Can You Sell Your Own Home?

Are you thinking about selling your home? Have you been thinking of selling it by yourself instead of hiring a real estate agent? There are several advantages of selling your home yourself, but there are disadvantages as well. To make it easier for you to make a decision find the most important pros and cons below.

The most important PRO for selling your home yourself is MONEY. Selling your home without the help of an agent means more Money in your pocket!
By selling it yourself you save the commissions and fees. – We are not talking about pennys, we are talking about THOUSANDS of dollars which you would have to pay an agent.
Another advantage is that you are able to decide the times for open houses and showings. It is also completely up to you where and when you want to advertise.
Unlike a real estate agent who is selling many homes, you can focus on your house, because you are only selling your own house. It is obvious that you will have more interest in the sale than an agent ..

But as mentioned above there are also disadvantages selling your house yourself. Real estate agents are paid a lot of money for a reason. Selling a home takes a lot of energy and time. Dealing with potential buyers, open houses, closing sales and of course dealing with legal issues. Real estate agents are familiar with all the above and their experience can affect the sale.
Be realistic when making a decision! Will you drop everything to make a showing? Do you think you are indeed a good negotiator and ask for an offer? Are you 100% sure you are able to close a deal? Selling a home is a big project! It is not everyone who can take on such a big project and can stay calm and professional when dealing with buyers.

Selling your home is not impossible, but it is a challenge. If this challenge excites you and if you are willing to learn then it is not impossible managing your selling home without the help of an agent. With some know-how and a lot of energy you can sell your house without the help of a real estate agent and save thousands.
So how to start? Sit down and start evaluating your house. Finding the right price is the first and most important step when selling your home yourself.

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Sell It Yourself: Retired and seasoned Realtor shares the secrets to successfully selling your home on your own without the help of an agent.

Sell It Yourself: Retired  and seasoned Realtor shares the secrets to successfully selling your home on your own without the help of an agent.

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FSBO Selling Tip – Follow These Safety Rules

One of the most over-looked items by the "fsbo" is that of safety. While most use common sense knowledge, some are just lacking in this area.

Recently, I called a "fsbo" and asked when I could come over to see the home. A young girl answered the phone and said her parents were not home but I could come over to look if I wanted. With no parents home? I would imagine the parents never educated the daughter regarding showing safety.

Safety Tip # 1 – Have all calls go directly to one of the parents cell phones. That way, all or most calls come in with caller identification and the caller can leave a message if they want to. I would personally suggest investing in an 800 # voice mail message where you can sell the benefits of your home using a message greeting, capture the callers number, and mention that you will be returning the call shortly. This avoids the safety issue of leaving your home number where anyone in your family can answer it. Plus, these 800 # voice mail services will automatically call your cell phone alerting you to the call. That way, you can return the message right away.

Safety Tip # 2 – Set aside one or two days a week for showing. Make sure your neighbors know when you are showing, so they will be aware of the coming and going traffic. During showing there are more than one adult available and make sure if there are multiple people in the "buyers party" that they do not get scattered all over your home. Try to keep everyone together during the showing.

Safety Tip # 3 – This will be a hard tip to follow and you might see it as restricting your showing activity. Tell all potential buyers that you would like a pre-qualification letter by a lender and a copy of the potential buyers drivers license. Why? Because of the safety issue. Quite a few of the lady agents in my office are now making copies of potential buyers driver licenses and giving them to Carol at the front desk before showing them property. Yes, some agents have been injured by buyers.

Safety Tip # 4 – Safely store everything of value, momentos, etc. during the times of showing your home. I have simply suggested to "fsbo's" who asked to either take their small items to a safety deposit box or even put items in the trunk of their car.

Safety Tip # 5 – Never give out too much information over the phone. This is non-fsbo related but is a good example. My friend Larry across the street received a call from a salesman offering a home security system. Larry told the salesman he did not have any use for one. Yes, Larry was burglarized the very next day.

While this briefly covers most of common concerns, you will have to use your own jurisdiction depending on your own situation.

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Source by Tom Jacobson

Realtors & FSBO's

One thing that many FSBO sellers do not realize is the importance of realtors in their sale. Statistics show that most homes, FSBO or not are sold by a realtor. This does not mean that you have to list with one, but it would be a good idea to cultivate some relationships with them to help your home sell faster. Realtors have clients and that should be reason enough to contact them. It is hard to market a FSBO home on the same level that realtors can as they typically have a huge advertising budget and established web presence. However, by contacting a realtor you are immediately letting them and by association their fellow realtors and clients that your home is available and ready to sell!

When contacting a listing agent to discuss your home sale it is likely that will ask why you are selling yourself and will offer you their services. That is to be expected, so stick to your guns and you should be alright. What they will need is as much info about your home as possible so that they can relay that to clients who are searching in your price range. If you have ever seen a home flyer from a realtor, (you can find these on most "for sale" signs) try to create the same kind of thing. This will make the process of conveying information about the home much easier.

Another things that is important is to have a home evaluation or CMA performed by the proper people. This will give you a proper price for your home that is competitive with similar homes in your area. Be careful not to price yourself out of the market right at the beginning as overpriced homes can easily acquire negative press in the real estate community. This can cause your home to be overlooked without consideration and that is definitely a big concern.

