How to Sell a House By Owner in Washington State

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Greg Isaacson

September 1st, 2022
Updated September 1st, 2022

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Washington real estate commissions | How to list FSBO in Washington | Washington FSBO paperwork | FSBO pros and cons | FSBO alternatives

In Washington, selling your house without a real estate agent is possible, and it could save you a lot of money in agent commission fees. The average realtor commission rate in Washington is 4.50% to 6.09%. If you sell a house worth $616,300 — the median home value in Washington — you'd pay more than $27,700 to real estate agents. That's a huge chunk out of your potential profits.

Without a listing agent, you can cut commission expenses in half, and you'll have more control over the sale. But because of added responsibilities, such as setting a listing price and negotiating with buyer's agents, selling without an agent is often only a viable option for experienced home sellers willing to put in the time and effort.

Plus, selling for sale by owner (FSBO) has risks. Research shows that FSBO homes typically sell for about 6% less than those listed with agents. You'll also still have to offer a competitive buyer's agent commission — usually 2.63% of the sale price in Washington. You'll be responsible for all the work of a trained realtor, so if you have other obligations, such as a job or a family, selling FSBO might not be for you.

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Keep reading to learn how to successfully sell your house without an agent in Washington. We'll explain the ins and outs of costs, pricing strategies, paperwork, and more.

🔑 Key Takeaways

  • Selling FSBO gives you direct control over how your home is sold, including the pricing strategy, showing schedule, and negotiation process.
  • Selling FSBO means you won't pay a listing commission, which could save you 2.67% based on the Washington average.
  • FSBO sellers who find a buyer who's also not using an agent save an additional 2.63%, the average buyer's agent commission rate in Washington.

How realtor commissions work in Washington

When you sell your home, there are four common commission scenarios.

1. List with an agent and sell to a represented buyer. Pay for both agents' commission fees.

This is the traditional model. When sellers work with a realtor, they negotiate commission as part of the listing agreement.

Based on average commission rates in Washington, this typically ranges from 2.27% to 3.07% of the sale price.

The seller also agrees to a commission rate for the realtor who brings the buyer to the table, which runs between 2.23% to 3.02%.

2. List FSBO and sell to a represented buyer. Pay the buyer's agent commission.

As a FSBO seller, you automatically avoid paying a listing commission. However, there is a solid argument for offering a buyer's agent commission. It's an incentive for realtors to show your house to their clients. If you don't offer a competitive commission, agents may prioritize taking buyers to homes with a commission.

3. List FSBO and sell to a buyer without an agent. Pay no commission.

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

4. List with a discount agent and sell to a represented buyer. Pay the buyer's agent commission but save on the listing commission.

You'll typically find the best overall value with a traditional, full-service agent who offers discounted listing fees. For example, Clever Partner Agents work for trusted brands like RE/MAX and Keller Williams and offer a range of full-service benefits for a fraction of the cost. Use Clever's free, no-obligation service to connect with a top-performing agent near you.

The table below shows how this could break down in Washington:

How Washington realtor commissions work


Represented seller and buyer
Sell with Clever agent, represented buyer
FSBO seller, represented buyer
FSBO seller, unrepresented buyer
Listing commission
$18,900 (2.67%)
$6,200 (1%)
$0
$0
Buyer commission
$16,200 (2.63%)
$16,200 (2.63%)
$16,200 (2.63%)
$0
Total commission
$32,700
$22,400
$16,200
$0
Based on the median home sale price in Washington (Zillow.com) and the average commission rates from a 2022 Clever survey of 630 real estate agents

» LEARN: What is Realtor Commission?

How to sell a house by owner in Washington

Prepare your home for sale | Set a price | List your home | Show your home | Negotiate the best price | Close

As a FSBO seller, you need to know and understand all your responsibilities, which include preparing your home for sale, pricing your home accurately, finding buyers, negotiating, and filing the necessary paperwork required by state law.

Real estate laws vary across the country. For example, some states don't allow sellers to put a FSBO sign in their yard if they list on the multiple listing service (MLS) using a flat-fee company.

