How to Sell a House By Owner in North Carolina

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Clever Real Estate

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September 21st, 2020

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Selling a house For Sale by Owner (FSBO) in North Carolina can save you 2.8% to 6.18% in realtor commissions. But prepare for a lot of work, including filing the required paperwork and learning about your local market to make the most from your sale.

In North Carolina, the average commission rate is 4.89% to 6.18%. If you sell a house worth $213,184 — the median home value in North Carolina — that’s up to $13,164, which is a huge chunk of your potential profits.

Selling without a real estate agent, known as listing For Sale By Owner (FSBO), is a viable option for experienced home sellers who are willing to put in the time and effort.

However, selling FSBO has risks. Research shows that FSBO homes typically sell for about 6% less than those listed with agents. In addition, FSBO homes often take longer to sell, and are more likely to fall out of contract after accepting an offer — unless the homeowner is experienced and knowledgeable about the process.

In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know to successfully sell your house without a realtor: the ins and outs of Missouri realtor fees, paperwork, and tips to walk away with more from your sale.

What FSBO Sellers in North Carolina Need to Know

Real estate laws, processes, and trends vary greatly across the country. Understanding the details of your market and getting accurate information can make a FSBO sale complicated.

We'll go into more details about what you need to do in North Carolina, but here's an overview of the state's laws and regulations.

North Carolina FSBO Overview

Real estate attorney required?No
Required state disclosures? (learn more)
  • Residential Property Disclosure Statement
  • Flood Zone Statement
  • Lead-Based Paint Disclosure
FSBO yard sign allowed?Not if your home is on the MLS.
Competitive Buyer's Agent Commission (learn more)
2.57% to 2.97%

Additionally, you'll need to know and understand all of your responsibilities as a FSBO seller, which include:

  • Preparing your home by making necessary repairs, cleaning, and staging your home.
  • Accurately and competitively pricing your home.
  • Marketing your home by writing a listing description, taking high-quality photos, posting the listing on different sites (free and/or paid), and promoting your home on social media, in print ads, and via word of mouth.
  • Vetting buyers to ensure they're qualified, from a financial perspective. Accepting an offer from an unqualified buyer will cause your sale to fall through and in North Carolina, 11% of mortgage applications are rejected.
  • Negotiating the final price, contingencies, repair concessions, and other aspects of the purchase agreement.
  • Properly filling out all necessary paperwork for a real estate transaction in North Carolina.

>> LEARN the steps of a FSBO sale

Clever gives you the savings of FSBO without the added stress!

If you're thinking about listing your home for sale by owner, you probably don't want to pay high real estate fees. We get it. That's why we started Clever.

Clever connects you with a top agent that will provide a full-service listing for a flat fee of $3,000, or 1% if your home is more than $350,000.

Listing with Clever gets you the benefits of a top agent and maximizes your sales price while saving you thousands in commission.

It's free to meet with an agent, and if you decide FSBO's a better fit, you can still use the professional price analysis the agent provides.

How to Price Your Home

Pricing strategy is often make-or-break for FSBO sellers. List your home for too little and you leave money on the table. Price it too high and the listing goes stale, forcing a price drop that could make buyers wary of the home.

To get an accurate idea of what your house is worth, look at comparable listings in your area.

For example, if you live in Charlotte and think your house is worth about $242,000, search Zillow for active listings that are about $50,000 more and less than that. Analyze details about the houses and how they compare to yours. Ask yourself:

  • Is the school district better or worse?
  • Does it have the same number of bedrooms and bathrooms?
  • Has the house been renovated more recently than yours?
  • How do the neighborhoods and nearby amenities compare?

Answering these questions honestly will help you see if your price is in the right ballpark.

From there, be realistic about what pricing strategy will lead to higher offers. Here are some key pricing metrics that will help you decide the best listing price for your home and market:

State of the North Carolina Real Estate Market

Median Home Value*$213,184
Median Listing Price$318,282
Listing Price per sqft$137
% of Homes with Price Reduction15.81%
Median Sale Price^$279,000
Pricing Advice for FSBO SellersProperty values are about to rise, but don't get ahead of the game and overprice your house.

