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I stumbled over some testimonials the other day and decided to share them with you!

“Don did a great job for us and helped us save over $12,000 on the sale. He made it simple and easy to close the sale with his suggestions and support. Thanks again.”
-Barry Durham

“I highly recommend Martin Properties to anyone wanting to sell their house. Don helped us with the entire process, answered tons of questions and most importantly, saved us a ton of money. He makes the process so easy and is awesome to work with. Our Buyer even came without a Realtor and Don helped answer all our questions and provided us with the appropriate documents to get the deal done. Thank you Don!”
-Sarah Wills

“I highly recommend working with Martin Properties to sell your house if you are considering for sale by owner (FSBO). I wanted to do FSBO to save money, but I was unsure of the process. I found out about Martin Properties when I was searching for our new house and saw a property on his website. Don made the process so easy, telling us what steps we needed to do — and what not to do — and I could call him whenever I had a question, so we were never alone during the process. Within 7 days of Don listing our house on MLS, we had 3 offers! Don gave me advice on how to handle multiple offers, and within a couple of days we accepted the best offer, which matched our goal of what we wanted to get out of the sale. All I had to do was show the house and coordinate details with the buyer’s realtor (we chose to pay a buyer’s agent commission) and Don as needed. It was so worth the modest fee we payed to Martin Properties! We’re even buying our new house from one of his clients!”
– Pam Hull, Nashville, August 2013

“Don presented with a very warm and professional manner. He spoke with good knowledge of the subject and answered my questions with patience. He never seemed to be in a hurry but allowed me time to understand the paperwork, which I always need in a situation. I would highly recommend him to work with clients and be helpful. It was good and a very positive experience.”
– Frances C. (Worked with Don Martin in 2012 in Nashville, TN)

“Our home buying experience was an exciting one! Don was great!! He was always there when my husband and I needed his time or input regarding us buying a home. He never rushed us but had a great deal of patience and information to share. He was with us every step of the way, and we are very thankful and grateful that he was apart of this experience!!!!”
– Eustalyn (Bought a home with Don Martin in 2012 in Nashville, TN)

“You are number ONE! Very understanding and professional. Thanks for everything!”

Mrs. Elizabeth Harper
Brentwood, TN

THANK YOU to Don Martin and Martin Properties for providing this innovative and invaluable service. Don’s years of experience and expertise in real estate and simple straight-forward approach is the perfect formula for anyone considering selling by owner. Exactly what we were looking for.

M. Dailey

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Thanks Don for helping us sell our home so quickly.  Listing on the MLS certainly made a difference in the number of calls we received to see the house and we received 3 offers after you listed it.  We accepted the 3rd full priced contract within a month of the listing.  Thanks so much for all of your help and assistance.  You can be sure that we’ll use you again next time.

Bobby and Gayle Williams

“Having owned a marketing and communications firm for over 13 years, I have a high appreciation for excellent customer service and measurable results.  I’m pleased to share that my experience with Don Martin has hit top scores on both marks.

Don’s high level of professionalism and straight shooting answers provided us with strategic insight and the foundation we needed to handle the sale of our home by ourselves.  Don was more than willing to answer all of our questions and help in any way he could.  I highly recommend Don Martin for your MLS  listing needs should you choose to sell your home ‘by owner’.”

Mike Keil
President
The Resource Agency

June 8, 2008
I could not have had a better experience and better results with Don Martin and Martin Properties. Don made it easy to get started with his no-nonsense listing agreement and the sample forms he gave me to assist in the process. I took all the calls and did all the showings and all the negotiations. My closing attorney took it the rest of the way with the details of the payoff and HUD-1 Buyers/Sellers settlement sheet. And to top it all off I PAID NO SELLER, OR BUYER AGENT COMMISSIONS AT ALL!!! ZIP, ZILCH, NADA, NOT A DIME!!!! That was a total SAVINGS OF MORE THAN $11,000.00!! Even in a slumping housing market (2007-2008) and less than stellar economy my FSBO listing through Don Martin did the trick. Additionally, doing my own market research, I priced my house for $10,000 more than the agents I visited with had told me they would price it at–and I got it!!! Statistically, 83 percent of buyers find their house on the internet. Now that I’ve done this myself, I really do wonder what a conventional agent does for the outrageous commissions they are asking. The Martin Properties way works!
Thanks Don,
Jim Piekarski

