Pull Up A Word Document & Write Your Listing Description
Writing copy for a property listing is easy, especially if you are the home owner as you know your property best. All you need to do is point out the features and benefits and then elaborate on each. If you are struggling to write anything down, go onto the major property listing websites in your country and take a look at what some of the agents have written for some of their properties. After reading a few other listings, the creative juices will start to flow and you will have no trouble in writing your own ad.
Get Your Digital Camera & Take Photos Of Your Property
Now, you need to make sure that your digital camera takes high-resolution or high quality images so that you images do not come out with pixelation but other than that, make sure you house is clean and well presented and take some happy snaps. Here are some of the main areas of your house that you will need to take pictures of:
- Front Yard
- Back Yard
- Living Rooms
Get Property Reports & Market Data To Determine Your Selling Price
When selling your house privately, you need to gather your own data and determine the price at which you are going to sell as you do not have an agent to dictate or tell you what they think the property will sell for. You can do this fairly easily by making a search in Google for Free Property Report. This will bring up a number of sites that will provide you with sales data for properties that are similar to yours in your neighborhood. Once you have a general idea of what you would like for your property and you have all of your listing content, you can move onto the fun part, selling.
List Your Property On Free Classifieds & Paid Property Listing Websites
You can start off by listing your house online on free classified websites such as Craigslist or GumTree if you are based in Australia and you may just get enough enquiries on these sites to sell your house pretty fast but if you are looking for the most exposure and are looking to list on the most popular Real Estate websites in your country of region, do a search in Google for Sell My House Online or Sell My House Privately. You will get a large list of websites that will help you to list on these major property portals for a once-off or monthly listing fee. You will still be allowed to handle your own enquiries and deal with prospective buyers directly, they just list your property under their account but direct enquiries on your property straight back to you.
Take Your Enquiries, Conduct Open For Inspections & Negotiate A Price
This is the really fun part. Once your property is advertised and the enquiries start streaming in, you just need to take calls and fight for the highest price. You will have to show people through your home on the in-between but essentially, this is where you get down to business. Show people through and then take down the names and numbers of the interested parties. Organize a time to take them out to coffee and negotiate a reasonable selling price.
Speak To Your Lawyer or Conveyancer To Have Your Contracts Drawn Up
Once you have a buyer, you have done the verbal agreement, you then need to set it in stone. You can do this by going to your lawyer or conveyancer and asking them to write your sale contracts up for a small fee. Once these are done, all you need to do is have them signed and prepare for final settlement.
Settle & Smile
Once your property is sold and you have settled, you can sit back, relax and smile because you have just sold your property all by yourself and what is even better is that you did it without a Real Estate Agent and you did not have to pay a cent in commission.
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