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3 Reasons Why It May Not Pay to Sell Your Home Yourself
Many sellers are tempted to list For Sale By Owner (FSBO) because they feel home prices are down and they don't want to lose one more penny by paying a real estate commission. But with fewer than ten percent of all home sales falling into the FSBO category, it's a challenging strategy. Here are three reasons why you should think twice about this strategy: 1. Personal Security - You have to safeguard yourself against prospects that have not been screened and qualified by a professional. When someone calls to request a showing, note their caller ID and keep a log of visitors. Stash away prescription medications and valuables before showings, and afterwards check that all your windows and doors are locked. 2. Liability - There are also legal considerations to take into account for your real estate listing and hopefully, your eventual sales contract. Be sure your listing complies with the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination against buyers. If you're unfamiliar with escrow and title insurance, hire a real estate attorney to draft, review and record all documents. 3. Financing - This economy makes securing a loan difficult, so it's wise to require a loan pre-approval letter from potential home ... more
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