Here's an overview of what laws you need to know in Washington:

Washington FSBO facts
Real estate attorney required?
No
FSBO yard sign allowed?
Yes
Required state disclosures?
  • Seller's property disclosure statement
  • Flood zone statement
  • Lead-based paint disclosure
  • Material facts that affect the property

Although selling your home without an agent may seem like a great way to save on realtor fees, it’s trickier than many people expect. If it becomes overwhelming, you can hire an agent at any time.

Working with a low-commission real estate company may be a better option for those who don’t have time to sell FSBO. You'll avoid the hassle of a FSBO sale and walk away with the most money possible. Clever saves sellers thousands, and they get offers 2.8x faster than the national average.

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Step 1: Prepare your home for sale

Small upgrades and repairs can make a big difference in swaying potential buyers. The key is knowing how to spend your money wisely to get higher offers.

We asked top agents in Washington what repairs or upgrades they think help a home sell. Weather issues figure prominently in the northwestern state.

According to Jeff Dickinson, a broker with Seattle-based eXp Realty, the following repairs and improvements are popular in the market:

  • Removing carpets and replacing them with LVT (vinyl plank flooring)
  • Installing energy-efficient roofs, siding, and windows to keep the elements out
  • Updating heating systems and replacing old hot water tanks
  • Installing air conditioning systems as summer temperatures increase

» LEARN: Best Paint Colors to Sell a House

Stage and photograph your home

You'll need professional photos for your listing, and you'll want to showcase a clean and furnished home for potential buyers to see.

Professional staging can cost up to $3,000, but a well-staged home can help you sell faster and for more money. Start by decluttering, deep cleaning, and sprucing up your home's curb appeal.

Furniture is a plus because it helps buyers imagine themselves living in the home, Dickinson comments. People want a move-in ready home. "Blank" homes, especially if they are older, may attract lower offers because buyers will be distracted by stains on the walls and other imperfections.

Bonus tip: Hire a professional stager who knows your local market and can ensure your home is ready to impress, giving you one less thing to worry about. In Washington, expect to pay $1,499 on average in staging costs. This will get you 60–90 days of a fully designed living room, kitchen, dining room, master bedroom, and bathrooms. Some realtors will pay for the staging or offer credit in Florida. Prices vary from city to city, so be sure to give local companies a call for specific estimates.

Step 2: Set a price

Pricing strategy can make or break a FSBO sale. 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.

🙋🏻‍♀️ Ask a realtor: Agents can use resources like the MLS to price the house below market value and collect multiple offers. But without MLS access as a FSBO seller, your best bet is probably to just price the house realistically based on market comps. "List it on Zillow and take the first bona-fide offer that comes along," Dickinson advises.

To get an accurate idea of what your house is worth, look at comparable listings online in your area. For example, if you think your house is worth about $300,000, search Zillow, Redfin, or other listing sites for properties that are about $50,000 more or less than that target. Analyze details about the homes 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.

A pre-sale appraisal gives you a more accurate starting point for pricing your home. In Washington, appraisals average $400 to $580 but help you walk away with thousands more once your home is sold.

Bonus tip: Ask an agent to perform a comparative market analysis examining comparable properties that have sold recently in your neighborhood. Many realtors will do this for free in the hopes of gaining your business if you decide to forgo FSBO.

» LEARN: What is a Comparative Market Analysis?

State of the Washington real estate market

In 2021, Washington had a seller's market driven by fierce demand for a limited supply of homes. The lack of homes sent prices soaring. The median home price in Washington is $517,486, a 19% increase from the year before.

Median home value*
$616,259
Median listing price+
$646,450
Listing price per square foot+
$329
Percent of homes with price reduction+
32.0%
*Based on data from Zillow (August 2022)⁺Based on data from Realtor.com (August 2022)

However, home values vary from city to city within the same state, and determining the right price for your home will depend on your location. Here are the median home values for some of Washington's biggest cities:

City
Median home value
Seattle
$767,629
Spokane
$444,661
Bellingham
$648,166
Yakima
$340,878
Kennewick
$436,368

Washington remains a hot seller's market, with home sellers commonly receiving top dollar and multiple offers. Inventory in the Puget Sound region is historically low, and buyers paid an average of 105% of the listing price in 2021.