*Based on data from Zillow (May 2020)
Based on data from Realtor.com (May 2020)
^Based on data from Redfin (May 2020)

How to List Your North Carolina Home for Sale by Owner

Once you've decided on a price, it's time to write a listing description that speaks to local buyers. Understanding their priorities will help you identify what features of your property to highlight in your listing and attract more interest.

Top Buyer Priorities in North Carolina

North Carolina Buyer PrioritiesAdvice for FSBO Sellers
1. Listing PriceBe honest about your list price. Look at recent sales data in your area on Zillow or other real estate sites to find an accurate price point for homes of comparable size and condition to yours. Many real estate companies will also conduct an analysis for little to no charge.
2. School DistrictsInclude appealing information about school districts in your listing description, such as its Greatschools rating, graduation rates, parental reviews, or state accolades.
3. School DistrictsInclude appealing information about school districts in your listing description, such as its Greatschools rating, graduation rates, parental reviews, or state accolades.

Based on a 2020 Clever survey of 500+ real estate agents

When it comes to advertising and posting your listing, you have several options as a FSBO seller. Each choice has its own pros and cons as well as costs:

  • For Sale By Owner yard sign: You can buy a sign from most hardware stores or online for $20-$50. Be sure to choose one that allows you to add your phone numbers so interested buyers can contact you for property information and showings.
  • Craigslist: Posting your home on Craigslist is free and simple. Just go to the North Carolina page, find your city, and create a "real estate — by owner" listing.
  • FSBO websites: There are multiple FSBO listing websites that allow you to post your home for free or a few hundred dollars. But each differs in how many photos you can include, how long the listing is live, and the changes you can make — do your research before choosing a for sale by owner site.
  • Flat-Fee MLS companies: Flat-fee MLS services will list your house on your local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for significantly less than a realtor. However, they provide few additional services unless you opt for their most expensive packages, which often cost more than using a discount brokerage.

A quick note on using a flat-fee MLS listing in North Carolina: Once your home is listed on the MLS, you can no longer advertise your property with a sign that says "For Sale By Owner". You'll need to use a generic sign or get one from the brokerage that listed your house.

If you choose to use a flat-fee MLS company, you'll have to offer a buyer's agent commission. The MLS is how real estate agents find homes for their clients, and typically a buyer's agent commission is included to incentivize these realtors to show the house to their clients.

List with a top agent for just $3,000 or 1%.

Sell your home for top dollar and save on commission.

How Realtor Commissions Work In North Carolina

Traditionally, both the buyer's agent and the listing agent are paid a commission by the homeowner. When sellers work with a realtor, they negotiate a commission as part of the listing agreement.

Based on the average commission rates in North Carolina, this typically ranges from 2.80% to 3.20% of the sale price.

In a typical sale, the seller also agrees to a commission rate for the realtor who brings the buyer to the table, which runs between 2.57% to 2.97%.


Average Range in North Carolina*Average Amount⁺
Listing Commission2.80% to 3.20%$7,000 to $8,000
Buyer Agent's Commission2.57% to 2.97%$6,438 to $7,438

*Based on the average commission rates from a 2020 Clever survey of 500+ real estate agents
⁺Based on the median sale price in North Carolina (Redfin Data Center, May 2020)

As a FSBO seller, you automatically avoid paying a listing commission. However, there is a solid argument for offering a buyer's agent commission.

A buyer’s agent's commission is an incentive for realtors to show your house to their clients. If you don't offer a commission that is competitive compared to similar homes in your area, then your home could be shown less. Agents may prioritize taking buyers to homes with a commission.

The best way to avoid paying any commission fees is to sell to an unrepresented buyer. However, know that nearly 87% of buyers work with a realtor. If you decide not to offer a buyer's agent commission, you may severely restrict your pool of buyers.

