History of Real Estate Agency Relationships

In the beginning, real estate brokers were known as middlemen and optioneers. Back then, the customary practice was for a middleman to know about a property for sale, but to keep it secret from other middlemen. It was difficult for these middleman to collect a fee for their services so they would resort to tactics that were not always in their seller’s best interest. Optioneers, on the other hand, were usually more successful in collecting their fees because they would tie up the seller’s property on an option to purchase, sell the property to a buyer at a price over the option amount, pay the seller the option price, and then pocket the rest.

The early real estate brokerage business was loosely organized and used methods of brokering that were often dishonest, subject to fraud, and that took advantage of sellers and buyers. Eventually, a newer concept with the real estate broker being an agent of and owing a fiduciary duty to the seller and receiving payment for his services was developed. This new concept forced the seller and broker relationship to a higher level of service and duty. It also allowed brokers to list property for sale using contracts. These contracts are what we now refer to listings. The earlier forms of listings we called open listings. The open listing is a type of non exclusive listing contract authorizing a real estate broker to offer a property for sale, find a buyer and get paid for services upon the closing of that transaction.

Other brokers could also have open listings for the same property, but only the broker who actually found the buyer would receive a commission. In addition, no broker would get paid a fee if the seller sold the property. The open listing discouraged cooperation between brokers, since each broker could obtain their own open listing. To solve the open listing problem, the exclusive agency listing became popular.

The exclusive agency listing is a type of listing contract wherein the seller offers only the listing brokerage compensation if the buyer is procured through the brokerage’s efforts or the efforts of other real estate brokerages. This means that in certain situations, such as For Sale by Owner, the listing brokerage may not receive compensation when the property is sold. In the exclusive agency listing, the listing brokerage or another brokerage working with the listing brokerage must procure the buyer in order to have a claim on compensation.

The exclusive agency listing encourages competing brokers to find buyers for listing, since the listing brokerage pays the selling brokerage’s fee. However, the seller still does not pay a fee when a seller finds the buyer. The exclusive agency listing eventually gave rise to the exclusive right to sell listing.

The exclusive right-to-sell agreement, the listing brokerage is offered compensation in the event of a sale regardless of who procured the buyer. The exclusive right to sell listing guarantees that the listing broker will get paid a fee, even if a competing broker or the seller sells property. It provides the most protection for the listing broker and is considered in the best interest of the seller because the listing brokerage will put effort and resources into marketing the property, since a commission is guaranteed during the term of the agreement.

Even after the exclusive right to sell listing became popular, there was little cooperation between brokerages, since a buyer who wanted to buy a specific property would have to deal with the broker who had exclusive listings of interest. It was also quite clear to all parties in that the broker represented the seller and that the buyer had no representation.

By the 1950s there was pressure for more cooperation between brokerages. As a result, a broker working with a buyer would contact competing brokerages to to learn of their inventory and possible matches for their clients. Deals often resulted where the selling agent did not know the seller or their agent and the selling agent’s only dealings were with the buyer. Suddenly, the concept that the selling brokerage owed its fiduciary duty to only the seller was no longer a neat and logical concept. However, it would take many years before the unworkable agency concepts would be sorted out and lead to buyer representation.

As the 1950s and 1960s progressed, a more formalized cooperative brokerage system, known as the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), was developed. Through the MLS, the concept of subagency evolved. Simply stated, this meant the listing broker was the agent of and represented only the seller. The listing brokerage would hire sales associates who were considered subagents of the seller. The listing MLS brokerage was required to make the listing available to all cooperating brokerage within their MLS. These cooperating brokerages were also deemed subagents of the listing brokerage, who were agents of the seller. If the cooperating brokerage had sales associates, they were subagents of the cooperating brokerage, who were subagents of the listing brokerage, who was the agent of the seller. During this period, an agency relationship with a buyer was not possible, since the agency relationship was always with the seller. The only duty a licensee owed to a buyer was to not lie when asked questions about a property. The concept of „buyer beware“ was truly the reality of how the brokerage business operated and buyers were always unrepresented.

