Picking the Wrong Agent
Reason #6 to avoid the MLS when selling your Charlotte house is picking the wrong agent. There are so many agents to choose from and how would you know who to choose? Do you pick the person with the most ads? Or do you go with the guy your friend recommended he just sold a house last week?
Time On the Market
Reason #5 to avoid the MLS when selling your Charlotte house is the time wasted while the house is on the market. The MLS, or multiple listing service, keeps track of how many days it’s been since you first listed it on the market. If your house ends up being on the market for more than 60 days, this is not a good sign to buyers. It may suggest that your house is not as desirable as other properties, or that there might be something wrong with it. There may not be anything wrong with your property, but this might stick in the back of the mind of potential buyers. Maybe you haven’t had a full-price offer and are holding out. Whatever the reason, the time on the market counter may work against you.
Highly Qualified Buyers
Reason #4 to avoid the MLS when selling your Charlotte house is that your buyer may have trouble qualifying for financing. When you do find qualified buyers, they often will be picky and expecting your house to be HGTV quality. Sure, the MLS may bring you buyers, but a predominant part of them will have to rely on financing from a bank, and some of them may not have even been pre-qualified yet.
Reason #3 to avoid the MLS when selling your Charlotte house is commission fees. When you list your house on the market, there are commission fees that are expected from the selling agent and the buying agent. This is usually 3% of the final sale price, which can add up to a large sum of money! If you are using an agent without using the MLS, you might be able to set a flat fee for less than traditional commission fees.
Invasion of Privacy
Reason #2 To avoid the MLS when selling your Charlotte house is an invasion of privacy. If your house is listed on the MLS, you will be expected to make your house available for showings. This means living in a constant state of clean and organized 24/7 until you move out. You may also be asked to leave your home on extremely short notice for a showing if possible, sometimes immediately, although you usually can schedule showings for 24 hours in advance. Some sellers find it’s easier if they move out of the home when they put their house on the market because of the hassle of showings, but would you want to be responsible for 2 house payments before you can guarantee the sale of your house?
Signs In The Yard
Reason #1 to avoid the MLS when selling your Charlotte house is a sign in your yard. The yard sign is a standard part of a real estate agent advertising your house, but this also may mean that you may have people knocking on your door unexpectedly because they saw the sign in your yard. This is a huge inconvenience, especially because people may have stopped without an agent present, and who knows if they are qualified buyers?
Call U.S. Direct Home Buyers at (832) 662-2202 or send us a message to discuss these and other reasons to avoid the MLS when selling your Charlotte house!