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How do i find out how much to list my house at without talking to a realtor ?

  • February 11 2013 - San Pedro
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Why not speak with a Realtor?
Speak with several Realtors.
              

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  • December 29 2013
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more importantly, at what price are you're willing to sell? what is the time frame?

recently I had a seller on the 29th day of the listing say I want an offer NOW... I got her two...she elected to choose the buyer that was able to close in 10 days vs 45 days...we had a six month listing agreement
  • December 01 2013
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Hello, 
I tend to answer questions pretty bluntly or straight forward, so here it is, RESEARCH

1.) Get a full appraisal and you will see the compareables used which should be from your area and from there you can make a decision.
2.) Look through classifieds, craigslist ads, online Trulia, Zillow, Redfin, all can give you an idea of what properties are listing for.
3.) Then see if you can get online with the county assessor office, input your address and you should be able to see what all properties sold for within a 1-2 mile radius of yours. Weed out the ones that sold in the last year or last 6 months if applicable. Then you can compare that information with the information from online listing sites and derive a number.
4.) Get a home inspection with a repair bid. That way you can make sure the repairs were taken into account by the appraiser and if not, deduct them yourself from the final price you determine.
5.) Another sneaky option is to ask agents for MLS list of current listings or sold for area. If agent provides it, then you have more info.
6.) You can even go online yourself to Listingbook.com and establish your own account. I lost a few buyers that way many times, so I stopped telling my clients about Listingbook.
7.) JUST DO IT, advertise and see what kind of offers you generate, that will give you an idea of how much.
8.) Hire a Realtor to list for you. 

There are factors involved with everything I just relayed and too much to go into right now but it comes back to "It's best to get a licensed professional or you risk wondering what if ....?" 
  • December 01 2013
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Price per square feet can range drastically, even within a same neighborhood. Here in coastal Southern California, the land to house (structure) value is often about 70/30.  So a larger home may have a lower price per square foot. Of course there are a variety of views that can add $100,000 or more to a property value. Then there are improvements, which although may add to value, typically do not recoup the actual cost to do the upgrade. Kitchens and baths are usually where money is typically best recovered.

Since most buyers have a hard time seeing what is in front of them, making sure you have a great first impression is key. That can also create value in the eyes of a buyer, knowing they don't have to do work when they move in. Those that are willing to do work, typically want the property well discounted to the market.
  • November 13 2013
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What I did was took all houses sold in my subdivision over the last 2 months and dividing by the sf. To get the average across the board etc. That gave me a good price I was comfortable with. So far so good. Got it on MLS Friday and 2 showings so far (not even a week on market). So the price is good/competitive.
  • April 11 2013
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If you try to sell the home yourself, you could end up selling it for 5-10% less than if you used a Realtor that you only payed 5-7%.  We are worth it.  Please don't be afraid of us!  If you meet a Realtor that rubs you the wrong way or tries to "sell" you in a way you don't like, just interview another one.  There's literally thousands of us in Los Angeles that are ethical, polite, respectful and professionally trained in both negotiation and marketing (such as myself). 

A home sale is a complicated legal transaction.  Don't you think it's worth it to protect your investment in your largest asset?
  • April 11 2013
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Pay for an appraisal or TALK TO A REALTOR for FREE!!! lol

Seriously, if you are having trouble pricing the home how will you come up with your own offer and counter offer forms and negotiate a fair price.
  • February 20 2013
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I must admit, this question makes me laugh. It typifies much of my experience being a Real Estate Broker! Consumers want to know what we know but don't want to talk to us!!!

  • February 20 2013
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I agree with the other contributors who say a professional appraiser or real estate agent is the most reliable way of determining the value of your home.  But if you prefer to try it yourself, review the properties in your neighborhood that sold in the last six months and see what the price per square foot was.  Take the average and multiply the number by the square feet in your home.
This will give you a ballpark figure that will not take into account improvements to your property versus your neighbors, the size of the various lots, views, landscaping etc.  It will also not account for the rebounding housing market.  Year to year sales in many areas of the country are higher.   
A professional real estate agent can include these factors to give you the most accurate read.  But try the square footage method and see how you do.
  • February 14 2013
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You can pay to have an appriaser come out and do an official appraisal for you.
Most realtors will give you a very good idea of what you should list your home for. They should also be willing to provide this service to you at no cost and no obligation.

Much Success to You
Kawain Payne, Realtor
  • February 12 2013
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You can either pay an appraiser to do a full appraisal, or have a local Realtor do a no-cost, no-obligation Market Analysis for you. 
  • February 12 2013
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A credible Realtor is your best answer. Sounds like a self serving prophecy, but how many times have you gone to Great Clips to get a cavity filled? It is a specialty field that is rewarded only when results are produced. I would recommend a Realtor that is tech savvy, as it is the way of the industry right now. Good Luck!
  • February 12 2013
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You can hire a local appraiser to prepare a written appraisal report. Some appraisers will also give a less formal opinion of value for a reduced fee. Having an experianced real estate agent is still the best way to come up with a listing price.
  • February 12 2013
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Dear User,
Working with a local Realtor is the best way to get accurate information like market value.  If you really do not want to take this step, you could do some research and try to get the information about current home listing and sale prices in your area.
  • February 12 2013
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Have a real estate professional provide you with comps. Zillow is a great resource to get an idea of your home value as well but the information an agent or helpful loan officer can provide you will be more accurate.

  • February 12 2013
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You can take a look at other homes in your neighborhood on Zillow, but sometimes the prices on zillow can be inaccurate.

You can also hire a professional appraiser.

However, a real estate agent can usually help you estimate the approximate listing price of your house by doing a comparative market analysis of other homes in the area. This is free of cost and you have no obligations.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or if I can help you in any way!

Best Regards,

Jamie Tian
Real Estate Agent
Rodeo Realty
  • February 11 2013
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Zillow has some wonderful options on this site. Look at similar homes here and compare prices that are like your home, in your area and you should get some idea. Your best bet is to get a realtor to do a cma, but if you do not want one, then you must do all the leg work yourself. I wish you the best.
  • February 11 2013
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I would say your best option is to hire a professional appraiser. Assuming you are going to sell it on your own, you can provide copies of the appraisal to potential buyers to substantiate your pricing. Best of luck.
  • February 11 2013
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Hire an appraiser, which is not a bad idea even if you are going to list with an agent.
  • February 11 2013
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You will most likely have to talk to a Realtor.  By asking them to do a market analysis of what your home might be worth this doesn't mean you have to hire or work with them.
  • February 11 2013
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Interview realtors and get them to price it.
  • February 11 2013
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Pay for a professional appraisal.
  • February 11 2013
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