>> LEARN how real estate commissions work

How Commission Costs Break Down in North Carolina


Selling FSBO to a Represented BuyerSelling FSBO to an Unrepresented BuyerListing with an AgentListing with a Discount Agent (learn more)
Sale Price*$262,260$262,260$279,000$279,000
Listing Commission⁺$0$0$8,482$3,000
Buyer Commission⁺ $7,265$0$7,728$7,728
Total Profit$254,995$262,260$262,790$268,272

*Based on the median sale price in North Carolina (Redfin Data Center, May 2020) and that FSBO homes sell for 6% less (Collateral Analytics, 2017)
Based on the average commission rates in North Carolina from a 2020 Clever survey of 500+ real estate agents

Paperwork to Sell a House by Owner In North Carolina

Once you find a buyer for your house, it's time to start the closing process. In a typical real estate transaction, your agent will make sure you fill out all the necessary documents and forms. As a FSBO seller, you'll have to navigate the paperwork by yourself.

This process varies by state — here’s a quick breakdown of North Carolina’s requirements.

Required for All North Carolina Real Estate Sales

2 Forms of IDIn most cases, a valid passport, driver's license, or other form of North Carolina-issued ID.
Copy of Purchase Agreement and Any AddendumsCopy of the original, signed sales agreement as well as any agreed upon changes.
Closing StatementA detailed list of all the costs associated with the sale and who pays them. This is often prepared by your escrow agent or title company.
Signed DeedTo legally transfer your property, you'll need the deed that proves you're the rightful owner. At closing, you'll sign the deed over to the buyer.
Bill of SaleThis is basically a receipt that includes both your information and the buyer's. It will also list the final price of the home and what was included in the sale.
Affidavit of TitleA notarized document that states you own the home, that there are no liens on the property, that you are not simultaneously selling the home to someone else, etc.

Possible Additional Documents

Loan Payoff InformationIf you have a mortgage on your home, you'll need documentation of exactly how much you still owe and any payoff fees. If you've already paid your mortgage in full, you'll need documentation proving that.
HOA Forms and GuidelinesIf your home is part of an HOA, you'll need to give the buyer documentation on the HOA's Covenants, Codes, and Restrictions, financial history, required fees, approval process, etc.
Survey Results or Survey AffidavitsA survey (or an affidavit verifying a previous survey) proves exactly where the property lines are.
Home Inspection ResultsIf you had a pre-sale inspection, you'll want the results to compare to the buyer's inspection. If having a buyer inspection was part of the sales agreement, you should receive a copy of the results before closing.
Proof of Repairs or RenovationsDocumentation proving any major repairs or changes to the house help verify its value. These receipts also provide the buyer with information about who to contact if they discover issues with the repairs in the future.
Home Warranty InformationThe home warranty service agreement will explain what is covered, for how long, and any costs associated with the policy.
Copies of Relevant Wills, Trusts, or Power of Attorney LettersIf you are selling an inherited property, you'll need copies of all legal documents that passed ownership to you.
Relevant Affidavits (Name Affidavits, Non-Foreign Affidavit Under IRC 1445, etc.)You may need additional affidavits like a name affidavit (which lists all of your or the buyer's previous names) or an affidavit proving you are not a foreign citizen and therefore exempt from certain property sales taxes.
Closing Disclosure If your buyer is taking out a mortgage and you agreed to certain seller's concessions, you may need a copy of their closing disclosure to verify the lender approved your concessions.
Correction Statement and AgreementIn the event forms are lost or errors are discovered in the future, a correction statement and agreement requires you, the buyer, or their lender, to replace or fix those documents if need be.

North Carolina Disclosure Forms

Residential Property Disclosure StatementThe seller disclosure statement details any known issues with your home and its major appliances and systems.
Flood Zone StatementWith some mortgages (like federally backed ones), your buyer's lender might require information of the property's flood risk.
Lead-Based Paint DisclosureFederal law requires that if your home was built before 1978, you disclose information about the dangers of lead-based paint to your buyer.

Many closing documents are legally binding agreements. Any errors can derail your sale and cost you thousands in fees or in costs to re-list your house.

To avoid an expensive mistake, consider hiring a real estate attorney. While this can cost $500-$5,000, an experienced lawyer can answer any questions you have along the way.

FSBO Pros and Cons

Before deciding to sell your home by owner, weigh all the pros and cons to make the right choice for your situation.