The rise of consumerism, as manifested in numerous court decisions, put pressure on the brokerage business to be more concerned with the interests of the buyer. Because of that, licensees working with buyers had an affirmative duty to disclose known matters affecting a property. For example, if the broker knew that a roof leaked, he would have to disclose this fact. This disclosure concept was later expanded by the courts to include conditions about the property that the brokers should or could have known.

By the 1980s, a government study found that nearly three-quarters of all buyers thought the brokerage they were working with was representing them as a client. The same study concluded that nearly three-quarters of all sellers also thought that the cooperating brokerage represented the buyer’s interests. It soon became obvious the concepts of agency law that the industry and governmental regulators had attempted to impose in order to simplify and clarify the agency relationships had not worked. Continued pressure from consumer groups and the courts finally led to the buyer representation movement of the 1990s.

In 1991, the National Association of REALTORS® formed an advisory group to study agency representation issues. Testimony was received from real estate practitioners, industry experts, the public, and state regulatory authorities. The advisory group’s report made the following recommendations:

  • The NAR’s multiple listing policy should be modified to make subagency offers optional. If subagency was not accepted by a cooperating brokerage, then the listing brokerage was to offer compensation to the brokerage representing the buyer.
  • The NAR would encourage state associations to promote changes in real estate law and regulations in order to promote disclosure of agency options. These options would include seller agency, buyer agency, and disclosed dual agency. The purpose of this recommendation was to assist consumers in making informed decisions regarding representation.
  • The NAR should encourage real estate brokerages to adopt written company policies addressing the handling of agency relationships with its clients and customers.
  • The NAR would encourage education of all members on the topic of agency representation. State regulatory agencies would also be encouraged to include agency as a mandatory topic in continuing education requirements for all licensees.

As of 1992, the National Association of REALTORS® adopted the following policy:

„The National Association of REALTORS® recognizes seller agency, buyer agency and disclosed dual agency with informed consent as appropriate forms of consumer representation in real estate transactions. The association respects the need for all REALTORS® to be able to make individual business decisions about their companies‘ agency practices. Furthermore, NAR endorses freedom of choice and informed consent for consumers or real estate services when creating agency relationships with real estate licensee.“

These NAR changes to representation policy modified the way the industry practices. Exclusive Right to Represent buyer agreements now allow a buyer to contract with a brokerage to find, and negotiate, the purchase of real property. Generally, these agreements are for a specified period and require the buyer to pay a commission upon the closing of the real property transaction. As an agent of the buyer, the buyer’s brokerage owes all of the fiduciary duties (care, loyalty, disclosure, obedience, and accounting) to his principal, the buyer.

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4 Golden Rules To Get A Good Deal On A House In A Great Locality

Finding deals on houses are hard but not impossible. More often than not, the house and the deal you are looking for are right in front of you but you haven’t been able to find it. After reading these golden rules, you will be able to. Jump right in to discover what you have been missing.

Rule #1: A Great Deal May Be Impossible, But A Good Deal Isn’t

There are those localities in every city where property rates have not fluctuated, especially during a time of depreciation. This is the best deal you can get. No matter how good or bad the market is, the rates will stay the same, and this means your investment is safe. You need to be diligent enough to look out for these localities. A little research will help you with that.

Rule #2: The One Who Comes First Is Not Always The Winner

When you are looking for a house in a popular neighbourhood, you need to understand that a deal once made, will not stay on the table for too long. Usually, when two or more houses are introduced into the market, the one with better advertising and presentation takes the cake as it garners more attention. Now the rule is to go with the one that lost its bid as those houses will come at a marginally cheaper price.

Rule #3: If You Love The House, It’s Not For You

Yes, this is true. If you loved the house you visited, then there is a definite probability that most of the prospective buyers did too. These houses are specifically designed to appeal to more people, and it may well be out of your price range. In such cases, search for more affordable options while your competition is wasting time on lusting after an extremely expensive house.

Rule #4: If An Offer Is Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is

Real estate dealers use this strategy where they quote an obscenely reasonable price for a good house. This doesn’t mean that the house is available at this rate; it just means the listing agent has decided to increase the demand in the market for that particular house. If you see such ads, you should definitely stay away from it.

Overall, buying a house is a very serious decision that can affect the rest of your life. These golden rules will prevent you from falling prey to the clever strategies devised by realty professionals to deceive you in the home buying process.

