Step by step seller Guide

The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is the key to Home-Sales Success. The MLS lists the vast majority of real estate listings which are listed “for sale” by real estate brokers and their agents. All types of real estate property is listed in the real estate multiple listing service; houses, townhomes, condominiums, commercial property, lots, acreage and even rental properties. Statistics show that homes listed on the MLS sell faster. “The MLS” is the secret to success of real estate sales, directly responsible for about 4 out of 5 sales nationwide. About 85% of home buyers use a REALTOR® to help them locate a property. When a potential buyer contacts a Real Estate Agent regarding a home purchase, the Agent will search the MLS for homes matching the buyers’ desires, wants and needs.
NO. There is no FSBO MLS System. The general public is not allowed to use the REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service. Only a State Licensed REALTOR® Member may access and use their local MLS and list a property for sale, or find homes for buyers. This is the same MLS used by REALTORS® in your area, the same as the one you will be listed in, which is accessed by local Agents in your area.
Yes, the vast majority of homes are sold through the MLS due to the large network of REALTORS® working with home buyers. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports homes listed by REALTORS® result in a higher net price to the Sellers compared to “FSBO” home sale transactions.
Yes. Your MLS Flat Fee Listing will look exactly the same as any other listing. There is no way to tell how much you paid to get on the MLS. Regardless of whom you listed with or what you paid, your listing will look no different from any other listing in form and style. The listing commission is not shown. The listing brokers name appears on the MLS. Our flat fee listing method gets your property on the same MLS used by your local REALTORS®. Your listing will appear the same as all other mls property listings.
Yes. The main purpose of MLS is for REALTORS to sell each other’s listings.
It does not matter. It’s merely an often-used false marketing method to make you believe it makes a difference so that you end-up listing with them. Comparatively few potential buyers reside in your neighborhood. Most buyers come from another part of town, another city, or out-of-state. Even if a prospective buyer happens to live nearby, why would location of the listing broker make any difference at all? Keep in mind, a buyer who comes via The MLS in all likelihood already has a REALTOR® who is working with them. A buyer rarely hires the Listing Agent. If the Buyers’ Agent needs to contact the Listing Agent they normally use the phone or fax to submit a purchase contract offer and in-person contact is never really needed. The listing broker could be located in another city or even out-of-state, it really makes no difference.
Please keep it to yourself that you are not paid a commission on the listing side, as long as you trust yourself to act as a listing broker, you are in full control. We always advise our clients to remove all references of FSBO and stop marketing the home themselves as soon as they hit the MLS. Many home owners do not understand that, keep trying to market their home as FSBO. It is a very costly mistake. Please be smart, and keep it a secret that you are not paying a commission to us. Let all buyers and realtors assume you are paying the full 6% commission.

The three biggest reasons for you to remove all references to For Sale By Owner, or FSBO, on your signs, web sites, flyers, any marketing materials:
1) FSBO unfortunately attracts bargain hunters only. They feel you are desperate to sell and will offer only ridiculously low prices.
2) It will scare away local buyer agents as they are afraid of losing their commission.
3) It attracts unethical local listing agents to solicit your listing: they will LIE to you about realtors blocking Realmart listings. Why would any buyer agent not showing our listing when you are paying them exact the same 2.5% or 3% commission?. They want you to drop Realmart then they will happily charge you 6% commission to list your home in exact same MLS. Why on earth would you pay 6% working with the same MLS and same buyer agents?

Once you are on the MLS, you just hired 1000+ buyer agents working for you. You have the same playing field as all other homes on it. All buyer agents are protected. Please be aware of those local listing agents who contact you while your home is actively listed on the MLS. We would like to advise you that is UNETHICAL and ILLEGAL to solicit your listing. Please report them to us immediately and file a complaint on NJAR web site:
https://www20.state.nj.us/DOBI_UIC/servlet/Servlet.submitServlet?&pstate=complainant

As you know “PRICING” and “STAGING” are the most important factors for selling a home. Please review our site to learn more:
1) Pricing: http://wiki.realmart.com/pricing-your-home/
2) Staging: http://wiki.realmart.com/home-staging-tips/

Your home should sell quickly if priced right, in a good location and shows well. The MLS & REALTOR.com® will draw maximum attention to your home.
The MLS flat fee listing is good for 6 months. Most homes are sold within a couple of months of listing or sooner. Many homes listed have sold within a day to a week.
Yes, contact the office for a withdrawal form. Filled it out and sign, once we receive it your listing will be unconditionally withdrawn. Please be ware of any agent soliciting your listing while you are still listed with us.  It’s strictly prohibited by Real Estate Commission.  If any agent did that to you, you should get the agent contact information and notify us ASAP.  Please keep in mind that we DO have a limited 100% money back guarantee. Even if you want to cancel and list with a full price broker, you should ask us first to see if we can work out an referral agreement to get your money back.  It does not cost you any extra, and you will get your money back at the closing of your home.

YES, If you wish to cancel within 30 days after your order is placed, but before your listing is entered, there is a $25 cancellation fee. This fee covers what we are charged by the credit card company. We are charged when a client places an order, and we are charged again when we have to enter a refund.

If you wish to cancel more than 30 days after your order is placed, but before the listing is entered, a refund cannot be issued. However, your order will remain valid and you may enter your listing at ANY TIME in the future.

