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We would like to try our hand at selling our home ourselves, but we are not sure how.

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January 29 2013 - Satellite Beach
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You could always try to list the home yourselves and see if it works. It's worth a try. If you feel like you are missing out on some marketing, negotiating experience and expertise a Realtor offers you might want to contact a local agent. 

Here are the basics if you list it on your own:
1) Make sure your house is clean inside and out. Any funky smells like pets or cigarettes can be instant deal killers. 
2) Remove the clutter and remove personal items like family photos, throughout your home. Find someplace to store them until you sell. Seeing personal photos is a big distraction to buyers. 
3) Landscaping is important. Keep the lawn cut and manicured. Clean up the beds. Put some new mulch down. 1st impressions only happen once. 
4) Did I say clean, yes, but make sure your carpet and flooring is spotless. No one wants to buy a dirty house, unless they get it for a steal. 
5) Once your done with those basics you have to market your home. This is where a Realtor can add significant value to your home. Advertising your home for sale on Zillow is helpful but agents are the ones selling homes. We use the MLS to find them.

If you want some consultation I'd be happy to give you some more information. I'm a local broker in Satellite Beach. Feel free to give me a call.

Kyle Hogan
My Florida Homes for Sale
Broker/Owner
321-549-8855
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February 20
Yeah, I feel you.

There are books, there are blogs, there are videos, there are audio guides; there are several million residential real estate sales annually in the USA, and the path is well worn and the process relatively similar.

Before you hire yourself to act as your own listing agent, however, I think you owe it to yourself to ask yourself: are you the best person for the job, and are you worth what you're going to save (earn) in commission?

You've decided that you will save #% by not hiring a professional, but that's only if you do as good a job as the professional. If you don't do as good a job, the savings will be less . . . or, it may end up costing you money.

If you are one of those people who pick things up quickly, and can usually do a professional-quality job on the first try, then maybe this task is for you. After all, what have you got to lose?

All the best,
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February 01 2013
Just like the other professionals, I also advise against it but if you would like a free for sale by owner guide feel free to contact me and I will get one over to you.
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February 01 2013
All of the answers here are correct.  If you have no idea where to start or how to do something, you should definitely seek professional advice. A home is your most important asset and you would not want to leave the sale or exposure of it to chance.  The forms and disclosures, as one agent mentioned, can open you up to liability if filled out incorrectly.  At least seek the advice of a Real Estate Attorney, it will be worth every dime!  Best of luck to you.
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February 01 2013

Just the subject line tells me you should speak to a Realtor or RE Attorney. Would you seek a doctor if you had a broken leg or try to mend it on your own?- my purpose for the illustration is Realtor's are professionals - and your home is probably one of your biggest assets you have- seek professional advice--good luck!

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February 01 2013
Dear Puttl,
I can understand your interest, however, I would advise against it. At the very least you should have a lawyer looking out for your interests.
There are many rules and laws governing the sale of Real Estate and you must know them in order to protect yourself from liability. A good Realtor is worth every penny.
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February 01 2013

Allow me just to say that is not that simple, If you're not familiar with all documents and disclosures needed you're better of hiring an agent. It will save you lots  of headaches. Most buyers relied on a realtor to have the transaction done correctly and almost none will try to buy a house without any knowledge. This will put your sale to a very limited number of buyers and will decrease the possibilities to get top dollars for your home. Contact your local realtor for more info since there're many reasons why you shouldn't sell your home on your own. 
Hope this helps

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January 29 2013
In this day and time a Realtor can save you money and lots of headaches. Navigating all the issues that come up in a transaction can be a major hurdle to the inexperienced Seller. There is also the issue of your safety.
The last FSBO that call me said they were the victims of thieves coming in for a showing without proper notice and they took some jewelry. When you are selling your house by yourself people get the idea they can just knock on your door. Be careful. 
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January 29 2013
The website Wetdawgs referred you to is a good one. Just keep in mind that if the buyer is getting a mortgage, you won't be able to sell it for more than what it appraised for - regardless of whether you sell it yourself or use a Realtor. Most buyers are not willing to pay for something for  more than it's worth. Plus, what is YOUR time worth?
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January 29 2013
If you are not sure about something as important as the selling process, I suggest that you may want to contact a listing agent, and seek their assistance on this transaction, then maybe when you do it again, you will know what to do.  The best of luck!
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January 29 2013
If you have no idea where to start, you may want to rethink your decision.  There will be many challenges only an experienced Realtor can successfully navigate you through.  You could cost yourself more $ than hiring a Realtor would.

Best of luck.
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January 29 2013
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Here's a link to a non-commercial website by someone who was successful with a FSBO after agents weren't successful. It will help you get started on what it takes.
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