Pros

  • More control: As a FSBO seller, you can decide the price, listing timeframe, showing schedule, marketing strategy, negotiation tactics, and more.
  • No competition with other clients: Some agents take on more clients than they can handle, which could mean not getting the attention you need to meet your home-selling goals.
  • Lower commission: As a FSBO seller, you could sell your home without paying any commissions. Based on North Carolina's average commission rates, that could leave 2.80% to 6.18% of your sale price in your pocket. Even if your buyer has an agent, you'll still avoid paying 2.80% to 3.20% in listing commissions.

Cons

  • No MLS access: Unless you pay for a flat-fee MLS service, your home won't be on the local MLS. Most agents use MLSes (not Zillow and Trulia) to find properties for their clients and most buyers work with a realtor. So if you're not on the MLS, fewer buyers will see your listing.
  • Risks of inaccurate pricing: Many FSBO sellers find it difficult to be objective when pricing their house and list for too much. If you make this mistake, you won't attract buyers and the listing will become stale. Eventually, you could be forced to accept a low offer or take your home off the market and relist with an agent.
  • Safety issues: As a FSBO seller, it will be your responsibility to show your home to prospective buyers. Not everyone is comfortable being alone with strangers in their homes since incidents such as theft or harassment can occur. Make sure to gauge your own comfort levels before deciding to sell FSBO.
  • More work and stress: Selling a home is a full-time job. Trying to cram all the steps and responsibilities into your schedule is a hassle many FSBO sellers aren't prepared for.

FSBO Alternatives to Consider

If saving money is your main reason for selling your home by owner, there are alternatives. Consider the following lower-cost options (listed from least expensive to most):

Flat-Fee MLS Services in North Carolina

As mentioned before, a flat-fee MLS service will post your listing on the local MLS, usually for a low, upfront fee. In North Carolina, this will typically cost you a couple hundred dollars.

Here are some North Carolina flat-fee MLS companies to compare:

Carolina Realty Solutions

Carolina Realty Solutions

Price Range

$299-549

Number of Photos

36

Listing Term

6-24 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Carolina Realty Solutions is a licensed real estate brokerage that offers flat-fee MLS and discount, full-service real estate services in North and South Carolina
  • Available to sellers in Charlotte, Fort Mill / Rock Hill, Greensboro, Asheville, Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill, Charleston (SC), and Hilton Head Island (SC)
  • Download all required forms and documents
  • Cancel or edit your listing anytime without charge (no refund period for early cancelation)
  • Listing term can be extended for up to 24 months with no additional charge
  • Built-in home valuation in select markets
  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission (Carolina Realty Solutions recommends 3%)

Below, we've provided an overview of Carolina Realty Solution's flat-fee MLS pricing options; however, exact terms and costs vary by location. Look up your area for specific pricing options.


$299 to $399 - Level 1
  • 6-12 months on MLS
  • Extend your listing for up to two years with no additional charge
  • Listing syndication to Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com
  • 15-36 photos
  • Cancel anytime without penalty (no refund period)
  • No charges for edits or changes to your listing
$399 to $449 - Level 2
  • Everything included in Level 1, plus:
  • Access to ShowingTime to coordinate and manage showings with potential buyers

A-la-carte services (only available in some locations):

  • Professional photography - $50
  • Professional comparative market analysis (CMA) -$75

Pros

  • Listing term can be extended for up to two years without additional charges
  • Cancel or edit your post without penalty

Cons

  • Built-in professional home pricing restricted to Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill listings

As of August 3, 2020, Carolina Realty Solutions has an average rating of 4.6/5 based on 11 reviews on Facebook and Yelp.

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United Brokers LTD

United Brokers LTD

Price Range

$99-875

Number of Photos

6-Unlimited

Listing Term

3 months up to until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • United Brokers LTD is a real estate brokerage licensed in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • You choose the buyer’s agent commission (must be 2-4%)
  • Buyer and agent inquires forwarded directly to you
  • Free status and price changes (not in Basic plan)
  • Free cancellation anytime
$99 - Basic
  • 3-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 6 photos
  • Phone and email support from the broker
  • Required forms and disclosures (downloadable)
$195 - Standard
  • Same as Basic plan, plus:
  • 3-month listing on MLS
  • 16 photos
  • Free price and status changes
  • Centralized Showing Services (CSS) and e-Showings scheduling and feedback services (where available)
  • Sample purchase contract

