listing prices, a few may generate a premium from the ask, and still others sell at a severe discount, depending on how ambitious their price starting point was.
Please check with a local broker, as the purchase of land could be a tricky thing, especially if there are not permits in place for your ultimate use.... more
Trulia actually has a great link where they summarize the information published by http://www.greatschools.org/ If you look at the Trulia menu you will see a link called "Local Info". Under Local Info you will see a "Schools" link. If you click on this link you will see the results.
Rentals do go fast on the North Fork. Most real estate salespeople get a small percentage of all the rentals available. Most rent by the owner or landlord themselves. Therefore, the ones we do get to rent are more active and go relatively fast. Mattituck school district is the usually the most asked for, then Southold, then Greenport for those with school age children.
Summer rentals on the other hand are handled almost exclusively through real estate agencies and this past year we saw an uptick in the amount of summer rental activity and the price for renting.... more
Hello Debrah, We handle year round and vacation rentals in Southold. Right now there is very little inventory available in this configuration. We would be happy to assist you with the offerings available in the other hamlets of the North Fork.... more
Based on my experience with potential buyers. Those looking for Green Properties want an agent who walks the walk, not just talks the talk. Green Certifications are good, but they do not generally cover what most people consider Green.... more