Is it time to sell your house? Are you thinking of doing it yourself without an agent? There is good news and bad news that goes along with selling a house yourself. The good news, with the web it's much easier these days to do it yourself. The bad, it will take you some time and effort. If you tend to be on the lazier side of things, you may want to hire an agent. However, if you are motivated and stay at it, you can sell your house without an agent.
Why Choose FSBO?
Why would someone want to try and sell their house themselves? The main reason is because they are trying to keep as much of the sale proceeds themselves. However there is a lot of debate as to whether or not you can get more for your house if you choose to use an agent.
Susan Johnston Taylor wrote a very indepth article covering this and more:
If you search the internet for pros and cons of using a realtor you will find a lot of opinions on the subject. From the article above though, we have to wonder about being able to sell the house faster. We would recommend that you do your homework on the realtor you choose. Ask a lot of questions and check their online reviews to make sure that they can sell your house quickly.
Anyhow - let's move on.
Selling Your House Without A Realtor
There are a few things that you are going to have to do, whether you choose to use an agent or not. The first, which we have covered in other articles, is that you HAVE to clean up the house, inside and out! Your average home buyer isn't going to be impressed with trash and toys in the yard, or dirty floors, laundry that needs to be done and dirty dishes in the sink and counter top. You have to make your home look it's absolute best. There's just no way around it, unless you choose to sell to an investor, which is another topic.
Something that a lot of people fail to do is to consider the timing of their sale. Sometimes it's unavoidable and you have to sell now. But there are better times than others to sell your house.
WikiHow has some good info on this:
Really good info about times of year to sell your house. Most people that have children know that selling during the school year could prove to be difficult. Parents don't want to change their kids schools mid year. With younger children it's not as difficult, but with teenagers it could prove to be really hard on them emotionally and academically.
Summing It Up
We've just touched on the tip of the iceberg here. There is a lot to consider when selling your house without an agent. Whether you choose to use an agent or not, you are going to have to clean and tidy up the house. Depending on how fast you need to sell will also determine the best time to put your house on the market. Stay tuned for more tips or search or blog for more on selling your house yourself.
Don't forget, if you don't want to worry about cleaning or the timing of your sale, here at Mandich Property Group we will buy your house no matter it's condition or the time of year :)
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