We live in a world of break-neck speed technology and thousands of homeowners sell property on the internet every day. Selling houses on the web is preferable because it’s easy. Need a cash buyer? Want a free home value estimate? Got niche property only a “specialist” would buy? You can find all this online in an instant.
The best part of online home sales is connecting with a buyer directly. This cuts out the middle-man (i.e. the realtor). Want to sell your house without agent commission? The internet gets that done. Pronto.
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Are you asking “How to sell my house on the internet”? We’re familiar with how property sellers work their internet sales. If you’re looking through online sales here are some tips to get that accomplished!
List Your House Where The Buyers Are!
You can’t sell a house if prospective buyers can’t find it. There are a few online websites to pick from when selling real estate. Check out listings in your neighborhood to find the most popular website in that area. Chances are that listings will appear on Zillow, Trulia, and Redfin. There are other sites for selling a home yourself, such as ForSaleByOwner and FSBO. Craig’s List frequently utilized for direct sales.
Websites like ForSaleByOwner and FSBO, for additional fees, will syndicate your houses across a plethora of online websites. Watch out for errors when your listing is widely circulated. Often times, the “automation” will result in data errors. Nothing worse than a potential buyer being turned off by an inaccurate listing!
There are also some big corporations buying houses called iBuyers that will actually buy your house directly.
Websites designed “for sale by owner” offer extra support. According to APR, “Using a top-notch For Sale by Owner Website will provide you with some great resources and are available to help” but warned you should “read the fine print in the pricing because you may still need to pay a buyer’s agent commission if you want to also attract buyers working with agents and brokers through an MLS. Even so, you can still save a considerable amount of money by not paying a listing agent commission.”
Paying For “Premium” Listings:
When you skim local sales on Zillow or Redfin, did you notice certain houses appear repeatedly at the top of the search? These sellers paid a fee for their home sale to be heavily publicized.
For example, Zillow offers its “Premier Agent Program”, geared towards realtors. For this program, you pay a fee to receive “premium placement through our exclusive Buyer’s Agent Lists and Showcase Ads. With the Buyers Agent List, you’ll appear next to listings and home searches in your farm area.”In our previous blog about FSBOs in Seattle, we detailed ForSaleByOwner’s premium “Super Seller” and “Premium Agent” plans. These for-pay plans display your listing on the well-known home sale sites.
Create a Property Specific Website.
Home sellers often create websites dedicated to selling a piece of property. Setting up the website only costs a few bucks to get started. With some strategic content, photography, and search engine work, you can get your sale found with relying on another website.
When building your very own website, provide as many details as possible about the property. Have a YouTube video walkthrough. Use a simple and unique web address so buyers will remember how to find your property. Having a URL with random letters and numbers will look like a scam.
Detailed and accuracy cannot be underestimated. Disclose defects and emphasize key selling points. Mention recent renovations such as roof, cooling and heating system, granite table tops, stainless steel appliances, remodeled bathrooms. Got a large and bright kitchen? Don’t be afraid to show off!
“A picture is worth a thousand words”, Fred Barnard eloquently stated in March 1927. This has never been truer. Photos are the first thing a buyer looks at when deciding whether to submit an offer. According to Laura Ure:
Did you know that 92 percent of homebuyers (according to realtor.org) use the Internet as part of their home search? That means that listing photos are a critical factor — it will determine the selling price of a home, how quickly it sells and whether it sells at all. I’d venture to say that the single most important factor in selling a home is good photography.
For many buyers, it is not easy to picture themselves in the home if they are seeing your personal belongings. Put away knick-knacks and decorative items away. Once the clutter is gone, hire a professional photographer to take photos of your home. Look through a few listings. Notice who paid for a professional job, and who took cell phone photos from the street.
Use an Accurate Description of the Property:
Be as detailed and as accurate about the property as you can. Disclose defects but don’t overlook details that may be a selling point. Mention recent renovations such as roof, cooling and heating system, granite table tops, stainless steel appliances, remodeled bathrooms. Got a large and bright kitchen? Don’t be afraid to show off!
Watch Your Words.
When people are house hunting, listings all begin sounding alike and running together. A lack of adjectives will cause every property to be “beautiful” and “cozy.” Don’t blend in with the crowd. Break out your thesaurus. Use colorful language to make your listing stand out from the rest. Don’t just gloss over the ad, using generic words to describe your property.
For best results, use the right words. If the house is fully renovated, language like “stunning” and “amazing” paint the right picture. If you are selling a house that needs repairs, be honest with phrases like TLC, handy-man, or need works. Misleading buyers just wastes everyone’s time (including yours).
Put Information To Use!
- Finding and implementing property data will almost guarantee you a quick sale if your price correctly. Get details of your property on the local county appraiser website, such as living area, lot size, BR/BA, year built, taxes.
Use data to:
- Run comps of recently sold and active listings in the neighborhood.
- Locate and content cash buyers or agents.
- Study market trends for real estate in your area.
The “Top 10” sites to get pricing information are Zillow, Trulia, Redfin, Realtor, Real Estate ABC, Eppraisal, HomeGain, Chase Mortgage Services, RE/MAX, ForSaleByOwner. Florida homeowners can get House Heroes free and customizable home report.