FSBO - which one?
We've pretty much decided to sell the house ourselves. Our first plan was to call a real estate agent and let a pro do what they do for a living. We did call one, they went through the house, oohed and aahed over it, said it was a great house and they would "get right back to us" after they ran the comps. So 2 weeks went by with no contact at all. At 2 and a half weeks I got impatient, threw up a sign, built a website and designed some flyers. They called back right at 3 weeks to go over the comps and left a message a few days later saying they saw we were selling it ourselves, thought we had it priced right, good luck, and call if they could help.
I want to get us more exposure - including listing on Realtor. com. I've been on the FSBO websites and am most interested in "For Sale By Owner" or "Owners.com". Has anyone used one of these? Any feedback? I think we need the national exposure to get to people moving into the area so I want the Realtor.com. We cannot get an MLS listing here - the local Board of Realtors is blocking that.
Some background: I'm a marketing/PR professional (though not in Real estate), so brochures, website, ads, signage etc is no trouble for me. The house is 2 blocks walking distance from the state university. In an up market, homes around here go by word of mouth alone. I'm not counting on that in a down market. There are 2 markets for this neighborhood - first as rentals, parents buy homes here to put their students in and get roommates to help pay the cost (the dorm rooms are obscenely expensive). Second market is faculty/staff with families who want to walk to work. We fall into the latter category and have improved the house quite a bit. So much so that it is probably too large/too nice (gourmet kitchen, etc) for students. The house is in an area of older homes, but over the last 5 years we have improved everything - new roof, electric, remodeled baths, etc. Currently the homes are probably 2/3 student occupied and 1/3 owner occupied. That mix ebbs and flows back and forth over time. Right now I see that mix work somewhat against us. We are staging the house - will be done by end of week.
Any input is welcome, particularly dealing with the FSBO websites.