If you’re looking to sell your house or investment property in New Jersey without using a real estate agent, we can help. If you’re thinking: how do i sell my house without an agent?, we can help you do that.
Not that we don’t cooperate with brokers. But sometimes its’ better to sell you house without an agent.
After all, paying 5-6% of the sale of a property in a commission is a lot of money. In certain situations, NJ brokers and real estate agents can be very useful and earn their commission. Not always.
How Can I Sell My House Without An Agent in New Jersey?
There are a few ways to avoid paying high commissions on real estate transactions in New Jersey.
First, you need to know about realtors and customary practices.
In most sales in New Jersey, 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 New Jersey, 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 2.5% to 3% to buyer’s agents who will bring their clients to show your property. Sure, it’s a lot of money. If you’re pricing your property including that commission, you can always negotiate a better deal for a purchaser who comes without an agent. What’s important to note here is that, if you don’t offer a buyers agent commission, then buyers agents have no reason to show your house.
Therefore, if you don’t leave room for the buyer’s agent’s commission, you’ll be excluding most of the buyers in New Jersey. Most people will use a real estate agent to buy a home. Especially first time buyers.
Over 90% of transactions happen through the MLS – that’s the Multiple Listing Service. It’s the main database that all the brokers in New Jersey 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 New Jersey, there are a few brokers who will charge you a fee just to list your property on the MLS. Often, you spend a few hundred bucks and you only pay a commission if the sale closes.
Compared to the cost of a newspaper ad, the MLS is a cheap way to market your property to a very wide audience.
All the major real estate search sites like Realtor.com, Zillow, Yahoo Homes, etc. get data from the MLS. Chances are good that when you submit your listing in New Jersey 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 New Jersey can be a great way to sell a property, and sometimes they’re a waste of time. Same with newspaper ads, craigslist postings, fancy signs – sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t.
To effectively sell your property without a real estate agent, you have to market it well.
Putting up fliers and signs around your neighborhood 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. You need to ask yourself, are you an expert at marketing?
Do you want to avoid paying any commissions? Sell your house to investors like us for CASH
We offer fair prices for properties – and we can close fast (in as little as 14 days if you need to).
Sometimes we’ll purchase a New Jersey house, fix it up, then rent it out… other times we’ll fix up the house and then sell it to 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 New Jersey.
We’re investors who care a lot about New Jersey.
We close fast and pay cash in as little as just 14 days. Give us a call now at 732-907-9195 or fill out the short form over here.