I am a Realtor. I practice real estate every day and have for almost 20 years.
The difference is I understand that one size does NOT fit all home sellers. I also totally understand that some people are more than equipped to sell their own home. I’m here to help. Just like the DIY carpenter, plumber, mechanic, chef–there’s no reason why you can’t handle this job.
In addition to this blog where I try to peel back the layers of confusion and reveal the simple truth, I also practice real estate at another site which you can find at OhioMLSFlatFee.com
I do everything that a traditional agent does, but instead of charging 6% I charge a set fee based on the services you choose. So for instance, on a $250,000 house you would normally pay around $15,000 in commissions. With my entry level package at $297, you would save just over $14,700. If you want to see how much you can save, check out the Slider/Calculator.
In almost every other industry in the world, you pay for what you need. In the real estate industry, you get what you need, but you usually pay for everything. What’s worse, the more your house sells for, the more you pay.
The ads cost the same. The signs cost the same. The web page costs the same. The paperwork, contract, inspections, title work and closing costs the same, but you pay more if your home has more value.
Imagine going to the doctor and having to pay for an examination based on 6% of your paycheck. Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering dinner and having the bill come and it’s based on the value of your 401k. It just doesn’t make sense, but the real estate industry has been getting away with it for decades.
Not only do you pay more if your house is worth more, you often pay for services that you can actually do yourself. Somehow…magically…6% of the final sales price of your home just happens to cover the cost of everything involved in selling your home. Seriously? Not anymore. I’m planning to change that for good.
After all these years, I’ve found that home owners are actually better at doing some of the things that Realtors usually do. One example–and this is controversial in the real estate industry–is showing the house.
When given the chance, buyers almost always want to talk to the home owners. Who knows the house better? Who knows the neighborhood better? Who knows the history better? Who knows what that switch in the garage does? The home owners–that’s who. Why not put buyer and seller together?
Yes there are times when the buyers and sellers need some professional advice, but my sellers have had literally hundreds of deals come together over a cup of coffee at the kitchen table without a real estate agent in sight. It happens all the time and frankly, things are usually smoother.
When they are done with the details, they call me and I help them get it to closing. I handle as many or as few details as the seller wants and I charge based on how involved I have to be. I have a menu of services and up front fees and the sellers choose and let me know.
Check out the listing packages on my Home page if you want more information.
Finally, if you live in Ohio and want to talk about hiring me, head over to the List My Property page to get started. You can also go there if you’re curious.
Thanks for stopping by and hope to talk with you when you need answers.