Seller’s Frequently Asked Questions
What are my costs if I’m selling?
We charge only 1% to 1.5% on the listing broker side and offer a minimum 2.5% to co-op agents (buyer’s agents).
Do I pay up front when I hire you to sell my house?
For our Full Service 1.5% Program and our 1-on-1 Listing Program we ask you to pay nothing up front.
What is the buyer’s agent fee?
The buyer’s agent fee is paid to the agent representing the buyer. We ask that this fee be 2.5% or higher, there is no set fee for buyer’s agent commissions.
What comes standard for all the Equity First Realty® Listing Programs: the Full Service 1.5% Program and 1-on-1 Listing Program?
All Equity First Realty® Listing Programs include Standard:
Listing on Realtor® MLS
Up to 50 Digital Photos
Listing on Realtor®.com
Listing on Yahoo.com
Listing on MSN.com
Listing on Zillow
Listing on 120’s of local real estate websites
Contracts and Disclosures
Showing property to prospective Buyers
Listing for up to 6 months on MLS
Pre-screening of all buyers and free buyer pre-approval
Will other agents from other brokers be able to show my home?
Yes, our professional showing service will field calls from agents who want to bring their clients in to see your home. Our service will also call you to approve the showing. They will then confirm the appointment with the agent.
Will my home be on the MLS?
Yes and many other sites.
What is a lockbox?
A lockbox allows you to securely lock one of your house keys in an electronic lock attached to your door. Other buyer’s agents can then schedule showings while you are not home with your permission.
What if I “flip” houses for a living? Can I use Equity First Realty® if I’m in the construction/remodeling business?
Yes. By utilizing our Buyers Program in conjunction with our Sellers Program you could lower your total real estate commission related costs to around 1-2%.
Can you help me get my property ready?
Yes. We’ll give you some great advice for readying your home for sale in our competitive market analysis. If you need a professional cleaner or property staging service we’d be happy to refer you to a local company.
What if Equity First Realty® finds a buyer instead of another broker, will I have to pay higher fees?
No. The buyer’s agent fee as offered in the listing agreement has to be paid regardless of who sells your property. It’s most likely that it will be another agent from another company that will bring you a buyer. If Equity First Realty® brings buyers to you, then you still must pay the buyer’s agent fee you offered in the listing agreement. We also offer a Buyer Reward Rebate out of this buyer’s agent commission when applicable.
Will I get a yard sign?
Yes. You will get a deluxe yard sign and rider.