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Old 09-24-2012, 07:25 PM   #76
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Personally, I don't understand the point of listing the house before the fix-up work is done. Get all of the work done, and then determine a fair price for the house and list it at that. If the house is truly worth more, people will bid it up.

The point of listing before the work is complete is twofold.

The fall market is now. Everyday before the snow flies and the holidays creep closer counts.

More importantly, there could be a serious Buyer who wants the to be in the area. If they don't know the home is available, they could settle for a different location.

Sure its always better if the house shows well, but I'd rather see a work in progress then miss the opportunity entirely

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Old 09-26-2012, 08:48 AM   #77
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Woo hoo!

The painters are finished and with the exception of a small wood trim project, most everything is done.

I think one or two more days of deep cleaning and I can say it's done. Keeping it clean is probably another battle, but oh well. Today I am choosing to be excited.

And honestly, I'm thinking about telling my mom to just call the realtor. That was the eventual plan the whole time and my excitement is dwindling. Maybe it's time to let the professional take over.
Not too mention my mom is already asking for me to do things at her new house. I'm not sure I want to be stretched this thin.

I did really want to earn the money but at this point I think just learning how to fix and do so much stuff was good enough.
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:09 AM   #78
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I've been away from the site and am just catching up on this thread now. I think the big downside to FSBO is lack of advertising. When I was looking for houses, before even signing a realtor or selling my last house, I used a lot of sites like Realtor.com and others that rely on MLS listings. FSBO houses wouldn't show up on those sites. While there are some sites that you can list your FSBO house, they aren't nearly as popular or as friendly to use. For someone serious about FSBOing their home, advertising beyond "people driving by and seeing the for-sale sign" should probably be a very large portion of the work.
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I think the big downside to FSBO is lack of advertising. When I was looking for houses, before even signing a realtor or selling my last house, I used a lot of sites like Realtor.com and others that rely on MLS listings. FSBO houses wouldn't show up on those sites.
If you're going to FSBO, you need to have an MLS listing. That's the key. If you do, then your listing will show up on any site that shows MLS listings. I found my current house on MLS that was a FSBO.
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Come on don't give up yet. You need to let the Realtors know. They have a buyer pool. I know you are busy, but think about seeting aside an afternoon to email the Realtors to let them know what you've got. Even if its just the most popular ones, as they probably have the most buyers

Every time you see an open house in your general area, make sure you take advantage of the other persons advertising by having one too. It gives the buyer a chance to have a direct comparison and see how much superior your place is
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Must disagree with you Jan. I think the poor girl is in over her head and just does not have time for open houses, the advertising, and especially the follow up. I would get on with listing it with a broker or, as mentioned, the thing will soon sit all winter which just doesn't look good come spring.
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I'm not your dad, but that is just asking for trouble. I know a guy that sold his house without a realtor and the buyer didn't have a realtor and they paid a lawyer to finalize the sale. that was 13 years ago and their still dealing with bull **** discrepancies between the buyer and seller.
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my realtor defiantly did not earn every penny she charged. if you want some of the commission ask a realtor friend to refer you to a realtor and ask if you can have his finders fee. you would have to be good friends but it's worth it.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:50 PM   #84
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This thread was mentioned to me elsewhere so I know it's time for an update

So... I was feeling pretty discouraged about the selling of the house nonsense. But you guys said some stuff and blah and blah and I thought, ok, really try for another month. Really, really try. You can do this girl!

Nah, I was lying to myself. My mom must have sensed that my energy for this project was near it's end and Sunday she very gently informed me she called the realtor and someone was coming Wednesday.

Thank G-d!

I wanted to help and I enjoyed helping so far, but now that the hands-on stuff is done I really don't want to deal with it anymore! I'm ready to get back to work on my own house!!

So, I won't be getting the nice little chunk of change
But she did mention that she was going to throw something my way for all my work and help. (Specifically mentioned a particularly frustrating school loan) so I'm a happy camper all around.

Thanks everybody for helping and participating and advising!!

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