FREE Guide

Enter your name and e-mail address below, and you’ll instantly receive my FREE insider’s guide

"Common Mistakes When Selling Your Home By Owner".

It's packed full of innovative ideas you can use to save thousands of dollars on the sale of your home.

A $47 value -- yours FREE!

First Name:

Last Name:

Email Address:

We Respect your Privacy

  TESTIMONIALS

"I wish we would have listed our home with you first.  We had an offer after only 9 days thanks to your incredible advertising exposure, and less than two weeks later our home sold for 99.3% of asking price.  Thank you!"

~Tom & Sandra Woods

"Having dealt with other real estate agents in the past, I am clearly convinced that your knowledge and ability to service your clients far surpassed the others.  I was amazed when my home sold for the price I wanted, and in less than 3 days!"

~Richard Kern

>View More Testimonials


Frequently Asked Questions
We have found that with home sellers, many of the same questions come up over and over. To help out, we have compiled a list of our most common "Frequently Asked Questions"...


General Questions


1) Is it smart to list our For Sale By Owner (FSBO) on your web site when you are located in Colorado and we are located in a different state?
2) Do I need to come to your office to be listed on the MLS, Realtor.com or your web site?
3) If I use your services to list my property on the MLS, Realtor.com or your web site, can I still hold an Open House or run ads by myself?
4) What is the difference between a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) and an Appraisal?


MLS Questions
1) What is the MLS?
2) What are the advantages of listing on the MLS?
3) What is the difference between my local MLS and Realtor.com?
4) When I purchase the MLS listing service from you am I signing a Listing Agreement with you or your company?
5) Can I cancel my limited service listing agreement?
6) What telephone number will be on my MLS listing?
7) Is any special designation given to a limited service MLS listing that essentially singles it out as a FSBO (For Sale By Owner)?
8) Will my MLS listing look the same as other listings on the MLS?
9) What happens if I am listed on the MLS but I sell my house myself... do I still owe a commission?
10) Is there a situation where I would have to pay a Realtor's commission if my home sale does not successfully close?
11) Can I upgrade to a full service listing with you?
12) What should I offer the selling Realtor as a commission to sell my home?
13) How do I delete my entry after my house is sold?


Virtual Tour Photos Questions

1) What is the resolution of the still shots that your photographer takes?
2) Where is the slide show? I see a red "X" or square with shapes in the corner.
3) My Internet connection is through AOL and the virtual tour is not working. What can I do?
4) What happens if I have not sold my house in 6 months and I want to extend my web site services with you for another six months?



General Questions

Is it smart to list our For Sale By Owner (FSBO) on your web site when you are located in Colorado and we are located in a different state?


By all means, YES!!! Today people are relocating like crazy and 75% of buyers start their home search by looking on the Internet (even prior to contacting a real estate agent). You will be reaching millions of people this way and can use the URL address in all of your offline advertising so buyers will be directed instantly to your listing and can get information on your house. It is extremely important to make sure that the web site you are posted on has a high ranking with the various search engines because this is how they receive the most traffic.      

TOP


Do I need to come to your office to be listed on the MLS, Realtor.com or your web site?


No, you don't have to visit our office to get listed on any of these sites. Our services are set up to maximize your convenience. The necessary paperwork can be emailed, faxed, or mailed so there is no travel, appointment, or time-consuming meeting necessary to get listed on these sites.  

TOP


If I use your services to list my property on the MLS, Realtor.com or your web site, can I still hold an Open House or run ads by myself?

Yes you may hold Open Houses as often as you would like and you may also run as many ads as you would like to. If you find a buyer who is not working with an agent you will not have to pay the co-op 2.8% fee nor will you owe us any more money. You of course have the option of hiring us to complete the contract negotiations and manage the details to closing for you.                                                    

TOP


What is the difference between a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) and an Appraisal?

A CMA is compiled by a licensed real estate agent who is using comparable properties from the MLS. This provides an estimate of what the agent thinks the home will sell for based on your home's size and condition, the location, and the current market conditions. It is wise to have a real estate agent do a CMA on your home before putting your home on the market. This way, you can see what potential buyers will be using to decide how much they will offer on your home, and you will have ammunition to defend your price as well. An Appraisal is compiled by a licensed real estate Appraiser. Institutes that lend money to buyers require that an Appraisal is provided so that they are insured they are not lending more money than what the home's current value is. An appraisal is typically paid by the buyer and is sometimes needed if a homeowner is refinancing their home. The Appraiser is also taking their comparables from the MLS but is using a developed formula to arrive at the current value of the home.                                                               

TOP



MLS Questions

What is the MLS?  


The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is a cooperative marketing system which allows professional Realtors to share information about real estate for sale. It is a comprehensive database which is shared by all Real Estate Brokerages (i.e. ReMax, Coldwell Banker, Keller Williams, etc.). It is the most powerful marketing tool for a homeowner to sell their home. Today more than 70% of all homes are sold as a direct result of the MLS's enormous targeted exposure. The database consists of the most up to date information on properties listed for sale. Regardless of which company an agent works for, he or she has access to the same data base through their local board of Realtors. The MLS provides the biggest marketing advantage in selling houses because this is the first place where Realtors® go to find properties for their buyers. If a Realtor finds a buyer for a For Sale By Owner home the seller will only pay a 2.8% to 3.0% commission of the sales price (vs. the normal 6-7%).

TOP


What are the advantages of listing on the MLS?


