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FSBOFox vs. QCFSBO


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By: Tony Burkhart

QCFSBO vs. FSBOFox

See how the two Quad Cities FSBO companies compare

We are asked many times how we compare to QCFSBO, so we thought it may be helpful to show you the 3 biggest differences between our two websites...

Renewal Fee’s 

QFSBO charges renewals fees after your initial package choice expires, either 60 or 90 days.

FSBOFox- All of our  packages are list until sold, meaning no renewal fees ever.  One flat listing fee is all it takes to sell your home.

 

# of Photo’s

QCFSBO offers up to 6 photos in its packages, extra pictures available with additional charges

FSBOFox.com- We offer up to 20 wide angle photos in all of our packages. 

 

Restrictive Contract

QCFSBO requires you sign a contract that you will not advertise your home anywhere else.

FSBOFox.com - You are free to promote your home in any way you see fit. We automatically feed your listing to 20 other websites, to help you get the most exposure possible. View Sites

 

After reading this blog you can see why more and more Quad Cities homeowners are choosing FSBOFox.com over QCFSBO. 

We are here to help and are also available on weekends to help you list your home.

Please call or email with any questions you may have.

 

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Back To School Reminders for Your House


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By: Tim Riley

As kids around the Quad Cities are heading back to school this year I thought it would be a good idea to offer up some home learning and safety tips to make your family’s year a success.

Bus Stop Safety: As a parent myself, my first concern is always safety. I want to provide my children with a safe and comfortable place to learn. For a lot of people their school mornings start at the bus stop. Make sure your child knows where and how to get to their bus stop in the mornings. You can practice walking to it with them. Make friends with a house near the bus stop so kids have a place to go in case of an emergency. Also make sure your child knows who to call if there is an emergency. For younger children I recommend you wait with them at the bus stop or join a community group where parents rotate escorting and chaperoning the bus stop until the bus arrives.

Learning zone at home: Upon returning home from school it is a good idea to set up a learning area for your child to complete their homework. This could be in their room, kitchen, dining room, or an office. Wherever you decide to make this place have it in a public area of  your home so you can help answer any questions your child has. Make your learning zone free from distractions so your child can focus. Some popular distractions are; television, loud music, siblings, dad/mom making supper, cellphones, and even the Internet. Finally, setup a routine for your learning zone. It may look something like this. Your child comes home and eats a snack. Ask your child what homework they have and verify it with their planner or even a teacher’s website. Establish a length of time your child will spend on homework each night, usually 20-60 minutes is adequate. If they do not have any homework for the night they can use this time to study for an upcoming test, work towards a project due in the following weeks, or read for fun.

Time with the family: This is without a doubt the most important habit to establish in your home. Spending time with your child doing their homework will have dramatic effect on their academics. You will strengthen a bond with your son or daughter, create values in education, and demonstrate good learning habits. As a parent you will be aware of what your child is studying, what their strengths and weaknesses are, and will be able to spend valuable time with them before their teenage independence phase.

Follow these tips to help make your home a fun and engaging place to learn for your child. You may not see the payoff immediately. But trust me, you will when they graduate and are no longer living at home in your basement for the next 40 years.

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Preparing for an Open House


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By: Tony Burkhart

Hello ,

 

The decision is done, you are selling your home.  Congratulations!

 

Here are some pointers to help you prepare  for an Open House

 

Clean.  Start from the outside –in.  Your property’s curb appeal is their first impression.  If it looks like it’s been uncared for you may turn off a potential buyer from even stopping.  On the inside, try to light candles (all same scent) or even have some cookies or treats baking to make any buyers feel more at home.  Make sure to do a once over of every room right before the open house starts.

 

De-Clutter.  Try to remove any unneeded or unused items.  This will open up any space and make your home look larger.  Also, it’s a good idea to remove personal items i.e.: photos, laundry, etc…  A potential buyer needs to be able to picture themselves living there.  By taking away your personal items this can be done much easier.

 

Pets.  If you have any pets, try to keep them where they can not bother anybody, or arrange for them to visit a friend’s house.  Not everyone likes animals, so you don’t want to turn anybody off.  If you have a cat make sure the litter box has been recently cleaned.

 

When Should I have an Open House?

 

Open Houses should be held on Saturdays or Sundays.  Best lengths of times are a minimum of two hours up to four hours.  The most common times are afternoons usually from 1pm. To 5 pm.  Sunday is  the most popular day.

 

Here is a quick checklist to guide you in your open house preparation:

 

Checklist

 

Make sure you have these items completed before your open house.

