how do I get on the MLS with my listing

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Self MLS Listing Services have been a very successful option for Northeastern Ohio area home sellers, who want to save their hard-earned equity. To find a broker, do an internet search for "self MLS listing." The service typically costs around $500, and includes assistance by an Ohio real estate licensee, all the forms necessary to sell, agent-friendly yard sign, and other options you may want to consider. Statistically, it the MLS listing that is most likely to connect the seller and the buyer. In fact, MLS listings connect the buyer with the seller more often then open houses, newspaper ads, agent advertising combined.

When choosing a flat fee listing service, make sure you:

1. Call them--Calling the broker is an excellent way to see how responsive and helpful they are. If you always go to voicemail, that speaks loudly to their responsiveness,

2. Check their background-the Better Business Bureau website is an excellent place to check (put the company name in at bbb.org),

3. Make sure they guarantee in writing that you will be listed in the Realtors MLS used by all the agents in the Cleveland Metro/Cuyahoga County Area, and

4. Check online review websites for negative reviews or compliments from satisfied customers. Put the company name into google.com/localAny established flat fee company that has satisfied customers should have at least a handful of positive reviews.

Avoid the lowest price flat fee brokers, there are some very questionable flat fee websites out there, and if you research them you will find out why. My website has links to reputable brokers in 48 states as well. Good luck with your home sale.

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July 26 2012
Call a Trusted Real Estate Broker. Do some research and interview brokers. Set up some questions,don't sign anything until you feel confident they are going to represent your property with integrity and most importantly, they are going to use the most resources to get it sold. Realtors deal with the Real Estate Selling process everyday and can help you if you have a trust relationship with them. I would look for someone who is recommended on Zillow and see what the reviews say. You can get a good overall impression of someone from what strangers say. Questions I would ask: What types of marketing media do you use? How well do your listings and webpage rank in search engines? Are you planning to have open houses, how frequent? What can I do to get ready for the sale? The list goes on. They should have questions for you as well. Remember it's more than just putting your house on the MLS, it's getting someone to make the largest purchase decision most people will make. With that in mind, would you purchase from a For Sale by Owner or a Real Estate Agent???
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July 26 2012

You need to affiliate yourself with a broker who is a member of our local MLS and you need to become a member of CABOR, OAR and NAR.

If you need more info, since you are in the Greater Cleveland Area as am I, please feel free to contact me at the info listed in my Profile,

 

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July 26 2012
Angel Kocsis,

Another option, if you want to continue the FSBO path, is perform a google search, "Tremont, Ohio MLS Entry Only," call a couple of those contractors, i.e. the agent you hire to work w/ is a contractor as the nature of the Listing Agreement and find out what their rates are and the amount of service offered on their different programs.

Ensure you are offering the going rate for commissions to the buyer's brokers or you home will be overlooked.  I recommend offering a half point more than the going rate for your regional area, as this will increase your traffic and encourage the buyer's broker to be more willing to work w/ you. 

Typically buyer's brokers do not want to work w/ FSBOs because, 1) FSBOs do not offer commissions and 2) the buyer's broker is having to work twice as hard because they are working w/ individuals that do not know how the process works and the buyer's broker is constantly having to fight (because FSBOs are argumentative in nature) the FSBOs to ensure the transaction makes the closing.

Hope this helps,

Josh Barnett, Realtor

P.S. I have a feeling you already knew this answer though.
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July 26 2012
You will need to list it with a real estate agent who is a member of the mls.
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