“As a former Realtor I heartily recommend Don’s service.  Don made it possible for our home to be posted in the MLS for a minimal amount of money. As a result our home sold in less than a month and we saved $$$!!! He was great to work with, always ready to help in any way possible. We would not hesitate a minute to call him again.”

Ray & Jan Rains

Call me if you if you have any questions.
Don Martin
Martin Properties
(615) 973-8970
Graduated Real Estate Services
Nashville-Knoxville-Memphis
TNFlat-FeeMLS.com

 

“From the moment that I met Don I knew that this program would work for me.  We had spent a couple of weeks preparing our house to sell.  Touching up paint, removing all of the clutter, just making it a showplace for potential buyers.  Taking the time to prepare you home for selling and not for living will make your home more desirable for potential buyers, so make sure you take the time to do those things.

I tried the old fashioned FSBO and had a couple of Open Houses, but had no offers or even any serious prospects.  After a couple of weeks of this I decided to call Don and get my house listed on the MLS, Realtracs, and realtor.com, and within 2 weeks I had a solid contract from a qualified buyer, making it possible for us to buy the house that we had been hoping to buy.

If you are thinking at all about selling your home please give Don a call.  It is a phone call that will save you thousands!!!!!

Thanks for everything Don!!!”

Robert Bedenbaugh

Yes, it sold in a week w/2 contracts!!  Should have listed it for more $$$ 😉
Lynne, Franklin (December 2007)

“Thanks for your service. It was a very fast process. Two weeks on the MLS and I had a contract with a full price offer. Two weeks after signing the contract I closed saving thousands in realtor commission fees. I will definitely use your service the next time I sell.”

Mark Sherrell

“He makes us feel like we’re his only customers.  I mean, I know we’re not, but we feel that way… Thanks!”

We contacted Don after business hours on a Monday night.  He met with us Tuesday morning to complete the paperwork for listing our house.  It was on line Tuesday night and by that Thursday we had a full price offer.  Don was available for questions regarding the sales contract for our home and provided thoughtful and insightful advice.  We came to an agreement with the sellers by Friday and had a binding contract before our first open house.  SOLD IN 48 HOURS AT FULL ASKING PRICE!!!  We couldn’t be more pleased.

Erin and Jason Parker

“I remember your kindness and help to us in our transition.  Thank you.”
Billy Sprague, Music Ministry
Franklin, now Colorado

New in the business of real estate investing, we turned to Don to help us list our first rehab house. Don not only listed our property, he showed the house for us while we were out of town, and gave us very valuable guidance when we got an offer. Don was instrumental in us being able to sell our house for full asking price. Thanks Don.
Lee & Pamela Nelson
Red Square Properties

Dr. Martin,

“Our neighbors just recently listed their house through you as a FSBO and it sold for the asking price in 5 days after being on the market without you for 3 months.  My wife and I are getting ready to put our townhouse on the market around the beginning of September.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.”

“We had two homes to sell and wanted to save the extra % of the sale price and needed to get the MLS exposure.  Don was recommended and within a few days he met with us and outlined the process.  We were impressed and immediately made the decision to go with him.  As soon as we got the sign in the yard and the posting on MLS we had calls to show the house.  The first house sold in five days and the second home sold in two.  Don used the MLS and his web site to give us the exposure we needed, which included pictures of the house.  He also went above and beyond to help answer contract questions.  It was important for us to have a local contact and someone we could rely on.  Martin Properties was exactly what we were looking for and the experience exceeded our expectations.”

