I am glad you asked questions about posting a listing on Trulia. At the risk of taking a little journalistic license, let me answer what I think is your real question: How can I sell my property? Isnâ€™t Trulia a great way way to promote my property?
Larry, the short answer is that although Trulia is a great way to promote listings. Period. No question about it.
Now, if you asked the question: Whatâ€™s the best way to sell a property located in Granada Hills? That poses a whole set of other issues.
Letâ€™s look at the big picture:
Why are you selling your property? If you are moving, where are you moving? And why is moving important to you? Will moving help you accomplish or achieve something? What amount of money do you need to put into your pocket after you sell?
What if your property sells for less? Do you have a Plan B?
Do you have a timeline? What happens if you miss your timeline?
Why am I posing all these questions? The sale of your property is not the â€œmain thingâ€. The sale of your property helps you accomplish something. I cannot tell you how many people I counsel, and sometimes the truth is that selling their property may not be the best solution.
Usually when people post questions like yours they want to â€œsell it myself and save the commissionâ€. I am not going to argue that point, so letâ€™s just say your question read â€œhow can I sell my home and put the most money in my pocket?â€ Sound fair to you?
Here is a primer in residential real estate that might be helpful:
1. According to the 2006 CAR Buyer survey, over 85% of the people that used real estate agents were introduced to the home they purchased by an agent.
2. Over 90% of buyers first saw their home online. There are so many websites that feature homes now you need representation on as many as possibleâ€¦not just one or twoâ€¦and remember that if your true goal is to maximize exposure, then you need to reach the agentsâ€¦and the most effective way is via their local Multiple Listing Service.
So the internet plays a big part of the home selling/buying process. There are many sites that one can use to promote a property for saleâ€¦but the majority of the time, an agent brings the buyer. Why is that? For one thing, buyerâ€™s agents work for â€œfreeâ€ from the buyerâ€™s standpoint. So, putting yourself in the buyerâ€™s shoes, why not use an agent?
The other benefit of using an agent is that they are not paid until the transaction closes. So on both sides you have agents that are very motivated. If they are members of the National Association of REALTORSÂ® they are required to follow the Code of Ethics.
Lastly, statistics consistently demonstrate that Realtorsâ€™ listings sell at a margin closer to the listing price than properties sold without an agent. I strongly suggest you interview some agents, and make them prove to you that they can do the job you expect. If they canâ€™t, then donâ€™t hire them.
Best of luck to you!