FSBO Novel Preface

Preface

We are For Sale By Owners, “FSBOs.” We spend our time trying to sell ourselves and others on what we are doing or what we want to believe. While knowledge is power, we are often victims of ignorance.

Most of us are outsiders. Outside of the narrow worlds that we occupy, we have only superficial understanding of the way most things really are. We fail to consider how people became like they are. What we see is not all that there is. Look at yourself. Why are you like this? Are you what other people think? Or, are you a lot more? Are you all good, or all bad? I doubt it! I believe we are all the products of the choices we have made. We can make new choices. We must gain knowledge with which we can make better decisions. It is my hope that you will enjoy a good read. In so doing, I pray you will glean some useful information, gain insider’s awareness of elements that may affect you, and heed some of the warnings that are integrated in this book.

In FSBOs, evil gains entry when a housewife opens her door to strangers. Each has a personal interest at heart, derivative of individual experience and choices. We will visit some murky worlds that you may never have wanted to see, each owned or possessed by the character who has chosen to live there. While fictional, such lives do exist. The multiple storylines are tied together by a common plight, that of people who set out to sell either who they are or their homes by themselves. The villans are ignorance, greed, power, lust, self-service, and misguided belief systems. It is easy to say that, of such things, we are all victims.

Whether we like it or not, we are each owners of ourselves. Frequently, we are negatively affected by the consequences of our own poor choices. Sometimes, we are victims of the ruthless choices of others. Usually, there were warning signs which we ignored precipitating our tragedies. We went our own way, selling ourselves and others on what we wanted to believe, For Sale By Owners, “FSBOs”.

If the proceeding “Preface” appeals to you, you might consider investing in a copy of the novel from which it was extracted.Or, you may read it free online at http://books.iuniverse.com/viewbooks.asp?isbn=0595287034&page=fm3

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Respectfully,

Russ

How to Turn Every FSBO Listing Into at Least 2 Additional Closed Sales

Working with a FSBO seller can be very rewarding yet once we are done with that listing we need and want more FSBO sellers to work with. You can turn every FSBO seller into more closed transactions by following several repeatable steps on each and every transaction that will uncover more FSBO sellers as well as bring you buyers for your other properties.

More FSBO Listings By Helping One FSBO Seller

Often it is one piece of valuable information that is shared with a seller or buyer that puts them over the edge in deciding to work with you. One of the most powerful ways to get more FSBO listings very quickly is from taking just 1 FSBO listing. If worked correctly 1 FSBO listing can turn into 5 or more FSBO listings very quickly.

This can be done by making sure to share the experience with as many people as possible. Some immediate ways to pick up FSBO inventory is by taking the following actions:

  • Calling all of your current FSBO prospects and sharing – That’s right share with them that you are helping one of “their own”. FSBO’s often like to stick together and if they know you are helping one of “their own” this will allow you to pick up additional FSBO listings.
  • Update your website with the new FSBO listing – whether you have a blog or a website let the world know you are helping a new FSBO seller. Make sure you tell the “story” of how it all came about.
  • Get the FSBO seller to record a “Why I chose to list message” – Do this as quickly as you can in the relationship with the FSBO. Preferably have them record it on a system that allows you to put it on the Internet so even more people can hear about. At the very least it should be recorded on a hotline that people can call in and listen to.

Unlocking the Power of Buying Leads on FSBO properties

Buyers are often overlooked as many real estate agents view them as a “hassle” yet the reality is they are needed to close a real estate transaction. Even if you don’t want to work with the buyers you can always refer them. On all of your FSBO listings I would recommend the following to generate more buying leads:

·         Toll Free Hotline – People love calling these hotlines even today with where technology is so they can hear about the property and what the details of the property are.

·         Text to Phone Service – These services are just now becoming popular and provide buyers with the ability to text, using their cell phone, for information on a property. This allows buyers to quickly and easily see details of the property and the agent receives the users cell phone number for follow-up.

Out of the buying leads that you generate there is at least 1 if not 2 buyers in the group who will buy within 60 days provided you follow-up with them.

FSBO listings can be difficult to get if you aren’t following a system and a pattern for success. I recommend that all my agents treat every FSBO like gold and to not only help that FSBO seller but to find other highly motivated clients that they can help within the next 60 days.

