Can I sell my house without a realtor in San Diego-Escondido-Vista

Yes, you CAN sell your home without a realtor! And I’m going to tell you how. If you’re looking to save on realtor fees, you can list your home for free on Zillow, Savvy Lane, and many other sell your home websites. But while more than a third of sellers attempt to sell their homes in San Diego themselves, only a handful end up closing a deal. Do the potential savings justify the drawbacks? Read on to learn more.

It’s free to list a home on Zillow for sale by owner (FSBO) or with an agent. That said, it’s important to remember that Zillow is, at its core, a massive real estate database, plain and simple.

When you list FSBO on Zillow, you’re responsible for every aspect of the home selling process. That means creating your own listing, taking care of photos, communicating with buyers, scheduling showings, fielding offers, negotiating, handling paperwork, disclosures, and more.

You’ll also be competing with thousands of other local sellers. Most will be working with experienced agents who are pricing and marketing their homes aggressively — on Zillow and hundreds of other real estate sites.

Your best bet for getting a great offer quickly is to list with an experienced, local real estate agent.

When you are thinking about selling your home without an agent in San Diego or Escondido, ask yourself these 3 questions before you sell your home:

  1. What’s your home worth, anyway? CLICK TO FIND OUT
  2. How much would you actually make if you sell?
  3. When should you list your home for sale?

So how do you figure all this out on your own without an Escondido realtor? As a top realtor in San Diego I’ve helped hundreds of sellers put more money in their pocket with less stress. But that does not mean selling your home yourself, or FSBO, is not the right option.

First things first, what is your home worth really? Is Zillow or redfin’s estimates right? Most likely No! Those websites are based on generic algorithms that do not take into account lack of inventory, home condition, and how quickly equity increases. Most realtors will offer you a free evaluation, with no obligation. BUT we do need a little information to make it accurate. I’m sure you wouldn’t want to under price your house right?! Most realtors are happy to get you an real market valuation of your home with very little information and no obligation….just the condition of your home and upgrades you have made…CLICK Here for a fast valuation of your home

Next, how much would you make if you sell?

Most people want to sell without a realtor because they want to avoid paying commissions…let me ask you a question..if the amount of money you made from selling your home was HIGHER because you used a realtor, would that make sense to you? “Even after commissions, statistics show that listing your home with a professional versus trying to sell by owner (FSBO) results in not only a faster sale but more money for the seller.” “Plus, sellers who use an agent usually make more on their home sale, even after paying an agent’s commission. In fact In 2019, homes that were sold FSBO sold for over $80,000 less on average. Ask your agent what their fees are, and what how much over asking price do they sell homes for on average

When should you sell your house–most people will say in the spring/summer when kids are out of school and people are making a move…but i disagree! Sell your home when there is less homes for sale which creates less competition for selling your home! List before your neighborhood has 5 homes on the market, all competing for buyers attention.

You can sell you home on your own,but the question you need to ask yourself is, do you really want to? Make sure to explore all of your options thoroughly before making your decision! Most realtors, like me, offer a cancellable agreement, so you are NEVER locked into anything!

You may ask. How do I post my home for sale by owner?

It’s free to list a home on Zillow for sale by owner (FSBO) or with an agent. That said, it’s important to remember that Zillow is, at its core, a massive real estate database, plain and simple.

When you list FSBO on Zillow, you’re responsible for every aspect of the home selling process. That means creating your own listing, taking care of photos, communicating with buyers, scheduling showings, fielding offers, negotiating, handling paperwork, disclosures, and more.

You’ll also be competing with thousands of other local sellers. Most will be working with experienced agents who are pricing and marketing their homes aggressively — on Zillow and hundreds of other real estate sites.

Your best bet for getting a great offer quickly is to list with an experienced, local real estate agent.

WHAT’S YOUR HOME WORTH? PROBABLY MORE THAN YOU THINK!

The good news is you don’t have to pay full price to sell with a full-service agent. Some real estate referral networks, like Clever, pre-negotiate reduced rates with top-rated, local agents, saving you up to 66% on listing fees. In fact, Clever sellers save $9,000, on average, per transaction. Sound interesting? CLICK HERE TO CONTACT ME.

The point is that Zillow knows that FSBO sales rarely work out (Vulcan 7 aptly points out that on its site that approximately 70% of FSBO sellers end up signing with a listing agent), and they’ve

4 Tips for Sellers Listing a Home FSBO on Zillow

1. Invest in professional photos

In real estate, first impressions matter — especially online. Including great photos in your listing can help you sell up to 32% faster. Usually, the cost of hiring a pro with the right gear and expertise is well worth it.

2. Write a great listing description

Your listing description is one of the best opportunities you have to make a compelling pitch and sell people on the idea of your home. Be as descriptive as possible and highlight all of your home’s best features; make sure you’re being honest and describing your home accurately; and be sure to use your spell-checker or have someone proofread your work!

3. Home pricing strategy is key

As you may already know, getting a professional appraisal, comparative market analysis, or running your own “comps” is key in order to determine your home’s fair market value and set a competitive listing price. That said, you also need to consider that most people on Zillow search using price filters. When setting your list price, try to keep it right under common price thresholds — i.e., if you list at $300,000, you miss out on anyone that sets their threshold at < $300,000. A $299,999 price point will likely increase your audience substantially.

4. Only accept offers from pre-approved buyers

This is very important. One of the biggest problems with Zillow is that it’s open to the public. Unlike on an MLS, where buyers are working with licensed agents and are, therefore, presumably somewhat qualified, Zillow is effectively the wild west of real estate. There are countless horror stories from sellers who accepted an offer, got through all of the inspections, negotiations, and paperwork, only to have the deal fall through because of the buyer’s financial situation (Learn the difference between pre-approved and pre-qualified).

5. Don’t just rely on Zillow

Approximately 91% of sellers list their homes with a licensed real estate agent. That means most of your competitors’ listings are likely getting published across hundreds of other websites and advertising channels, which gives them a much better chance of capturing the attention of your ideal target buyer. If you’re trying to sell your home FSBO, you’ll need to hustle hard — that means posting on as many sites as possible; spreading the word on social media and among family, friends and co-workers; posting signs and passing out flyers; anything you can do to boost your visibility and attract local buyers.

Top Alternatives to Listing a Home for Sale By Owner On Zillow

While listing a home on Zillow for sale by owner is technically “free,” the truth is you’re probably not going to have much luck if that’s your only plan.

Most sellers who attempt a FSBO listing are looking to save on realtor fees. In a traditional real estate transaction, sellers are typically on the hook for a 6% commission, which is split between the two agents handling the transaction.

The good news is that there are ways you can get all the benefits of working with a full-service real estate without the high commission fee.

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