For Sellers

Home sellers really only have a couple of goals. Sell their house. At the best price. The end.

But, how do you get from “honey, it’s time to move” to your next place? You do it by thinking like a buyer and that’s where we can help.

Today’s home buyers are searching online for homes. Check…we’ve got that. Today’s buyers want to see as many photos as possible of listings. Check…we’ve got that too. Today’s buyers want to be able to get information without being pestered, whether to their laptop, email or smart phone. Yep, we’ve got those covered as well.

When you are ready to sell your New Orleans West Bank home, ask us how we can put our buyer glasses on and position you for success.

Home Seller FAQ: Why Shouldn’t I Just List My House for $250?

New Orleans Real Estate

Just recently, I was called by a couple who has been attempting to sell their own home. They hired a broker who agreed to list the house in the MLS for a flat fee. It may have been $250, it may have been $400….the bottom line is that it’s a significant cost savings to the home owner compared to paying a commission when selling.

What You Need to Know About Flat Fee Listings

Limited marketing

Your home is put in the MLS and syndicated to Realtor.com. That’s the extent of the marketing. No Facebook posts, no syndication to Zillow or Trulia or the other real estate websites, no broker open house, no color flyers, no postcards to the neighbors. If you want any of these services, it’s up to you to perform them yourself.

No negotiation on your behalf

When hiring a flat fee agent of this type, you are not given any assistance with negotiating an offer. I see these deals in the MLS and the instructions are to call the owner for showings and to submit offers and to send a copy of the executed contract to the listing agent when the deal is done. There is no advocacy for you, no counsel on the market or pricing, no information on the pros and cons of the terms of a contract. Essentially, you are on your own.

No photos or room measurements

Unless you are prepared to hire a professional photographer or have a really good camera of your own, the photographs for your home will not be of the quality that today’s buyers are beginning to expect. Considering that the internet is the first showing of a house, it’s up to you to make it as appealing as possible. And be aware that miscalculating your square footage can result in an appraised value that is quite different than what you thought it would be.

Other agents don’t like dealing directly with home owners

Let’s be honest. There’s a reason most people hire agents. We list and sell homes and negotiate contracts, repairs and contingencies every single day. If there is a choice between dealing with another real estate professional or dealing directly with a home seller, most agents will choose a professional.

Does this mean that it can’t be done?

Absolutely not. We just don’t recommend it if you are serious about selling your home quickly and as pain free as possible.

We can help with the marketing of your home. Just fill out the form below or call us at 504-327-5303.

 

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Flood Insurance Changes Putting A Damper on Some West Bank Home Sales

Surveying your West Bank property

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen some real problems with the new flood insurance rules. There are a big number of homes built before 1975 in West Bank neighborhoods. When these houses were built, the flood maps were not in place and elevation surveys were not standard. Insurance agents call these Pre-Firm homes….

Effects of Government Shutdown on Buying/Selling a West Bank Home

Real estate on the West Bank of New Orleans

Jeff Johnson at NOLA Lending has provided the following outline of the effects of the government shutdown on mortgage lenders. If you are buying or selling a home that involves a new mortgage, here’s what you need to know: HUD / FHA Loans The FHA should not be significantly impacted, providing the shutdown is brief….

Home Seller FAQ:  Why Shouldn’t I Just List My House for $250?

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