$295 - Enhanced
  • Same as Standard plan, plus:
  • 12-month listing on MLS
  • Unlimited photos (max allowed by MLS)
  • Negotiation and closing services ($800)
$875 - Full Service
  • Unlimited listing on MLS (until sold or you cancel)
  • For Sale sign
  • Comparative market analysis (CMA) for pricing assistance
  • Negotiation and closing services (included)








A-la-carte services include: For Sale signs, listing renewals, photo editing, listing on a second MLS, CSS, e-Showing, and more

Pros

  • Work directly with the broker, not a referral service
  • Free cancelation anytime
  • Pay no buyer’s agent commission if you find a buyer

Cons

  • Website can be difficult to navigate; contact broker with questions or for more information.
  • No CMA is provided

As of August 10, 2020, United Brokers LTD has an average rating of 4.87/5 based on 34 reviews across Facebook and Yelp, as well as an A+ accreditation on BBB.

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Clickit Realty

Clickit Realty

Price Range

$299-995

Number of Photos

3-25

Listing Term

6 months up to until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Clickit Realty is a licensed real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, and Connecticut
  • You set buyer’s agent commission
  • Comparable market analysis (CMA) included in base package
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • Offers price matching for competitor’s equal tools and systems
  • Offers money-back guarantee if you decide to list with a full-service agent referred by Clickit Realty
  • Retain rights to FSBO
$299 - Silver package
  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 6 Photos
  • Yard sign
  • All state contracts and disclosures
  • Comparable market analysis (CMA)
  • Color flyer
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • 24/7 Automated phone system
  • Unlimited listing changes
$399 - Gold package
  • Same as Silver package, plus:
  • 25 photos
  • Featured tour link
  • Listing showcase

$599 - Platinum package
  • Same as Gold package, plus:
  • 12-month listing on MLS
  • Lockbox
  • Open house
  • Brochure box
$995 - Full Service package
  • Same as Platinum package, plus:
  • Listed until sold
  • Electronic lockbox
  • Scheduling assistance
  • Contract/Offer support
  • Negotiating assistance
  • Contract Presentation

A-la-carte services include signs, brochure box, sign frames, additional photos, lockbox, home warranty, professional photography, and more

Pros

  • Comparable market analysis (CMA) included in base package
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • Offers price matching for competitor’s equal tools and systems
  • Offers money-back guarantee if you decide to list with a full-service agent referred by Clickit Realty
  • Retain rights to FSBO

Cons

  • Only 3 photos in base package

As of August 3, 2020, Clickit Realty has an average rating of 3.9/5 based on 42 reviews on Google and has an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau.

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>> LEARN about flat-fee MLS services in North Carolina

Clever Real Estate

Clever is a nationwide real estate service that connects sellers with top, local agents. You pay Clever nothing and only pay your full-service agent $3,000 (or 1% on homes over $350,000) if and when your home sells.

Listing Fee

1% (minimum $3,000)

Buyer Rebate

Up to 1%

Avg. Customer Rating

4.8/5 (386 reviews)

Description
Locations
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Clever Real Estate is a nationwide, online concierge and agent matching service for sellers and buyers — learn more
  • Buyers and sellers are matched with multiple highly rated agents from major brands, such as Keller Williams, Century 21, Compass, RE/MAX, and more
  • Sellers choose a full-service agent and pay a flat, $3,000 fee — or just 1% for homes more than $350,000
  • Buyers may be eligible for up to 1% back at closing (in qualifying locations)

Clever has pre-negotiated lower commission rates with top agents in all 50 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico

Pros
  • Listing fee of $3,000 (or 1% on homes >$350K) for a full-service agent
  • Sellers only pay once their home is sold
  • Partner Agents are top, local realtors with at least 5 years experience
  • Agent matches are customized and based on your specific situation
  • Eligible buyers receive a home buyer rebate of up to 1%
Cons
  • Sellers may not be matched with an agent from their preferred brokerage
  • While homes are listed on the MLS, there's no independent Clever listing site.







As of May 20, 2020, Clever's average customer rating is 4.8/5 based on 386 reviews on Trustpilot.