When you enter your home in the MLS and offer a Realtor a 2.8% co-op fee to sell your home, you are putting thousands of local Realtors to work for you to find an eager, qualified buyer for your property. You will gain the greatest exposure and let the majority of qualified buyers know that your home is available. By using the limited service MLS, the seller has agreed in writing to pay a commission of 2.8% of the purchase price, to a Realtor upon a successful closing. This will cut out those agents who waste your time by telling you they have a "so-called-buyer" for your home, when really they are just trying to list your home. When a realtor calls, they really will have a "legitimate, qualified buyer". It will stop the relentless badgering from annoying Realtors® and Investors. Survey results from NAR (National Association of Realtors)have shown that 50% of sellers first try to sell their home without using a Realtor but that only 16% of sellers actually sell their home without exposure in the MLS. Unfortunately, many of those sellers end up giving away their commission savings to the buyer to close the deal. Buyers often expect discounts when they see that the seller is not paying Realtor commissions.

TOP


What is the difference between my local MLS and Realtor.com?


The NAR (National Association of Realtors) prohibits Realtors from including the contact information of the seller on Realtor.com directly, because it's publicly accessible. Do not confuse Realtor.com with the Realtor MLS. They are two separate systems, even though they are both operated by the Realtors Association. Realtor.com (NAR) downloads property data from the local Board of Realtors and makes that property data available to the public, on a limited basis. Realtor.com is not a "For Sale By Owner" website, and so therefore, a seller's contact information is not available. It is acceptable to list the seller as the property contact on the local Realtor MLS; that's because it is ONLY accessible to Realtors. We list you as the contact on the local MLS. With limited service MLS, our goal is to provide you with a legitimate way to save at least half of the commission you would normally pay. You can expect to pay 2.8% to a buyer's agent. If you locate a buyer on your own and there is no Realtor involved, you owe no commission.

TOP


When I purchase the MLS listing service from you am I signing a Listing Agreement with you or your company?


Yes, but it is a "limited services" agreement, and you will not owe us any additional fees once you sell your home. We are strictly providing you a "Limited Service" listing on the MLS. That means that you will be the person who is contacted for showings or questions regarding your property. You will be the one who receives any offers on your home, completes negotiations, and follows through with all other activities through to closing or escrow. Please view our dropdown menus for a selection of more in-depth services (i.e. if you want us to help you with negotiations or for full service listing options).

TOP


Can I cancel my limited service listing agreement?

Yes, you are allowed to cancel your limited service listing agreement (with no refund) as long as it does not have a pending contract or any commissions due to a Realtor.

TOP


What telephone number will be on my MLS listing?


All buyers and real estate agents with buyers will be instructed to contact you directly to either set up showings or to have any of their questions answered.
You can also purchase our Showing Service to handle setting up Realtor showings for you.  This service also includes collecting feedback from any Realtor showings.

TOP


Is any special designation given to a limited service MLS listing that essentially singles it out as a FSBO (For Sale By Owner)?


No, there is not any special designation listed on the MLS. In fact, the NAR's (National Association of Realtors) policy on this is zero discrimination tolerance. Local boards have been instructed by the NAR that they can not discriminate against discount brokers because it violates trade laws. Realtors do not care if you are trying to sell your home on your own, as long as you are offering them a commission for bringing you a buyer. They know that statistics are in their favor that they will locate a buyer first.

TOP


Will my MLS listing look the same as other listings on the MLS?


Yes, your listing will be identical to the listings of competing real estate companies. It will show a photo and all the same listing information. Generally, it will show the commission rate offered to an agent who successfully sells the home, and instructions for showing the home.

TOP


What happens if I am listed on the MLS but I sell my house myself... do I still owe a commission?


No. When you purchase our MLS service, you still maintain the right to sell your home on your own. If you find your own buyer, you will not be obligated to pay a commission on the sale.

TOP


Is there a situation where I would have to pay a Realtor's commission if my home sale does not successfully close?


The commission is only paid if the buyer actually purchases the property and the closing is successful. In the unlikely scenario that your buyer is unable to complete the transaction, you do not owe the buyer's agent a commission. Assuming that you don't break the purchase agreement that you previously agreed to in writing, you only pay a commission upon the successful closing of the sale of your home.

TOP


Can I upgrade to a full service listing with you?

Yes, you can upgrade services to  a full service listing. The flat fee listing that you paid for will be credited towards a full service listing when the property sells and closes.

TOP


What should I offer the selling Realtor as a commission to sell my home?

We suggest that you offer 2.5% to 3.5%, depending on what is common in your area. Keep in mind that the more you offer, the more motivated the agent might be to sell your home. But feel free to offer whatever commission you like.

TOP


How do I delete my entry after my house is sold?


Simply contact us by email fax or phone and let us know you'd like to delete the listing.  We will take care of it for you.

TOP




Virtual Tour Photos Questions

What is the resolution of the still shots that your photographer takes?


Images are taken at a dimension of 1600 X 1200 pixels. These images are in jpeg format and can be used for use in flyers, postcards, or to post to web sites.

TOP


Where is the slide show? I see a red "X" or square with shapes in the corner.


Choose "Download" on your virtual tour web site page to download the most recent version of the Java Virtual Machine (Java VM). The Java VM is required to view Java Applets.

 TOP


My Internet connection is through AOL and the virtual tour is not working. What can I do?


Because of certain programming issues with AOL, some versions work with the virtual tour and some do not. If your version does not work, we suggest you view the virtual tour using another browser like Internet Explorer, Netscape, or Mozilla (Firefox).

TOP


What happens if I have not sold my house in 6 months and I want to extend my web site services with you for another six months?


Please contact us prior to the end of your six month period on any of our sites and we will give you a reduced rate for an extension. If you have gone past your six month period, you will be charged the same amount as the initial purchase since there will be set-up time involved again.

TOP








 

©2006 EnvisionItSold.com All Rights Reserved.