HOW CAN I SELL MY HOUSE USING ISOLDMYHOUSE.COM?

Learn How We Give You Everything You Need To Get Your Home Sold!

Don’t Just List Your Home – ACTUALLY SELL IT!

 

Our powerful real estate marketing platform puts you in control by giving you the tools that actually work when selling a home. Including the power of the MLS, internet search engines, real estate search portals and social media for you to target real buyers who are actively looking for homes for sale in your local area!

If you are a smart and savvy home seller looking to save THOUSANDS of dollars in real estate agent commissions, keep reading.

 


 

Step 1: Purchase A Listing Plan

picture of home sellers purchasing a listing plan on ISoldMyHouse.com

 
This is the first step to getting started with our listing plans. You pay a low flat fee to list your home instead of a high listing agents commission and we offer 2 listing plans for you to choose from.

  1. Get LISTED $299 (Less Photos)
  2. Get SOLD $399 (More Photos)

Both of our listing plans come with a listing on your local MLS, real estate search websites (Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, etc) and a FSBO listing on ISoldMyHouse.com.

 
Purchase Listing Plan

Read FAQs About Purchasing a Listing Plan

 

Are there any hidden charges or fees?

No! Our pricing is upfront, simple and transparent.

* Many other services have a low “teaser” flat fee such as $99 but there are so many hidden costs, fees and charges for items we include that you will end up paying far more than their “teaser” rates and they are notorious for providing poor customer service. We have been doing this since 1997 and are a trusted provider of this service.

Please Note: There are a few states that by law require our service to perform additional services such as “accepting and presenting offers” in those states the additional cost details is clearly stated on our purchase page.

At this time the states that have an additional cost are the following.

  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Nebraska
  • Kentucky
  • Colorado
  • Missouri
  • Georgia (Metro Atlanta and Chattanooga)

Please visit our purchase page for exact details.

Can I cancel my listing?

Yes! You can cancel your listing at any time without additional costs or fees.

Please Note: We are only able to offer a refund if you notify us before you sign the listing agreement. Once you sign the listing agreement your listing starts and we are not able to offer a refund.

How many photos can I add to my MLS listing?

Depending on your state, our Get LISTED plan allows either 6 or 10 photos and our Get SOLD plan allows up to 25 or the maximum the MLS allows. We recommend more photos because photos are a major factor in capturing buyer interest online.

If you want to see what is offered for your state, click here and select your state.

Do you provide a lock box?

You can purchase a combination lockbox for an additional fee on our purchase page.

Please Note: We don’t recommend using the Realtor electronic lockboxes with our service because you lose control of the lockbox once it is on your home. A combination lockbox is the best tool for selling with our service.

Below is a picture of our lockbox.

picture of lock box with isoldmyhouse.com logo

Do you provide a yard sign?

You can purchase a custom printed yard sign that has your phone number printed on both sides for an additional fee on our purchase page. This yard sign is a high quality 18″x24″ corrugated plastic sign with a very sturdy plastic yard stake. This sign will attract attention and get buyers to call you.

Please Note: Our yard sign is not a low quality sign other services provide you. It is custom printed on both sides, will not blow away and will last for your entire listing period and beyond.

Below is a picture of our yard sign.

picture of for sale by owner sign with isoldmyhouse.com logo

How long will my listing last on the MLS?

Your listing will last at least up to 6 months. For exact listing periods, visit our purchase page and see what we offer for your state.

What states do you offer this service in?

All 50 states!

To see state specific information click here and select your state.

 

 

Step 2: Complete Your MLS Listing

picture of a woman completing her mls listing

After you make a purchase on our website you have to provide some information so our local MLS broker can list your house on the correct local MLS. There are over 800 local MLS’s and each one is different, you will be sent instructions for completing the following items.

  1. Submit Your Properties Information
  2. Submit Your Properties Photos
  3. Choose Buyers Agent Commission To Offer
  4. Sign Listing Agreement

After completing those items and your listing is active on the local MLS, it will sync out online to all the real estate search websites such as Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com and dozens of other sites that listings in your area go to.

Our listings will go to all the same websites that local real estate agents listings are posted for sale.

Read FAQs About Your MLS Listing

 

What is the MLS and why would I list my home on the MLS?

The MLS stands for “Multiple Listing Service” and is the official Realtor’s database of all the homes that are currently on the market.

This is where all the local buyers agents go to find homes for sale for their buyers and 90% of buyers are working with a buyers agent to find a home.

If your home is not listed in the MLS you are missing out on the largest pool of buyers, which could seriously hinder the sale of your home AND prevent you from getting the most amount of money possible.

Please Note: As a home seller, you do not have access to the MLS directly, unless you either list your home with a real estate agent for a high listing commission or you can get access by purchasing one of our listing plans for a low flat fee.

How will agents and buyers get in contact with me from the MLS?

They will directly contact you!

You MLS listing will have instructions in the MLS under the “Showing Instructions” for buyers and agents to get in contact with you directly to set up showings.

You will provide the best way to get in contact with you, either through email, phone or even text.

