As we have mentioned here and there, our home (affectionately called "The Luck House") is currently for sale. Once it sells, we will be hitting the road full-time, educating people all across the country about the benefits of the raw foods lifestyle. Until then, we're spending a good amount of time going through the motions of selling the place. It's a wonderful home!!!?
But, we've never sold a home before. I feel that we've done a LOT of great work on selling it, and are continuing to work on finding a new lucky individual or family to care for the place. However, maybe there is something else we can/should be doing. So, if anyone has tips on how to sell a house, we would greatly appreciate them!? Here's what we've done so far:
- Hired a realtor in October
- Built great web site for the house (www.TheLuckHouse.com)
- Terminated our contract with that agent in April
- Hired new "listing broker" agent in April (for a $299 flat fee for the MLS and local MLS listings, and with $0 sell commission -- similar to a "by owner" situation, but technically not a FSBO.)
- Offering buyer agents 3.5% commission. (Is this enough to entice an agent to put some energy toward our home? Should we up it to 4% )
- Routinely post the home site on Craigslist? (Just locally. Should we be doing surrounding cities, too? Or any other uses of Craigslist or similar sites ? We posted on a few, actually.)
- Have been mailing brochures to local agents. The brochures tout the 3.5% commission.
- Have been dropping brochures off at local real estate offices (same brochures)
- Have been hanging fliers at various public places (libraries, etc.)
- Tried calling some corporate/bank relocation departments (but was not treated very well by them).
What else should we be doing ? Should we advertise in local papers? Any ideas from experienced sellers (esp. people who did it themselves)? We're excited to be able to (1) get this home into the hands of the next family who'll treasure the place as much as we did, and (2) get going with our raw foods tour.