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Home Selling in Springfield : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Jun 19, 2017
Mary answered:

Thank you for reaching out. Upon checking the property, I've seen that the photos of your listing already syndicated to Trulia. Please click the link below to verify and let me know if there's any discrepancies and I will be happy to assist you.

Thank you for using Trulia!

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Sat Apr 15, 2017
Adele Alton asked:
It was posted today, 4-15-17 for 2176 E. Barataria 65804. Also can I only have the pics that are on zillow used and delete all that you had for a past listing?
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Mon Aug 8, 2016
Maricris A answered:

To post your home for sale by owner on Trulia, click the link below and select “Submit listings for sale.”

You will be redirected to our partner site, Zillow. Once you’re on Zillow’s posting page, please make sure to select “For Sale by Owner” under the address field. Once you activate your listing on Zillow, it will appear on Trulia within 24 hours.

For future reference, you can feel free to contact us about this type of inquiry through our contact form here:


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Wed Jul 27, 2016
Agents asked:
On your site, our listing at 754 S Augusta Dr, Springfield, Mo 65809 is showing the listing agent as Susan Richardson as the listing agent. She is not with our company - Kirk and Barbara…
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Tue May 10, 2016
Healthyinspiration asked:
I'd like to sell my house. We don't have a realtor now. Can I list it? IF not, who do you suggest?
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Tue Feb 9, 2016
Kathy Burgreen answered:
I'm a former realtor and able to inform you of things active agents can't. If you're flexible with time, able to do things yourself and looking to save on commissions - yes you can sell by owner and do a better job than most realtors - and it's easy. The steps as follows:

1. Declutter and clean - Rent a storage bin if you must but take 1/2 your furniture, 1/2 of everything in all of your closets, 1/2 of everything in your kitchen and all bathrooms and store it someplace outside your house. Remember, buyers want to see PLENTY of empty space for their stuff - not yours. Now clean your house from top to bottom, does your front yard have the Wow factor, is your backyard cleaned, etc. Also no pet odors, cigarette smoke, etc.

2. Pay for a home inspection - buyers will pay for one and it's better you find out about any hidden issues before the buyer does. If anything major (roof, electric, plumbing, septic, etc.) needs repairs - fix it now. Anything minor (broken door, wrong color paint, Windows not closing properly, etc.) fix it yourself - no need to spend hundreds of dollars. The difference is with major issues, buyers will subtract thousands of dollars from your asking price when these repairs will cost you much less to fix.

3. Now that your home is cleaned & inspected, time to pay for a professional photographer. Sorry but cellphone & amateur photos look horrible on real estate websites. The photographer will give you digital pictures for easy uploading. Stage your home so there is plenty of walking space for families to browse around. Paint over any bold colors. All walls should be pastel or neutral colors only.

4. Visit your county's tax or assessor's office. Verify the property card & tax information is accurate for your house. Fix any mistakes.

5. Research several flat fee listing brokers (Google them). You need to pay a flat fee broker instead of paying the full 3% listing broker because you still need to have your home listed in the MLS. The difference is buyers don't usually have to pay commissions and buyers gravitate to realtors for assistance in buying a home. However, realtors will only show homes listed in the MLS to their buyer clients. Realtors refuse to show For Sale by Owner houses unless there is a signed agreement that the realtor will be paid and that agreement has to be signed in advance. Therefore, when you use a flat fee broker you will sign an agreement that you will pay a percentage to the buyer's broker. Please offer 3% if you can because the lower the amount will turn off agents and they don't have to bring their buyers to your house. Finally, verify the flat fee broker has full access to your local MLS.

6. Use to,post your listing to Trulia. Only realtors can post directly to Trulia but going thru Fizber will allow you to do it. allows owners to post directly for free. Use as many websites as possible. Stay away from Craigslist - too many scams.

7. Pay for an appraisal and price your home within 5 - 10% of the appraisal price. You can also have several agents give you a CMA for free but beware - they will do it hoping you will sign a listing agreement. Don't sign anything. You can tell these agents you need a CMA for estate purposes, a divorce, medical, etc. Never mention you are selling by owner. Remember any buyer who needs a mortgage will be required by their lender to pay for an appraisal. Better you know the appraised price before the buyer does.

8. For showings - use the 12 - 24 hour rule. Realtors do. You will ask every buyer to email or send you a copy of their pre approval or proof of funds. Google the lender, use the phone number on Google & verify the information is accurate. Pre approval letters can be fraudulent. Schedule showings after you verify the information which will take 12 - 24 hrs. Never allow buyers in your home without being financially qualified. Open Houses are an exception.

9. NEVER schedule showings where you are alone. ALWAYS have somebody in the house with you. Borrow a neighbor, friend, etc. A great idea is to pay several dollars to high school or college students because they have flexible schedules and they always need cash. FYI - realtors have had close calls because they were alone.

10. Good Luck & have fun. Best thing - you saved 3% in commissions!!
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Mon Nov 2, 2015
UpNest Top Realtors answered:
Hi John,

The only way to get your FSBO home listed on Trulia is to have it listed on the MLS. Only agents have access, but you could also pay for what's called a flat fee listing service if you want to sell by owner (generally not a good idea).

We created UpNest ( to help home sellers get the best value possible. All you have to do is submit a few details about your home, and we'll invite several top local agents to submit proposals to you.

Since agents are competing to earn your listing, they bring out their best commission rates and value added services, saving you a lot of money. There's no risk to try us at all, and it's completely free for you.

Good luck!
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Wed Aug 12, 2015
Scott Godzyk answered:
Sorry you can not, listings can onlyi be posted by licesned agents
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Sat Feb 28, 2015
Elaine Montgomery answered:
Once you have saved the pictures on your computer, you can go to Zillow, or and use the photo tab and select upload.
The more pictures the better. Most important are front of home, kitchen, living room, master bedroom, other living areas and back yard.

