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  • Each year, the National Association of Realtors produces a study that shows how buyers found the home they purchased. The study includes those listing without an agent or realtor, and those listing with. In the most recent survey [http://www.realtor.org/sites/default/files/Highlights-NAR-HBS-2013.pdf], it showed 11% of buyers found their home through a yard sign or open house.  So should you use a for sale sign? YES! Let's take a look at some more details. The fact that more than 1 out of every

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  • If you work with Home Bay, our low, one-time fee replaces the commission you would typically be paying to a listing agent. But do you still have to pay commission to a buyer's agent? Read this post to learn.Most of our sellers choose tooffer 2% to 3% to a buyer's agent. But it is your choice what to do here. Understand that by not offering a buyer's agent commission, you will severely limit the number of buyers who tour and put in offers on your listing. Prospective buyer agents are likely to s

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  • You know selling a house costs money, but how much? What fees are you going to be responsible for? How much do they cost? First, let's take a look at a few minor fees that sellers are responsible for by default in most home sales. Keep in mind, all these things are negotiable in your real estate contract.Minor Fees * Natural Hazard Disclosure Report What it is:This report tells the buyer if the home lies within a zone that has a high risk of natural hazards, including floods, earthquake,

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  • We pay for pro photography because it is so imporant to selling as quickly as possible for the highest possible sales price. This video explains, in detail, the importance of pro photography. It specifically focuses on the importance of wide angle lenses and standing flashes. Better photos mean more internet clicks, showings and offers.

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  • Each Home Bay listing can be canceled any time after it has been listed for 90 days on the MLS as For Sale. That said, we're happy to continue to serve you for as long as it takes to get your property sold [https://www.homebay.com/resources/closing-escrow-timeframe/], and we don't charge you extra to continue the listing in For Sale status.

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  • Home Bay advertises your home for sale on Zillow, Trulia, Redfin, Realtor.com and the other major sites searched by buyers. Through our brokerage partnership, we also advertise your home in the MLS system. Lastly, we install a professional For Sale sign [https://www.homebay.com/tips/do-fsbos-need-a-for-sale-sign/] on a post in front of your home. We don't do any print advertising because statistics put out each year by the National Association of Realtors showprint advertising to be an ineffec

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  • We work on your schedule, not the other way around. If you would like to be listed on the MLS [https://www.homebay.com/tips/why-list-mls/] the same day you sign-up, we can do it. That said, most of our sellers want to at least wait until professional photography is complete, which may require a few of days of patience. Generally, our sellers start the listing process one to three weeks prior to the date they want to be live on the MLS. If you are inside of one week, we will work quickly to acc

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  • In most areas, we use local post companies to post our signs. These aren't listing FSBO post companies, but rather the same companies agents in your area use. Typically, these companies require two business days notice to install the post and sign. We typically ask for the sign to be installed the day you go live on the MLS. If you would like a different installation date, please let us know by sending an email to info@homebay.com. In certain rural areas, post companies are not available. I

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  • In most cases, buyers will contact you directly because we include your contact information in the showing instructions on the MLS. If buyers find your listing on other sites [https://www.homebay.com/resources/contact-info-not-displayed-in-listing/], they will most likely route a showing request through their agent, who will check the MLS listing and will find your contact info. Any messages or requests submitted through the "contact owner" and "go see it" buttons on your Home Bay page will [ht

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  • When it's time to show your home, it's understandable to want to make sure  your property is only being toured by buyers who are ready and able to put in an offer. Otherwise, showing your home can feel like a big hassle and a waste of time. But how can you know? If you list with HomeBay, we can include an MLS note that states showings are only allowed for buyers who have a preapproval letter [https://www.homebay.com/tips/prequalified-vs-preapproved-whats-the-difference/] from a bank or proof o

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