For Sale by Owner MLS Advantages

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You did it — you finally decided to move out of your current house and into your dream home. While you may be excited about this new adventure, you now have to go through the process of selling your current residence. With the current coronavirus pause, now’s a great time to learn more about the For Sale By Owner process and take time to get your home ready for sale. In this post, to help you get started, we’ll discuss the many for sale by owner MLS advantages.

Sell Your Home FSBO and Save Money

When you want to list your home for sale on the MLS, a listing agent will typically charge a 3% commission based on the final selling price of the home. The buyer’s agent also typically receives a 3% commission, bringing the total to a fee of 6% right off the top of the sales price of your home. It’s payable by you, the seller, at the close of sale. That can be a lot of money. 

The good news is that you can pay a whole lot less if you’re willing to do a little work on your own. You will need to do a few things like taking photographs, fill out listing paperwork, answer calls from buyer agents and show your home to potential FSBO buyers (realtors will show your home their buyers). Selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) means you can forgo paying the 3% seller listing commission.  Instead you pay a flat fee that gets you access to the MLS where homes for sale are listed, as well as other tools that will help you sell your home.

If you decide to sell FSBO and list your home on the MLS, a good choice is to work with a flat fee realtor like We’re a locally owned business that has been serving Virginia, Maryland, and DC since 1994. We offer packages to fit your needs as well as offering additional helpful information and services that keep your total selling costs down, but give you the tools and skills you need to have a successful home selling experience.

Your Home Listed on the MLS for a Flat Fee

Why do you need the MLS when you sell your home? While it’s a great decision to sell your home on your own, you need a way to reach multiple potential buyers. Without an MLS listing, your audience of potential buyers is limited and that may affect how long and for how much you can sell the home. Putting your home on the MLS means your home will be searchable from anywhere on the internet and can be seen by potentially thousands of buyers looking for a home like yours. The MLS listing and the FSBO listing will display lots of details and attractive photos of your home so those potential buyers who contact you will be ones most likely looking for a home just like yours.

You’re In Control

When you sell FSBO, you control the process. If you decide to sell traditionally and choose a real estate agent to sell your home, your agent takes the lead. When they want to show the house, it’s often based on their schedule, not yours. The agent might also request that you clean the house every morning “just in case” someone wants to come see the home. You’ll have to coordinate showings with the agent as the go-between. But, when you sell your home yourself, you’ll be setting the schedule as well as communicating directly with FSBO buyers and with realtors. Now you can say goodbye to that frustrating phone tag game between you, the agent, and the potential buyer and bring potential buyers in at your convenience, not the agent’s. You’ll also get to price, stage and photograph the home that you know best.

Take Advantage of Online Tools

With today’s online tools capable of providing so much information at your fingertips, technology provides many new opportunities for real estate that weren’t available in the past. Your MLS listing will provide lots of information that can then be searched very precisely by home shoppers. Using an MLS listing service like GoToFSBO Virginia is the best way to take advantage of today’s cutting edge online real estate resources.

List Your Home on Multiple Real Estate Websites

When you are ready to sell your home, you want it to be seen by as many potential buyers as possible. When you list your home with our FSBO service, your MLS listing is shared with many popular real estate sites, as well as FSBO specific websites so that your home can be found from many different sources. More eyes will be on your home, which increases the chance of your home being sold faster and for a better price.

You Know Your Home Best

You’ve spent years living in your home and you know its best qualities. You are the best person to be able to pass that knowledge along to potential buyers and get them excited about your home. A real estate agent may be great at delivering the message and pointing out the good qualities, but you’re the one who can really show the passion that you feel about your home and answer buyers’ questions so they can get to know it better. Potential buyers really appreciate hearing what they love about the home from the actual owner.

Simple Process

Start by working with a trusted source with a well-defined process and solid customer support who can help to sell your home fast. In addition to a wide range of included and optional services, GoToFSBO of Virginia offers online tools like how-to guides, videos and success kits to guide you every step of the way. You will feel confident throughout the whole listing and selling process, knowing you have a strong listing agent and expert knowledge behind you. We offer phone and email support as well as help with things like paperwork, so you’ll have all the support you need at your fingertips for a successful transaction.

List Your Home with

We are a trusted and experienced For Sale by Owner MLS Listing Service since 1994, helping homeowners and real estate investors list and sell their homes throughout our listing area. We currently serve Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., and surrounding areas. If you’re tired of paying those huge real estate commissions, then choose for a fast and cost-effective flat fee solution. Check out our Listing Packages today to find the best fit for your needs.

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 in 1994. Ms. Crevier-Kent is a member, and and a member or NAR, NVAR, REIN, BRIGHT, WAAR, and CAAR

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