We buy houses in Houston Texas. If you’re looking to sell your house in Houston TX without using a real estate agent, just give us a call and we may be able to help. Sometimes sellers just do not want to deal with brokers and rather a simple and convenient direct to homebuyers in Houston TX transaction.
After all, paying 5-6% of the sale of a property in a commission is a lot of money. In certain situations, Texas brokers and real estate agents can be very useful and earn their commission. Not always.
How Do I Sell My House Without An Agent in Houston TX?
There are a few ways to avoid paying high commissions in your Texas sale. First, there’s a tricky custom that you’ve gotta know about.
In most sales in Houston, roughly half of the commission you pay as the seller goes to pay for the buyer’s broker.
Doesn’t make much sense, right?
Why should you pay for the agent on the other side of the table? Truthfully, it defies logic – it’s just what’s typically done.
You can use that to your advantage in a few ways. First, factor in the commissions paid when you’re looking at the comparable sales. If the properties similar to yours sold for prices that included commissions, take that into account.
Don’t under-price your Houston property
Be aware that a savvy buyer may expect to take a discount too. If you’re doing the work of one agent, you can expect to save that money.
Sometimes, homebuyers in Houston TX who aren’t represented by an agent won’t remember to negotiate the buyer’s side commission out of the price for themselves, so don’t remind them if you don’t want to pay them. Just don’t be surprised if it comes up during the negotiation.
You may want to consider offering 2.5% to buyer’s agents who will bring their clients to show your property. Sure, it’s a lot of money. If you’re pricing your property including that commission, you can always negotiate a better deal for a purchaser who comes without an agent.
On the other hand, if you don’t leave room for the buyer’s agent’s commission, you’ll be excluding most of the buyers in the market in Houston.
Over 90% of transactions happen through the MLS
That’s the Multiple Listing Service. It’s the main database that all the brokers in Houston use to access information for their clients on the houses, condos, land and investment properties for sale, along with data on the sold prices.
Once upon a time, you had to pay a full commission to get your property on the MLS. Now in Houston, there are a few brokers who will charge you a fee just to list your property on the MLS. Often, you spend a few hundred bucks and you only pay a commission if the sale closes.
Compared to the cost of a newspaper ad, the MLS is a cheap way to market your property to a very wide audience.
All the major real estate search sites like Realtor.com, Zillow, Yahoo Homes, etc. get data from the MLS. Chances are good that when you submit your listing in Houston to the MLS, information on your property will end up on most of the major sites within a few days.
Each of those sites sells ads. They’ve got packages that let you pay to enhance your listing, feature it at the top of the search, and a lot of other bells and whistles that might or might not get an interested Houston home buyer to buy your property.
Advertising is a gamble in Houston TX
Sometimes open houses in Houston TX can be a great way to sell a property, and sometimes they’re a waste of time. Same with newspaper ads, craigslist postings, fancy signs – sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t.
To effectively sell your property on your own, you have to market it well
Putting up fliers and signs around your neighborhood can generate some calls, and there’s a lot of free websites where you can post information. But often just putting up flyers and an open house isn’t enough if your home doesn’t appeal to the average home buyer.
In theory, real estate agents charge big commissions because they have to spend a lot of money upfront to advertise your property. By advertising lots of properties at once, they expect to get more phone calls – and obviously, they’ll make good profits by selling lots of houses.
Certain properties might require thousands of dollars in advertising expenses before the right buyer happens to see the ad and call.
Sell My House In Houston TX!
If you want to avoid paying any commissions, you can also sell your property to investors like us for CASH.
We offer cash for houses in Houston TX for a fair price and we can close fast (in as little as 3-5 days if you need to). Sometimes we’ll purchase Houston houses, fix them up, then rent them out or sell them to other people looking for great homes in the area, and a lot of other reasons, too – but we love to hear from people like you who are thinking of selling anywhere in Texas. Sell your house in the Texas area.
We’re investors and Houston TX home buyers who care a lot about Houston. We close fast and pay cash in as little as just 3-5 days. Give us a call now at (713) 561-5162 or fill out the short form over here.