Tips for Sellers and Buyers

Homeowners have been selling “for sale by owner” for many years, and showing your property is not that difficult. Just be yourself.

Greet prospects at the door with a friendly smile. You want the potential buyers to feel as comfortable as possible when viewing your property. If you are showing your home to a couple, give them the space to discuss features amongst themselves. You may want to leave them alone intermittently. It is not a good idea to allow strangers to roam about your house unescorted. Use your own judgment here. After they have completed their tour, ask if they have any questions. At that time tell them of the special features and interesting highlights of your home. Listen carefully to their comments and questions. Answer their questions in an honest, straightforward and sincere manner. It is important to reveal any known defects (such as leaky roofs, plumbing problems, etc.) that are not apparent or easily detected. This can eliminate many problems in the future. This will add credibility to your answers to their questions.  

  1. Know which way your property faces (N,S,E,W). Take the pictures when the sun is shining on the façade (in other words, the sun is behind you). Properties that face East is best to take them early in the morning. Properties facing West is best in the afternoon. Properties that face North and South are a bit trickier. Observe at what time there is more sun on the façade and less shadows.
  2. Try to take the pictures on a day when there is a lot of sun and few clouds. Sometimes a cloudy day will produce less shadows.

We suggest the following recommended guidelines to assist you in determining an accurate sales price. Accurate pricing is the most important task when selling your home either “for sale by owner” OR with a realtor. If your price is not within the market price, your sale will only be prolonged.

If you do not want to determine the fair market price yourself, hire an appraiser. This is the most accurate way of pricing a property. What better sales tool to show a prospective buyer who makes a low offer than a professionally prepared appraisal?

First impressions are the most important, we therefore recommend using the following tips to better prepare your property.

Much care should be taken in preparation of your property for market. We would like to emphasize that it is very important to accomplish as much as possible prior to placing your home on the market.

  1. More Money $$$ in your Pocket

    Calculate 5-7% of what you think your property is worth, then ask yourself: Is it worth paying this much to have someone else show my property, act as a go-between to negotiate the sale and coordinate closing schedules with the lender and lawyer?
  2. You Don't Have To Worry About Exposing And Marketing Your Property-We Take Care Of It!

    Exposure of your property is crucial for the sale…what you don't show, you don't sell. For Sale by Owner offers you all the marketing tools you need to sell your property through "4 Sale By Owner" magazine, website and the yard sign. Now you don't have to worry about having a yard sign made, placing a classified ad or listing on different websites. We handle all of your marketing…for more than 6 months!!!

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1 foot=0.304 meters
1 square meter=10.76 square feet
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  1. A Better Deal

    A house is only worth what it is worth regardless of whether a real estate agent is involved or not. So, a home that is worth $100,000 that is offered by the homeowner is still worth $100,000 if it is offered by an agent. The difference is that a FSBO has that additional 5-7% negotiation room. For example: If a homeowner sells that $100,000 home for $98,000, they have made more money than if they had to pay a real estate agent $5,000 or $7,000 in a commission. AND, the buyer has saved $2,000... instant equity!
  2. No Commissions

    It has been said that the buyer does not pay the real estate commission. Well... using the previous example, who really paid the commission? Both the buyer and seller did. The buyer in the form of a higher sales price, and the seller in the form of a reduced equity check.

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