FSBO – How to Make Sure You Sell Your Own Home Fast

Selling your house doesn’t have to be hard. Homes that are FSBO, Homes For Sale By Owner, is a great way to sell your house because you cut out the real estate agents and nasty commissions they take. However, in order to sell your house you do need to know a little about how to present your property and attract buyers. Throwing a FOR SALE listing up somewhere probably won’t stir up much interest and you’ll need to pay attention to the kinds of pictures you use and what information you put in your listing so you increase your chances of someone seeing your ad actually being interested and wanting to take a look. Don’t worry, none of this is really hard and you don’t have to be a slippery car salesman to sell your own house. All it takes is a little common sense and attention to detail.

Your listing needs to be informative. Think of what you would want to see in an ad if you were looking to buy a house. Pictures are a must in any listing and everyone knows that, but what most people don’t know is that you need to be careful as to what kind of pictures you use. You don’t have to show a picture of everything in and around your house. Show the most important and essential ones that would make someone want to come and see more of your property. Pictures of the shower or bathroom really aren’t needed. If anyone is seriously interested in buying your house, they probably won’t buy it just for the bathroom. Also be sure your pictures look good. How is the lighting? Are they too dark to make out what the picture is of? Make sure you label and give your pictures adequate descriptions. People want to know what they are looking at, it may seem obvious to you but that’s because you are the home owner.

Beyond making sure you have good pictures with good information, stop and think about what is in the surrounding area. Do you live in an area that has a famous landmark or scenic spot? If you’ve lived in the area for some time, it is possible that the tourist spots seem boring and out of date, but remember that many people looking to buy houses may not even be from your area and might be really interested when they find out what’s in your immediate area.

The key here is that you really need to try and make your FSBO as attractive as possible. Do you remember what you did the last time you went and bought a house? Did you buy the first one? There is probably a very good chance you looked at multiple homes that were for sale even before you began to decide on what you were looking for. There is probably also a very good chance that if a listing looked dull and uninteresting you just didn’t bother to call up and make an appointment to check it out. FSBO advertising can be very effective provided you pay attention to the above tips and just remember that the only way you’ll be able to create interest and sell your house is with an effective listing.

FSBO Jargon – The Language of the FSBO Seller

When you decide to sell your home without a real estate agent, you enter the world of the FSBO sellers. As with any new experience, you need to understand some of the basic language.

Selling your home on your own makes a lot of sense from a financial perspective. Even though the real estate market has cooled off considerably, home prices are still pumped up compared to historical references. At 6 percent, the commission of a real estate agent can add up to a lot of money. On a $500,000 home, we are talking about a whopping $30,000, which can really eat into the equity you have built up over the years.

If you make the decision to go FSBO, you need to understand a few things. You are essentially taking the oars of the boat and doing all the rowing yourself. This means you need to understand both the concepts involved and the language used during the real estate process. Here are some tips.

FSBO – This term is short for “For Sale By Owner”. It is important to understand that it is used as a noun in the real estate industry. Simply put, you are a FSBO. Agents helping buyers will refer to you and your property by this term. Selling agents will also contact you frequently to try to convert you from a FSBO to a listing client, to wit, they want you to hire them.

FFMLS – This term refers to Flat Fee Multiple Listing Service. Many people that consider selling their home with an agent worry that they will not be able to list their property in the multiple listing service for the area. In the past, the “MLS” was a list controlled solely by agents and realtors. These days, there are ways to access it without using a real estate agent. You can pay a Flat Fee for your listing, thus the name.

CMA – This term refers to a Comparable Market Analysis. It is essentially a breakdown of homes in your neighborhood. Information includes things such as the listing prices of homes, valuations and so on. As a FSBO seller, you can obtain a CMA by just contacting a real estate agent. They use these reports as lead generators and give them out for free. Tell them you are a FSBO and they will still give you one. The eternal hope of the agent, of course, is that you will fail as a FSBO and hire them.

Obviously, there are many terms that arise in the real estate world. Most apply whether or not you are using an agent to promote your property. The above represent a couple you need to know as a FSBO.

FSBO – How to Prepare Your House to Sell

Did you hear that? Prices of houses in Phoenix have been jumping 5% each month for 2005 according to market experts! Some even predict that the price of housing could jump an additional 10% for the upcoming year. The shortage of houses for sales and the still relatively low interest prices are causing the price of homes not just here in Phoenix but nationwide to escalate. What does this mean? If you are thinking about selling your home, there is no better time than the present. Jump on the bandwagon!

