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Selling Your Home "By Owner"

There's More to Selling Your Home than a "For Sale" Sign In Your Front Yard.

Even if a simple sign in your yard did produce a buyer knocking on your door, how will you handle the following questions: 

  • How does your home compare to others like it in the area?
  • How did you determine the value of this property?
  • Who will draw up the paperwork?
  • Why aren't you using a real estate agent? Is there something wrong with the property?
  • Since you aren't using a real estate agent, we can take their fee right off the top, right?

Other things to consider:

  • Your home will only be exposed to 3% of available buyers without being in the MLS (multiple listing service) so be prepared for this to take awhile.
  • Real estate offices carry errors and omissions insurance that will protect the transaction if something goes wrong.  You can be sued for up to 7 years after closing.
  • Buyers will knock on your door at all hours.  Putting "appointment only" on your sign will not help.  Buyers think "if they want to sell, they'll show it now".
  • You will be opening your home to strangers which could be a safety issue for you or your family.
  • You will have to be home in order to show it, limiting your exposure.
  • Buyers will expect to get a deal from you
  • You will need to handle negotiations directly so if your not a "tough cookie" this may not be for you.
  • You will need to cover all of your advertising expenses out of pocket.
  • Who will help you when the transaction has problems?

Selling your home is one of the most important financial transactions you will make in your life. Don't take risks. Selling your home is nothing like selling a car. Every home is different, and every homebuyer wants to offer you as little as possible.

Almost all homes are sold using a real estate agent. As top real estate professionals, it is our job to help you negotiate with all those buyers who want something for nothing. Not to mention preparing your home for sale, marketing it locally in Tampa and even nationally, and guiding you through the complex paperwork and pitfalls of escrow and closing. Make sure you are really ready to handle all of that before pounding that sign into your front yard. Errors can be extremely costly. 

Remember: Buyers want to offer you as close to nothing as possible! While that "For Sale By Owner" sign might sound like a good idea, it usually means a different thing to buyers: "Try to steal this one." 

If you must sell your own home, at least let us give you a sense of its true market value. Tell us a bit about your home, and we'll do a quick Comparative Market Analysis and let you know what we feel it is worth. We'll also describe, as experienced, top Tampa real estate agents, how we would market your property. This is free, with no strings attached. 

 


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