Kevin and Cindi Applegate

“I used to sell real estate in California, and I saw your ad in the Christian Classifieds.  I just want to ask you one question.  Is this legal?”

-Anonymous lady telephone caller, Mar 3, 2007

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Don,
Thank you very much for your assistance.  Your price for your service was well worth it.  I paid only one percent to the realtor plus my cost for your service which allowed me to save about $6,000 in commissions over having gone the typical route of listing with a realtor.  That is a GRANDIOUS savings in my book.  It also made it so much easier with the MLS lock on the door.  It saved me even more time not having to run to the condo all the time for a showing.
Thanks again and you are already being referred by me to others.

Max Sanders
A Magical Wish
www.amagicalwish.com

“Martin Properties allowed me to obtain an MLS listing at a small fee in order to reach more potential buyers for my “For Sale by Owner” home in the West End area. Don was always available by phone or email to answer any questions and help as much or as little as desired during the process.
I would recommend Martin Properties to list your FSBO home on the MLS to anyone who wants to save thousands of dollars on realtor commissions – it is well worth the small amount of extra effort required on the part of the owner. This service is long-overdue! Thanks, again Don!”
Constance Sinclair
Nashville, TN

“Doc Martin,

We sure appreciate the job you did.  You were a pleasure to work with.  We will definitely be recommending you to others!”

“Hi Don:

We are very pleased with the results of listing our home for sale using your reduced fee program.  We averaged about 6 showings per week” … “The interesting part is that the buyers had been on a mission trip for several months in Bolivia and had been tracking our home by internet until they returned home.  Very satisfied with the service–thank you again.”

Bob & Candace
Franklin, TN

“I have used Martin Properties personally to help me and my wife sell our home as well as purchase a new one. I also refer my clients that do not have a Realtor because I know they will give my clients the same attention they gave me when I needed the help. I would recommend anyone that is looking to purchase or sell a home to consider the personal attention you will get when using Martin Properties.”

Lehman Hailey, Jr
President Evergreen Mortgage

“I recommend Martin Properties. As a former customer, I found their service and performance to be exemplary.

We sold our house for the amount we wanted, in less than twenty-four hours, then found our current home at an incredible price. Everything about the deal was smooth and simple, with every twist and turn navigated with ease.

We have been living in our current home for about six years and could not be more satisfied, but should we ever want or need to relocate, the first call goes to Martin Properties.”

Kirby W. Allen
Brentwood, TN

“Cindy and I would like to thank you for your help in selling our home and for the purchasing of our new home. You showed incredible poise keeping all parties calm when the buyers for our home became difficult. In the end we sold high and bought low. Who could ask for more?”

Richard and Cindy Furman
Southwest Lawns

“My compliments on the professionalism, knowledge and patience that you provided while representing me in both the sale of my former home and the purchase of my new home. I would unequivocally recommend you to anyone needing professional real estate representation.”

Michael Smith
Former treasurer Harpeth Trace Homeowners Association

Call me if you if you have any questions.
Don Martin
Martin Properties
(615) 973-8970
Graduated Real Estate Services
Nashville-Knoxville-Memphis
TNFlat-FeeMLS.com

 

“Thanks for all your help. This was a great experience for me. Please feel free to refer anyone in the future to me for a referral on your service.”

Alex Simpson
Fredericksburg – Brentwood, TN

“I look forward to a continued relationship with you and your company.  We will be looking for a new project (house)…”
Lynne Weeks
Smyrna, TN

“Thanks for all your help!”
Carless Dance
Mt. Juliet, TN

“Thanks again for representing us!  I am so glad that you called me and that we decided to use you as our agent.  You literally saved us thousands of dollars!  I wish you the best of luck and truly hope that you succeed in this venture.  I don’t know how you can’t!  I will recommend you to anyone looking to sell their home.