Anytime a buyer or agent gets in contact with the listing office, they will either give them your contact information or forward their contact information to you.

Please Note: you can not put your contact information in the description of your home, that is a violation of the MLS rules.

How long does it take to list my house on the MLS?

1 business day.

Please Note: A lot of times your home can be listed the same day, depending on if you follow the instructions quickly, but always plan on 1 business day and you won’t be disappointed.

Do I really need to offer a commission and how much?

YES!

In order to be listed on the MLS, home sellers are required to offer a Buyer’s Agent Commission.

But you only have to pay that commission if your property is sold to a buyer who is represented by an agent. If the buyer does not have an agent, you don’t pay a commission AT ALL!

The average commission is 2-3%, so we usually recommend that you offer in that range.

Think about it this way, a buyers agent job is to find homes for their buyers but they also want to get paid for their time and effort, just like you do at your job. Motivate all the buyers agents out there to work FOR YOU by offering a 2-3% commission and get your home sold.

Which MLS will my home be listed in?

The correct local MLS for you area!

There are over 800 MLS’s throughout the country and we make sure to list your home in the correct local MLS.

Please Note: If for some unforeseen reason we can not list your home in the correct local MLS, we will present you with alternative options or process a refund for you.

Can I make changes to my MLS listing?

YES!

Once your listing is live on the MLS, you will receive another set of instructions with how to make changes to your listing.

Please Note: You will not be able to update the MLS directly. Only our brokers are allowed to add/modify listings according the MLS rules. Typically changes are made same day but always plan for 1 business day turnaround time.

What type of listing agreement do I have to sign?

It is called an “Exclusive Agency” listing agreement.

This means that the agreement you sign allows our service to enter your home for sale on the MLS and all the major real estate portals online.

The agreement is a mandatory requirement for the MLS.

In terms of commission, this is how the agreement works.

  • If the property is sold by the seller without any use of a buyers agent, the seller is not obligated to pay a buyers agent commission.
  • If the property is sold by a buyers agent, the seller is obligated to pay the agreed buyers agent commission.

Please Note: With our service, you are responsible for handling the sale of your home, we do not provide and typical agent/client representation to you. That allows us to only charge a low flat fee price and not a high commission.

How do I get my photos to you?

After you make a purchase you will be emailed instructions on how to upload your photos, submit your property information etc.

If for whatever reason you run into issues with uploading the photos using the preferred method, alternative options can be arranged.

Can you post videos or virtual tours on the MLS?

It depends.

Most MLS’s will allow a video or virtual tour to be added to your listing but it has to be unbranded.

Please Note: An “Unbranded” video or virtual tour can not include any owner names in text or pictures, with no contact information, logos or other “branding.

Can you list land on the MLS?

Yes!

Will my contact information show on Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com etc?

Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, etc are all 3rd party websites and as consumer friendly as they are for searching properties for sale, these websites are business’s.

These websites make money by having real estate agents pay to get buyer “leads” sent to them from people who request a showing or more information from these sites. When buyers start submitting their information on these sites, it doesn’t always go to the listing office. This is a common misconception with these websites and is this way for ALL listings, not just with our service.

With that said, your contact information will not typically be able to be shown on these websites directly and there is also no way to have the real estate agents who pay to be features on the listings not appear. Like we said, that is how these companies make money.

Please Note: When the local MLS listing broker does get the inquires from these websites, they forward the contact directly to you so that you can follow up with them directly. The best part is, the contact get sent to you usually in a couple hours, which is far faster than most real estate agents would respond to any buyer inquires if you listed with a traditional agent!

Also, most of your inquires and showing requests will come from buyers agents from the MLS. This is because 90% of buyers are working with agents to find and purchase a home. That is why our MLS listings are so powerful.

How will people get in contact with me from Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com etc.?

When you use this type of service your home will technically be listed with a real estate agent, even though you are retaining the right to sell by owner.

The only way to get on most of these sites is by listing with a real estate agent, so there is no way around that.

Anytime a buyer inquires on your listing from one of these portals, the inquiry will be forwarded to you so that you can followup with them.

Please Note: One thing to keep in mind, these 3rd party real estate portals will have other real estate agents receive buyer inquiries sent directly to them. These agents pay for those “leads” and we can not prevent them from getting those buyers information. This is how those websites make their money and it works that way for ALL listings, not just our service.

Also, most of your inquires and showing requests will come from buyers agents from the MLS. This is because 90% of buyers are working with agents to find and purchase a home. That is why our MLS listings are so powerful.

What will happen to my current Zillow FSBO listing?

Once your property is listed with our service, the FSBO listing on Zillow will get taken down automatically and replaced by the MLS listing.

This is a good thing because you want all your listings to be consistent with the MLS.

Please Note: You can leave your Zillow FSBO listing online and don’t have to take it down. It will automatically be taken down by our listing.

