Q: What does your commission cover?
A: Full service from start to finish while your house is listed with us. This includes the basics such as a yard sign and lock box, property photos and inclusion into the BLC (MIBOR’s version of the MLS), Additionally, we will coordinate all of your showings. While listed, we will be in regular contact to keep you up to date on feedback from buyers who have toured your home, as well as on market conditions to help ensure that your house is positioned optimally in the market. Once an offer is received, we will act as your trusted advisor, negotiating like a bulldog on your behalf and and overseeing the sale from contract to closing.
Q: Can you explain commissions to me?
A: Absolutely! When a home is listed for sale with a REALTOR®, an offer of compensation is made to other agent members of the local real estate board. This is known as a buyer’s agent commission. This commission is a portion of the total commission fee agreed upon when your house is listed. For example, if you list your house at a 7% total commission, there might be 3.5% offered to buyer agents, with the other 3.5% retained by the listing company. Once commission is paid out at closing, those amounts may be split further between the agent and his or her broker, depending upon the compensation arrangement they have made.
Q: Why do you charge a marketing fee up front?
A: The fee we charge helps pay for professional photography and the overall marketing of your home. Doing this along with keeping our overhead low are a couple of ways we can keep our side of the total commission to 2.5%, instead of a 3 – 3.5% commission.
Q: How will you market my home?
A: Professional photography is paramount to showing your home at its best, as photos flow to all other advertising methods. In addition to marketing to other agents in the BLC, your home will be syndicated to scores of national search portals like realtor.com, Trulia and Zillow, as well as to thousands of real estate company and agent websites. Your home will have a virtual tour created, and will be marketed to social media outlets like Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and Twitter. Additionally, listings will be marketed with targeted postcards. High-end homes receive the added boost of our luxury marketing program.
Q: Do you hold open houses?
A: I do, but I have found over the years that the majority of home sales have occurred without needing an open house. If one is to be done, I believe it should be done within the first 10 days that a home is on the market.
Q: What should I do to get my house ready to sell?
A: Simple. Just head over to my blog. You’ll find all you need to know there!
Brownsburg Homes For Sale
Median For Sale Price
Median Days on Market
Could 2017 Be Your Last Best Chance to Buy?
How to Fire A Real Estate Agent
Where Have All the Houses Gone?
Down, down, down we go. The number of homes available for buyers to see keeps dwindling. It’s hard to believe that 10 years ago, Brownsburg could have as many as 600 homes for sale in a given month. I’m not saying those days are over forever, but a decade of falling inventory is a pretty strong trend.
Brownsburg 4th of July – Thoughts from the Parade Route
The Indy Honor Flight is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping WWI and Korean War veterans make trips to Washington, D. C. Schmidt Realty Co. represented them in this year’s Brownsburg 4th of July Parade.
New Construction Sales Stats – Brownsburg
After posting some info about the number new construction homes coming onto the market each month, I was asked to expand the data. Oh, the nerd in me is so happy to oblige! I have not one, not two, but THREE graphs for ya!
To Market, To Market?
Of course marketing your house is important to selling, but don’t place all of your pigs in that blanket. Do not overlook how a good REALTOR will do all of the other things on your behalf.
“Dr. Dunk” Darnell Hillman – Greatest of All Time
Darnell Hillman was a prolific leaper for the Indiana Pacers and probably the most dynamic dunker the game has ever seen.
What a Difference a Year Makes
The seller’s market in Brownsburg is strong and getting stronger. Could this be THE TIME to take a serious look at selling your house? Let’s see what the data is telling us.
Leasing vs. Buying a Home in Brownsburg, Indiana
I’ve known that for many years, leasing a home (not apartment) in Brownsburg on its face costs more than buying. I wanted to see if I could determine just how much.
Are Appraisals Failing Home Buyers and Sellers?
Is That Overpriced Home “The One”? Don’t Be Afraid to Make an Offer
Let’s look at how you might find your home in the overpriced listings, and “stale” inventory. You can use these ideas to find a great deal whether it’s a buyer or a seller’s market.
PMI Rate Cut? Whoa, Nellie!
This cut is intended to go into affect on January 27th of this year. Notice anything about that? This will be one week after President-Elect Trump is sworn in. Mr. Trump has already said that he is going to strike many of President Obama’s executive orders on Day One. I have a feeling this will be one of them.
Real Estate Confidential: “I’M A HOARDER!”
Virtual hoarder, that is. The first step is admitting you have a problem.