Here is a collection of frequently asked questions that people often have about selling a home with our service. If you have any other questions, not listed here, feel free to call or send an e-mail.
By clicking on any of the questions below, you may view the answer.
Can I take my own photos?
We strongly recommend that you use a professional architectural photographer. After years of observing that homes with customer supplied photos didn't sell as quickly or for as much money as homes with professional photos we almost decided not to allow customer supplied photos. Most of our customers are big "do it yourselfers". It was a very difficult decision, especially when a study done by Redifn confirmed our observations. In the end, we decided to reluctantly allow customer supplied photos, and unless you ask us point blank, we won't tell you they look awful and don't show enough of the room and that the windows are over exposed and that they are crooked and dark and have a yellow color cast. Please, please, please, even if you don't use our photographer, if your home is a nice one, especially if it is above "first time homebuyer" range. Use an architectural photographer. (Not a wedding or portrait photographer, their lenses are the exact opposite of what you need) Get someone that has solid experience with architectural photography. There are a couple of issues with photos that we will act on right away. If you use copyrighted photos that were taken by someone else, (for example a previous REALTOR®) we will remove those immediately. Ditto if your photos include people, especially children. Remember, this is the internet, need we say more?
Does my home get advertised on the MLS?
The MLS is a separate optional service available through our affiliate partner Choice Realty. Choice Realty works with our clients that want to represent themselves "by owner" on the Multiple Listing Service in Spokane. For pricing and service information, contact them directly at (509) 951-7653.
How does your service work?
Our goal is to give you the tools and the information to be successful at finding a qualified buyer for your home. Since most serious home buyers are using the Internet to help them in their home search, we begin with a custom web ad for buyers to look at. It will become a point of reference for your marketing campaign. Each property ad has it’s own website address. You are then able to bypass our home page and send buyers directly to your page first. By including your web site address on your yard sign, flyers, voicemail message and in your Craigslist ad, you give buyers a place to get more information if they aren’t able to reach you right away.
The web site saves you from cleaning for an hour or two only to hear the potential buyers tell you that they live around the corner and have always wondered what your home looked like on the inside. It allows buyers from out of the area to look at the photos of your home on the internet. When buyers see your website address in your other advertising, they can look it up on the web and get the facts without the abbreviations. Think about it. When you receive a phone call from a buyer that has seen your website, they already know what your home looks like, where it is located, how much you are asking and they want to see it in person! You have a “pre-screened” interested buyer!
Additionally, we have a list of local and national affiliate resources so that you can get assistance with each phase of the transaction. For example, there are inspectors, appraisers, attorneys, real estate consultants, title companies, lenders, and closing companies that will assist home sellers. Many of these companies would be involved no matter if the home was sold by owner or with an agent. The difference is the home seller does the delegating instead of the agent and the home seller saves thousands of dollars for it.
How long does my ad run for?
Your ad will be active on Spokanebyowner for one year as long as your home is not listed on the MLS outside of our approved MLS affiliate program. As long as you are not listed with an agent (except through our affiliate program at Choice Realty), you can renew your ad every 12 months for a discounted fee.
My agent said it is ok with them if I advertise on Spokanebyowner while I have it listed with them. Is that going to be a problem?
Sorry. Due to the exclusive listing language in the contacts for our area, our legal counsel has advised us to not to touch this one with a 10 foot pole. Except for properties listed with our sister company Choice Realty, we cannot allow ads on our website that are currently listed on the MLS with an agent or flat fee program.