Okay, Debbie Downer here…
“One mistake can cost you thousands of dollars” & “FSBO sellers usually sell for less.” Well, that’s realtor-speak for “Only real estate agents should be handling your deal.”
‘Agents’ are a two-syllable words for ‘unnecessary overhead.’
I realize you’re attempting to put your house on the MLS, and a buyer’s agent is gonna want something for their effort. But when the competition is offering 3.5%, your house will get less attention than a ninety-year old hooker with herpes.
Never mind agents want 7% when they work both sides of the deal, not 2.5%.
I’m not against using agents to sell a house, because I want someone else to do the grunt work. The problem is few will do the grunt work, and I end up doing it anyway …and paying the commissions …anyway.
Meantime, the risks to the buyer include believing what the agent tells them. And the risk to the seller is believing what the agents tells ‘them.’
Agents work for themselves, not you. They are happy, anxious and willing to lie, cheat, and steal to bring everyone to a closing.
Did I mention that agents are about making a commission, and not making sure YOU don’t make mistakes.
They’re fine with you making mistakes if it means getting paid.
The fact is, contracts to buy/sell are on the internet, and the only issue is reading the contract and knowing what it’s saying. A buyer’s agent will bring an offer printed on the Board of Realtors’ documents.
The universal agreements usually favor a seller. That’s fine, if you’re the seller.
If this was me, I would put a for sale sign in the yard, and bandit signs on major corners near the property. The hottest prospects are already trolling the area for a house to buy. I’d list a ‘dead’ number with an outgoing message that details the house and gives the address, so that I’m not repeating myself, with every looky lou.
The sign in front of the house is the only one with a live number (the one you’ll answer). This reduces nuisance calls, since only those who’ve seen the house will see the ‘live’ number. Never mind that many of the calls you would get come from agents wanting to list the house.
You can do a LOT of marketing with $7k in order to get the best price, in the shortest amount of time.
That’s all I got.