Okay, great, you say. I’ll buy a for-sale-by-owner sign, set it out in the front yard, host an open-house this weekend. I should have my house sold by the end of next week! Well, two months later, that for-sale-by-owner sign is still in the front and you don’t have a buyer. Do not think that just because there is a shortage of houses for sale, selling a house is a piece of cake. It may not as easy as you think. Instead of using a Realtor, you are determined to sell the house yourself. That’s fine and it’s possible. People do it all the time; however, what are some tips to help you prepare your house to sell. I have done the research and found four minimal-cost tips in preparing your sell:

1. Clean-up. The first impression is always the lasting one. You want potential buyers to be impressed the moment that they spot your house from the street. Everything from the yard, to the windows, to every room inside should be squeaky clean. And if you have a collection of, well, several collections of…stuff, it’s distracting to the buyer and really takes away the beauty of your home. If you can’t part with those items, pack them away in boxes. A potential buyer won’t be offended by a few packed boxes in the house. They most likely are expecting you to be preparing to move anyway.

2. Deodorize. This goes hand-in-hand with cleaning your house and removing the clutter. If your house smells, it won’t sell. If the house has been vacant for a while, there is nothing more offensive to a potential buyer than the smell of mildew. Please take care of the mildew before showing the house. And you petowners, understand that your precious little pets that you keep indoors are not odor-less. You just have become accustomed to the smell. A potential buyer will pick up the pet order immediately. The same is true for cigarettes.

3. Re-paint the house. Okay, you may have enjoyed a blue kitchen, an orange living room, and a red bathroom. But your potential buyer may not be as cutting-edge. Experts agree that neutral colors are best in showcasing your house. Also take a second look at the decorations on the wall. Remove anything that could be offensive to your potential buyer.

4. Embrace the sun. I don’t particularly care for the Phoenix heat, but I love the sun. It symbolizes laughter, happiness, brightness, things that are upbeat and positive. Open the blinds and curtain in your house and let the sunshine in!

Remember, you want to impress the potential buyer. By following these four simple tips, you can be a step-ahead of the game in reducing the time it takes to sell your house. However, if you don’t have the time it requires to sell the house yourself and don’t want the expensive of hiring a Realtor, please visit my website to read the free report, Sell Your House in Seven (7) Days at [http://www.adpropertyconsultants.com].

How to List an FSBO Home

Did you know that nowadays only one-third of all home buyers used a real estate agent? Did you know that a seller can utilize MLS listings on their own, without an agent? In today’s real estate market these are absolute facts! It is now much easier and more profitable to sell your home as a “For Sale By Owner” (FSBO) home than ever before. To ensure you earn all the money you can from selling your home, do it yourself! Forget the agents! Only you will have your best interests at heart when it comes time for you to sell your home anyhow. There are some things you must know how to do first though before you do sell your own home. We will examine some helpful tips in this article.

First, check the records on your property. Utilize your county courthouse files and personnel. Be certain there aren’t any liens or legal claims of someone else to take ownership of your home. If you want to stay clear of the courthouse a real estate lawyer can also help in this area. However, be sure to do this upfront! Now is the time to find out this information! You do not want to be unpleasantly surprised when you think you are ready to close a deal on your home.

Next, make sure you personally know the weaknesses and strengths of your property and home. This is another area where you do not want to wind up surprised! Have an inspection done early on by a professional inspector. They will let you know of any problems you have that need attention and are likely to impact your sale. You will be better off if you fix these problems right away yourself (using reputable professional services only.) However; if you choose not to fix them, you must adjust your selling price accordingly. Otherwise nobody will buy the home.

That leads us to the next tip for FSBOs – have the price of your home evaluated by an objective expert. Hire an appraiser for a few hundred dollars. They will be best suited to thoroughly evaluate your home and compare that evaluation to similar homes for sale in your town. This should not be a guessing game on your part! If you price your home too high, nobody will buy it. However; if you estimate it too low, you will be cheating yourself. Unless you happen to be an expert in this field, do yourself (and your family) a favor – get a professional home appraisal!

One last point in being an FSBO is to make sure you plan a selling strategy for yourself. Some research on your potential home buyers is in order here. Find out the things that stand out to them when they are looking for a home. Today only 36% of buyers will find out about homes from a real estate agent. That leaves a huge percentage of people that are looking on their own. Don’t forget – THEY want the savings offered by an FSBO too. When you discover what the public wants in their home, you can accentuate the features of your home that match their criteria.