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FSBO – What You Should Know About Selling Your Own Home

The key to selling your home yourself is being properly prepared. If you aren’t, your home may remain on the market longer than you expect because you aren’t attracting and getting offers from qualified buyers. And this is where many homeowners become frustrated and start to think about giving up the dream of selling their homes themselves. However, some sellers are very successful at selling their own homes, and you can be one of them.

This report has been especially prepared to assist home sellers like yourself understand the process so you can sell your home quickly and for the price you want. To help you prepare, be aware of the following tips before deciding whether or not this is the right approach for you.

  1. Price your home correctly. Setting the correct asking price is critical. Setting the price too high can be as bad as setting it too low. Home prices are determined by fluctuations in the marketplace, and not by your emotional attachment to your home or what you think your home is worth. To establish a realistic price, compare the price, features, and condition of similar homes in both your neighbourhood and locations where similar homes have sold in the last few months. It is also important to be familiar with the terms of each potential sale. Terms are often as important as price in the current market. Work up a careful budget of your selling costs, and prepare a net proceeds sheet to determine an informed estimate of what you can expect to earn from the sale of your home. Prospective buyers may request a similar analysis of buying costs.
  2. Prepare your home for sale. First impressions are crucial. Ensure that your home makes a positive statement by carefully inspecting all details and viewing it, as objectively as possible, through the eyes of a buyer. Don’t ignore needed repairs and fix-ups: your prospective buyers certainly won’t! Your job is to make sure your home stands out favourably from the competition.
  3. Make sure you have all the necessary legal documentation. There are many important legal contracts and documents which you need to assemble, complete, and understand when selling your home. Below is a partial checklist of forms you will need for prospective buyers and for legal documentation.
    • Mortgage Payoff
    • Loan Application
    • Deposit Receipt
    • Property Profile Fact Sheet
    • Buyer’s Cost Sheet
    • Closing & Settlement
    • Personal Property
    • Exclusion List
    • Property Survey
    • Sellers Statement /Plot Plan of Representation
  4. Market Your Home Effectively. Beyond the sign on your lawn, you need to find effective ways to spread the word that your home is for sale. You can reach local buyers with ads in a newspaper, but you will reach just a small part of the possible market. Be sure to include buyers who may already be working with a realtor. To locate them, notify as many top agents as possible in your market in case their client’s criteria match what your home has to offer. Out-of-town buyers are an important target too, so create a strategy to reach them as well. Above all, be very customer service oriented and make it easy for pre-qualified buyers to view your home. That means making sure that someone is always available to answer the phone, respond promptly to messages, and be ready to give qualified prospects a tour of your home as quickly as possible.
  5. Remain objective when showing your home. Be sure to keep your emotions out of the sale of your home. The best way to do this during a showing is to remain physically in the background. If a prospective buyer says something negative about your home, you’re better off counter-balancing this point of view by calling attention to the positives instead of becoming defensive.
  6. Pre-qualify prospective buyers. Don’t waste time entertaining buyers who cannot afford to buy your home. Research their financial situation with respect to job security, salary, debts, liabilities and credit standing.
  7. Negotiate effectively and knowledgeably. There are a great many details that need to be resolved before a sale is considered final: price, terms, inspections, possession date, and buyer concerns and objections, to name a few. You must fully understand the contract you have drawn up so you can, in turn, explain the details and ramifications to the buyer, and make any necessary amendments to the sale. Have the contract you use thoroughly examined by your real estate attorney. Some real estate brokers may be willing to help you do this. While this is going on, work to maintain the buyer’s interest in your home so it doesn’t wane during negotiations.
  8. Know your buyer. Your objective during negotiations is to control the pace and set the duration. Try to determine what’s motivating potential buyers. Do they need to move quickly? Can they afford to pay the asking price for your home? Answering these questions will give you an advantage in the negotiations: you’ll know what you need to do to get what you want.
  9. Do not move out before you sell. Studies show that selling a vacant home is more difficult than selling one that is occupied. A vacant home looks forlorn, forgotten, and simply unappealing. And it could even cost you money. If you move out before you sell, you’re also letting prospective buyers know that you have a new home and are motivated to sell quickly. That can, of course, give the buyer an advantage at the negotiating table.
  10. Understand why you’re selling, but keep your reasons to yourself. Just as important as understanding your buyer is understanding yourself. Your reasons for selling can affect everything from how you price your home to how much time and money you invest in preparing it for sale. And knowing your motivation helps you determine your priorities: the money you walk away with, how long your property is on the market, or perhaps both. Different goals dictate different strategies. Someone who prefers to sell without a real estate agent to save the commission would indicate that money is a primary considerations (see „How to Assess Your Net Gain“ below). Whatever your reasons may be, it is very important to keep them to yourself so you don’t put yourself at a disadvantage during negotiations. If anyone asks why you’re selling, simply tell them that your housing needs have changed.