After your listing is entered, we unfortunately CANNOT issue a refund. The service you paid for is considered provided once your listing is active in the MLS.  However, if you wish to cancel your listing, that’s not a problem and you will not be charged any additional fee.

There is a refund of $100 for Realtor Lockboxes after they have been returned , in good working condition. Yard Signs are free; the $15 charge is for packaging and shipping.

Any time an order is placed, you should have your listing forms and questionnaire about the details of your property by email the business day after you placed your order, if not sooner. If you do not receive the listing forms and questionnaire in that timeframe, please call our office.

We do our best to provide outstanding customer service to make our clients happy. If there is ever any problem, or if you feel we did not live up to your expectations, please call our office. We are always there to help you.

If you are not completely satisfied you can qualify for a 100% money-back guarantee under certain conditions. This is based on our referring your listing to a new real estate broker, and who is acceptable to both of us. In the event you want to cancel (for any reason), and wish to list with a more traditional broker (of course, prior to getting a sales contract), we agree to refund the money you paid us by rebating the money payable at closing as long as all parties agree to a standard REALTOR® Referral Agreement.  The referral agreement will not cost you any extra money in commission. 
Not really, keep in mind that all agencies work with the same MLS’s. Your listing will end up in the same MLS it was on. Except this time you will have a Traditional Real Estate Agency charging you a higher commission. We all rely on buyers’ agents to sell the homes. Also note: if you sell it yourself while listed with us you do not pay us a commission, on the other hand, if you find the buyer while listed with a traditional broker, in all likelyhood you will still pay a full commission.
  • A Selling Agent is the Real Estate agency who actually sells the property. They are sometimes called Buyer’s Agents.
  • The Listing Agent is the Real Estate agency who lists your home for sale in the MLS.
The commission the Seller pays the Buyer’s Agent is totally up to the Seller. Real Estate commission fees are not FIXED, fees are negotiable by LAW.
Yes, but you still pay 50% less commission. Typically about 2-3% If the Listing Broker has a buyer for your home, he/she will also become the selling agent and be entitled to the selling side of the commission. Regardless of which REALTOR® sells your property, you still pay no listing commission and only pay 2-3% to the broker who was the procuring cause of the sale.
No. For Flat Fee MLS listing, If you find a buyer for your home with no Agent being the procuring source, there is no commission to pay. On 1% full agency listing, you will still need to pay Realmart listing side commission.
Lock boxes are highly recommened, expecially the digital realtor Lock box which all local realtors have an e-key to get in.  A lockbox is a metal container for your house key(s) and is normally hung on the front door knob or gate. The MLS Listing will advise Realtor’s if they can not reach you by phone, they may use the key lockbox for showings. It provides access to Agents when the owner is away, thus assuring full exposure to prospective buyers. Without a lockbox, Agents representing buyers will have to set appointments to meet you at the house to view the home. If you do not have a lockbox, you may miss out on some potential buyers who do not have time to wait. Lockboxes are completely removable and controllable by you. Your Listing Agent will indicate your showing instructions on the MLS with a contact phone number to call  showings. Showings are most always done on an appointment only basis (assuming key lockboxes are not used).
Yes, we do offer free forms. We are adding more forms for your convenience. When you list your home with us, we will email you all the forms needed if you sell by owner. If your home sells thru the MLS, the buyer’s agent will prepare the purchase contract.
Yes, you can make changes by submitting a change request online from Seller Tools. Or, you can send an email to changes@realmart.com.
Note: Some changes require an additional fee, most are free.
Yes. REALTOR.com® offers the ability to print and/or email color brochures of your listing to hand out to potential buyers. You can also order high quality flyers from us if you like.
Depending on your area, your listing may appear on many different internet sites. Plus licensed REALTORS® can display all of the MLS listings directly on their own private website. However, it is really impossible to predict exactly how many websites your listing will be on. Aside from the private websites owned by REALTORS®, your listing may also appear on major public internet sites such as REALTOR.com®, Trulia.com, Zillow.com, Google Maps, MSNhomes.com, Homes.com, Homestore.com, Homeadvisor.com Yahoo.com and others.
No. REALTOR.com® is NOT the MLS. REALTOR.com’s main benefit is for home-buyers to contact a REALTOR® for more information and showings. It is not for home-buyers to contact you as a FSBO (which is a common misconception). REALTOR.com® has a rule that seller’s personal information is not allowed to appear (but it does go on The-MLS – please don’t get them confused). Contact information (Seller’s Name, Phone Number and Address) appears on the Multiple Listing Service for Realtor’s to view and to contact sellers for showings, etc. We do have an 800# posted on Realtor.com, so when people call that number, they will be prompted to enter MLS and get your number.  We also forward all email inquiries directly to you to maximize the chance to save all 6% of commission.
No. You have to get listed into the MLS before your listing can appear on REALTOR.com®
The Listing Agent is the most knowledgeable and qualified person to review the initial contract for you. If you need us to help negotiations, review contracts, etc., upgrade your listing to Uiltimate or 1% Professional Service.  We will help you all the way from negotiation till closing. After the offer is accepted, we encourage using legal representation, even though it is not mandated.
No, they are separate and distinct services with different websites and usage. Realtor.com is run by The National Association of Realtors® and picks up all the Nationwide MLS Listings from the hundreds of Multiple Listing Services around the Nation and puts the property information in their website.
Anyone can access and use it but NO, it’s rarely used by Real Estate Agents. It’s designed for and mostly used by the public who want to search for appropriate properties throughout the nation.

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