 

___ Printed Flyers          

 

___ Offer forms/Contracts

 

___ Signs            

 

___ Advertise your Open House  - Craigslist, Facebook, Newspaper etc…

 

___ Comment Cards Printed

 

___ Cleaned Outside

 

___ Cleaned Inside

 

 Good luck at your open house!

 

For more information on these topics and additional tips on how to get your home ready to sell,  visit our website at http://fsbofox.com/articles/selling-fsbo-articles.php

 

Sincerely,

FSBOFox

 

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Why Are Real Estate Agents Calling Me


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By: Tony Burkhart

You have decided to sell your home by owner and wonder:

 

Why Are Real Estate Agents Calling Me?

 

The For Sale By Owner market is a fast growing segment of the real estate sales market.  Even with this fast growth, statistics will show that real estate agents are still involved in around 50% of FSBO transactions.  How does that happen you ask?

 

They represent the buyers of homes.

 

As a seller you have a choice to make regarding this fact…

 

    Say no to all buyers’ agents and risk losing the buyers they represent, but save some money

    Say yes to buyer’s agents but pay them a commission for bringing you the buyers

 

This is a very personal choice and depends on your situation and your goals.  Our objective is to simply inform you that you may receive phone calls or emails from agents representing buyers.

 

If you decide to work with buyers agents you can expect to negotiate a commission rate in order to compensate the agent.  Most commission will run between 2 to 3.5% of your final sales price and are mostly paid by you the seller.

 

We hope this bit of information helps prepare you for your FSBO journey and wish you the best in your home selling!

 

FSBOFox is keeping you informed to help you sell your home.

 

See our website http://fsbofox.com/articles/selling-fsbo-articles.php for more information on tips on how to get your home ready to sell.

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Pricing Your Home For Sale


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By: Tony Burkhart

Hello,

 

Are you looking to sell your home?  Do you know the 2 most important factors in selling your home.

 

1)Price

2)Location

Since nothing can be done with your location, let’s take a look at a few ideas to most accurately price your home.    Here are three simple items you can do to make sure your home is priced correctly…

 

1)Look at comparable properties thru your assessor’s office that are

                Close in distance to your house, blocks not miles

        Close to the size of your home  +/- 200 square feet

                Sold within the last 3 months but no more than 6

               

2)Hire a real estate appraiser

        A real estate appraiser walks thru hundreds of homes per year and has access to all the sales data for most    homes.  He or she will provide an honest, professional value of your home which can also help avoid any future troubles you may have with the buyer’s lender.

               

3)Tour other homes for sale

Take a weekend and view other homes for sale in your neighborhood and price range. What does your competition look like?  Take a friend or relative with you for some unbiased feedback.  How these homes compare to yours, what do you like better about this house, what do you like less.

 

Here are some straight talk points about the price of your home…

 

A buyer doesn’t care how much you paid for your home.

A buyer doesn’t care how much you owe on your home.

A buyer doesn’t care how much you spent to fix it up.

 

The buyer only cares about the price of your home and its amenities compared to other homes for sale in their price range.

 

We wish you the best in your home selling and home pricing.  If we can be of assistance in anyway, please let us know.  For additional information on your home selling process, please visit our informational page:

 

http://fsbofox.com/articles/selling-fsbo-articles.php

 

 

thank you,

FSBOFox

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FSBO Myths


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By: Tony Burkhart

There  are many misconceptions of selling a home FSBO, so here are a few myth busters:

Most FSBO Properties Eventually List With a Real Estate Agent

False. Our hundreds of satisfied customers can attest this is simply not the case. In fact, we have had a number of properties that first listed with a real estate agent and after many months of not selling, made the switch to FSBOFox and sold their home. View our Success Stories for more proof.

FSBO Homes Sell For Much Less Than Real Estate Agent Properties

False. This is one of the most ridiculous claims that real estate agents make. Homes sell for what they are worth period! Some real estate agents will go as far as to make the claim that agent listed properties sell on average for 40% higher than FSBOs. Keep in mind this is data compiled by the National Association of Realtors who gives no details on how they even got these numbers. On top of that, their numbers are misconstrued as million dollar plus homes greatly drive the average up. Most millionaires are not concerned with paying agent commissions thus a small number are sold FSBO. For example say you have ten FSBO homes that are worth $200,000 and that all sell. The average sale price is $200,000. Conversely, take nine $200,000 agent homes and one $1,000,000 agent home and all homes sell. The average sale price on them is $280,000 (9 * $200,000 = $1,800,000 + $1,000,000 = $2,800,000/10 = $280,000). Now if I take those numbers and tell you that agent listed properties on average sell for 40% more than less than FSBOs, it's probably misleading my customer.