FSBO – What You Should Know About Selling Your Own Home

The key to selling your home yourself is being properly prepared. If you aren’t, your home may remain on the market longer than you expect because you aren’t attracting and getting offers from qualified buyers. And this is where many homeowners become frustrated and start to think about giving up the dream of selling their homes themselves. However, some sellers are very successful at selling their own homes, and you can be one of them.

This report has been especially prepared to assist home sellers like yourself understand the process so you can sell your home quickly and for the price you want. To help you prepare, be aware of the following tips before deciding whether or not this is the right approach for you.

  1. Price your home correctly. Setting the correct asking price is critical. Setting the price too high can be as bad as setting it too low. Home prices are determined by fluctuations in the marketplace, and not by your emotional attachment to your home or what you think your home is worth. To establish a realistic price, compare the price, features, and condition of similar homes in both your neighbourhood and locations where similar homes have sold in the last few months. It is also important to be familiar with the terms of each potential sale. Terms are often as important as price in the current market. Work up a careful budget of your selling costs, and prepare a net proceeds sheet to determine an informed estimate of what you can expect to earn from the sale of your home. Prospective buyers may request a similar analysis of buying costs.
  2. Prepare your home for sale. First impressions are crucial. Ensure that your home makes a positive statement by carefully inspecting all details and viewing it, as objectively as possible, through the eyes of a buyer. Don’t ignore needed repairs and fix-ups: your prospective buyers certainly won’t! Your job is to make sure your home stands out favourably from the competition.
  3. Make sure you have all the necessary legal documentation. There are many important legal contracts and documents which you need to assemble, complete, and understand when selling your home. Below is a partial checklist of forms you will need for prospective buyers and for legal documentation.
    • Mortgage Payoff
    • Loan Application
    • Deposit Receipt
    • Property Profile Fact Sheet
    • Buyer’s Cost Sheet
    • Closing & Settlement
    • Personal Property
    • Exclusion List
    • Property Survey
    • Sellers Statement /Plot Plan of Representation
  4. Market Your Home Effectively. Beyond the sign on your lawn, you need to find effective ways to spread the word that your home is for sale. You can reach local buyers with ads in a newspaper, but you will reach just a small part of the possible market. Be sure to include buyers who may already be working with a realtor. To locate them, notify as many top agents as possible in your market in case their client’s criteria match what your home has to offer. Out-of-town buyers are an important target too, so create a strategy to reach them as well. Above all, be very customer service oriented and make it easy for pre-qualified buyers to view your home. That means making sure that someone is always available to answer the phone, respond promptly to messages, and be ready to give qualified prospects a tour of your home as quickly as possible.
  5. Remain objective when showing your home. Be sure to keep your emotions out of the sale of your home. The best way to do this during a showing is to remain physically in the background. If a prospective buyer says something negative about your home, you’re better off counter-balancing this point of view by calling attention to the positives instead of becoming defensive.
  6. Pre-qualify prospective buyers. Don’t waste time entertaining buyers who cannot afford to buy your home. Research their financial situation with respect to job security, salary, debts, liabilities and credit standing.
  7. Negotiate effectively and knowledgeably. There are a great many details that need to be resolved before a sale is considered final: price, terms, inspections, possession date, and buyer concerns and objections, to name a few. You must fully understand the contract you have drawn up so you can, in turn, explain the details and ramifications to the buyer, and make any necessary amendments to the sale. Have the contract you use thoroughly examined by your real estate attorney. Some real estate brokers may be willing to help you do this. While this is going on, work to maintain the buyer’s interest in your home so it doesn’t wane during negotiations.
  8. Know your buyer. Your objective during negotiations is to control the pace and set the duration. Try to determine what’s motivating potential buyers. Do they need to move quickly? Can they afford to pay the asking price for your home? Answering these questions will give you an advantage in the negotiations: you’ll know what you need to do to get what you want.
  9. Do not move out before you sell. Studies show that selling a vacant home is more difficult than selling one that is occupied. A vacant home looks forlorn, forgotten, and simply unappealing. And it could even cost you money. If you move out before you sell, you’re also letting prospective buyers know that you have a new home and are motivated to sell quickly. That can, of course, give the buyer an advantage at the negotiating table.
  10. Understand why you’re selling, but keep your reasons to yourself. Just as important as understanding your buyer is understanding yourself. Your reasons for selling can affect everything from how you price your home to how much time and money you invest in preparing it for sale. And knowing your motivation helps you determine your priorities: the money you walk away with, how long your property is on the market, or perhaps both. Different goals dictate different strategies. Someone who prefers to sell without a real estate agent to save the commission would indicate that money is a primary considerations (see “How to Assess Your Net Gain” below). Whatever your reasons may be, it is very important to keep them to yourself so you don’t put yourself at a disadvantage during negotiations. If anyone asks why you’re selling, simply tell them that your housing needs have changed.

