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    Selling Your Home Without a Real Estate Agent

    Posted Saturday, December 27, 2014

    Couple standiing with 'For Sale' sign out side a house - Stock Image_iStock_000020974066LargeIn today’s economy, people are looking for ways to save money. This is also true when it comes to selling their homes. Some homeowners believe that selling their homes without a real estate agent will save them thousands.

    Here are three advantages of selling your home as a For Sale By Owner (FSBO): 

    1. You may save money by eliminating the commission. Selling your house as a FSBO means you don’t have to pay commission to a listing agent. The average commission is 6% of the sales price, so you could possibly save that amount. Unfortunately, buyers know that too. So, most buyers believe that if you are selling on your own and not paying a commission, they should get the savings – not you.
    2. The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is now available to you. A FSBO can now be advertised on many local Multiple Listing Services, check with your local real estate board to see if your area offers this service. In the past, this tool was only available to real estate agents and brokers. You will usually have to pay a fee to get your home listed on the MLS.
    3. Offers and counter offers can be negotiated face to face between you and the buyer. You don’t have to wait for your listing agent to talk with the buyer’s agent and get all the paperwork drawn up. However, if you are not skilled in negotiation, you may leave money on the table.

    If you’re still not sure if selling as a FSBO is right for you, and you have plenty of time, you can try selling your home without an agent. If your home hasn’t sold after a few months, you can then hire a real estate agent.

    If you’d like information on how to sell your home on your own or what paperwork you need, I’d be happy to help, call or email me today.

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