If you’re looking to sell your house or old property in Surrey without using a real estate agent, we can help.
Although we do cooperate with brokers, sometimes it’s best to avoid paying someone to be in the middle.
After all, paying 5-6% of the sale of a property is a huge amount of money as commissions. In certain situations, British Columbia a broker or real estate agents can be very useful but not always depending on the condition of the house.
Houses that need repair, upgrading, fixes, clean ups and the list goes on are not good listing options for a real estate agent.
How Do I Sell My House Without An Agent in Surrey?
There are a few ways to avoid paying high commissions in your British Columbia sale.
First, there’s a tricky custom that you’ve gotta know about.
In most sales in Surrey, roughly half of the commission you pay as the seller goes to pay for the buyer’s broker.
Doesn’t make much sense, right?
Why should you pay for the agent on the other side of the table?
Truthfully, it defies logic – it’s just what’s typically done.
You can use that to your advantage in a few ways.
First, factor in the commissions paid when you’re looking at the comparable sales. If the properties similar to yours sold for prices that included commissions, take that into account.
Don’t underprice your property – be aware that a savvy buyer may expect to take a discount too. If you’re doing the work of one agent, you can expect to save that money.
Sometimes in Surrey, buyers who aren’t represented by an agent won’t remember to negotiate the buyer’s side commission out of the price for themselves, so don’t remind them if you don’t want to pay them. Just don’t be surprised if it comes up during the negotiation.
You may want to consider offering a flat fee to agents who will bring their clients to show your property. Sure, it’s a lot of money. If you’re pricing your property, you can always negotiate a better deal for a purchaser who comes without an agent.
On the other hand, if you don’t leave room for the buyer’s agent’s commission, you’ll be excluding most of the buyers in Surrey.
Over 90% of transactions happen through the MLS – that’s the Multiple Listing Service. It’s the main database that all the brokers in Surrey use to access information for their clients on the houses, condos, land and investment properties for sale, along with data on the sold prices.
Once upon a time, you had to pay a full commission to get your property on the MLS. Now in Surrey, there are a few brokers who will charge you a flat fee just to list your property on the MLS. Often, you spend a few thousand to do list and market your house for sale.
Compared to the MLS, this is a cheaper way to market your property to a wide audience.
All the major real estate search sites like Realtor.com, Zillow, Redfin, Property Guys etc. get data from the MLS. Chances are good that when you submit your listing in Surrey to the MLS, information on your property will end up on most of the major sites within a few days.
Each of those sites sells ads. They’ve got packages that let you pay to enhance your listing, feature it at the top of the search, and a lot of other bells and whistles that might or might not get an interested buyer to buy your property.
Advertising is a gamble. Sometimes open houses in Surrey British Columbia can be a great way to sell a property, and sometimes they’re a waste of time. Same with newspaper ads, kijiji, craigslist postings, fsbo listings – they work, and sometimes they don’t.
To effectively sell your property on your own, you have to market it well.
Putting up fliers and yard signs around your neighbourhood can generate some calls, and there’s a lot of free websites where you can post information. But often just putting up flyers and an open house isn’t enough if your house doesn’t appeal to the average home buyer.
In theory, real estate agents charge big commissions because they have to spend a lot of money up front to advertise your property. By advertising lots of properties at once, they expect to get more phone calls – and obviously, they’ll make good profits by selling lots of houses.
Certain properties might require thousands of dollars in advertising expenses before the right buyer happens to see the ad and call.
If you want to avoid paying any commissions, you can also sell your house to investors like us for CASH
We fair prices for properties – and we can close fast (in as little as 7 days if you need to).
Sometimes we’ll purchase Surrey houses, fix them up, then rent them out… sometimes we’ll fix them up and sell them to other people looking for great homes in the area, and a lot of other reasons, too – but we love to hear from people like you who are thinking of selling anywhere in British Columbia.
We’re investors who care a lot about Surrey.