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>> LEARN more about Clever Real Estate

Discount Real Estate Services in North Carolina

While pricing and services vary, discount real estate companies will help you sell your house for less than a traditional realtor. In most cases, you'll still need to offer a competitive buyer's agent commission, but you'll save on listing fees.

Listing Fee

$3,500

Buyer Rebate

N/A

Avg. Customer Rating

4.3/5 (115 reviews)

Description
Locations
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Redefy is a multi-state real estate franchise that offers flat-fee listing services for home sellers and standard services for home buyers
  • Redefy is currently available in select cities in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia
  • When you sell with Redefy, you'll pay a nonrefundable $500 fee up front, then $3,000 at closing, for a total fee of $3,500.
  • You should also expect to pay a buyer's agent commission. Rates vary, but 2.5-3% is typical nationwide
  • When you buy with Redefy, you'll get full service and support, but unlike some other discount services, Redefy doesn't offer built-in savings or rebates
  • Note: Each Redefy office is an individual franchisee, so experiences may vary considerably by location. Look up reviews specific to your local office for an accurate gauge of customers' experiences
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Charleston, SC
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Charlotte, NC
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Richmond, VA
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Rock Hill, SC
Denver, CO
San Antonio, TX
Fort Mill, SC
Tampa, FL
Greenville, NC
Virginia Beach, VA
Houston, TX

ProsCons
  • Charges $500 non-refundable fee up front
  • Franchise model means service quality and/or experience may vary considerably by location
  • Redefy doesn't do open houses for its sellers
  • Limited availability — locations in only 29 U.S. cities (as of 4/10/2020)
  • No built-in commission rebates for buyers


*Homes valued over $1 million may pay a 1% listing fee — check with your local Redefy office.

As of May 20, 2020, Redefy's third-party reviews for its main Denver office average a 4.3/5 rating across Yelp, Google, and Facebook. See the breakdown below.


*These reviews are for Redefy's main Aurora, CO office. Reviews vary considerably by location. We recommend conducting your own research for customer reviews specific to your area.

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Redfin

Redfin

Listing Fee

1-1.5% (min. fees apply)

Buyer Rebate

Avg. $1,500 (where availabe)

Avg. Customer Rating

3.2/5 (243 reviews)

Description
Locations
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Redfin is an online listing portal and multi-state real estate brokerage operating in 80+ markets across the United States
  • Sellers get full service and support from a Redfin agent for a reduced listing fee (rates and minimums vary by location)
  • Redfin agents are salaried. Since they do not work on commission, there is no incentive to get sellers the highest sale price — learn more
  • RedfinNow — Redfin's iBuyer program — makes all-cash offers on qualifying homes in 10 markets for a 7% service fee (but no additional commission)
  • Buyers in select markets might be eligible for a home buyer rebate — learn more
AshevilleHouston*
Orlando
AlbanyIndianapolis
Palm Beach
AtlantaInland Empire*
Palm Springs
Austin*Jacksonville
Philadelphia
Birmingham^Kansas City^
Phoenix
BoiseKnoxville^
Pittsburgh
Boston
Lake Tahoe
Portland, OR^
BuffaloLas Vegas*Raleigh
CharlotteLittle Rock^Rhode Island
ChicagoLos Angeles*Richmond
CincinnatiLouisiana^Sacramento
Cleveland^Louisville^Salt Lake City
ColumbusMarylandSan Antonio*^
ConnecticutMemphis^San Diego*
Dallas*MiamiSan Francisco
DelawareMinneapolisSavannah
Denver*Nashville^Seattle
Des Moines^Nebraska^South Carolina
DetroitNew JerseySouth Texas^
El Paso^New MexicoSpokane
FlagstaffNew York CitySt. Louis^
Fort MyersNortheast VirginiaTampa
Grand RapidsNorthern New EnglandTucson^
Hampton RoadsOklahoma^Washington, D.C.
HawaiiOrange County, CA*Wisconsin^

*Also a RedfinNow location

^No home buyer rebate available

Pros
  • Sellers get full service and support for a discounted rate of 1.5%
  • Rate drops to 1% when you sell and buy with Redfin
  • Access to a variety of online tools and services, including virtual showings, paperwork, closing, and more
  • Commission rebate offered to eligible buyers in select markets
Cons
  • Only available in ~80 U.S. markets
  • Minimum listing fees can result in paying more than advertised 1-1.5% rate
  • Choice of agents is limited to Redfin's in-house team or local partners
  • Local partners don't necessarily adhere to Redfin's discount pricing model

As of May 20, 2020, Redfin's average customer rating is 3.2/5 based on 235 reviews across Yelp, Google, and Consumer Affairs.

