Real Estate - Austin TX Homes for Sale - The old adage is that you need to "spend money to make money", but why do so many people try to see what they can get for free?
"I have a friend who's a Realtor, so she's going to list my house for free."
"What marketing is being done with your house to sell it?"
"It's just listed in the MLS. I'm not paying her to do anything else. I'm going to market it myself."
"You do realize the MLS listings feed out to multiple websites, so if your MLS listing doesn't have pictures or look good, it's still doing you no good, right?"
"What do you mean? As long as it's listed, people will find it..."
And this conversation can go on and on and on and...
The vast majority of buyers are using the internet to begin their search these days. Say a buyer puts in broad criteria like 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 car garage, priced $200-300k (substitute your market's price average if outside the Austin area). There are literally thousands of listings that are available with that criteria.
How do buyers start to narrow things down? Besides adding criteria like 1 story verse 2 story, fireplace, pool or no pool, and age of the home, buyers start looking at pictures to help them visualize a property. If they like what they see in the pictures as well as the description the agent has painted in their brain, the house will stick out amongst the others.
The ones without pictures or limited pictures will get brushed aside. That list of thousands can then be narrowed down to a group of 10-15 properties a buyer wants to see.
How much money has that free listing cost you if yours was brushed aside?
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