How to Assess Your Net Gain

To find out whether or not you’ll come out ahead by selling your home yourself, consider that most buyers use real estate agents because it doesn’t cost them anything (the seller pays the agent’s fee). Be cautious: buyers, investors, and speculators who seek out For Sale by Owner properties are usually in search of a bargain. Low-ball offers from these buyers will usually net you a lot less in the long run. Determine for yourself the following:

  1. You need to be as prepared as possible with your marketing, negotiations, evaluations, showings, and all legal matters.
  2. Calculate what it will cost you to effectively market your home and put together all the necessary materials, from the “For Sale” sign to the contracts.
  3. What price will a buyer offer you as a For Sale by Owner, minus the costs identified in number 2 above? Is this net amount higher or lower than the price an experienced agent could net for you minus his/her commission?

FSBO Tips – Telling Potential Buyers There Are Other Offers

This practice is often done with different types of major purchases: automobiles, business deals, and yes (we know) homes!! Is this a good idea, especially when it comes to a For Sale by Owner home? Let us take a look at this concept.

There are occasions when an FSBO will receive multiple offers on their home. In that case they have a few ways available they can deal with this. One way is to let each potential buyer know that there ARE other offers being made to them. They can even “play a game” of telling the other prospects when a counter offer is made. An important thing this will do is jack up the selling price of your home. The logic being, whoever wants it badly enough will pay the highest price to you. This is almost like being at an auction. In this type of a scenario, telling prospective buyers about other offers is a good thing.

However, before utilizing this type of strategy you must understand any negative effects this could have on your sale. If one or more of your prospective buyers feels they have already proposed a fair price for your home; continuing to play this game could only aggravate them. You may well wind up with everyone getting disgusted with the process and NOBODY buying your house. Then YOU will be the loser, as the possible buyers will likely all go elsewhere instead.

Something else about an FSBO entertaining multiple offers for their home and telling the other buyers about them is this. Both the seller and the buyer run the risk of missing out on a great opportunity. This is an especially good point to make to the other potential buyers in a multiple-offer situation. Be sure to tell them all the great features of your home, yard and neighborhood. Do not leave out any important details. Let each prospect know what they will be missing if they drop out of the process. Remember – it is highly likely they already view your home as a “deal they cannot refuse.” Then they could wind up just as disappointed as you are if they miss out on the opportunity to purchase your home.

One thing you can do to make the most out of entertaining multiple offers for your home is to be prepared in the first place. BEFORE you begin as an FSBO do some research on this scenario. Go onto pertinent websites, talk to experts, find out how you should best deal with this concept; should it arise. Practice your negotiating techniques of this type beforehand, then you will be ready to deal with it. Another thing you can do is to get to know each potential buyer when they begin to make an offer. Learn about any limitations they may have financially or even mentally. Perhaps their personality type makes them adverse to this type of negotiating deal. You will want to know that before telling them about other offers. The best advice you can get on this subject is – to be prepared!

Selling Your Home – FSBO – Is it Time For a Total Shock and Awe Marketing Campaign For Your Home?

In today’s over-crowded real estate market to pull out all the stops when creating a marketing campaign for your home. You need to use every marketing means available.

You need to overwhelm the market with information about your property. If you don’t your home is likely to get lost in the sea of other properties on the market. You might want professional help for planning out your campaign, or else do a lot of reading to get knowledgeable on real estate marketing.

The first thing you will learn is that there are literally dozens of places to advertise your home-for-sale website. You will also learn that many of them are free to use if you comply with the website terms.

The only cost to advertise on these sites is the time to register at the site and set up your property advertisement. It may be more efficient to hire somebody to do this for you because there is a learning curve in working with all these websites out there for you to advertise on.

The same is true for other places online you can list information about your property for sale. By this I mean social bookmarking sites, social networking sites, blogs, forums and directories. There are more of these than you think, i.e., dozens of each kind that are available to you.

