FIND-IT R.E. allows you to put your house on the MLS, the same network that Realtors® use, for one low fee. Your home will be searchable to the same Realtors® that are looking to find homes for their clients that “traditionally” listed, full service brokered homes use. The main difference is that you handle the negotiation with potential buyers or buyer’s Realtors® and you field the inquiries and schedule the showings. When the home sells, you either pay no commission or only pay the buyer Realtor’s® (if one is involved) a commission (usually 1 to 2.5% of the sales price) and any amount according to the package you selected. If you find your own buyer, you pay no commission at all!
It’s simple, it’s about first impressions –In fact, most buyers decide if like your house within seconds. Sometimes, the first impression is the only impression, so make it count.
Hang easy-to-read house numbers – Sometimes, just the number of the house matters. New numbers are very inexpensive, but help a buyer feel that the home is “new” just by seeing the new numbers.
Update the front door knobs and hinges – If they seem outdated, update them! Every prospect will subconsciously notice these small things each time they open the door. If the knobs already look good – just keep them clean.
New mailbox – The mailbox is often overlooked as a trivial part of the home- but having a brand new mailbox is another simple and inexpensive way to show potential buyers that the house is fresh and updated.
Fresh grass, mulch or plants outside – Landscaping is a small cost, yet is one of the most important things to do to help sell a house. The good thing is it generally just requires some work and an afternoon to turn a lawn into a beautiful show place.
Pressure wash driveway and any decks – You probably haven’t noticed just how much dirt has slowly accumulated on your driveway and deck over the years – believe me: it’s not clean. Having a pressure washed driveway and deck is inviting and is one of the first things potential buyers see when walking up. First impressions are everything – so make sure your first impression reflects the quality of life they’ll find inside.
Make sure lawn is mowed – This just requires short amount of your time but the results are spectacular. Once again, landscaping is big. If it’s not your thing, hire a local landscaping crew to maintain it for you while the house is on the market.
Don’t ignore the back yard – Back yards are a big deal for buyers with families. The back yard is where the “entertaining” happens – and is a huge source of pride for homeowners. Be sure the lawn is kept short and defined, and include space for kids to play.
A “wow” for each room – Every room or space in a home should have a “wow” of some sort, providing something that is beyond what’s expected. Some examples of a wow are flowers on the kitchen table, accent pillows on a bed, a plate of cookies in the kitchen., remember we are making first impressions.
New pulls on kitchen cabinets and drawers– Replacing the pulls and handles on kitchen cabinets and drawers give an overall new appearance to older cabinets. This is one of the easiest and lowest cost replacements you can do to make your kitchen come alive.
Make it Bright – Make sure that darker rooms have higher wattage bulbs to brighten them up. It’s good for presentation and they’re very affordable to replace. Bright rooms bring positive feelings to your buyers.
Turn on lights – Makes a good presentation by turning on all the lights in the home when having a showing. It’s a simple trick – but it works.
Fresh paint – You can’t go wrong with fresh paint on trims, doors, or windows. You’d be surprised at how new you can make a house look with just fresh paint.
Update the outlets and switches– Make sure they match in color – and make sure they work and are clean.
Have all windows cleaned – Do the cleaning inside and out. It gives better lighting and view to the outside, light sells houses.
Do a quick clean on everything – Sometimes, right before a showing, you just need a “quick clean” if time is limited. Things you may want to consider first are the bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen sink.
Open blinds – This is great for letting the light in. It also gives buyers an idea on how they can set the mood of the room with your blinds.
Clean and paint the closets – often, female buyers look at closets and visualize their clothes or shoes in them. Keep in mind, women often have the final say when it comes to buying a home, you can understand the importance of not neglecting the closet.
Clean and re-do the laundry room – A dirty laundry room can set a negative tone. Everyone wants a lovely laundry room, and it doesn’t take a lot to spruce it up. Some paint, new towels. Keep the colors light and airy.
Clear fridge of all magnets and pictures – Make the kitchen special without those personal items. It sounds strange but, buyers are interested in seeing a clean, fresh refrigerator door that they can visualize placing pictures of their family on.
Remove pet bowls, toys, and beds before showing –Although we all love our pets, the next buyer might not want to be reminded that you have pets
Organize pots and pans – Pack up and store pans, waffle iron, fryer and other large items not used often to clear out the kitchen cabinets. Without all those random items – your cabinets will look much larger.
Have a complete information sheet of the house – It should be accurate and mentions anything important. You don’t want to miss any of the crucial details, so have several other people look over the information sheet. Make enough copies so they can take the information sheet with them when they leave.
Price it right – Nothing beats doing your research and setting the right price. More often than not, you may need an expert to help you calculate what that perfect price is – so don’t be afraid to speak with someone at Find It R. E. We can help you find the sweet spot that will make buyers respond and get you the highest price.
Hiring a Realtor – To sell your house faster, consider a good Realtor. People have a misconception that a Realtor is someone who places your home on the MLS but in fact, a good Realtor is good at marketing….period. Let’s face it, what you are really hiring is a good marketer, someone who can find specific buyers. A good marketer can find multiple buyers and create a bidding war that ultimately gets you a higher price. Ask about their marketing ability.
MLS stands for Multiple listing Service. This is the “Private” data base of the professional Real Estate community. It’s use is only allowed by licensed real estate professional who join or subscribe to this service. In the Chicago metropolitan area most of this activity takes place on MRED or Midwest Real estate Data. Real Estate professionals must be Licensed and pay yearly dues to be part of this association. The benefit of this is that this data is shared between Real Estate professional that are working with clients who may be interested in your property. This information allows agents representing buyers to easily find agents representing sellers and create a match, ie. The sale of your home. Generally the Sellers offers a commission to the listing agent who in turn offers a portion of that to agents representing buyers to bring the buyer to the listing. The agents “cooperate in getting your home sold, thus share the commission.
With a flat fee listing, you are using a listing agent to place your property on the MLS, but instead of paying the listing agent a commission , you are charged a small fee. This allows your home to be seen by the real estate broker community who are working with buyers. Those agents will call you directly when they have a buyer they think would be interested in buying your home.
If an agent is working with a buyer, and that buyer is the actual purchaser of your home, then that agent has earned the right to a commission. Consider this, if other houses around you that are for sale are offering to pay a buyer’s agent a commission and you are not, what would be the incentive for that buyer’s agent to show your home if they will not be compensated to do so. Typically this compensation ranges from 2%-3% of the final sales price, but you get to decide how much to offer. You see, in a flat fee arrangement you are only paying a commission to the agent who brings your buyer, not to the listing agent. By doing this, you can save yourself as much as $20,000 dollars on a $500,000 home, quite a difference!
You Win!!! If no buyers agent is involved you will have saved yourself both sides of the commission, that’s a lot of money. Celebrate!
Find It R.E. is local to Chicago and knows the Chicago and suburban market intricately. We are here to help you navigate the Real Estate process. From pricing to discussing offers to guidance on avoiding mistakes, we’ll walk you through it!
Once your pick your package and your payment is processed we will contact you and your broker support will start immediately. We discuss your property and your goals. We’ll get you the proper disclosures and discuss ways to get the property sold quickly. When done with this process, your home will be on the MLS and you’ll be on your way to talking with interested Buyers!
Find It R.E. (short for Find It Real Estate) is a locally owned and operated Flat Fee Real Estate Firm located at 203 N. LaSalle St. in Chicago.
We offer local broker support for Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, McHenry and Will Counties. We focus on offering consumers a cost effective way to obtain access to the Multiple Listing Service (M.L.S.).