Introduction:

Are you considering selling your home on your own, without the help of a real estate agent?

Eliminating the realtor can result in commission savings of up to 6%. That works out to $18,000 for a $300,000 home. Yet, bear in mind that selling your house without an agent is not a simple process. The job that a realtor would typically undertake, like showing and marketing your home and negotiating the sale price, will require a significant time commitment from you.

Be aware that you will need to handle a lot of paperwork, including financial and legal documents, which might be challenging. Hiring a lawyer to assist with that might be a good idea. Several websites, such as ForSaleByOwner.com and FSBO.com, are also available to guide you through the process.

Last but not least if you have decided to sell your property on your own don’t be intimidated. Selling your house when you haven’t had a professional agent involved in the process might be challenging but it is not impossible. You can do it and if you follow these simple tips, you will be well on your way to a successful sale.

Educate Yourself on the Process

It’s crucial to do your homework on real estate transactions and any local or state rules that can apply to the selling of your property. You can learn about real estate terminology by consulting the documents and contracts from the sale of your home. Gather the paperwork you’ll need for the home closing. Once you’re familiar with the procedure and make contact with any other people you’ll need along the road, such as appraisers and attorneys. It could be difficult for you to succeed with this selling method if you aren’t willing to take on the challenge of knowing a lot about real estate transactions.

Set a Realistic Price

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that your house is worth more than it is if you’re selling it without an agent.

I strongly encourage sellers to determine a price based on facts rather than feelings.

Using objective criteria like square footage, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, your home’s location, and online pricing calculators will help you estimate the value of your home.

You can also look into the prices that similar properties in your neighborhood have recently sold for. You can find this information by searching local property tax records or using Real Estate websites.

The House Price Calculator is a great resource. It does not estimate the true value of your specific home. Instead, you enter your address and will see estimated values of your property based on other properties in the neighborhood.

To get an accurate estimate, you can also hire an appraiser. You might want to think of this as your last resort because you’ll have to spend hundreds of dollars for the appraisal and the buyer’s bank will perform one anyway

If you do need an appraisal, you can look for an appraiser on the Appraisal Institute’s website.

Advertise

In the past, placing a sign in your yard and hoping for the best was how owners sold their homes. More possibilities are available today.

Many buyers begin their hunt for a home online. For roughly $100 for a year, you can list yours on his website, FSBO.com, if you’re selling yours without an agent. There are many real estate websites that will also instantly display the listing.

If you’re selling your house on your own and without an agent, you might want to consider joining the Multiple Listing Service, which is used by real estate agents to reach a wider audience.

Give a Detailed Description of Your Home

Include both interior and exterior photos when you list your home. To make the images as appealing as possible,  you might want to hire a professional.

The listing should have all the essential information, such as the asking price, the address, the age of the house, and the total number of rooms, including bedrooms and baths. We suggest emphasizing any upgrades too, such as a new roof or water heater.

Negotiate with Confidence

You might not be prepared to sell your house without the help of a real estate agent if you are not confident in negotiations or feel so attached to the property that you will be hurt by poor bids. It’s crucial to keep in mind that lowering your price by just 1% will still result in a profit if you are saving on the commission paid to the real estate agent. Beyond pricing, there are other issues that are negotiable like appliances, the closing date, and closing expenses are all included.

Be Patient

If there are no offers after the first open house, don’t be disheartened. Make sure your home is widely advertised, review your asking price, and update your marketing materials.

Consider Paying a Broker for Limited Services

The fact that some agents only provide limited services to assist you with particular parts of selling a house is a surprise to many people who opt to sell their homes without an agent.

For $200, for instance, you might have an agent evaluate a purchase contract or get a market report through FSBO.com. The fee for assistance in negotiating a sale’s details and the price is $700.

Consider Going with a Cash Buyer

There are many benefits of using a cash home buyer when selling your house. The most obvious benefit is that you will receive cash for your house. This can be helpful if you need to move quickly or if you are behind on payments and need to catch up. Another benefit is that you will not have to go through the hassle of showings and open houses. This can be a time-consuming process, especially if you have already moved out of your house. Finally, cash home buyers typically do not require repairs or renovations before they purchase your house. This means that you can sell your house as-is, which can save you time and money.

Cash home buyers like Fair Property Buyers buy homes directly from sellers, which saves time and effort. Although the amount of time it takes to sell your home on your own may vary, working with a cash buyer is a fast process. You can close and have cash in hand from Fair Property Buyers in as little as 3 days, depending on the situation. This allows you to move on from your old house and start fresh without having to wait for months or even years to find a qualified buyer. If you are looking for a fast and easy way to sell your house, then selling to a cash home buyer may be the best option for you. 

Greg Bilbro

Greg Bilbro is the CEO and co-founder of Fair Property Buyers. After 20 years as a residential Realtor, Greg founded Fair Property Buyers, a nationwide group of real estate professionals committed to helping homeowners sell their problem properties quickly and easily. Fair Property Buyers helps people across the U.S. sell their homes for a fair cash price, without the hassles. Prior to starting Fair Property Buyers, Greg was a Series 7 and 63 securities and registered investment advisor with New York Life and NYLife Securities, where he was named “Rookie of the Year,” and named the youngest Partner in the U.S. Greg is a native of Texas and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of New Mexico. He currently hangs his hat in Scottsdale, Arizona with his sidekick Frenchie, “Bity".

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