Let me know if I can help you with the sell of your home.

Elaine Montgomery

my website is: and I have a profile on Trulia also.
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Wed Feb 11, 2015
Debby Buffa answered:
Call a REALTOR in your local area, they are the best resource for you.
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Thu Jul 24, 2014
Dan Tabit answered:
Ownership may allow each person to sell their share or require complete agreement by all parties for the transfer to take place. First find out what type of ownership you have and what your options are. Next, negotiate with the siblings to accomplish what everyone wants and how to proceed.
There is likely no way to force someone to sell, but you can Incentivise them depending on what others are willing to give up.
You may need to seek legal advice to find other options or to understand the type ownership you have.
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Mon Jun 30, 2014
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Mon Aug 5, 2013
jeff bonham answered:
Megan,weI have a lot of free resources we provide at no cost/no obligation to people wishing to try selling a home themselves prior to interviewing real estate agents. Please feel free to contact us at 417-501-4771. It will provide you with Disclosures and I'm happy to share with you some of the places my real estate team places our seller's homes that are low or no cost.

Jeff and Cathy Bonham
The Bonham Group @ Keller Williams Realty
Springfield, MO
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Fri Mar 15, 2013
Edith Karoline Jasser answered:
It will be negotiated, and the contract and its details is sometimes complicated.... and I would strongly suggest to not do a lease with option to buy on either side without having an experienced real estate attorney review the contract terms and have him explain all the details .....

As people's situations and desires change often from one year to another, one may not want to engage to something one may not want anymore in a year or two.

You are saying that you are selling in Springfield, so I am assuming you are the seller wondering if
you should accept or enter into a deal like this.

I usually suggest to my sellers, if they cannot sell or do not want to and they enter into a lease, to make this a clear and straightforward lease, with giving the current renter the opportunity of first refusal if and when you the owner decide to sell, then you can negotiate with a buyer under the current market conditions and also your own personal needs and the buyers current situation...

It is a much simpler way.

Hope this helps
Good Luck to you

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Fri Jul 13, 2012
Steve Oreck answered:
Hi Laci,
I read over the other agents comments, I don't think anyone intended on being rude. My post was merely informative and I wrapped it up by offering free consultation. Agents offering their services is how we do business and the vast majority of us are some of the finest people you could meet. Most Realtors are "People" persons and get along with everybody. We have a sincere desire to help people sell and buy their homes. It's a tough job with a bad economy. I wish you the best Laci. I still am happy to talk to you about things you can do to help your mom. I hope to hear from you.... Again, there was no "tone" intended on my post.

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Fri May 11, 2012
scott farmer answered:
Both, there are scenarios for both options and without listing them here I can think of hundreds of reasons for both. There are probably a lot of first time buyers out there that don't have all the money down but, could come up with the closing costs. Then my next question is - are we being responsible by doing 100% financing? Isn't that a part of why we are in the current market crisis. Buyers who had nothing at stake and walked away when the going got tough?

Sandy Farmer
Realtor, GRI, CSSN
John Hall & Associates
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Wed May 9, 2012
Rick Cardoza answered:
Thanks for the input. Since we aren't agents and don't sell tons of houses our goal isn't to necessarily get a ton of buyer leads in that area (not really our target area, otherwise the buyer leads would still be helpful). Our main goal is to have as many prospective buyers as possible to see the property at the same time since we live too far to be going back and forth showing one person at a time. Our hope is that if there are some people interested they will take this open house opportunity to look at it. And we also hope to get some agents or other neighbors or whoever that do have connections to possible buyers as well.

Thanks for alerting us to safety concerns as well. Good to keep in mind.
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Tue May 8, 2012
Irina Karan answered:
Hello Tammy,

If you are working with an agent - ask him/her to provide you with the amount of properties offered for sale in your neighborhood. Also, ask for the number of how many houses sold in this neighborhood in the past 12 months. Then, divide the number of houses on the market by the number of those sold within past 12 months - what you'll get is how long it'll take to sell the houses in the neighborhood.

If it takes longer than a year - take this offer and run with it.
Most of the time the first offer is the best, not always, but most of the time.

To make sure, check the trend in your neighborhood on (they have charts showing where things are going).

Appraisals done 2 years ago don't mean anything at this point - banks have them updated every 90 days, when it comes to a short sale or a refinance.
Make sure though that your buyer is well qualified - request a pre-approval (if not yet provided, which it should be), proof of funds (a print out from the bank or a bank statement), and request a large escrow money deposit (if the buyer does not perform, you'll get all or a portion of it, depending on your listing agreement).

Hope this helps,

Irina Karan
Beachfront Realty, Inc.
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Mon Apr 18, 2011
Jon Petersen answered:
Irina is right. You definitely should be consulting your tax advisor and a real estate attorney. Real estate agents, while they may be very knowlegable about taxes or legal implications, they dont specializie in those areas, and might not give you good advice. They are specialists in marketing and selling property, and only that. ... more
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Tue Aug 31, 2010
Celine F answered:
Are you looking to sell and receive all cash at closing or would you hold it as rental and sell at a later time? With a buyer in place who can not buy until their home is sold you should consider very short option periods. Perhaps 3 - 6 months. When someone has an option to purchase, you can not sell the house to another person (even if you have a better offer with a qualifing buyer). If your current buyer's house is not sold for a long time and they can not qualify for financing during the option period, then you won't be able to sell and pay off your own mortgage either.

If you are looking for any other alternative ways to sell the house, one way to consider seller financing and sell the note for cash at closing.

Celine Fang / Program Specialist

Boston Creative Financing Group

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