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What does it cost to list my home for sale buy owner on Zillow?

  • September 05 2013 - Hermosa Beach
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Posting a listing on Zillow is a free service, but Please reconsider trying to sell your property on your own. In the sate of California there are a tremendous number of disclosures and miscellaneous documentation that is required.  Listing a property FSBO eliminates the agent discussion and  hype of a property coming soon, eliminates the opportunity for Top Producing agents to caravan, eliminates professional representation and experience that comes with it, leaving you with the responsibility of getting the property ready for the market (without input), responsibility of  showing the property and responsibility of being sure all legal documents are presented and fully executed.   Additionally, a well connected Realtor should bring you more money (even after commissions are paid) than if you try to do it on your own. Please speak with a Realtor active in your area (there is no commitment) before making any final decision....
  • September 07 2013
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It's free. You may want to consider doing a 'flat-fee' MLS listing, which is where you get your home on the MLS for a small price (we do this for $79 in California). Once the home is on the MLS the listing will syndicate out to realtor.com, trulia.com, zillow.com and many others. By listing on the MLS you also get the ability to offer a commission to buyer agents, which is important because nearly all buyers who see your home online will go to an agent to view the home.

Search 'flat fee MLS' on Google and you will find many companies that provide this service. Some brokers will charge $300+ for this flat fee MLS service, but it can easily be had for less than $100 (it is all basically the same).

The big things to look for in a flat fee MLS broker are:

1. Price to list on MLS (don't overpay)
2. Max pictures on MLS (most MLS's allow up to 24)
3. Listing term (should be 6-12 months)
4. Syndication to websites (your listing should go out to zillow, trulia, realtor.com at a minimum - they account for ~50% real estate traffic on the web)

Flat fee brokers unbundle the standard set of real estate services and charge for each of them individually, so the consumer can pick what they want to pay for and what they will handle themselves. 

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  • September 06 2013
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There is no monetary charge to list your home by yourself.  What you want to consider instead is how much cost to have your home sit on the market a few extra months, be "on call" every time someone wants to see your home, and to hire an attorney to write up all of the agreements.  Those are things that your realtor would do for you in addition to taking quality photographs and marketing your home properly, holding open houses, and studying the market to assist you in pricing the home properly to get it to sell.

Most people who go the for sale by owner route hire a realtor after a few months.
  • September 06 2013
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Free!!!!
  • September 06 2013
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It's Free
For Sale by Owner

Give this a look....Zillow Help Center


  • September 06 2013
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It doesn't cost anything to put a listing up on Zillow, whether it's for sale by owner or for sale through a broker.  Either way though, one website is not enough to give your home the appropriate amount of exposure to the market.  The lack of exposure is what will cost you money.  In order for a listing to be marketed effectively, it must reach every possible segment of the buyer pool.  Sellers who opt to limit that target audience will ultimately suffer in the sale price.     
  • September 06 2013
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