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Why do Some Agents Throw Sand in the Sandbox?
I recently read through the latest post titled, "New Agents and Misinformation" by Chad Boge, the co-founder of FSBOHOMES. As a former real estate broker, I instinctively began to de-bunk and defend the real estate agent...After 40 years in the business, old habits are hard to break. 'That's not completely accurate' my inner voice screams. 'No Way! - that's not how I ran my offices when I was the managing broker.' My inner voice was assuring me as I read. I believe my agents always treated the 'for sale by owner' sellers with kindness and respect when prospecting for future listings. They understood and respected the sellers who were attempting to sell their home by owner and realized that there's a place in the real estate sandbox for a number of different models to succeed.
New Agents and Misinformation
In every market where FSBOHOMES is established, we face unknowing agents quick to share "FSBO" statistics that are either misquoted, taken out of context, or in no way relate to the FSBOHOMES System. These agents can be placed in one of two categories.
Success Story Tara E.
Read Tara's home selling success story with FSBOHOMES. She sold in 7 days and saved over $34,000!
Seven Tips for a Great Winter Photo Shoot
Category: Home Selling 101
In the parts of the country where the temps drop below freezing and the snow flies in the winter, you might feel behind the proverbial snowball in your chances to show off your home well when selling it at this time of year. Beyond the usual decluttering of the house so it is easy to walk around and show off your property, and not your possessions, consider these additional tips.
It's All About the Proceeds
"It's not personal; it's strictly business." A famous line from the epic, award-winning movie The Godfather, delivered by a very young Al Pacino. Unfortunately, when selling a home, most people don't look at it as a business transaction, which costs them a significant amount of money.
Success Story Zach Schmit
Read Zach's home selling success story with FSBOHOMES. He sold in 8 days and saved nearly $22,000!
FSBOHOMES to Celebrate Grand Opening in Ankeny
Ankeny, IA â€“â€“ FSBOHOMES (www.FSBOHOMES.com), known for delivering a modern home selling experience without the agent commissions, is expanding from its Urbandale location, and is officially launching its services in Ankeny with a ribbon cutting event this Wednesday, September 29th.
Has the MLS Lost Relevance?
Many agents will often emphasize the necessity of being on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). The MLS was created 100 years ago to help homeowners market their homes for sale. Before the technological advances we have today, the MLS was the only way potential buyers could find homes for sale.
Would you Give Anyone a $15,000 Check for no Reason?
The average homeowner moves every 7-9 years. Every homeowner has a handful of agent friends and family members in their sphere of influence - siblings, in-laws, cousins, neighbors, or even a parent from your kid's soccer team. Each is hoping to be at the top of the list when it comes time for you to sell again.
Success Story - John Langer
Read John's home selling success story with FSBOHOMES. He sold in 10 days and saved $18,000!
A Smoother Overall Real Estate Transaction
The process of selling a home with a traditional agent is backward in many ways. When determining the condition of a home, for example, a general home inspection isn't performed until the very end of the process, AFTER an offer has already been signed. FSBOHOMES turns this process around.
Do Flat Fee MLS Listings add Value or Just Cost?
How many hours do you work each year to make $10,000? Flat fee MLS companies charge anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to 1.5% of your sale price to list your home on the MLS. But this is just the upfront fee. The total cost of using the outdated MLS system is MUCH higher.
The Dollars Don't Make Sense
You got an offer! However, the buyer wants to get the best deal possible and assumes you might be overpriced, so they come in $20,000 below listing price. Ouch!
Success Story - Alison DeSotel
Read Alison's home selling success story with FSBOHOMES. She sold two different properties that both sold in less than 3 weeks and saved nearly $14,000!
12 Home Prep Tips for a Fast Sale
Category: Home Selling 101
After living in a home for a few years it's natural to get accustomed to its small imperfections. However, prospective home buyers will not be accustomed to the imperfections and they can immediately judge an entire home on one of these seemingly minor issues. The following home fix-ups are simple, for the most part inexpensive, and instantly make your home more marketable. This can mean a faster home sale with a higher home selling price. It's an important first step so don't shoot yourself in the foot before you begin.
The MLS is the Phonebook
The MLS system held way more value prior to the Internet. Back then, if you can imagine this, the MLS was an actual book. It was printed in black and white and only showed one picture of the home. It was updated every two weeks as a tool for agents so they had access to the most accurate list of all the available homes for sale in their local market.
A Better way to Price your Home
The process of selling a home with a traditional agent is backward in many ways. When determining the value of a home, for example, a certified appraisal from a pricing expert isn't performed until the very end of the process, AFTER an offer has already been signed.
Are Real Estate Agents the Right Professionals?
The existing broker/agent business model has been in place for over a century as the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) was originally founded as the National Association of Real Estate Exchanges back on May 12, 1908. The broker/agent model brought value to the industry for many decades, but today it's simply an old-economy business model that is broken and struggling to stay relevant. It's outdated, expensive, and no longer serves the consumer's best interest.
Success Story - Patti Marconi
Read Patti's home selling success story with FSBOHOMES. She sold in 9 days and saved nearly $11,000!
The Revolving Door of Real Estate Agents
At one time, a real estate agent was the local expert with years of accumulated experience. They were the people you trusted to help sell your home and find a new one. They were a necessary piece of the puzzle in helping people transition from one home to another.
A Better Strategy to find the Right Buyer
A real estate agent's approach to private showings and open houses helps a seller feel they're receiving value in the traditional home selling process, but it often just creates unnecessary busywork, more drama, and more stress. Private showings are often last-minute and incredibly inconvenient to fit into a family's busy schedule. Open houses are unproductive - sellers spend hours preparing a home and then have to leave their home for even longer. The only results are showings to nosey neighbors and agents using the home to find new clients for themselves.
Success Story - Rick Ketchum
Read Rick's home selling success story with FSBOHOMES. He sold in 59 days and saved nearly $26,000!
Will Someone Buy Your Home if they Don't Love it?
Buying a home is often the single biggest investment that a person makes over their lifetime. That being said, how likely is it for someone to buy a house they don't love? Inconceivable.
Success Story - Emily Mashack
Read Emily's home selling success story with FSBOHOMES. She sold in 8 days and saved nearly $9,000!
FSBOHOMES Twin Cities Introduces New Leadership
Coon Rapids, Minnesota - FSBOHOMES (www.FSBOHOMES.com), known for delivering a modern home selling experience without the hefty agent commissions, has added 37-year real estate veteran, Paul Phillippi, to lead its growth efforts throughout the Twin Cities.
FSBOHOMES Opens First Location in Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls, South Dakota - FSBOHOMES (www.FSBOHOMES.com), known for delivering a modern home selling experience without the hefty agent commissions, is expanding its efforts and has officially launched its services to the Sioux Falls region.