Save Money Selling For Sale By Owner

The cost of selling a house can be prohibitive, and many homeowners choose to go through the FSBO or For Sale by Owner route. Learn what the advantages are of selling a house privately and how you can get started.

Real Estate Agents Does What?

A real estate agent is a person that helps homeowners go through the entire sales process of buying or selling a home. A good real estate agent can help put you in touch with an entire network of people that can help you sell your home, everyone from contractors to real estate lawyers. The agent does not sell the house for you, so much, as they help you during the sale from advice to contracts, and everything in between.

There is nothing saying legally that you have to use an agent during the sales process. If you are so inclined you can do all of the research to sell your home and take care of the process yourself.

How much money can you save?

A real estate agent’s commission is usually around 5 to 7 percent from the purchase price of the home, but it varies among local markets and is quite negotiable. The percentage seems paltry, but compare it to the purchase price of a house. For example, if you receive $150,000 for your house using a real estate agent, then even with a 5 percent commission, the agent will receive $7500. This commission only increases with the increased sales price of the home. Thus, there is the potential of saving thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars, depending upon how much your home is sold for.

Other Reasons To Sell With A FSBO Process

Some homeowners like the control of knowing that every part of the sale process is within their hands. There is a lurking fear among some homeowners who believe that even though the real estate agent is receiving a commission, the agent is not properly engaged in the sale of their home. Perhaps an agent has too many properties to give proper assistance, or too little experience. Sometimes homeowners believe that an agent will give more time and effort for greater commissions leaving smaller, less valuable houses to collect dust.

Is it right for you?

It is very important to figure out if the FSBO route is the right one for you. No matter why you are thinking of selling a house without a Realtor you have to take into account that it is going to take a lot more of your time and energy then if you had sold the traditional way. You will be doing something that other people have made an entire career out of so you have to be ready for a lot of work. The big reason you sell this way is because if done correctly you can potentially save yourself a lot of money in the process. You will be making the listing by yourself, doing all of the market research, scheduling and meeting the people for the showings, plus making all phone calls to complete the sale process. Even if your state doesn’t require a real estate agent you will have to get a real estate attorney involved to handle the legal part of the sale.

Moreover, though everyone wants a quick home sale, the FSBO route traditionally takes more time for the sale and the houses that sell this way are in excellent condition. If your home is heavily damaged or you need to sell your home quickly, consider contacting a real estate investor directly to see what they can offer before addressing a real estate agent.


With the advent of the internet, there has never been an easier time to sell your home by yourself. FSBO sites are good places to look for advice as well as a place to list your home. You can also use the same listing service that real estate agents use by paying a small fee to list on the MLS.

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How Does MLS Work? What You Need to Know

How Does Flat Fee MLS Work?


When you are ready to sell real estate you have options, I know many of you think you have to list with a broker and pay outrageous commissions. That is not true. You can sell by owner or you can sell by owner and take advantage of Multiple listing services as well.

Let me compare the two services for you, then you decide.

What do brokers do for 6%?

They do a number of services. The most common of these is:

1. List your property on the local Multiple Listing Service

2. Review and/or write your purchase agreement.

3. Act as a transaction coordinator who follows your contract through to closing.

4. They usually set showings.

5. They will give you a sign with their number on it

6. They usually provide a lockbox

7. Most will prepare flyers, with their contact information on it.

On a $200,000 dollar property you commission would be $12,000 or more.

What do flat fee brokers do?

1. List your property on the local Multiple Listing Service for a Flat Fee, usually around $200.00 Some services charge considerably more than that. Do some research to find the best service and the best price.

2. Review and/or write your purchase agreement. This is a separate fee, usually around $279.00.

3. Act as a transaction coordinator who follows your contract through to closing. A separate fee, usually around $379.00

4. You set the showings around what is convenient for you and the buyer.

5. You have your own sign with your phone number as contact.

6.You have a key box, and you control who has access to it.

7. You create your own flyers with your contact number or you can get free flyers from a local title company or a lender.

The great thing about the flat fee service is you can pick and choose the services you want and pay only for those you need.

What will you do with all the money you save?

If you bought all the separate services, your cost would be less than $1,000. If sold by a MLS broker and you paid a coop fee, you would still save between $5,000 and $6,000 thousand dollars. Since you can still sell by owner, if you were able to find your own buyer, you would pay no coop fee. This would not be an option with the 6% listing. You could save more than $11,000 dollars. Not bad.

Benefits of using Flat Fee MLS:

1. You save time – properties usually sell faster

2. You save money – properties usually sell for top dollar

3. You maintain control – Brokers have a lot of control with 6% listings

4. You can sell by owner and owe no commission – No so with full service listings.

5. You can cancel at any time – May or may not be true with full service listings

6. You get far greater exposure to qualified buyers

7. You get thousands of Brokers with qualified buyers to help sell your house 8. You most likely will get listed on as well as the local MLS

What to look for in your Flat Fee broker

All flat fee brokerages are not alike and there are many scams. Some call their service MLS when in fact they are not even members of the MLS. They may not be licensed real estate agents. They take your money and put you on their web site but not on the Realtor’s MLS.

