Have you ever tried to sell your home by Owner? This is not as easy as it seems, Realtors seem to have a monopoly on the home selling business.
I would like to consider myself a little knowledgeable about some things, and thought selling my house by myself would not be that difficult. Most people seem to use Zillow and i figured I would get a good audience reach, specially if I priced my house correctly and took good pictures.
I spent a two weeks cleaning up, painting, repairing things and just making sure the house would look nice and fresh. Took what I thought were really good pictures and I was ready to list the house on Zillow.
Just as I thought, I got plenty of views the first day, over 200 views and 9 users saved my home details. Problem is I got calls from 2 investors and 18 Realtors who wanted to list my house on the MLS. But not one call from an actual home buyer…
Why no Calls from Buyers…
After talking to one Realtor, he said that It would be difficult selling my house by owner because all the calls from Zillow and most for sale by owner websites go to Realtors, and since I was not offering a commission to Realtors they would funnel the leads generated from my house listing to other properties.
That was not what I had seen on Zillow, actually I saw a button to contact the seller on Zillow. So I went to my browser, opened a new incognito window and went to my property listing… It was there, the button said contact Agent, and not contact owner.
I tried to make a contact with my self through my own Zillow listing, and sure thing, it did not go directly to me, it went to a Zillow service where they hand the lead to a Real Estate agent. I soon received a text message from a Zillow rep contacting me. They did not send me the contact information on the person interested in my listing, instead sending it (selling the lead) to a Real Estate person in the area.
Then I did this…
Well since they wanted to make my personal contact information so difficult to find, I went ahead an modified the listing… The first line now Reads “For Sale By Owner Contact ###-###-####”. Now anyone reading my listing description will see my contact information right up front.
Since I am still in the process, let’s see how that goes…. Updated coming.