*These reviews are for Redfin's Seattle, WA office. Reviews may vary by location.

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REX Real Estate

REX Real Estate

Listing Fee

2% ($9,000 min.)

Buyer Rebate

Up to 1-1.5%

Avg. Customer Rating

4.6/5 (536 reviews)

Description
Locations
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Sellers get full service (minus MLS access) for a 2% listing fee — $9,000 minimum fee for homes below $450,000
  • REX does not post listings on the MLS. Instead, it uses digital advertising to target unrepresented buyers and help you avoid paying a buyer’s agent commission (typically 2-3%)
  • This may significantly reduce your pool of prospective buyers (roughly 87% of buyers work with agents), making it harder to attract offers
  • Represented buyers must cover their agent's fee themselves, which could hinder their ability or desire to purchase your home
  • If you buy a non-REX home with a REX agent, you may qualify for a 1-1.5% commission rebate. If you buy a REX-listed home, you are not eligible for a rebate
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Pros
  • Save up to 1% on listing fees
  • Potential to avoid buyer’s agent commission (2-3%)
  • Get full service (minus MLS access) and concierge support



Cons
  • $9,000 minimum may result in listings fees higher than advertised 2%
  • Not listing on the MLS significantly reduces your home's visibility
  • Not offering a buyer's agent commission puts you at a competitive disadvantage

As of May 20, 2020, REX Real Estate’s average customer rating is 4.6/5 based on 536 reviews across Zillow, Facebook, and Google. See the breakdown below.

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5 Tips for Selling Your Home Without a Realtor in North Carolina

Pulling off a FSBO sale successfully is a difficult feat to accomplish. Here are some helpful tips from Clever CEO and real estate investor Ben Mizes, who has experience listing homes without an agent.

1. Make Minor Repairs

Small upgrades and repairs can do a lot to sway potential buyers. The key is knowing how and where to spend your money to get higher offers. Simple DIY projects like a fresh coat of paint or new cabinet pulls have a high return on investment, whereas pricier improvements like adding a new bedroom may not.

Overall, the most important factor is knowing where the line is between necessary and over-the-top. You want your house to meet buyers' expectations.

"If your kitchen is a disaster, spending more money on a remodel to get it in solid condition will pay off in the end," said Mizes. "But spending money on high-end features to take it from good to extravagant will be a waste."

Also consider how valuable specific repairs are to buyers in your area. Focus on upgrades that have a higher cost recuperation in your region.

Home Repairs with Highest Resale Value in North Carolina

Top UpgradesAvg. Repair CostAvg. Resale ValueCost Recouped
Manufactured Stone Veneer$8,797$8,26594%
Garage Door Replacement$3,599$3,19189%
Siding Replacement (Fiber-Cement)$15,582$12,55081%

Based on regional data from Remodeling (May 2020)

2. Price Your North Carolina Home Competitively

The first step in listing a house is reviewing a competitive market analysis. This is where you look at all of the conditions for your local North Carolina market, as trends to come are going to impact pricing and listing information. Start by checking major realty websites, such as Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com, with a focus on homes that have recently sold in your area. Once you understand the current market, pricing your home competitively will be a much easier task.

The key is remembering that a listing price is a starting point; it's not your end goal. For instance, if you want to be confident you get the best price for your home, listing at slightly below market value may be the best move. While you might think that a higher listing price means a higher payout, a lower price will attract multiple buyers and may lead to a bidding war.

3. Stage and Market Your Home

The marketing part of selling a home is one of the most challenging aspects for FSBO home sellers. If you're looking to attract lots of motivated buyers who are qualified to afford your home, you need to make sure you can showcase it online effectively.