When contacting realtors try to find the most popular listing agents in your area and do not limit yourself to just one. Making as many contacts as possible exponentially increases the access your home has to buyers. One of the most difficult aspects of FSBO sales is finding buyers so why not let a professional do it? You will still be saving a good sum of money and the chances of selling your home quickly will increase drastically.

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Source by Kevin Bilberry

FSBO Selling Tip – Follow These Safety Rules

One of the most over-looked items by the "fsbo" is that of safety. While most use common sense knowledge, some are just lacking in this area.

Recently, I called a "fsbo" and asked when I could come over to see the home. A young girl answered the phone and said her parents were not home but I could come over to look if I wanted. With no parents home? I would imagine the parents never educated the daughter regarding showing safety.

Safety Tip # 1 – Have all calls go directly to one of the parents cell phones. That way, all or most calls come in with caller identification and the caller can leave a message if they want to. I would personally suggest investing in an 800 # voice mail message where you can sell the benefits of your home using a message greeting, capture the callers number, and mention that you will be returning the call shortly. This avoids the safety issue of leaving your home number where anyone in your family can answer it. Plus, these 800 # voice mail services will automatically call your cell phone alerting you to the call. That way, you can return the message right away.

Safety Tip # 2 – Set aside one or two days a week for showing. Make sure your neighbors know when you are showing, so they will be aware of the coming and going traffic. During showing there are more than one adult available and make sure if there are multiple people in the "buyers party" that they do not get scattered all over your home. Try to keep everyone together during the showing.

Safety Tip # 3 – This will be a hard tip to follow and you might see it as restricting your showing activity. Tell all potential buyers that you would like a pre-qualification letter by a lender and a copy of the potential buyers drivers license. Why? Because of the safety issue. Quite a few of the lady agents in my office are now making copies of potential buyers driver licenses and giving them to Carol at the front desk before showing them property. Yes, some agents have been injured by buyers.

Safety Tip # 4 – Safely store everything of value, momentos, etc. during the times of showing your home. I have simply suggested to "fsbo's" who asked to either take their small items to a safety deposit box or even put items in the trunk of their car.

Safety Tip # 5 – Never give out too much information over the phone. This is non-fsbo related but is a good example. My friend Larry across the street received a call from a salesman offering a home security system. Larry told the salesman he did not have any use for one. Yes, Larry was burglarized the very next day.

While this briefly covers most of common concerns, you will have to use your own jurisdiction depending on your own situation.

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Source by Tom Jacobson

Why Use a Real Estate Agent?

Many people think they can go it alone when buying or selling real estate, mostly a home. Is this really a good idea and what advantages do you have if you choose to go it alone or hire a real estate agent?

First and foremost, if you are a buyer there should be no cost to you in buying a home. You will actually get many valuable services at no cost to you. First of all, it is much easier to find any and all home that meet your criteria as well as access to seeing multiple homes pre-lined up for your viewing saving you valuable time from having to see maybe one home at a time and making those arrangements yourself.

Beside the fact that finding the right home for you and your family in a timely manner, your realtor will then do research on comparable to the home you are thinking of purchasing. After the final decision has been made to actually make an offer on a property there is several documents that you will need to sign and understand in order to make the offer to the seller. Some of this paperwork will include, the purchase contract, an agency disclosure, HOA documents, As Is and Short Sale paperwork if it is a short sale home or a lender owned home as well as having to have evidence that you have the cash or the financing to purchase the home. The amount of this paperwork is not necessarily all you will need depending on location of the home or the age and other factors involved as well.

The negotiating is a huge factor in this process as well so keep in mind that this is only one thing that your realtor will be assisting you with. Once the property goes into contract there are many things your realtor will be doing such as inspection arrangements and negotiating the items to be repaired by the seller, making sure all paperwork and loan process is going smoothly and that the title company has the amounts paid by each party correct on the HUD. Your realtor will go with you to the home to check on repairs, making sure the seller has done the requested and agreed upon repairs in the inspection period.

Do you save money not using a realtor? Do not be fooled into thinking that you do. The seller is probably already contracted with an agent themselves and they same fees are to be paid wherever you have your own representation or not. If you use the list agent of the home, you may not be getting the same loyalty and negotiations for you that you would be if you had your own agent. Remember the list agent is also working for the seller and having their best interest in time. Do not be fooled to think that you are getting a lower price by not bringing in your own agent, the home price will not change, the list agent will simply make all the decisions.

You need to be represented in order to protect yourself. As a seller, more people see your home when using an agent, negotiations are handled and so much advise on price, staging, making sure the buyer stays in compliance with the contract. A very high number of for sale by owners fall out of escrows, buyers and sellers are too personally involved to deal head to head with each other and need good experienced representation.Selling a property on your own will likely sell much slower and possibly for a lower price than you could get if you hired a professional. Most buyers end up buying a home that is being handled by a licensed realtor as well as having their own licensed realtor to represent them. Do not go it alone, it may cost you thousands of dollars.

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Source by Nancy Niblett