What to Look For on FSBO Websites

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When you are ready to sell your home For Sale by Owner; you need a real estate partner who will provide what you need to save money, attract the right buyers and carry out a smooth, successful sale. There are a few important things you’ll need to get the job done. A great way to access the tools you need is on a FSBO website that provides everything you need to sell your home. Here’s what to look for on an FSBO website.

Free Access to MLS Real Estate Listing Sites

As a home seller, you’ll want your property visible to as many potential buyers as possible. The first thing you’ll want to be sure any FSBO realtor website can provide is the ability to create an MLS listing of your home. This allows your home to appear on real estate sites like zillow.com, realtor.com, redfin.com, etc., as well as FSBO listing sites. They should also provide instructions and help with preparing your listing so it looks professional and shows well alongside traditional realtor listings that are your competition.

Low Flat Fees

While selling your home yourself allows you to be in charge of the process, the main purpose of selling FSBO is to save money on real estate fees. Look for an FSBO realtor with clear, flat fee prices for their services. This way, the fee won’t fluctuate with the selling price of the home. You will know exactly what you will pay.

A la Carte Options

There are many steps to the process of marketing and closing a home sale, especially for people new to the process or who have little spare time to spend on all the steps involved. A FSBO site that offers a la carte pricing allows you to pick and choose which steps you would like to have someone else handle, while saving other steps you are comfortable with to do on your own. Many of our sellers also use our a la carte options as backup for when they find they need help along the way. A la carte services may include things like signs and lockboxes, countering and negotiating with buyers and/agent and working with the seller and/or buyers to get everyone to closing day, as well as assisting sellers and buyers with the preparation of the offer when there is no realtor involved. We have a fully licensed Realtors  ready to take care of this for our FSBO Home Sellers.

Real Estate Signs, Lockboxes and other Supplies

Unless you are a real estate agent, you won’t have on hand some key items that are needed to put your house on the market. A full service FSBO website will be able to provide professional signs for your front yard, lockboxes to allow agents to show your house, and other marketing materials such as printed flyers for visitors to take with them.

Closing Support

The toughest part of a home sale is the paperwork and numerous steps involved in the close of the sale of real estate. From negotiations and preparing a sales contract, to escrow, appraisal, insurance, inspections and title, it’s a good idea to have a professional assist with some or all of the close steps. Mistakes in the close process can result in the sale being delayed beyond the agreed close date, which risks losing your buyer, so it’s best to be sure these are done correctly and efficiently.

Good Track Record of Home Sales

Check out the track record of the FSBO website you are thinking of using. It’s important to find a service you can count on and that has successfully helped sellers (and buyers) complete their home sales transactions. FSBO Virginia has been helping people with For Sale By Owner transactions in the Virginia, Maryland and DC areas since 1994, with thousands of satisfied clients, many of whom return again and again to use our services.  FSBO Virginia has received top agent awards since 2015!

Information and How-To’s to Guide First-Timers

Why waste time trying to figure out how to price your home, take great photos, or fill out your MLS listing? A  good FSBO website will supply lots of training materials and step by step guides to walk you through the steps of listing and selling your home. You will save time and be more successful if you have lots of resources at your fingertips to guide you along the way.

Excellent Customer Service

Finding the right partner to sell your home FSBO includes making sure you have access to experienced, knowledgeable and friendly agents when you need them. When you have a good offer, time is of the essence and it’s important to know there is someone to talk to when issues arise, or ways to get help quickly with the sales contract or other paperwork. Look for a service that offers responsive phone support, including after-hours support. For information on FSBO Virginia’s services for For Sale By Owner home sellers, visit GoToFSBO.com or contact Realtor Debbie Kent today.

Author: Debbie Kent

Debbie Crevier-Kent began her career as a licensed Real Estate agent. Seeing the need for lower real estate selling costs, she created easy to use FSBO service packages, starting GoToFSBO.com in 1994. Ms. Crevier-Kent is a member FlatFeeGroup.com, Homesbyowner.com and FSBOpublishers.org and a member or NAR, NVAR, REIN, BRIGHT, WAAR, and CAAR

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