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The Homeowner’s Guide to For Sale By Owner: Everything You Need to Know to Sell Your Home Yourself and Save Thousands

The Homeowner’s Guide to For Sale By Owner: Everything You Need to Know to Sell Your Home Yourself and Save Thousands

American homeowners have seen real estate landscape change in recent years. The market seems gloomy now, but for sale by owner (FSBO) properties are booming with more people eager to cut out the commission of real estate agent. And with most U.S. cit

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  • Cynthia L. Mcallister "She who reads":
    23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Do It Yourself and Save!, March 22, 2010
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    This review is from: The Homeowner’s Guide to For Sale By Owner: Everything You Need to Know to Sell Your Home Yourself and Save Thousands (Paperback)
    The Home Owner’s Guide to For Sale by Owner
    by Jackie Bondanza
    In the book The Home Owner’s Guide to For Sale by Owner, the author organizes a plan for people
    who want to save the expense of realtor’s commissions, legal fees, closing costs, etc., but who have not
    had any previous experience with selling a home on their own. One of best features of the book is that
    author discusses issues that must be looked at such as plumbing and electrical problems, and provides
    concise well-defined lists for things to think of and things to do before placing the house on the market.
    She also does this in the same fashion with “staging” the home. How to de-clutter to make your home
    appealing to buyers. Case studies also provide money saving tips such as how to repair broken
    baseboards, filling in nail holes, etc. These lists make it so easy to see the nuts and bolts of what needs
    to be done, offering ideas of things the seller might have never thought about. There are some “extra
    goodies” such as telling the buyer to cover cabinet bottoms with attractive shelf paper, setting up a
    gmail account JUST for selling your home so that emails don’t get lost among all of your other email,
    and the “Homes on Mobile Phones” service. Signing up allows you to put a number on your for sale
    sign, and when people text the number to a certain telephone, they receive information about the home
    on their cellphone. The only drawbacks I saw during my review was the information on the psychology
    of selling a home. The emotional issues are there, but they are not going to help you sell your home.
    Simply saying that the selling of the house is not a personal issue, but a business issue should suffice.
    There is also a lot of information about real estate, seller’s markets, buyer’s markets, the history of the
    real estate market, etc. that clutters up the beginning of the book. Otherwise, the book is an excellent
    resource for those wanting to avoid real estate agents, avoid the mistakes that uninformed sellers make,
    and take advantage of the knowledge gained throughout the years by people who have chosen to go the
    route of For Sale by Owner.

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  • Nina Davidson "tamaren_books":
    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Save money on realtor fees by FSBO, April 20, 2010
    By 
    Nina Davidson “tamaren_books” (Denver, CO United States) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: The Homeowner’s Guide to For Sale By Owner: Everything You Need to Know to Sell Your Home Yourself and Save Thousands (Paperback)
    “The Homeowner’s Guide to For Sale by Owner” by Jackie Bondanza offers
    practical advice for homeowners trying to avoid hefty realtor fees.
    Bondanza offers specific tips on pricing, staging and marketing your
    home as a successful FSBO. The book also details clauses to include
    when negotiating contracts, and a boilerplate contract comes with the
    CD-ROM included with book.

    The book is easy-to-read and informative, and the glossary is
    especially helpful for homeowners trying to navigate “realtor speak.”
    The case studies provide real-world-examples,but all of them are
    slanted toward the pros of the FSBO process without the cons.
    Including one case study about a situation where the homeowner opted
    not to do FSBO could have been helpful as well. The book could have
    also gone into more detail about hiring real-estate attorneys.

    Overall, the book was a helpful guide for the FSBO process. With home
    values declining in several parts of the country, there’s more
    incentive than ever to sell without paying realtor fees.

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  • Irene Watson:
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good place to start, June 9, 2011
    By 
    Irene Watson (Austin, Texas) –
    (VINE VOICE)
      

    This review is from: The Homeowner’s Guide to For Sale By Owner: Everything You Need to Know to Sell Your Home Yourself and Save Thousands (Paperback)
    The author of this book is neither a real estate agent or broker nor does she give any indication that she has sold her own home. Her expertise is freelance writing and helping others develop books. After reading the bio I wondered how good this book would really be.

    The author did do research and does give much information for the first time seller of his or her own home. Being in real estate myself and selling many homes through an agent or on my own I felt that the information given is valuable and correct. I also feel that if the homeowner followed the suggestions, especially the staging aspects, that success could be achieved.

    There are many aspects to consider when selling a home and I’m sure that after reading this book the seller will be able to decide if the savings of money selling the home oneself would outweigh the expertise of an agent.

    I do recommend this book, not only for those contemplating selling their own home but those using a real estate agent. I’m sure you’d glean information that your agent didn’t or isn’t going to tell you.

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