Then there is the non-internet advertising media. There are more of these than you think too. People think there are only two newspapers in Maryland (in Baltimore and Annapolis) but there are actually 36. The same for magazines and free distribution “shopper” type papers for classified ads.

The thing you won’t want to do is blow a lot of your money on one or two expensive ads (like a display ad in the Washington Post, for example). Every dollar you spend has to be analyzed to give you the most “bang for the buck” in terms of exposure, readership, and traffic.

Paying an internet marketing consultant with expertise in real estate marketing will give you access to dozens of free (or very cheap) advertising vehicles, and this will cost less than some expensive ads can cost.

Internet marketing even allows you to set up “word of mouth” advertising campaigns, which can be the most effective. There are dozens of paid advertisement websites online also, including Google, which now gives local real estate search results.

The FSBO Seller’s Top Ten Tips For Selling Their Home For Sale By Owner

If you’re considering selling your home by owner, congratulations! You’re part of a growing trend toward FSBO property sales. If you’re worried that going the FSBO seller route means that you’ll miss out on all of those great agency sales tactics, you’re wrong. You can do the same things that any real estate agent would suggest. To get you started, here’s a list of the top ten things you can do for your home when you’re trying to sell your home by owner.

1. Create multiple means of exposure. Houses sell when they’re exposed to potential buyers. The more exposure you create, the more likely you are to sell. “Multiple means of exposure” means listing it on a FSBO site, providing pictures, tours, and information buyers want to know. Advertise your home in the newspaper. Print flyers that list the details of your home and be available to show home. Some buyers have turned to television ads for sale on real estate channels to attract buyers. The more exposure you provide, the easier it is for potential buyers to find.

2. De-clutter rooms and closets. A home looks nicer and shows better when it isn’t cluttered. Remove magazines, books, furniture, stored items and things you no longer want. You’ll have to pack all of this stuff before you move, so why not get an early start?

3. Fix peeling paint and other minor imperfections. Peeling paint can be a sign of deferred maintenance, bad painting or water damage. All of these things will turn off a buyer. Putting a fresh coat of paint on your walls and ceilings is easy and inexpensive.

4. Consider staging and research some ideas on the internet. Staging involves making your home visually attractive to potential buyers. It may involve re-arranging the furniture, renting new furniture, repainting, re-carpeting or minor redecoration to show off your home’s best qualities. Staging doesn’t have to break the bank, but a home that shows well sells. Whatever you can do to improve the look of your home will help your buyer see its potential.

5. Price the home right. Check recent sales in your neighborhood for an idea of what your home is worth. Do not overprice your home because if your price is substantially higher than other homes in your neighborhood. You will not be able to sell because overpriced homes whether Fsbo or MLS do not sell. Buyers want to feel as though they’re getting value for their money. If your home is the most expensive one in the area, buyers will focus on finding a comparable home that’s priced lower than yours.

6. Always have a yard sign and flyers. When potential buyers visit your neighborhood to see a particular home, they’ll look for other homes that are for sale. If visitors don’t know your home is for sale, you may miss potential sale opportunities.

7. Fsbo sellers need to create an online listing for their home on the internet and may consider using the FSBO marketing services that are available on the web. The key to selling your home is proper exposure and your chances of finding a buyer are greater when you make it highly visible to potential buyers.

8. Answering your phone is paramount as a Fsbo seller. It sounds simple, but many people who are selling their homes Fsbo miss potential buyers who are calling to inquire. Make absolutely certain you or someone else is available to take calls. Don’t assume that an answering machine or voice mail service is sufficient because many potential buyers won’t leave a message when they call.

9. Spend some time on landscaping. Making the outside of a home look appealing and fresh is just as important as making the inside look nice. Remove or trim bushes. In the summer, plant attractive flowers, cover beds with wood chips or mulch and keep things weed free. Mow the lawn frequently. If you don’t know anything about landscaping, check with a local nursery, gardening club or even a nearby university with a botanical program. Students are often willing to take on landscaping projects.

10. Partner with a bank or lender to offer potential financing sources for prospective buyers. Local banks, credit unions and mortgage brokers may be able to offer financing deals that can help a buyer get into your home. Offer all visitors financing information from your local bank or lender when they tour your home. You want to make sure any potential buyer is qualified to buy the home.

These are just a few of the things you can do to help your home stand out. In current market conditions, selling a home is about pricing, location and exposure. If you have all three of these elements in place, there is no reason to think you won’t sell your home as effectively as any real estate agent.