For Sale By Owner Signs and Home Selling Supplies and Info
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REALTOR AND COMBO LOCK BOXES -- Order Lockbox Now
A Realtor Lock box is one of the most important factors when selling your home in the MLS.
If you do not put a lock box on your door – understand you are eliminating about 50% of agents.
When a buyer comes into an agent’s office – most times – they are ready to hit the road and start looking.
An agent does not want to wait for you to get home so they can show your home.
The easier you make it to show your home, the faster your home will sell.
Lock boxes are rented and must be returned prior to Ad/MLS expiration, cancellation or close date.
Combo Lock boxes are also available - you can give out combo to control when someone is entering your home more info
WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF EACH OF THE LOCK BOXES? You have your choice between the Realtor lockbox or a combo lockbox.
The realtor lockbox CANNOT be taken off the door by you - only by an agent - which sometimes is a hassle if the property is sold by owner.
If sold by owner, you will need to remove the door knob and send it back to us so we can remove the lockbox (which some folks don't care since they saved 3% and a new door knob costs about $50).
This realtor lock box is preferred by realtors since they don’t have to look up combos and it keeps track of who has been in your home.
The second choice is a combo lockbox that can be removed by you so you can send it back when your listing is sold. Let us know your preference.
Remember - if we advertise that there is a lockbox on the door and an agent shows up and it is not there - they can turn us in.
We then get fined and therefore forward the fine to you. So whichever lockbox you select - remember it must stay on the door unless you notify us you are removing it and sending it back to us.
Some folks want agents to call before going to see the home (not just show up and walk in). This is another advantage of the combo lockbox.
You, the seller, give out the combo to the agent (this gives you control of when agents show up). They will only know the combo if they speak with you.
If the property is vacant or you don't care when agents show up - we can put the combo in the agent remarks so only agents see the combo. (CVR Richmond, WAAR Williamsburg, MLS does NOT allow combo boxes).
IMPORTANT - READ - Because this is For Sale By Owner and because we do not come to the home to remove the lockbox for you – we offer the below suggestion.
recommend clients use a Heavy Duty Zip Tie (hardware store)
to put around the Hook of the Lockbox and zip tie to your doorknob or wrap a Bike Chain & Lock
around a fence or rail and slide the lockbox on to that. This way if there is an issue with the box (batteries die, box malfunctions or when you have sold) – you can easily get the box off the zip tie with scissors or unlock bike chain. This is the only way you can get the box off your door to return to us.
This prevents you from having to unscrew the doorknob to get the box off to return to us. If box is exposed to a lot of rain, y
ou can push the hook of the lockbox through a bag and then put hook into lockbox so bag drapes over the box to prevent rain from hitting it direct. Click Here for Example Of Protecting Lockbox From Rain/Snow and how to Attach to Door Knob with Zip Ties,
We do not return keys that are in the lockbox when it is shipped back to us. We toss them.
HOME WARRANTY -- Order Home Warranty Now
Most sellers offer a home warranty and we strongly recommend it. It covers the home buyer for 1 year (Heating, AC, Plumbing, Appliances and Electrical).
If the home buyer has an something that stops working, they simply call the home warranty company. The home warranty company will come out and repair or replace the item.
The home will will pay a small deductable.
Cover the items in your home so the buyer can't come after you after closing claiming you knew there was an issue. This is the piece of mind plan. more info
SHOWCASE LISTING (Max # of Pictures MLS Allows) -- Order Showcase Now
Buyers want pictures - Lots of pictures of your home.
Remember, a picture speaks volumes. A buyer will look through all your pictures to see if they really like your home.
If they don’t see pictures on the website of your home, they will assume something is wrong with it and that is why there are so few pictures.
Figure 30-40 pictures will be good to post showing all rooms (nice bright pictures), bathrooms, street view, back view, side view.
If a home buyer comes to take a look after they have previewed all your pictures online – you know they are truly interested in possibly purchasing your home. We strongly recommend the Showcase Upgrade. more info
CMA/COMPS -- Order Comps Now
All too often, sellers will spend money marketing their home – but don’t take the time to figure out the correct price for their home for sale.
