Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Does a "FOR SALE BY OWNER" Sale Really Pay Off?

This week's blog feature's a guest spot article who has also appeared in  MarketWatchCountryLiving, and HouseBeautiful magazines.

Why It's So Difficult to Sell a House on Your Own

Is It Really That Difficult? Yes.

Image result for for sale by ownerIt’s fun to watch folks on TV shows explore three new homes in 30 minutes. Once they choose, well, it looks like someone sold their house in half an hour, too. After an episode you may even ask yourself, how hard is it to sell your own house? If you do ask, remember the answer: very hard. Really very hard. Complicated, stressful, and time-consuming. Many people who try are biting off more than they want to chew, and we want to explain why.

Even If You Have a Real Estate Agent, Your Plate Will Be Full

Even with a top agent on your team, you still have major responsibilities as seller.

·         You have to keep the house show-ready by decluttering completely, including closets and outdoor areas, and by getting it cleaner than it has ever been, aka scrubbing-grout-with-a-toothbrush clean.
·         You may have to pack for and arrange your own move, or you may be searching for/trying to close on your next home.
·         You still have a job/meals/kids’ carpool/pets to walk/family obligations/meetings/a need to sleep/a Life.

If You Sell Yourself, Here’s What You Add to That List

These are things your agent does for you, as a seasoned professional, not as a beginner. On your own, you’ll be doing them.

·         Find contractors and manage their work from start to finish.
·         Market the house, which is far more than the For Sale sign. Effective marketing is an ongoing campaign involving ads to target audiences, internet listings and tours, social media marketing, follow-up with respondents, open houses and other showings. And it all requires an informed understanding of what sells a house and of the local market.

·         Do, and understand, all the legal research on contracts, standards, loopholes, and unforeseen issues.
·         Price the house appropriately. There are websites that help with this, but they don’t look around your house and location with experienced eyes that understand what is unique, valuable, or problematic
·         Negotiate contracts with your buyers and their agent. Do you know what is and is not negotiable between sellers and buyers? Can you negotiate coolly when a lot is at stake, reading/using body language and thinking on your feet like a trained pro?

It’s an Extra Full-Time Job to Sell It Yourself

Even if you have nothing else to do with all your nights and weekends, you may want to find something better than taking on a job that your real estate agent has been proven to do extremely well. Your agent has the know-how to sell your house faster for more, while taking ongoing responsibilities off your shoulders The selling/buying process still comes with hard work and maybe even some headaches, and that’s all the more reason to preserve your downtime and family time. Save your energy for enjoying your new home!


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PRICE REDUCED Fort Myers Beach Boaters Paradise in Fairview Isles. Great Bay views, 3 bedrooms 3 baths with loft that could be 4th bedroom. 2 full car garage with bathroom. Home has been completely upgraded through out in the past 2 years, including updated windows, AC, bathrooms, roof, pool cage, pool equipment, hot water heater, flooring and All stainless kitchen. Great dock and lift. Classic Florida charm that shows pride of ownership, painted in a soft beachy palette with spacious open floor plan. with views to bay from every room. Boating is less than 50 feet to bay, and then straight out to gulf. Fairview Isles has a nearby White Sand Beach access. Home sold with Pontoon boat that is on the lift, and a one year Home Protection Plan By American Home Shield.

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Beautiful Gulf-front Unit at Islands End Fort Myers Beach. Panoramic Views of the Gulf of Mexico Lovers key State park and the white sand beaches. Lots of windows for views everywhere and cross breezes. Owners state new A/C 2/15, Cornerstone Kitchen and appliances 2/13, new Lanai screen 1/15, new impact windows guest bedroom and kitchen 2/13. *** Please be sure to watch Virtual Tour.** Island's End amenities include 2 community pools, hot tub, tennis courts, BBQ grills and a kayak launching spot. Sold basically Turn Key. Sit on the lanai and watch the sunset. This is true paradise!

Phillip Babcock

Lahaina Realty on Fort Myers Beach  239-994-4572  Follow this link to search for all properties for sale in South West Florida www.fortmyersbeachwaterfront.com 
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