So do some investigating. Find out:

1. Do the have experience with for sale by owners?

2. Are they members of your local MLS?

3. Are they licensed Brokers in your state?

4. Do they maintain an office locally? And do they have a local phone and address?

5. Are they easily accessible by phone, fax, email and mail?

6. Avoid large franchise companies and Multilevel Marketing scams

Things you need to do as a FSBO:

1. Detach from the property.

2. Clean house and garage.

3. Learn how to stage the property

4. Research other properties in your neighborhood so you can price it right.

5. Put away all valuables while you’re on the market

6. Get flyers for your buyers


So why wouldn’t you do Flat Fee MLS instead of full service 6% commission? There are lots of reasons people choose to go with a higher commission and I respect their choice.

I think you’d be wise to look into Flat Fee MLS services in your area first and then compare the two and make an informed decision.

Copyright © Wee Dilts 2010

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For Sale By Owner Marketing Generates Mortgage Leads

One of the best ways to generate mortgage leads is through working with home sellers

who are going it alone as For Sale By Owner or FSBO.

The key to FSBO marketing is creating partnerships with home sellers. Since almost

every buyer needs a mortgage, you provide a necessary service that will enable

a seller’s home to be sold. Real estate agents traditionally refer buyers to loan

officers during the home-selling process, but with FSBOs, there is no agent. That

means the seller assumes the role of referring buyers to loan officers and that’s

where you come in.

Most sellers are not very familiar with the process of selling real estate and won’t know that they should require interested buyers to be pre-qualified prior to accepting an offer. Helping sellers understand that you can save them oodles of time by pre-qualifying their potential buyers is a literal gold mine. You could also prepare a flyer on a variety of loan types and payments for a mortgage on that seller’s home. FSBOs want to sell their home and, therefore, they will give your business card to everyone that comes through. That means fresh mortgage leads for you, whether for this property or another one.

The most effective way to secure relationships with for-sale-by-owner sellers

is to offer more than pre-qualification services. FSBOs need marketing help like

a free ad on a for-sale-by-owner website and promotion to buyer lists. They also

need sample contracts and disclosures, industry contacts like title companies

and appraisers, yard signs, and even home flyers. These items can be bundled together

into a „for-sale-by-owner kit,“ which can be offered to sellers in exchange

for the opportunity to pre-qualify all buyers showing interest in the home.

You can use a variety of sources to locate FSBOs in your area, including:

  • Local Newspapers
  • Yard Signs
  • Paid service that scours websites and newspapers every day

Some of the popular methods of contacting FSBO sellers are:

  • Phone
  • Direct Mail
  • Door Hangers
  • Web Links

Most FSBO sellers will be very enthusiastic about the services you can offer them and will gladly refer buyers to you. Additionally, the sellers themselves will most likely need a loan to purchase their next home, and, having established a professional relationship of trust with them, you put yourself in a great position to provide that loan. That’s another mortgage lead.

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Letters to Potential Clients From a Real Estate Agent – Tips for Writing Marketing Letters

Introducing yourself in person is pretty easy. You make eye contact, smile, and shake hands. You tell the other person your name, and he tells you his name. Pretty easy, right? But what if you need to introduce yourself and you can’t see the other person? One way you can tackle this problem is by writing a marketing letter.

Whether you are new to real estate or just new to the area, you’ll want to send out some letters and let everyone know you are in the area and ready to sell. You can also use marketing letters to entice people who had listings expire to relist with you.

You can trick people into opening your letter and not just tossing it straight into the recycling bin by using a key word. „Free“. As a late-night ad used to say, „Free is a very good price.“ So let everyone know you have something free inside. It might be a fridge magnet, or a set of free energy-saving tips, or a pocket calendar.

Now that you have their attention, you need to give your reader an introduction to you. Tell her who you are, and why you are the home expert she should trust. Give some tips or useful information in your letter that will be of use to your reader. Perhaps this might be a fall-cleanup checklist or winter weatherization tips. If you are targeting an up and coming area, you might want to give a list of local merchants for people to get started frequenting.

If you get completely stuck and have the worst case of writer’s block, you can download free templates from the internet. They can be introduction letters, prospecting letters, expired listings letters, or new agent letters, just to name a few. These are useful to help you get started and trigger a thought trail. They’re also good if writing is not your strong suit, but you are great at the verbal deal. (Some of these sites offer templates to help you with your listings, too.)

Keep the letter simple. Overcomplicated or technical newsletters will just confuse your readers and make them toss it. That also means your name is not the one they will tuck in their dream home folder for when the time comes to buy.

It might seem obvious, but be sure you use a good spell checking program and a grammar checker if you are not strong in either. It only damages your reputation if you have errors that can be easily fixed by these programs.

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