Common Needs & Questions
Here you’ll be able to contact me for the appropriate purpose. I go out of my way not to bother people with anything they don’t want. This way, when I reach out to you and we connect, we can be on the same page.
This way you get from me exactly what you want.
If you want a professional opinion of your home value but you’re not looking to list your home with a broker yet (or never)…
Yes you can get an “estimate” of your home’s value online or just ballpark it based on your neighbor’s sale (whenever that was). Or you can have a professional with nearly 2 decades of experience come to your home – for free – and give you a complete report based on square footage, updates, and overall comparables based on design, condition, and location. I understand that you’re not looking to sell and that’s fine.
You’re actually thinking of selling but want an experienced broker to give you a price and discuss the process including the commission…
What I would prefer you do is – if you’re ready to talk – just call me or text me with a good time for me to call you back. My direct line is (631)831-9048 and that’s my cell phone. No assistant or team members answer this phone. You call me – you get me.
You have your home up for sale right now but you’re not getting the results you want (the house is not selling)…
If you’re listed with a broker currently, you may call me but I must be very clear that I will not be able to interfere with your current broker listing. I am a member of the Long Island Board Of Realtors and I cannot solicit the listings of another broker. If you have legal questions about your listing agreement, you may contact the local MLS.
If you’re selling on your own (without a broker), just text “By Owner” to (631)831-9048. Include in your text your email and address. You can also schedule an appointment online.
You definitely want to sell and need help now…
If this is where you’re at, then I want you to text me now at (631)831-9048. Text me the following information: Your Name – Address – Email – Bedroom #’s – Bath #’s – Home Updates (If Any) – Specific Questions You Have – Best Time To Call You.
Selling Without A Broker (Commission)
Let’s not beat around the bush, a real estate commission is expensive. I’m not going to try and convince you it isn’t. Nor am I going to try and convince you about how great I am at what I do.
My track record speaks for itself with over $120,000,000 homes sold (and I’ll talk more about how I do things differently than other brokers later).
This isn’t about me. It never is. It’s about you.
Let’s Be Honest, It’s Not About The Broker…
As an alternative to working with an experienced agent, you might try and sell your home on your own or with the help of a “discount” (aka cheap) broker.
These alternatives can work.
The bottom line is, in either of these cases, you’ll be doing all or most of the work – and it’s a lot of work. Please don’t think that your attorney will handle things either.
Attorneys draw up contracts. They take the information you give them and they have their paralegal generate a written contract.
Attorney’s do not show up at inspections, appraisals and do not offer solutions to any number of challenges that can arise during the entire time you are trying to sell your home (neither does the cheap broker either).
These “assist-to-sell” programs offer a listing on the MLS and most offer very little other than that. You may even pay an upfront fee to list your home on the MLS. Nine out of 10 times, these “put-it-on-mls” offerings don’t get the job done because there’s no seasoned agent/company leading a marketing plan.
Cheap brokers lack the resources and commitment to getting your home sold for the highest price.
The old saying applies, “Cheap service is never good and good service is never cheap.”
But let’s stay focused on you. You don’t care if you use a broker or not, you don’t want to pay tens of thousands of dollars in real estate commissions.
Selling Your Home Without A Commission
Here’s what you’ll need to do in order to get your home up for sale. This is a very good list for anyone looking to sell their home on their own without a broker (paying a commission).
Put the following information together about your home:
- Property Taxes (Without Exemptions – “true taxes)
- Interior Square Footage (Gross Living Area)
- Certificates of Occupancy
- Permit Filing Statuses (From the past – if applicable)
- Lot Size
- Fence Locations/Survey Copy
- Dates Of Renovations/Updates
Here is where you’re going to price out your home. You’ll need to know what similar properties sold for in the area but more than that you’ll need to try and find out the terms of the sales (Did a home sell for cash? Was the homeowner in distress?, etc).
Fair Housing & Other Laws
You’ll need to adhere to all disclosures like the Property Condition Disclosure and Federal Lead Paint Disclosure. Just as important to that, once you advertise your property anywhere, you become your own broker in a sense.
At that point, you must pay close attention to both federal and NYS fair housing laws. You’ll have to put in place criteria for selling your home that upholds the integrity of your fair housing compliance.
Go through your entire home, inside and out, like a home inspector. Find the problems. Correct them (or prepare to make adjustments to your asking price).
Look for the cracks, the scratched floors, the broken electrical outlets, etc. If it needs to be repaired or replaced, you should know about it in advance.
For a complete list of what to look at, you can text me your email address and tell me you’d like my Pre-Marketing Inspection Checklist.
Knowing how the buyers can get a mortgage on your home and being educated on costs, pre-approvals, and financing options can help you have a conversation with your potential homebuyers.
You should know about how to screen pre-approvals and what you can ask for and what you can’t (NYS Fair Housing).
The Asking Price
Lastly, after you’ve gathered all the facts about your home, made necessary improvements (or priced them into your ask price for the buyer to make the necessary repairs) and you’ve reviewed the sales in your area, you’ll need to set the asking price.
I painstakingly and methodically do this in such a way that’s well beyond what the average agent does to determine this essential marketing component (and especially the owner who sells on their own). I can’t stress enough that this piece of your marketing, must be done correctly, otherwise, you’re home will not sell.
Lean On Experience
I’ve been selling homes since 2007. With over $120,000,000 in home sold, all this stuff above is not only completely taken care of, but it’s done right.
If you get to a point where you’re ready to consider other options to selling on your own or trying to sell with a cheap broker, I can assure you, 45 minutes with me and you’ll realize that I’m a straight shooter who’s going to sell your home for the highest price possible and do everything smoothly.
Thanks for visiting my website.