My Agent Saves Me Money on Legal Fees and Paperwork

False. Your agent doing legal paperwork for you would be illegal; this is why there is always a lawyer present at the closing. Whether you use an agent or not, you pay for the legal fees, they are usually wrapped into the sale of the property. The only difference in using a real estate agent is that they pick your lawyer for you. Wouldn't you rather choose your own attorney? Or if you don't already have an attorney, FSBOFox can usually recommend one.

It’s Free to Use an Agent to Buy a Home

False. Does the agent charge you any fee directly if you are the buyer? No, but you greatly reduce your negotiating power and may very well pay more for the property. For example: say you are looking at a house in which the seller's bottom line is $200,000. Your offer of $200,000 may get rejected because when you subtract a 3.5% buying agent commission from the $200,000 ($7,000) the seller only ends up getting $193,000 for their home. To meet their bottom line, your offer would have to increase to $207,255 (3.5% of $207,255 = $7254). You end up paying $7255 more for the property then you had to.

Showing Your Own Home is a Pain

False. Showing your own home allows you to do it on your schedule, not the real estate agents. If your agent has an appointment in the middle of the day while you're at work, you're most likely going to have to leave work to go straighten up your home before the appointment. If the appointment is when you are not working, you have to leave your home for a few hours (along with your pets) and find something to do while the home is being shown. Neither of those situations seems more convenient than just showing it on your own.

An Agent is the Best Way to Price Your Home

False. Ask any agent how they price your home and it is simple, they look at recently completed sales of comparable homes in the area. The thing is, anyone can do this. This data is freely available on the web via county assessor websites. Most county assessor websites now days even have a "Comparable Search" feature that makes this easy

 

We appreciate your reading his short article on the myths of selling FSBO.  For more hints and tips, please visit our helpful info section:

http://fsbofox.com/articles/selling-fsbo-articles.php

thank you

FSBOFox

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The 6 step Home Selling Process


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By: Tony Burkhart

The 6 STEP HOME SELLING PROCESS

 

Are you looking to sell your home?  Are you wondering what the process is from start to finish to sell your home?  Here is a quick and simple 7 step process of selling your home

1)Preparing Your House For Sale

            The first step in the home selling process is to prepare your home for sale.  This includes decluttering, cleaning,  repairing any loose or broken items and most importantly determining your price.

 

2)Marketing Your Home

            How will you sell your home?  For sale by owner, using a real estate agent, or just put a sign in the yard?  Determining your marketing channel is step #2 in the home selling process.  Think hard about this step as thousands of dollars are at stake.

 

3)Showing Your Home

            The next step in the home selling process is to show your home to potential buyers.  His required being available, keeping a very tidy house and make sure everything is picture perfect every day.  The more work put into step #1 makes this step a lot easier.

 

4)Receiving Offers/Negotiation

You have cleaned your house, DE cluttered and priced it very aggressively.  You have decided to sell your home by owner, and have ad few potential buyers looking at your home.  One buyer is extremely interested now what?  Step #4 of the home selling process is to receive and negotiate an offer.  The offer includes price, closing date, any inspections or contingencies.  Each point is negotiable and requires some give and take from you and the buyer.

 

5)Appraisals/Inspections/Due Diligence

After the offer is finalized then the due diligence phase of the buying/selling process is completed.  This includes appraisals, home inspections, walk thru’s, loan approvals. This can be a very frustrating part of the home selling process, but stay positive you are almost at your desired goal.

 

6)Closing

Congratulations you made it all the way thru the home selling process..  You have cleaned, priced marketed, negotiated and withstood the stress of the due diligence phase.  You have officially completed the home selling process and are probably experiencing a similar process during your home buying.

Thank you for reading this quick overview of the 6 step home selling process.  If you have any questions or would like assistance in advertising your home for sale, please contact us.

 

Thank you

FSBOFox

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How to prepare your home for sale


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By: Tony Burkhart

Here are some quick tips to prepare your Home for Show

Cleaning

Before showing your home for sale, you should go through it and clean it thoroughly.  Time spent cleaning will go a long ways towards how your home shows. 

De-cluttering

Before showing your home for sale you should also think hard about renting a storage facility to store some of your items.  As a general rule of thumb you should try to remove one piece of furniture from each room.  If you have shelves full of knickknacks, remove them as buyers generally don’t share your style.

Making Repairs

Buyers don’t want a home in which they immediately have to fix things after moving in. Start on the outside of your homes front entrance and look at it as a buyer would.  Go through your house room by room and make a list of items to address.  Does the front porch look rickety?  Could paint or trim used touched up?  Do the carpets need steam cleaned?  Making repairs is the fourth item in showing your home for sale.

Pets

Make arrangements for pets to go elsewhere during your open house.  This goes for signs of pets as well such as litter boxes, dog beds etc.  The presence of pets will make some homebuyers weary of problems with the house caused by pets.

