There is no question that even in today's Internet world where data is freely shared; the MLS is still a uniquely powerful marketing tool. When used by agents, the MLS brings buyers and sellers together, but more importantly, because ideally, each side has representation, both buyers and sellers receive the guidance and the advocacy that allow them to get the best value when they buy or sell.
But here's the rub: the MLS was designed as a professional tool between licensed agents, not as an advertising medium for an unrepresented seller. When the MLS is used as intended, agents know that they will have a licensed "partner" on the other side that will not only provide the guidance and fiduciary counsel to their own client, but also complete the many tasks that are required on both the listing and the buyer sides.
"MLS Entry Only" listings get fewer showings because buyer agents know they will have to deal directly with the seller and often have to do the work on both sides, since there is essentially no listing agent. Because of fewer showings many "Entry Only" listings do not sell, forcing the seller to then hire a full service agent and forfeit their "Entry Only" fee. Sadly, even if their home does sell, it usually does so for thousands less than it should have. The seller saved a commission, but lost far more.
Another problem with "Entry Only" listings is that many agents and their brokerages, understandably, do not want to take on the added liability of working with an unrepresented seller. Frankly, most any agent worth their salt would never want their name on a listing if they weren't involved in negotiating and troubleshooting the transaction.
So is there another option. YES. I enjoy working with working with For Sale by Owners. Yes you did read that right. I understand that you may want to do some of the work of selling your home yourself. Do you want to hold an open house, run your own print advertising, schedule appointments with prospective buyers? Go right ahead. With my FULL SERVICE CONSULTING OPTIONS or FIXED RATE SERVICES PLANS you can do as little or as much as you would like to get your home SOLD.
We will work together to define a plan that will maximize my skills as a Realtor®, my affiliation with RE/MAX Allegiance, my access to the local MLS, my use of ShowcaseTM listings on Realtor.com® and connections with professional title companies and settlement attorneys to handle all the necessary closing documents. I do not provide limited service. I don't believe in it! I provide services and pricing based on your needs and the market conditions.
If you are interested in talking about your plans and how my Full Service Consulting Options might help you get your home sold please give me a call or drop me an email. I'll be in touch shortly to schedule a time to find a plan that works for you.