How to Assess Your Net Gain

To find out whether or not you’ll come out ahead by selling your home yourself, consider that most buyers use real estate agents because it doesn’t cost them anything (the seller pays the agent’s fee). Be cautious: buyers, investors, and speculators who seek out For Sale by Owner properties are usually in search of a bargain. Low-ball offers from these buyers will usually net you a lot less in the long run. Determine for yourself the following:

  1. You need to be as prepared as possible with your marketing, negotiations, evaluations, showings, and all legal matters.
  2. Calculate what it will cost you to effectively market your home and put together all the necessary materials, from the „For Sale“ sign to the contracts.
  3. What price will a buyer offer you as a For Sale by Owner, minus the costs identified in number 2 above? Is this net amount higher or lower than the price an experienced agent could net for you minus his/her commission?

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Sell Your House Without an Agent: A Step-By-Step Guide

Do you really need a realtor these days? Yes and no. Yes, you can absolutely sell your house yourself, No, it’s not as easy as you think, but below I will outline how to do it, should you decide to go that route.

With the emergence of sites like Zillow, Redfin, and Trulia, the real estate industry has switched from a Need-based to a Knowledge-based industry. You no longer NEED to hire an agent, in fact with many agents you could do better doing it yourself. A good realtor will know how to negotiate, will be a community expert, great marketer, and very knowledgeable with regards to all standard contracts and state forms.

If you know just enough to get yourself in trouble, you will get yourself in trouble.

Here are my steps to a successful FSBO (For Sale By Owner)

1. Determine your market value. You can obviously familiarize yourself with what is selling in your area by visiting Zillow and such, but pay $30 for a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) from smartzip, to help properly valuate your property. A CMA will provide you with comparable sales and active listings. You need to be informed if you are negotiating with a potential buyer.

2. Pay an MLS-only type service about $300 to list your house in the MLS and offer at least 2.5% to any buyer’s agent that brings you a buyer. Use pictures from an experienced real estate photographer (yes it matters) and stage your home if vacant or make presentable if you still live there (yes, that matters too).

3. List your house on Craigslist and forsalebyowner.com using postlets or vflyer to create a virtual flyer.

4. Put a sign in your yard with color flyers (you can put some black and white as back- up) and a web address linking potential buyers to your home.

5. Run a Facebook ad campaign targeted at women engaged or married between the ages of 25 and 35 in your area, and create a Google AdWords pay-per-click campaign for the keywords „[neighborhood (not city) name] homes for sale“, Enter specifics better than just the city name.

a. Ex’s.

I. Black Gold Properties for sale

ii. Yorba Linda High School Home

iii. Horse Property for sale

6. Enlist a good Escrow Company to help you with the transaction (this will cost you on average about 1% of the purchase price). The escrow officer is the „quarterback“ of the transaction. A good one will make all the difference in the world. If your buyer is represented by an agent, they may insist on using their escrow agent. If you know your escrow agent to be a good one, don’t let them talk you into using theirs. Here in Yorba Linda and Anaheim Hills, the seller typically chooses the escrow companies.

7. Price it Right! If you are not getting a lot of feedback in your first 3 weeks. This is an indication that your house is overpriced.

8. Disclose, Disclose, Disclose. The standard California Residential Purchase Agreement (RPA) used by any agent (at least a competent one) will require you to have all disclosures to the buyer with 5 days of when their offer was presented to you. Disclosures will be different based on the property being sold. Your escrow officer may be able to help you with this.