Thanks again!”
Harrison Hudnall

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“We had attempted to sell our home on our own by using directional signs and listing it in the Tennessean.  After several weeks, we had no offers and no one really interested.  Don Martin approached us about listing our home on the MLS while still being able to sell it by owner.  Within a couple of weeks we had several interested lookers and by the third week we not only had one offer but two with a third one waiting to see if the sale would go through.  I would highly recommend the service Don provides.  We had our house listed in the MLS for a reasonable fee and saved thousands on real estate fees.  We will definitely use this service again if selling a property and would encourage anybody else to do so as well.”
Jim and Elizabeth Wash,
Brentwood, TN

“Thank you for all your help on the sell of our condo.  We listed it on a Wednesday, and we had a signed contract by Monday.  I do appreciate your help.  We could not have done it without you.

Thank you,”
Scott Cone
Nashville Mortgage Company, LLC

November 6, 2005
Dear Don,
We have to write and thank you for helping us quickly sell our home this year. We tried Marketing the house ourselves but it soon became obvious that most of the “lookers’ were exactly that- “lookers”. We had one serious homebuyer but he kept dragging his feet about the actual offer to buy. That is when we decided to call you. After meeting you and totally understanding your unique service, we made the decision to let you help us. That evening the information regarding our home was on the Internet! We found it hard to believe when the next morning brought a qualified buyer to our home, which resulted in an offer to buy our home at our asking price that afternoon! We feel so fortunate in finding you and want to thank you as well as compliment you on your professional and very efficient service. Best of luck in the future.
Bob and Claudette Walsh

Don,
Just a brief note of thanks for your help in selling my home.  Your service is very valuable for anyone who is in the position to market and show their home on their own.  Getting access to the MLS and Realtor.com is invaluable.  I appreciate your willingness to meet with inspectors, etc. when I was out of town to ensure the process continued forward in a timely manner.

Regards,
Kim G.

Hi Don,  I have about 3 people who will be calling you within the next few months to use your services. thanks.

Jeana

“We sold our house with Martin Properties. It was really pretty effortless. Don Martin explained the program, took some photos, got us on the MLS and the next thing we knew agents started calling to set appointments. We had an accepted offer in 48 hours. There’s just no need to pay an agent 1-3% of the value of your home to list your property when it’s just as easy to go with Martin Properties at a fraction of the cost.”

Dave Gallagher

The sale went fast, cheap and smoothly.

Mike Dioguardi
Robin Hill Rd.

We thank you for giving us the courage…
Ann Olsen

“I want to thank you for all your help and consideration in the sale of our Robin Hill Road property in West Meade.  Once we finished the remodel on this house, listed it with your company and appeared in Multiple Listing, I was inundated with phone calls.  On the first weekend we had so many appointments for Realtors to show the house that it appeared to be an open house.  The lock box made that task very easy for us.  By Sunday we had 2 contracts both as over bids.  The following week I was asked if we could accept another.  With the substantial savings on commissions our deal was most gratifying.

We will definitely use your service again.”

Sincerely,

Michael J. Dioguardi
James Michael Halloran

“Martin Properties is the perfect solution for the do-it yourself with the MLS exposure. Mr. Martin was always approachable and willing to answer questions. I was able to sell a difficult property fairly quickly. I was very pleased with the service and plan to use this formula again in the future. Thank you….”

Thank you Don for the help..

Stephan Francois

“Thank you for all your help.  Without your service I don’t know that we would have ever sold.  FYI we sold on our 46th showing.  This is a remarkable number because we took a week off and didn’t show the house when we went out of town and had five agents call to setup a showing on the day we sold. So our number of showing would have been around 55 in just over six weeks. Wow!.”

Jason Obester
Spring Hill

 

Call me if you if you have any questions.
Don Martin
Martin Properties
(615) 973-8970
Graduated Real Estate Services
Nashville-Knoxville-Memphis
TNFlat-FeeMLS.com

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3 Key Elements to Selling Your House

From time to time people decide to change the place they call their home. They decide to move. People fall into a couple of major categories- they may be in fairly temporary circumstances, renting a house or apartment or living with parents, etc or they live in a more permanent situation such as owning their own house. The first is fairly liquid, in that when the end of a term or period of time occurs, they simply walk away. The second is more challenging, in that the owners of their current house must find NEW owners for that house before they can move on.