The first thing you need to focus on is the online listing. Take professional photos, and write a quality listing description to go along with them. Don’t just describe the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, emphasize perks of living in your home specifically: a nice view, new appliances, great insulation, etc.

Once you have an online listing, you need to prepare for visitors. Staging is one of the most important aspects of listing your home. Many homeowners want to move out of their home before selling. However, selling a completely empty home is challenging, as it’s hard for potential buyers to imagine themselves in empty rooms. Professional stagers are skilled in interior design, and can bring in basic sets of furniture that help your home look its best.

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4. Prepare for Showings

Organization is key when showing your home to potential buyers. You'll need a good system for scheduling showings and saving buyers' and agents’ contact information. You'll want to be flexible and try to show your house at buyers’ convenience.

Keep the home clean and decluttered at all times. The last thing you want is to scramble around with a vacuum after a buyer calls for a last-minute showing.

Also, focus on creating a homey atmosphere for buyers. You want to make a great first impression on as many buyers as possible, so add little touches that speak to most people.

"Bake cookies or light scented candles before a showing," advises Mizes. "Smell plays a huge part in how buyers will perceive and remember your house. Use comforting scents to your advantage so they feel at home the moment they walk through the door."

5. Negotiate for the Best Possible Price

Negotiations are about deciding more than the final sale price. You and the buyer (or their agent) will also have to agree upon contract contingencies, how closing costs are divided, the timeline, and more.

To gain the upper hand, get creative with the seller concessions you offer a buyer. While they might cost you a little more at closing, concessions sweeten the deal for buyers and could lead to a higher final sale price.

The most popular concessions vary from market to market. Knowing what works with buyers in your area will help you strengthen your offer.

For example, a 2020 Clever survey of over 500 real estate professionals found that in North Carolina, sellers often cover 1.33% to 2.03% of buyers' closing costs. On a home of median value, that equates to $2,786 to $4,253, but can help you close the deal sooner and for more money.

You should also consider offering these popular seller concessions:

Most Common Seller Concessions in North Carolina

ConcessionBenefits of Offering Concession
Home WarrantyIf your home has major appliances or systems that are on their last leg, a home warranty can give buyers peace of mind. A warranty will cover possible issues and is typically less expensive than paying for the repairs (or accepting a lower offer from a wary buyer).
Repair CreditsIf your home needs repairs, a buyer may request that you fix the issues, or you can offer repair credits. Repair credits allow you to close the deal and avoid the hassle of handling renovations. Once they own the house, the buyer oversees the project and, since the concession is a set amount, you pay nothing else if the repairs go over budget.
Mortgage Discount PointsMortgage discount points are particularly enticing to buyers who plan to stay in the home for the long haul. While the cost varies from lender to lender, mortgage points lower a buyer's interest rate and can save them thousands over the years. If you offer to buy mortgage discount points, it can seal the deal for some buyers — or lead to higher final sale prices.

Conclusion: Is FSBO Right for You?

FSBO isn't a perfect fit for everyone. But now that you know what awaits, if you're feeling confident about all the steps and possible challenges, you might be ready to sell without a realtor.

Remember, to succeed at selling a house by owner you'll need to:

  • Make a plan: From getting photos of your property to lining up the correct paperwork, there’ll be a lot on your FSBO to-do list. Work out a schedule for when you need to accomplish everything so you can find a buyer and close in a timeframe that works for you.
  • Get ready to hustle: Attracting qualified buyers is hard work. You'll need a great listing description and a killer marketing strategy to generate interest. Also, prepare to spend a considerable amount of your time fielding calls from prospective buyers, handling showings, hosting open houses, and more.
  • Make smart investments: Even though your main goal as a FSBO seller is saving money, spending some money on small upgrades or repairs can lead to higher offers and a faster sale. Also, consider paying for a flat-fee MLS service to list your home on the local MLS to reach more buyers.
  • Seek some professional advice: You don't have to sign a listing contract to talk to a realtor. Professional agents understand that smart sellers weigh their options; they'll be willing to meet for a free consultation. After seeing your home and looking at comps, they might notice issues or advantages you overlooked. Once you've heard their advice, if you still want to sell by owner, you can do so confidently because you thoroughly explored all your choices.

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