9. Ask buyer to remove their contingencies (if they have any). Contingencies are typically removed after 17 days of accepted offer, but again depends on what is written in the contract. Read and Understand the contract, before accepting any offer.

Selling your house without an agent is akin to setting up your corporation or living trust on LegalZoom, sure it can be done and save you money up front, but you never know what it will cost you down the road, or what small mistakes may hurt you.

Educate yourself and selling your house without an agent can definitely be done.

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How to Sell A House Without a Realtor: FSBO

Not everybody has the luxury of placing their residence on the open market and patiently waiting months to execute the deal. The common process when posting your property on the open market will be:

  • Question/Interview many real estate professionals
  • Authorize a listing contract with a person to list your home for an exact time frame (usually a 6 month listing)
  • Handle a variety of open houses
  • Hold out for offers and then bargain with prospective buyers
  • Set up home inspections, reports and also other disclosures to be filled out
  • Sign contracts for close of escrow.

For anyone who is lucky, the process can take about six to eight weeks. If an offer falls through or maybe your home is just not getting many offers, you could end up waiting six months or even more. Alternatively, instead of all that inconvenience, having to pay five percent or more on commission fees and settlement costs, let us take a review of how to sell a house without a realtor.

For Sale by Owner (FSBO)

A basic strategy to market your property without a real estate professional is „For Sale by Owner“ or FSBO for short. The common way individuals attempt to market their property in this manner is to set up a few signs in the lawn or perhaps your neighborhood newspapers and then wait around for individuals to trickle in. Instead of this unaggressive, and frequently unsuccessful strategy, let’s take a quick look at various other methods to market your house to have it sold quickly. Everything starts off with better promoting. Instead of doing the minimum amount, you should do a great deal to get the house to stand apart within a crowded real estate market. A few things we’d recommend are:

  • Tell all your nearby neighbors that you are selling your home and inquire if they know of anybody looking. (Extra: You can easily offer referral fees to compel your neighbors)
  • 1st opinion can be everything, so fix up the front side of your property. It is commonly referred to as „curb appeal“. If it doesn’t look good when prospective buyers are driving around it, it’s likely they probably will not want to enter into the home.
  • Getting premium quality photos obtained can make a whole world of difference; hire or simply just take them by yourself, but be sure your property is staged beautifully. Meaning absolutely no wide open toilet seats, no trash, beds made, chairs pushed-in, etc.
  • Get out sandwich board signs along with balloons or some other eye-catchers advertising your property on active intersections in your community.

After a little bit of preparation, a few dollars plus some advertising your FSBO house has a significantly better chance of selling.

Craigslist

Craigslist happens to be a completely crucial resource for everyone who is going to be selling their house not using a realtor. Ensure that you use descriptions of your residence which makes it sound as nice as possible. Discuss the area – are there any parks, local community facilities, schools, places of worship or other facilities close by? What about your specific community/subdivision – are the roads tree-lined, are there any hills, any kind of views? Additionally, make use of those high-quality photos as a way to bring in buyers. A determination to see your residence or not will be made completely on your descriptions coupled with photographs of your residence.

Open Houses

Open houses are a good way to attract prospective buyers (just check with any real estate professional). You should help make potential buyers feel as at home as they possibly can. You should definitely clear any clutter, garbage or toys and games. A few other ideas could be to have the fireplace running when it is cold outside, making a lot of cookies to give the home a pleasurable aroma, setting the dinner table and possibly flip on the game should the local sports team be on. The secret is having people picture themselves living there therefore give consideration to getting rid of any sort of personal knick knacks and family photos. Be sure to promote your open house early and frequently with the use of signs near your neighborhood, Craigslist, sharing with your neighbors and whatever else that will get people in your home. One last suggestion: acquire booties that can go over people’s boots and shoes so they don’t track dirt and grime all the way through your immaculately cleaned property!

Investors

The final, but most certainly not last, spot to look is at investors. If you have to sell your house rapidly, have some problem areas which need to be remedied or maybe you don’t want to take care of any of the above issues give a nearby investor a phone call. These folks are dedicated to acquiring buildings without making use of a realtor.