If you are in that second group, and you must find new owners for your house, then you need to sell your place. People do that in either of two manners. Either they enter into an agreement with a real estate agent to market their house, and pay the agent a commission out of the proceeds of the sale, or they sell the house themselves, By-Owner and pocket the commission that would otherwise be subtracted from their profit. Regardless of the method of selling, there are three critical concepts that will serve you well if you internalize them early-on in the process.

Clean It Up

Look at your house objectively as much as possible.  I’m sorry if this sounds blunt, but cut that grass.  Trim those shrubs.  Fix that gutter where it’s hanging down a bit at the corner.  Move the kid’s toys and the grill out from in front of the house.  Ask a friend if your house looks like something someone would consider buying.

Inside the house, do much the same thing.  I’m not saying as some agents do, that you have to make it look as though you don’t live there.  What I am saying is that when people see you live there, they see you are tidy.

We all love our kids.  We all love to eat.  We all love to clean up and put on fresh clothes.  The trick is not to have the den full of the kid’s toys, the kitchen full of dirty pans and dishes where we prepared meals, and the bathrooms covered in dirty clothes.  Over the years I have not only seen houses left like that for prospective buyers to see, but I have also seen houses like that in the listing pictures!  It is called incrementalism .  Something starts out messy and over time, gets even messier gradually and without being noticed by the sellers.

Don’t Overprice

You know what your house is worth.  You can easily obtain lists of the houses that have sold in your neighborhood.  An agent would be happy to run you what is called a CMA, competitive market analysis, to demonstrate what your house will probably bring.  So don’t be confused.  I am a proponent of pricing your house boldly, but not ridiculously.   If you are selling your house For-Sale-By-Owner, remember you are already saving some of the commission that was probably paid in those comparable sales.  So don’t get crazy.

It is sad, from time to time, when one of my customers who is selling their house FSBO with me in the MLS say that they just didn’t have any luck selling their house that way, and then list with a full-service Realtor.  Because that full-service Realtor is going to put the house right back in the same MLS.  He or she will only make you price it lower AND pay commission.  So go ahead and price it lower BEFORE you pay commission as well.

Be Accessible

Yup.  You AND your house.  When somebody calls, answer the phone.  If you have to use an answering service, return the call.  ASAP.  People want what they want, and they want it right then!  It has be come an internet world in some of the public’s eyes and they have gotten used to Google waiting for them to search anytime night or day.  Of course you can’t compete with the ‘net, but you must not leave people waiting too long either.  Discipline yourself to check your voice-mail regularly and frequently.  Return the calls.  Attention and interest have short half-lives.  As time passes beyond their initial call, their interest diminishes exponentially.

Make you house easy to see.  I have worked with people who said to prospects that they only showed the house on Thursdays.  Try, within reason to let a prospect tour your house when they want or need to.  Close the bedroom door if the baby is napping.  Miss the bridge club this week.

Some buyers are emergency-room nurses and doctors.  Some buyers work third shift.  Some even work an odd number of days on and off.  You may well have to be inconvenienced on your way to the other side of this transaction.  Just keep your eye on the goal.  These three elements will put you a lot closer to scoring!


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profileBroker Don Martin, founder and CEO of Martin Properties, besides helping hundreds of FSBOs save thousands of dollars, also delivers seminars, keynotes and motivational messages to real estate and sales professionals. His 30+ years of experience in sales, marketing, real estate, promotion, management and technology has empowered thousands to expand their knowledge and achieve their goals. Connect with Martin Properties on Facebook, TheReasonableRealtor.com, MLS-TODAY.com or Amazon.com.