Selling your home by owner in a strong seller's market might not take much legwork. Paying full price for an agent may feel like a waste of money if you can easily find an interested buyer on your own.

Still, there are many reasons not to forgo an agent. It's possible you may get multiple offers on your home. A realtor can advise you which ones are worth accepting so you can make even more when selling your home.

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Step 3: List your Washington home

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. Here are some of the top buyer priorities in Washington, according to real estate professionals.

Washington buyer priorities
Advice for FSBO sellers
Move-in ready home
Even though many sellers are getting top dollar by selling their homes as-is, making renovations can still go a long way toward boosting a property's value. Kitchen and bath remodels offer the biggest return on investment, according to Dickinson. Right now, though, it's challenging to find a vendor for supplies like appliances.
Using space to the fullest
In the tech-oriented Puget Sound market, where both parents are typically working from home, buyers are looking for dedicated home office space and even additional family space because the children are at home more often. "We are seeing a trend out west here to finish unfinished space," notes Dickinson. Another trend is converting mother-in-law suites into Airbnb rentals.
Climate control
Seattle is the least air-conditioned metro area in the nation, with just 44% of housing units having air conditioning (although that proportion has been rising fast in recent years). Houses with central air or room units are in high demand as residents seek relief from dreaded June heat waves. Energy-efficient roofing, siding, and windows are also a plus.

Where to list your home

The best place to market your home is on the MLS. MLS listings populate onto real estate websites like Zillow, Redfin, and Realtor.com, increasing your home's online presence. That's important because 51% of buyers found the homes they purchased via the internet.

However, agents are the only ones who can list on the MLS. You can work with an agent and still maintain control of your sale by using a flat-fee company that charges a one-time payment to list your home on the MLS.

It usually costs a few hundred dollars and includes a property description, up to 25 photos, and a listing lasting no more than 12 months. Additional services, such as a virtual tour, downloadable contracts, and free changes to your listing, are often bundled into more expensive packages — but they're still typically cheaper than paying a listing agent's 3% commission fee. Find the best flat fee MLS companies in Washington.

As a FSBO seller, you also have several free or low-cost options.

  • Zillow: Listing on Zillow is free and takes just a few simple steps: create a profile, claim your home, navigate to the FSBO page, fill out your listing info, click publish, and wait for verification. Zillow listings also automatically appear on its sister site, Trulia. However, recent changes to Zillow keep FSBO listings separate from agent listings, meaning your home will be a lot less visible to buyers.
  • ForSaleByOwner.com: This well-established and recognized for-sale-by-owner site caters specifically to people wanting to buy or sell FSBO homes. It's free to advertise, but your home won't show up on the MLS or syndicate to other real estate websites. That means your listing will only be viewable to buyers who go to ForSaleByOwner.com.
  • Social media: Post your home listing to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Nextdoor. Sharing is free, and you can reach a lot of people where they’re already spending time.
  • For-sale-by-owner yard sign: You can buy a FSBO sign from most hardware stores or online for $20–50. Choose one that allows you to add your phone number 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 Washington page, find your city, and create a "real estate — by owner" listing.

» MORE INFO: Learn How to Sell a House on Craigslist

Step 4: Show your home

Organization is key when showing your home to potential buyers. You'll need a good scheduling system and a spreadsheet to save 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 with a vacuum after a buyer calls for a last-minute showing.

Focus on creating a homey atmosphere for buyers. You want to make a great first impression, so add little touches that speak to most people. Bake cookies or light scented candles before a showing. Smell plays a huge part in how buyers perceive and remember your house. Use comforting scents to your advantage so they feel at home the moment they walk through the door.

Step 5: Negotiate for the best possible price

Negotiations are about 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.

Knowing what's important to buyers in your area will help you strengthen your offer. A Clever survey of local real estate professionals found that in Washington, sellers often cover 1.50% to 2.50% of buyers' closing costs. On a home of median value, that will cost an additional $9,244 to $15,406.

