A Guide To Selling Your House Without A Realtor
It’s no secret that first-time home buyers and real estate salespeople have a complicated relationship. As any agent will tell you, the biggest hurdle for home sellers is getting past the initial shock of being listed with a professional who knows how to price your house higher than you wish it were worth. The fact of the matter is, while this can be embarrassing at first, listing your house with an experienced realtor is actually in your best interest because they know how to get top dollar for their clients—which means more money in your pocket when it comes time to close on the sale. And since we’re all about helping first-time homeowners navigate this process as smoothly as possible (without breaking the bank), we’ve put together some tips to help you sell your house without a realtor.
If you’re looking for a quick, simple way to sell your home and make some extra cash, then this guide is for you. It’s time to say goodbye to realtors!
Schedule A Home Inspection
Home inspections are critical to know what repairs need to be made before you put your house on the market. You can get this done for free by searching online and calling local companies. A professional inspector will come out and inspect your home, give you a report highlighting all of the problems, and recommend how much they would cost to fix. If you are selling your house quickly, then the price tag may not matter as much as getting it listed as soon as possible so that people can start seeing it in person.
Prepare Your Home For Sale
To get your house ready for sale, you need to make sure it’s in good shape. This means cleaning and making repairs wherever necessary—if you’ve got a leaky faucet or cracked windows, fix them! Get rid of any clutter that might be lying around and declutter the house, so it feels roomier. You can also freshen up the paint job or carpeting if they’re looking worn out. Finally, clean up your yard—a neat lawn and well-kept landscaping will make buyers feel more comfortable about purchasing your home.
Once your place is looking spry again, consider hiring a professional stager to give it an extra boost before putting it on the market (the same goes for unsold homes). A stager can help arrange furniture so that rooms look larger than they actually are; add accessories like flowers or artwork; lighten dark corners with bright lamps, and remove personal belongings from sight altogether by storing them in closets or cabinets until after closing day.
Create A Listing
Now that your house is ready to be sold, it’s time to create a listing. You’ll need to decide what you want your listing to look like and include it. Do you have any unique features? It might be worth mentioning those! Here are some important things to consider:
- Price – How much do you think your house is worth? If you don’t know exactly how much it’s worth, ask around or research similar properties in the area.
- Address – Make sure this is correct before putting up an ad online because otherwise, prospective buyers won’t even realize they’re looking at your place!
- Listing Title – This should be short and sweet so others understand what they would get out of buying yours over someone else’s property nearby!
Negotiate With Potential Buyers
It’s not uncommon for a buyer to make an offer that is below the asking price, especially if your home is older or has seen some wear and tear. If this happens, you should try to counter their offer with a price that’s closer to your asking price. You can do this by either lowering the number of points (1 point = 1% of the sales price) or by reducing other fees (such as closing costs) associated with the sale.
If they don’t budge on their initial offer, you might consider rejecting it outright. This could push them into making more reasonable offers if they really want your house and think there may be other potential buyers in the market who are willing to pay more than they are offering now!
Prepare For Closing
Closing is the final step in the home-selling process. When it’s time to close, you’ll meet with your real estate agent and their team to sign all of the paperwork that requires both parties’ signatures. This includes your contract, any addendums or riders, as well as a final walkthrough report (if applicable). You will also pay any closing costs at this time!
Once everything is signed and paid for, you’ll have some documents sent over to your lender so they can release your funds from escrow. Once this happens, you’re free to do whatever you want with that money! Your house is officially sold—now it’s time for a party!