Host a Preview for Friends

Have friends go through the house and ask for feedback on what should be done.  Don’t ask for feedback and then proceed to tell them why they are wrong.  If you do so, they will be hesitant to give future feedback or be completely honest.  Buyers are going to see the same things that your friends will.  Friends are a great resource for information in showing your home for sale

 

We hope you enjoyed these quick and easy tips in showing your home for sale.  If you have any questions or need additional information please visit our quick tips page at:

 

http://fsbofox.com/articles/selling-fsbo-articles.php

Sincerely FSBOFox

Your showing your home for sale experts!

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The Advantages of Using FSBOFox


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By: Tony Burkhart

There are many advantages to selling your home using FSBOFox.com,  too many to list in just one blog.  Today we will take the top 5 features we offer to help you sell your home and expand on them.

Tip #1 of why you should choose FSBOFox to help you sell your home is MONEY.  Why pay an agent 7% or other companies numerous renewal fees, relisting fees or additional picture fees, when you can utilize our list until sold option at a fixed no additional fee price.  7%, many additional fees or one low fixed price until sold,  which one sounds the best to you? 

 

Tip #2 of why you should choose FSBOFox to help you sell your home is our vast exposure.  Buyers do not know your home is for sale unless first they see it.  On a daily basis we have thousands of visitors to our website and may hundreds more visit our Social media pages and affiliated websites.  With FSBOFox we help you sell your home by also posting it to Craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, By Owner MLS, and Oodle, plus we offer one click access to Trulia and Zillow.  No other company offers you more avenues to sell your home.

 

Tip #3 to help you sell your home is our beautiful wide angle photographs, and lots of them.  We know that buyers are searching FSBOFox daily to find homes to buy,  once we get them there we showcase your home with astonishing photo quality using our 14.2 megapixel wide-angle lense camera.  The quality and the ability to really stretch your room’s appearance and great attention grabbers for a potential buyer.  Our professional photographers shoot many homes and have experience in making your home appear it’s brightest and best.  In addition to our photo quality,  we have unlimited photo available to showcase your home.  Take a look at any other company interested in helping you sell your home and ask them if you can have unlimited photos.  We are the only website to offer this.

 

Tip #4 to help you sell your home is our Home Selling Guarantee.  We are so confident your home will sell using FSBOFox hat we guarantee your success.  FSBOFox is the only site that puts its money where its mouth is!  For more information regarding our home selling guarantee please visit:   http://fsbofox.com/articles/home-selling-guarantee.php

 

Tip #5  of  why to choose FSBOFox is our customer service.  We believe in doing business the old fashioned way.  You call us, we will answer.  We are available 24/7.  Need to list your home on a weekend or at night,  we are available to help you out.  Need to swap photos, change a price or change your listing we are here to help.  Or simply use the username and password we provide.  You have access to your listing at any time.  Our customers rave about our service, and so will you.

 

If you have any questions about selling your home or the many features employed by FSBOFox, please call or email.  We want to earn your business and look forward to helping you sell your home.

 

Thank you FSBOFox

admin@fsbofo.xom

563-265-0959

 

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Quad Cities Home For Sale


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By: Tony Burkhart

Are you looking to sell your Quad Cities Home?  Are you thinking of selling your quad cities home by owner or with an agent? 

Did you know the market is extremely hot to sell your quad cities home?

We are FSBOFox and we would like to take a few second to tell you about the benefits of selling your quad cities home by owner.

1)Savings.  Selling your quad cities home by yourself can save you thousands of dollars in realtor commissions.  Why pay someone to advertise your home when you can do it yourself, better and cheaper.

2)Marketing and pricing assistance.  Selling a home is about marketing and pricing and these are the two key roles that a real estate agent offers.  If there was a company to help you advertise your home on the internet, where 80% of home searches begin, would you be interested?  What  about pricing.  There are many resources available to help you sell your quad cities home by owner.  These include your county assessor, and appraiser or our partner company called Tru Home Value.

3)The biggest concern of most quad cities home sellers is the legal aspect of selling your home.  This problem is easily solved and the solution is called an attorney.  You used an attorney when you bought your house, you will use when you sell your house.  An attorney can help you with all the contracts, disclosures and very other form associated  with the home selling process.  If you need a referral, we will gladly share a few who we have worked with.

In summary, selling your quad cities home is easy to do.  The question is which way is best for you?  The way of the past using a real estate agent and wasting thousands of dollars in commissions, or by owner and keep your hard earned equity in your pocket.

We are always here to help you advertise and sell your quad cities home,  please call or email for any further questions.

Thank You

FSBOFox.com

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