You should also consider offering these popular seller concessions:

Concession
Benefits of offering concession
Home warranty
If 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 problems and is typically less expensive than paying for the repairs (or accepting a lower offer from a wary buyer).
Property taxes
You often have to share past tax information about the property before closing a sale. By covering some of those costs, you can offer buyers some financial relief and make them more inclined to close the sale.
Repair credits
Repair credits are a win-win for buyers and sellers. You'll credit the buyer a set amount to cover the cost of repairs. Once the deal closes, buyers can oversee the project to their liking, and you don't have to worry about repairs going over budget.

Step 6: Close

Closing is the final step in a real estate transaction. The title of the property is officially transferred from the seller to the buyer, and both parties pay their closing costs.

Use a title company to facilitate a smooth closing. Title companies collect and distribute closing costs, collect signatures, ensure sellers have the right documents, and file them with relevant agencies.

Seller closing costs include title and escrow fees, which will come to around $2,500 for the average home. As a seller, you are also responsible for Washington's Real Estate Excise Tax (REET), which is graduated and ranges from 1.1% on homes less than $500,000 to 3% on homes more than $3 million.

Your lender may also require title insurance, which could cost another couple thousand dollars.

🤔 Do I need a real estate attorney to sell my house in Washington?

No. In Washington, sellers typically use a title escrow company rather than an attorney. Title and escrow fees (a one-time closing cost for the seller) will run about $2,500 for the average home. That said, selling a home is a complex, high-stakes transaction, so hiring an attorney can give you extra peace of mind.

» READ: How Much are Closing Costs for Sellers in Washington?

Paperwork to sell a house by owner in Washington

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. Here’s a quick breakdown of Washington's requirements.

Want to save this list for later? Download our FSBO paperwork checklist to help you prepare for your sale.

Required for all Washington real estate sales

Two forms of ID
In most cases, a valid passport, driver's license, or other form of Washington-issued ID.
Copy of the original, signed sales agreement, as well as any agreed upon changes.
A 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 deed
To 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.
This 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.
A notarized document that states you own the home, that there are no liens on the property, and that you are not simultaneously selling the home to someone else.

Additional documents

Loan payoff information
If 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 guidelines
If your home is part of an HOA, you'll need to give the buyer documentation on the covenants, codes, restrictions, financial history, required fees, and approval process.
Survey results or survey affidavits
A survey or an affidavit verifying a previous survey proves exactly where the property lines are.
Home inspection results
If you had a pre-sale inspection, you'll want the results to compare to the buyer's inspection. If having a buyer's inspection was part of the sales agreement, you should receive a copy of the results before closing.
Proof of repairs or renovations
Documentation proving any major repairs or changes to the house help verify its value. These receipts also provide buyers with information about who to contact if they discover issues with the repairs in the future.
Home warranty information
The home warranty service agreement will explain what is covered, for how long, and costs associated with the policy.
Copies of relevant wills, trusts or power of attorney letters
If 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)
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 agreement
If 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.

Washington disclosure forms

The seller disclosure statement details known issues with your home and its major appliances and systems.
With some federally backed mortgages, your buyer's lender might require information about the property's flood risk.
If your home was built before 1978, federal law requires that you disclose information about the dangers of lead-based paint.

» LEARN: Disclosure Requirements for Selling Washington Real Estate

Where to find documents

Unlike realtor trade groups in many other states, Washington Realtors does not provide the forms used in a typical real estate transaction on its website. However, documents may be written in various legal formats if you choose to write them yourself or hire an attorney to help with the paperwork.

Here's where to find forms online:

When you're looking for other documents, such as tax records, property surveys, and deeds, check state or local government offices, such as your tax assessor’s office or department of revenue.

Just remember, many closing documents are legally binding agreements. Errors can result in an unenforceable contract that could derail your sale and cost you thousands in fees. To avoid an expensive mistake, consider working with a low-commission realtor.

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Pros and cons of selling FSBO

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

Pros
Cons
✅ Lower commission: Even if your buyer has an agent, you'll still avoid paying 2–3% in listing agent commission.
❌ Less visibility with buyers: Unless you pay a flat fee MLS company, your home won't be on the local MLS, meaning fewer buyers will see your listing.
✅ More control: You can decide the price, showing schedule, marketing strategy, negotiation tactics, and more.
❌ Risks of inaccurate pricing: If you overprice your home, you won't attract buyers. You could be forced to accept a low offer or take your home off the market and relist with an agent.
No competition with other clients: Some agents take on more clients than they can handle, which means you may not get the attention you need.
❌ Safety issues: You're responsible for showing your home to prospective buyers. Not everyone is comfortable being alone with strangers because theft or harassment can occur.
You may sell faster: If you're selling to a family member or friend, FSBO streamlines the process.
❌ More work and stress: Trying to cram all the FSBO responsibilities into your schedule is a hassle many FSBO sellers aren't prepared for.