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FSBO Marketing: Convert DIYers to Clients

FSBO marketing is a little bit of a thorn in the eye of many real estate agents that I know. After all, you wouldn’t drill your own teeth, so why do some people feel like they are better off (trying) to sell their homes without a professional? The good news: there is a powerful and completely pressure-free method to getting those FSBO’s to pick up the phone and have you take on their listing.

Basically, what you need to do is impress the FSBO with your expertise and keep in touch with them for awhile until they see for themselves that working with you saves both stress and money in the long run. This article will show you how to do that in an easy, low-effort, but very effective way.

To start with, think of 10 tips that could help anyone sell their home more quickly and easily. Think about the things you would do for your most valued client. Write one paragraph expanding on each tip.

Next, divide your 10 tips into 10 different emails with an interesting sounding name, such as „10 Secrets to Sell Your Home More Quickly and Easily – at a Higher Price.“ If you use an autoresponder service like AWeber (which we use ourselves), you can even set these emails to go out automatically at certain intervals, say one email every five to seven days. You do not even need a website for this! People can sign up via email.

Now you have not just created a high-value „ecourse“, you’ve also got an automatic follow-up system. With every email, your prospect will know, like, and trust you more, because you are helping them so much for free. Don’t worry about „giving away the store“ – you can’t! Rather, you’ll have those FSBO’s thinking, „Wow! If they can do that for my listing for free, just think how amazing it would be to hire them.“

Once you’ve got this system lined up and ready to go, it’s time to get in touch with your future clients. Get in touch with the FSBO in whatever way you are most effective – e-mail, telephone, letter – and offer them your ecourse for free. Do NOT try to sell them anything else. Your only aim is to get them to sign up for your ecourse. Incidentally, signing up people without their express permission is also not kosher – that is called SPAM, and we all hate it.

Once your FSBO’s have started getting your information and value-packed ecourse, you can follow up with them in other ways. For example, you can add testimonials from happy clients of yours to the bottom of each email message. If you see that one of your FSBO’s has had an open house or similar event, you can give them a quick call to ask how it went. The great thing is, you don’t need to apply any sales pressure. Clients who are a good fit for you will convince themselves and contact you upon their own accord.

To sum up, one of the best ways to turn DIYers into your clients is to demonstrate the value you provide in a pressure and cost-free environment. An easy way to do that is with an „ecourse“ delivered using an autoresponder service like AWeber, no website required. If you follow this approach, you’ll be converting FSBO’s into happy clients in no time.

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The Best Resource For Calgary Real Estate Properties, Listings and For Sale by Owner

How can we help you in your search for real estate Calgary? With over 20 years of experience as real estate investors we really know the Calgary real estate market and can help you find a win win solution for your needs. We buy and sell homes throughout Alberta. We also have a large number of homes in our inventory for rent and rent to own. Calgary homes are in big demand at the moment with the current economic climate in Alberta and we know that the search for real estate properties Calgary can become frustrating.

Every where you look agents are trying to list your home, we are not agents and we do not charge commission so why wait 90 days to sell your home and still lose a bundle. Most of our listings are from real estate Calgary home owners just like you who have offered their homes for sale by owner and we have found a hassle free solution for them. If you have a mortgage we can assume it, pay any arrears if there are any, you could even rent back from us if you do not wish to move. The possession date is not an issue with us. We are not concerned with the condition of the property and will also consider manufactured homes, custom homes, duplexes and four plexes.

The demand for real estate properties Calgary is high at the moment. Contact us to get a fair price for your home, we are private investors and do not charge commission. Our goal is to create a win win solution for Calgary homes. We are up to date on the market value of real estate Calgary and would like the opportunity to chat with you regarding the best solution for your needs. Listings are what agents really want, we want to buy your home, if you have a mortgage that we can assume we would be happy to do that to save you an unnecessary payout to your mortgage company. Residential homes are our specialty throughout Alberta so even if you are outside Calgary we would like the opportunity to help you

Selling your home and buying a new one can be over whelming at times. By speaking with us about your real estate properties Calgary we can help ease the pain that you may be going through trying to decide what to do, where to move, what to do with your mortgage and perhaps being forced into a sale that will not meet your needs if you list your Calgary homes. We are always interested in real estate Calgary, and no property is too small or too big for us to consider. We can also trade your home for one of the ones in our current port folio. If you need a place to rent while deciding or perhaps building your new home, we may also be able to accommodate those needs