For a small fee – we will run comps (CMA – comparable market analysis) for you so you can see what is active in your neighborhood (your competition), in addition to homes that are under contract, sold, expired and withdrawn. Obviously the expired properties and withdrawn properties for sale didn’t work. You want to pay close attention to the properties that have sold and are under contract (especially the ones similar to your property for sale). more info
FOR SALE BY OWNER SIGNS: GOTOFSBO.COM PROFESSIONALLY INSTALLED POST YARD SIGNS AND FRAME YARD SIGNS AND SIGN PANELS -- Order Signs Now
Most of our sellers want their home to stand out just like their competition with the Professional Post Sign.
The Professional Post Sign will be Delivered, Installed and then Picked up Prior to Closing. (Available in Some Areas).
Our sign panels are 18" x 24" and is designed to fit the frame that you can purchase at Home Depot.
You can also rent the INFO TUBE or BROCHURE BOX.
FSBO signs are not allowed when listed in the BRIGHT Northern Virginia, REIN Virginia Beach, CVR Richmond, WAAR Williamsburg, LAR Lynchburg, RV Roanoke, NRV New River Valley, SWVAR MLS – per MLS Rules not ours.
Our For Sale By Owner Signs must be returned prior to Ad/MLS expiration, cancellation or close date. Give the buyer peace of mind knowing that you are using a professional Company. more info
ASSISTANCE OPTION BUSINESS HOUR SUPPORT -- Order Now
Other companies charge $2500 for the same service. We will help you through the difficulty of understanding the complexities of offers presented to you.
We will assist you with the details of your FSBO real estate transaction and advise whether to accept, reject, or counter offer sales contracts presented to you by selling agents. We will also guide you through the home inspection process, buyer's qualifications and the settlement details.
Remember this is the largest purchase of the purchaser’s life and the purchaser is not going to want you to write their contract, etc.
Don’t scare them away – tell them you have professionals ready to help. more info
ASSISTANCE OPTION BUSINESS and AFTER HOUR SUPPORT -- Order Now
This option gives you business hour support and after hour support.
As part of FSBO's commitment to our customers, we offer this extended after hours, weekend & holiday support plan to our customers when our offices are closed.
Simply email us and we will be in touch.
BROCHURES/FLYERS FOR DRIVE BY TRAFFIC
Professional Home For Sale Flyers/Brochures with beautiful color photos of your home for sale by owner. The flyer highlights all the important details and special features of your homes. These brochures are ideal to give to the potential buyers when they come to tour your home. They are also a great to act as your 24-hour salesperson for your drive by traffic. Keep the brochure box on your sign full of flyer. With just a click of a button in your account, you may print unlimited flyers as you need them. More Info.
HOME SELLING HOW TO GUIDE BOOK -- Order Home Selling Book Now
This comprehensive guide to selling a home will tell you all you need to know to successfully sell your home - without sharing the profits with a broker. more info
ST. JOSEPH -- Order St. Joseph Now
The St. Joseph Kit comes complete with a 3½" plastic figurine, a special prayer to read while burying the statue and a set of instructions. more info
DELUXE FSBO HOME SELLING SUCCESS KIT - Order Kit Now
Includes: Pre-Move Seller Checklist, Setting Your Price, Writing a Good Ad,
10 Biggest Mistakes Sellers Make, Utility Worksheet, Guest Register, CMA Worksheet
Secrets to Selling Your Home By Owner, Camera Tips,
9 Super Showing Secrets,Purchase Offer Worksheet, Walk-Thru Inspection Checklist.
Questions and Answers
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If you compare the Flat Fee Virginia Mulitple Listing Service to a traditional real estate service, you will see you get the best of both worlds with the Flat Fee Listing Program. You have the opportunity to sell as a For Sale By Owner Virginia and pay no commission if the buyer comes to you as a FSBO or if the buyer comes in with a Realtor, you only pay a 3% commission.
The MLS is a listing service that helps real estate agents and brokers reach other real estate agents to find home listings that might be of interest to their buyers. MLS listings contain a huge amount of information on each home that can be filtered and sorted to narrow down the best homes for buyers to focus on.
The MLS is broken into area MLS databases. Realtors and brokers list in their own area MLS databases. As you would expect, MLS areas are divided geographically. Which MLS database your home listing would be set up in depends on where you live.