- Here's Why Choosing a Local Broker Is Your Best Choice
- Benefits Of Using A Flat Fee Broker To Sell Your Home
- Reasons To Avoid Online Only Flat Fee Brokers
- Pay $0 if there’s no buyer’s agent involved.
- Meet Your Local Agents: We Cover The Entire State of CT
Here’s Why Choosing a Local Broker Is Your Best Choice
Selling your own house and saving money on real estate commission is really smart. Choosing a high-quality, accessible and local Flat Fee MLS Listing Service is the best investment you can make in your home sale.
At Realty by Design, we offer professional yet personal advice, resources, local support services, additional marketing, in-person meetings and real help when you need it.
We start by spending hours making sure your listing is as complete and well-presented as possible. Our competitors will post sparse, incomplete information, making your property listing look unprofessional. When you compete for the attention of buyers and their agents, a well-presented listing is crucial.
We go all in with customer support and are accessible when you need us. Think about this for a minute. How much time will a broker who’s charging a mere $99 put into making your listing its best, and making sure you have all the tools you need to succeed?
We have knowledgeable agents in your area ready to help you be successful. We are your “agents on the ground”. Our showing and open house hosting services are a life saver when you’re unavailable, at work or on vacation.
You won’t get that for $99 or even $199.
With Realty by Design’s MLS Listing Service, you sell your home on your own, but not alone.
Benefits Of Using A Flat Fee Broker To Sell Your Home
(1) The opportunity to save ½ the real estate commission.
(2) The opportunity to sell your home to a buyer who is not working with an agent and pay $0 commission.
But, if your Flat Fee broker doesn’t refer to you the buyers who contact your broker about your home, then you’re at a disadvantage. You see, when home buyers see your property on public websites, they also see your listing broker’s contact information. These home buyers may contact your listing broker for more information about your home.
A reputable Flat Fee broker, like Realty by Design, will connect these potential buyers directly with you so that you have an opportunity to sell your home to a buyer who does not have an agent.
On the other hand, there are Flat Fee brokers who will sell these buyer leads (as they are called in the industry) to other agents. This works against you and kills any chance you have of maximizing your commission savings.
At Realty by Design, we forward all buyer leads concerning your property to you. We believe you deserve every advantage possible.
Reasons To Avoid Online Only Flat Fee Brokers
Choosing a Flat Fee MLS Broker can be a challenge.
Most Flat Fee MLS companies operate only online. In fact, many aren’t real estate brokers at all! They’re middlemen.
They collect your personal information and your payment. Then they send your information to a third-party broker (one you’ve never met or spoken to). When you choose an online only broker, you don’t know who you’re really doing business with.
When you choose to work with Realty by Design, you are working directly with the listing broker. We work with you from listing through to closing. There’s no middleman.
Say “no” to online only, invisible brokers and “yes” to personalized service and attention. We will meet with you to discuss how to use our Flat Fee MLS Listing Service to get your home sold.
From pricing assistance to luxury property marketing, we’ll show how to you can customize your MLS services for maximum exposure of your listing.
We do more than just list. We assist!
The real estate sales process can be unpredictable. Having an “agent on the ground” is an invaluable resource. As a local CT broker, we understand the market and have knowledge of real estate customs in your home’s neighborhood, city and state.
One of the hallmarks of our exceptional service is the ability to meet with us one-on-one so we can get to know each other and provide the services to meet your unique needs.
Being local also allows us to provide additional services such as showing your property when you’re not available, at work, on vacation, etc. (This is an ideal service for homeowners who are not local.) We can even host an open house for you and provide electronic lockboxes, which allows your listing to blend in with full-service listings.
Plus, if your circumstances change, you can easily transition to our full-service program.
These are just a few reasons why Realty by Design is the best choice as your MLS listing broker!
Pay $0 if there’s no buyer’s agent involved.
Traditional real estate agents use the MLS to expose their listings to home buyers. Now you can list your property on the MLS without paying a 5% or even a 6% real estate commission. If your house sells to a buyer with a buyer’s agent, you’ll pay only the buyer agent commission at closing.
Buyers shouldn’t have to look very hard to find your house.
It takes exposure to sell your house, and you get maximum exposure and savings with a flat fee MLS listing service.
When you list on the MLS, every participating broker has access to your listing and has incentive to sell it.
Buyer’s agents ALWAYS use the MLS when they are looking for houses for their buyers.
If you choose to sell as a traditional FSBO (no MLS), buyer’s agents have no incentive to bring their buyers.
The best way to reach buyers and their agents is to list on the MLS.
Here’s How It Works:
You hire Realty by Design as your listing broker and we put your home on the MLS
You will show your home to buyers without agents. $0 commission is due if they buy
Your listing is syndicated to real estate websites and other brokerage websites
Buyer Agents have direct access to the MLS and your listing information
Home buyers on these public real estate sites will see your listing
Buyer Agents will match your listing information with their home buyers
Home buyers without a buyer’s agent who contact us will be sent to you
A commission is due if your home is sold to a buyer who has a buyer’s agent
I just finished working with Lisa Henderson, the owner of Realty By Design, to re-rent my Fairfield, CT condo. It was a great experience, and Lisa exceeded my expectations in every area.
After paying over twenty two hundred dollars last year in realtor fees to rent my condo, I really wanted to try a flat fee MLS-only service that would allow me to pay a small fee to list the condo myself. I researched a number of national flat fee MLS services and found Realty By Design to be priced competitively. I also really liked the idea of working with a local company in Fairfield County that understands the area. Reviews on other flat fee MLS services warned that I might not be able to communicate with the service provider over the phone, which made me nervous since this was my first attempt.
Fortunately, Lisa was very accessible.
…When questions arose during the process, Lisa was there to answer them. In all of these instances, Lisa did more than what was required given the flat-fee nature of the service.
Our condo re-rented within a few days of listing it, and thanks to Lisa and her service, we saved thousands.
I will certainly use Lisa again next year, and I’d recommend her to others without hesitation.
Read the full testimonial and others here.