Selling a home is relatively easy, so why not embrace the new offerings. That is the view of Nathan Dautovich, a representative from Property Guys, which helps home owners privately list and sell their homes.
“There’s definitely a little bit of work for home sellers,” he told MortgageBrokerNews.ca’s sister publication, Canadian Real Estate Wealth.. “It’s about four to six hours a week. Other than that, we set it up in a way that we maximize the exposure. Our clients have access to the data and to lawyers.
“They have to do the showings, but aside from that, there’s not much time sacrifice.”
Dautovich says that Property Guys helps its clients in any way it can: listing the property on MLS and on the company’s website, they provide signs and an online marketing campaign.
“We do all the same things as a traditional Realtor, plus quite a bit more,” he said.
Most of the sales of which he is a part don’t have an agent involved at all, he added. “Every buyer has the internet and is looking for properties every day. So they’re more willing to set up a sale with the seller privately.”
However, Janette Graf-King, a Realtor with Re/Max, told CREW that companies that facilitate private sales are not as user-friendly – or as cost effective – as they seem.
As more companies dealing in private sales enter the market, homeowners are being tempted by the low-cost offering. But what do brokers – whose clients are interested in private sales – need to know?