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Selling your Home, Cutting Down on Expenses

Many people think that once you sell a house, you’ll suddenly get a great windfall of money. Although technically this may be true, many overlook the fact that home sellers invest quite a hefty sum prior to the sale. Remember that, in order to command a good selling price, the house must be in tip-top condition thus home owners reinvest in their homes just prior to selling by paying for repairs and minor remodelling projects. In addition to this, home owners need to spend for advertising and promotions. Even if the owner opts to do without the services of real estate agents, he still would need to make brochures, flyers, posters and, if he advertises in a newspaper, pay for advertising cost. Apart from this, the owner will have to pay for taxes.

If you’re a home owner and want to reduce the pre-selling expense that will come with selling a house, there are quite a number of ways to do this. Since a big bulk of pre-selling expense goes to repairs, you should keep this to a minimum. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to totally remodel parts of your house. Sometimes, a fresh coat of paint and a few carefully chosen accessories will do the trick. At the time of pre-selling inspection, you will thank yourself profusely if you had, over the years, taken the time to maintain the condition of your house.

Another way you can reduce unnecessary expenditure is to delay going to real estate agents or lawyers until the very last minute. Some home owners run to these professionals at every instant. Although some professionals give advice for free, most will charge you a fee. It would be to your advantage if you did all the preliminary paperwork and just approached these professionals just before you finalize the documents. If you’re at a loss on how to prepare contracts, there are various websites that offer users vital real estate information. Usually these sites have a database of standard forms which can be downloaded individually or by bulk. You can use these downloaded forms as a basis or a draft and once you’re fairly satisfied with the contents, you can bring these to your lawyer for a once over.

Through the availability of such forms, costs allocated for professional fees are reduced. The savings may not be much, but it still is a few hundred dollars that you can put in the bank.

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Immobilienmakler Heidelberg

Makler Heidelberg

How to Sell Your House Yourself Easily?

Selling the house put people in a dilemma whether they should hire a real estate agent or not? Well, if you are capable of selling your house on your own then why hire a real estate agent with whom you have to share your profit.

Usually, property owners are expected to pay 5% to 7% of the sale price to an agent. However, if you choose to sell your property yourself then you will not only be able to save on the real estate agent fees but also will get the freedom to sell your property in your own ways.

Before you move further to sell your house yourself, do consider the following discussed factors that will make your selling easy:

The location of the property is believed to be one of the crucial factors. Since no one can change the location of your home to take it to the more desirable place, thus, the price you expect should be realistic. You will get nothing if you offer a much higher price in comparison to the other properties that are being sold in the same area. Therefore, it is recommended to do proper research to find out what neighborhood properties have been selling for.

What is the status of the housing market like at the moment? Find out the worth of the property a few years ago and now? Considering the history of the property prices, it is important that you price your property in line as per the current market conditions.

Check out the condition of your property at present. Before you advertise your property for selling, it is good to allow a property inspector to visit and value your home. On sell your house yourself; you may not be able to see the little defects and repairs that a professional can observe.

In many cases, the reason for selling your house influences the decision of the buyers. So, you should be clear about your words that describe the reason.

Next, you need to think like a potential buyer. You simply cannot show your emotions to get in a selling way. If any corner of your house needs repairs or changes, then you should get it repaired or changed immediately. Prior to starting the process of selling your house, think from a buyer’s point of view.

Sell your property yourself can save you from long meetings with agents and their representatives. By listing it on a reliable listing portal, you will be able to reach millions of potential buyers, investors, and renters. Such a quick reach is not possible with the traditional methods of selling homes that include putting advertisements on newspapers, television, and handing out flyers. These property listing portals will make you connect with more and more people by putting your minimal efforts. Furthermore, the cost-effectiveness of the internet cannot be overemphasized as it allows you to create the perfect online presence with an affordable advertising budget.

There are various portals online that allow you to advertise your property without charging any commission or hidden costs. Among such options, choosing the best one is vital to get the quickest outcome of your property.

Immobilienmakler Heidelberg

Makler Heidelberg

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