Can I Sell My Home Online?
There are some important details to know if you plan to sell your home online. I’ve been selling homes online for many years now, and these are some of my best tips to get the attention of the right buyer.
First I’d like to talk about Craigslist.com because it’s often the first online forum that homeowners consider when they set about to market a home online. Craigslist is great, and it is without a doubt a tremendous resource if you live in one of its target areas. However, if you live in a rural area you won’t get as much attention as large urban areas. Craigslist is certainly the best resource if you live in a listed city, but you will have to get more creative if you life outside a major city.
Although I have primarily bought and sold houses in metro areas, my advice to homeowners in the country is to investigate local radio stations, area-wide TV stations, electric power cooperatives and other rural hubs where people gather online, and also printed shoppers and bulletins. Very often you’ll discover that there is an online version of the printed weekly shopper that is distributed by mail or available in newsstands at restaurants and other businesses with walk-in traffic. Sometimes the online version is free if you place a printed ad, or it’s simply less expensive to advertise online only. Pick up the shoppers wherever you go and check out what’s available.
Here’s a tip that might be a little controversial, but it’s worth a try, especially in rural areas – ask area churches if you could put a little notice on their website and in their Sunday church programs. You might find that arrangement works well if you donate a portion of your sale proceeds to the church.
The important thing is to get photos and information in front of as many potential buyers as possible if you want to sell your home online. Sellers in the city have a variety of options available to sell online. Once again, TV and radio stations usually have online classified ads for whole area covered by the particular station. That is a great place to advertise in order to sell your home online. One way to make your ad more like a news story is to advertise an open house, and go ahead and mention some top garage sale items that will be available on the same date, not before. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt to offer refreshments as well. Get people to stop by your place one way or another, and even if the open house visitors don’t develop an interest and make you an offer, they will surely tell friends and family about your home for sale.
By: Leo Kingston