 

 

Step 3: Complete Your ISoldMyHouse.com Listing

picture of a man working on his ISoldMyHouse.com listing

Listing on the local MLS and working with the local buyers agent community is by far the most powerful way to sell your house. Additionally you will be able to list your home here on ISoldMyHouse.com and this website is a powerful platform to target buyers who are not working with an agent and increase your potential of not paying any commission at all!

Our website has been running since 1997 and is a well known resource of homes for sale.

Your listing on ISoldMyHouse.com is self managed by you and allows for increased flexibility in marketing your home. You can add up to 50 photos, a video, add a description that fits your needs and use our tools to share on social media to generate buzz.

If any buyers are interested in your home, they can contact you directly from your ISoldMyHouse.com listing so you can work directly with them!

Read FAQs About Your ISoldMyHouse.com Listing

 

How is my listing on ISoldMyHouse.com different than the MLS listing?

When you purchase a listing plan with us, you also get a true FSBO listing on our website in addion to your MLS listing.

We get a lot of website visitors that are looking for homes for sale by owner and your listing on our website is another tool for you to use to try to sell your home to a buyer that is not working with a real estate agent and save 100% of the commission.

The MLS is a very powerful platform but has a lot of rules that you have to follow.

Your listing on ISoldMyHouse.com is more flexible than the MLS and allows you to put whatever you want in the description and buyers who request more information will be sent directly to you.

In addition, your listing on ISoldMyHouse.com has sharing tools for you to directly share to social media for you to show off on all social media channels. Website visitors can all share your listing to people they know might be interested. You can generate some serious buzz and possibly go viral!

How will buyers get in contact with me from my ISoldMyHouse.com listing?

Unlike Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com etc, when a buyer requests a showing or more information on your listing, the inquiry will be sent directly to you!

This is why it is important to share your ISoldMyHouse.com listing on social media, email etc. Because you get the contacts directly and can increase the chances of selling your house to a buyer who is not working with an agent and save 100% of the commission!

How can I share my listing on social media?

Once your listing is active on ISoldMyHouse.com you will see buttons that allow your or anyone else to click to easily share across all the social media channels.

 

 

Step 4: Sell Your Home

picture of a home list for sale and having an open house

Once your home is listed on the local MLS and ISoldMyHouse.com the fun begins. Remember, you are taking on activities that are commonly done by a listing agent so be prepared to handle the following.

  • Coordinating showings with buyers and buyers agents via phone and email
  • Hosting open houses
  • Negotiating and accepting contracts with buyers and buyers agents
  • Working through the escrow process and getting to the closing

Don’t worry, these items above can seem daunting but they are not as complicated as some people would lead you to believe. If you have not done so already, check out our step-by-step home sellers guide that walks you through this process.

 
Read Home Selling Guide

Read FAQs About Selling Your Home

 

Will real estate agents avoid showing my house?

No, if you are offering a competitive commission for the buyer’s agent and the listing price is appropriate.

We recommend a 2-3% commission for most markets but you can choose what you want.

All agents want to earn a buyer’s agent commission and will be willing to show your home to their buyer clients as long as they know they will be getting paid for their work.

For them it is no different than if your home is listed with a traditional real estate agent.

However, it is critical for your house to be priced correctly for your market. A listing price that is too high will dramatically reduce or eliminate the number of showings.

Who will show my home to interested buyers?

You do! Or a buyers agent if they are working with one.

Once your home is listed, you will be the primary point of contact that is responsible for the sale of your home. This includes, scheduling and showing your home to prospective buyers.

If the buyer is working with an agent, the agent will typically schedule a showing with you. If you want to allow them access to your home without your presence, we recommend doing some basic validation first.

For example, have the agent text you a picture of their business card for you to research them online before giving them access to your home.

We highly recommend you to NEVER give access to your home to a buyer without your presence and always practice whatever safety measures you are comfortable with, such as ensuring you are not home alone during a showing to an unknown buyer.

Do you provide assistance with offers or negotiations?

The price of our listing plans only includes your MLS listing, ISoldMyHouse.com listing and all the major real estate portals such as Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com etc.

We have a lot of helpful information on our website to help you out as you go.

We recommend taking a look at our home sellers guide and seeing if feel selling on your own is right for you.

Please Note: If you need extensive assistance with offers or negotiations a full service broker might be a better option. The trade off is having to pay a high listing commission.

What do I do once I accept an offer?

Per MLS Rules, sellers must inform the listing agent within 1 business day of signing a contract.

This is very important because they are required to update your listing on the MLS within 1 business day of you entering into a contract with a buyer to purchase your home.

In terms of selling your home, this is where the escrow process begins.

Activities in the escrow process are the buyers getting the home inspected, appraisal being conducted by the mortgage company and working through the buyers getting the mortgage.

Our home sellers guide explains this in more detail.

 

 

Step 5: Close Your Home and Collect Your Savings!

picture of home seller saving money

 
This is where all your hard work pays off. The final step in this process is closing your home. This is where the title is exchanged, keys handed over and your money is paid to you. A lot more money than if you sold with a traditional real estate agent!

Don’t forget to brag (a little bit) to all your friends, family and neighbors about how much money you saved!

Ready to get started?

 
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