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This blog post is courtesy of Just List ‘Em: a Flat Fee MLS real estate company geared towards helping YOU sell YOUR home.
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There we go, throwing that term “MLS” around again. The MLS (Multiple Listing Service) can be a confusing subject if you’re not privy to the latest and hippest news in the real estate arena. It’s understood that the MLS is a service which lists homes for sale in many different locations. But WHY should you bother listing your home on the MLS? How does it benefit you?

photo courtesy on google images.

photo courtesy of google images.

Well, before the MLS, real estate companies had their own exclusive listing services that sellers had to go through. That exclusivity caused homes to have limited visibility for buyers — making it more difficult to show and sell a home. Companies only had rights to their exclusive listing services, and sellers couldn’t sell or show homes that were not on their specified list. All of these circumstances created a formula for a tough seller’s housing market. 

SO, how does listing a home on the MLS benefit a BUYER?

  • It allows a buyer to have greater access to what is actually on the market
  • Allows buyers to look outside of their designated locale
  • Creates a relationship with a seller
  • Allows for more trusted and reliable service (this way a buyer knows they aren’t getting taken advantage of)

How does listing a home on the MLS benefit a SELLER?

  • Allows for the home that is for sale to be listed in multiple venues, creating a wide exposure
  • This wide exposure will help the home sell FASTER
  • By going through a website like justlistem.com, the flat fee saves sellers thousands of dollars on broker’s commission rates
  • By listing on the MLS, you are no longer tied to a local market — your home is now visible in markets all over the country and the WORLD. 
  • Creates a trusted relationship with buyers

Just List ‘Em provides all those things for a seller at a very reasonable price, and we do all of our business online — saving you time and money. So, if you, or someone you know is looking to sell their home, come to us! We are where the conversation of selling your home begins.

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This blog post is courtesy of Just List ‘Em: a Flat Fee MLS real estate company geared towards helping YOU sell YOUR home.
We love them. You should too.

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Hi everyone! I just wanted to take a moment to welcome you once again to the blog of Just List ‘Em. You’re probably wondering what we’re all about. Well, the purpose of our blog is to create a forum that allows you to get to know us, our purpose, our mission, our goals, and foster a great, working and collaborative relationship with you, the customers.

photo courtesy of Google images.

photo courtesy of Google images.

As you all are well aware, the real estate market is growing and changing every day. No one wants to sell their home more than the homeowners themselves, and homebuyers want nothing more than to get a good bargain from a trustworthy source. At Just List’ Em, our goal and our mission is to open that line of communication with homeowners, and make their experience selling their home as quick, cost-effective, and easy as possible. Selling a home can be an extremely stressful endeavor, but our goal is to begin the process of making it effortless.

You know, there’s a lot of “real estate jargon” getting thrown around lately. So, I’m going to offer a “quick reference guide” or “cheat sheet,” if you will, to some of the most commonly used terms (i.e. ones that we may or may not use from time to time):

  1. Flat Fee MLS: basically, it’s the practice of putting important information about a home for sale on a listing service for a fixed, or unchanging rate. This is a dollar amount that does not change, no matter how much you are trying to sell your home for. Whereas, with traditional brokers or real estate agents, listings are priced based on commission (for example: 4% of the selling price of the house).
  2. MLS: Wait, so what’s the MLS? The MLS, strictly, stands for Multiple Listing Service. Basically, it’s a public forum where brokers, agents, etc… can list homes for sale and connect those homes with interested buyers. It’s multiple because well, it connects with more than one person, agency, brokerage, etc.
  3. Real Estate Broker: This is the “middle man.” A broker acts as the intermediary between a seller and a buyer of real estate. Brokers are middle-men who like to charge a lot of money. No good!
  4. Real Estate Agent: Very similar to a broker, except agents have a lot to do with the actual marketing of properties for sale. They also like to charge a lot of money.
  5. Just List ‘Em (that’s us!): We eliminate that middle-man. We strictly connect those who want to sell their homes with people who want to buy them. For a flat fee (see above!) we list your home on the MLS (also see above) – in the end, we save you a lot of money. Oh, and we do everything COMPLETELY paperless. Which means, no printing out any papers, no Notary, no stamps, no hassle. We do EVERYTHING online in a safe and secure way.

So this is a lot of information and it can be a lot to swallow in a short amount of time. Here’s a quick example of how Just List ‘Em works: a man in Powhatan, VA was interested in selling his home on his own. He connected with us and we put his listing up on Monday morning, listing the home at a selling price of $145,000. On the following Saturday, the home sold… for full price. We saved him over $4,000 in commission fees.

We look forward to more success stories like this one. We know that we can help you sell your home in a quick and easy manner. Keep checking back to the blog for updates.

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Just List ‘Em: Where the conversation to sell your home begins.

Jim Ingersoll

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