Well, today’s the day!

Some thought it would never get here.  Some feel that it’s way too early, and that summer has not really started yet.  Like it or not, it’s here.  Teachers are at school today and the children will be close to follow.  (Then it will be Christmas.)

Many people meant to sell their current house and move this year, but that hasn’t happened yet.  There seems to be a lot of buying and selling activity going on right now, and this may be a good opportunity to do something before the interest rates leap.

Complacency is your biggest enemy and your worst nightmare.  Some people believe that when they put a sign in the yard, people will line up to buy their house.  That is not going to happen.  Likely as not, you will find your house is worth a bit less than you think, and selling it requires a bit more effort than it should.  Some people want to sell their own house, but don’t want to inconvenience themselves while they are saving commission.

Selling your own house is SIMPLE and very cost-effective, but it does require effort on your part.  1)  Be sure you really want to sell and you are willing to make some sacrifices to do it yourself.  I have some “things you need to do” check-lists that I give to my customers.  2)  Get your house in the MLS, Multiple Listing Service, with a FLAT-FEE or GRADUATED SERVICES Realtor, so you can sell it yourself and not have to pledge such a huge commission.  Yes, I do that too.  and 3) put a sign in the yard and do it!

It won’t happen overnight, but if you have a good working knowledge of what to expect, good advice, a good attitude, and help that’s a phone call away, you can save a bundle.  Talk to a graduated service Realtor who knows what they are doing, and is local, as opposed to an 800-number, or somebody on their fifth transaction.   http://www.FSBO-GUY.com is a place you can go, or call me at (615) 973-8970.  Don Martin, MARTIN PROPERTIES

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