Would Selling Your Clients' Personal Property on eBay Generate More Business?

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Every homeowner needs to sell "stuff" when they put their house on the market. Most can't do it themselves, and look for help from auctioneers or try to list their stuff on eBay. From my experience, most homeowners don't know how to list items on eBay, and would rather not bother doing it themselves.

1. Do you think that offering to sell a homeowners "stuff" if they list with you would generate more listings?

2. If so, would you be able to do it?

With increasing competition, what's your opinion of offering such a service if the homeowner would list their property with you? And, how much would you charge if you were to do so?

 

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Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

Personally, I don't think I would go that route.  I have sold and bought stuff on Ebay with all good experiences.  Doing it for a client is completely different.  Since I have very time for my own auctions, I'd rather focus my time on selling their home.

Apr 11, 2009 02:53 AM #1
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Marv Eisen
Estates On Line - Manhattan, NY

Irene, no, I didn't mean that you should actually sell your client's stuff. I was asking if you thought it would help you sign new listings, by telling prospective clients that you would help them do so if they were to list their property with you.
Actually, you would not have to sell the stuff. You could simply take photos of whatever the homeowner wanted sold, and then another person would actually post it on eBay and do the selling on the homeowners behalf.
The question is if offering that kind of service, without actually doing the work yourself, would get you more listings and sales commissions. The person who actually did the ebay selling would make the commission on the sale of the stuff, and you would get the real estate listng and make your  commission on the house.

 

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