I want to have the super-charged exposure of the MLS to sell my house, but I don’t want an agent or broker involved.
While that may seem nice on the surface, it just doesn’t work, and you can’t do it. Websites that use terms like “agent-less”, or “no more agents”, or “no-broker” may be a little misleading. You CAN”T be in the MLS without one!
What you need to admit is that the brokers and agents themselves don’t necessarily offend you, but the commission they charge certainly does. So why can’t we just do it ourselves?
The MLS is like a great big old country club.
The country club may have the best golf course in town or the finest restaurant in the state. But the fact is, if you’re not a member, or WITH a member, you are not going to be able to enjoy either one. (Click to Tweet!) When it comes to the MLS, the brokers are the members. It was originally made by brokers and for brokers. You can be a guest, but it takes a lot to become a member.
As guests, a lot of people have been satisfied without having to become a broker themselves. You can always see some of their actual remarks here.
Moreover, the club has to be in your state
or licensed and active in your state. Regardless of how catchy the name or website of a national company may seem, when it comes down to it, they will have to find a broker in your state who is willing to give you a MLS entry-only listing, and do it for even less than you are paying the national website. My company, for instance, is in Tennessee, and I can’t help someone in Kentucky, even if they begged me. But we do help people in Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville.
So to sum it up, you CAN shop around and save money with a broker, but you will have to involve one in some way. Some brokers are easier to work with than others, and some websites are easier to use. On one of ours, you can start inputting your listing on-line any time of the day or night.
Don Martin is 30+ yr broker/owner of Martin Properties.
Call me if you if you have any questions.
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