 

New Premium Service Plan

 

It is odd to me in these days of great attention to spending, and in this industry where people try to save money by doing things themselves, I have received requests lately for a higher, more Premium “Yikes-I’ve-Got-To-Sell-NOW!!!”  level of my service.  I must admit I probably dismissed the first several requests because I saw my service as complete, and did not wish to give an impression to anyone that I was the type who kept trying to up-sell my customers.

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SILLY RABBIT – The MLS is for REALTORS!

After we uploaded all the info about his house to the MLS, one of my customers  asked me the other day, “Why can’t I see my phone number and name?”  And even though we had gone through explanations and looked at examples,  he still didn’t get it.  The answer is “You won’t.”     The MLS is for REALTORS, and until you become a REALTOR, you won’t see what REALTORS see.

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How to make a house flyer that will WORK

One of my customers asked me the other day, “How do I make a knock-out flyer for my sign box that will REALLY sell the house?”  The answer is “You don’t.”  This is one of the times that an Independent Homeseller (or For-Sale-By-Owner) likes to concentrate their efforts hoping to do something for a faster, more profitable sale.  They often don’t remember that they are not involved in a flyer design or beauty contest.  I have to advise them to do something that is counter-intuitive.  “Never sell with “blah blah blah” when you can sell with “blah blah.”  I tell people that all the time.

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The Reasonable Realtor adds Speaking and Coaching to Available Services

Underneath the Services area of the top of the page directory are two new areas including speaking and coaching, coaching one on one, and speaking to more than one.

The books are becoming available over time, with more coming by the end of the year.   We are getting the word out.

It is my intent to speak to a few audiences and work with a handful of coaching clients, in addition to my normal work load.  There are 75 days left in this calendar year to accomplish these items.  Wish me luck.

Now subscribe over here to the right and you’ll A) help save the world, B) be told when we publish a new article, and C) probably get some free stuff.  THANKS!!!  ———————>

Yes, I am the Reasonable Realtor, Don Martin, MARTIN PROPERTIES (615) 973-8970. Just make your comments here, or you can reach the Dean of Graduated Realtors at www.FSBO-GUY.com or “like” him at http://www.facebook.com/MartinProps

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“Whether you are buying or selling, the ten secrets will likely put money in your pocket or at least help you hang onto some of your money.It’s been a few years since I have bought or sold a house. Things have changed!
I liked the easy to understand explanation for some fairly complicated real estate terms and I would recommend this book to anyone who is considering buying or selling real estate. A lot of things you don’t know can sure cost you a bunch of money!”

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Thanks to everyone-

Don Martin

Martin Properties

(615) 973-8970

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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely informative! Must have for real estate! September 13, 2014
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“The new real estate is utterly fantastic! My in-laws have decided to sell the house they are living in themselves and have been having trouble with it. We bought this book as a reference and it drastically has changed everything we first thought. We’ve used just a few of the “secrets” so far and it’s been incredible. I’m extremely thankful we came across this book and spent the money to get it because it’s easily going to save us tons of money. Highly recommend if you are ever thinking of doing anything in real estate in the future!”

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“I remember how three years ago I was going through tremendous struggles to buy a house of my own – with a mortgage of course. The amount of houses that I have seen, some of them way below my requirements, some overpriced, some totally undesirable, the paperwork implied by this action plus all the fuss with getting the required money and loan – everything is a nightmare that just ended with a nice result – the house I live in.

Remembering those times, I got this book to see what kind of advice I can find on the topic, and what should I consider if I want to sell this one and buy another one in the future. The book details a lot of good to know aspects in real estate both for sellers and buyers – so it is an interesting reading and perspective for both positions in such potential future contract.

Easy, simple, tips & tricks- good to read.”

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I’ll keep you posted!

Yes, I am the Reasonable Realtor, Don Martin, MARTIN PROPERTIES (615) 973-8970. Just make your comments here, or you can reach the Dean of Graduated Realtors at www.FSBO-GUY.com or “like” him at http://www.facebook.com/MartinProps

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