FSBO alternatives

If saving money is your main reason for selling FSBO, there are alternatives.

Clever Real Estate

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

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💲 Listing Fee

$3,000 or 1%

💰 Buyer Savings

Up to 0.5% cash back

⭐ Avg. Customer Rating

4.9/5 (1,810 reviews)

✍️ Editor's Take
Pros
Cons
Reviews
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Clever is a quick, easy, and free way to find a top-rated local agent. And, unlike many similar companies, Clever pre-negotiates big discounts on your behalf, so you can save thousands without sacrificing on service.


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  • Free, nationwide agent-matching service that partners with full-service local agents from conventional brokerages like Keller Williams, Century 21, and RE/MAX
  • Provides multiple agent matches so you can interview, compare marketing plans, and choose the best fit
  • Pre-negotiates low rates on your behalf — you get full service for a flat $3,000 listing fee, or just 1% if the home sells for more than $350,000
  • If you buy with Clever, you could get a check worth up to 0.5% of the home price
  • You may not get matched with an agent from your preferred real estate brokerage.
  • Agents may not provide premium services like drone photography and professional home staging.

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Discount real estate services in Washington

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

💲 Listing Fee

1.5% (min. fees vary)

💰 Avg. Savings

$5,550

⭐ Avg. Customer Rating

3.8/5 (425 reviews)

✍️ Editor's Take
Pros
Cons
Reviews
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Redfin offers real savings and a proven brand. But sellers could compromise on service — especially agent experience and availability.


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  • If you buy and sell with Redfin, you'll get a 0.5% listing fee discount
  • Redfin gives its listings premium placement in its popular home search app
  • If finding the right agent is a top priority, you'll have limited options Redfin only has a few agents in each of its markets
  • Redfin agents handle more customers at once than the average realtor, so they may not be able to provide as much personalized service

Redfin has a 3.8 out of 5 rating (425 reviews) across popular review sites like Google and Yelp.


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REX Real Estate

REX Real Estate

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💲 Listing Fee

2.5% ($9,000 min.)

💰 Avg. Savings

-$325

⭐ Avg. Customer Rating

4.7/5 (1,021 reviews)

✍️ Editor's Take
Pros
Cons
Reviews
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REX’s promise of huge savings is misleading. Its advertising misrepresents the significant risks of its pricing model and marketing approach. And its high minimum fees mean that many sellers won't save anything.


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  • REX's approach is incredibly risky — but if the gamble pays off, you could save about 50% on realtor fees
  • Like other full-service brokerages, REX agents provide in-person services and support
  • REX's 2.5% listing fee doesn't save you much — many full-price agents charge similar rates
  • REX doesn't list your home on the MLS, so up to 90% of buyers may not even know it's for sale
  • This risky marketing strategy seems likely to fail, so you may not save anything on commission

REX has a 4.7 out of 5 rating (1,021 reviews) across popular review sites like Google and Zillow.


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REX is available in the following areas: AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, MD, NV, NJ, OR, PA, TX, WA, DC.

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💲 Listing Fee

1% (min. $3,000)

💰 Avg. Savings

$7,375

⭐ Avg. Customer Rating

4.7/5 (1,155 reviews)

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Reviews
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Trelora's flat fee offers big savings at higher price points — but the company may provide less personalized service and local support than a traditional agent.


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  • Trelora's 1% listing fee makes it one of the cheapest real estate companies for home sellers
  • Trelora's commission rebate offers qualifying home buyers solid overall value
  • Trelora agents juggle up to 20x as many customers as the average realtor
  • Since agents handle so many customers at once, you'll be competing with a LOT of other people for your agent's time and attention
  • This high-volume approach greatly increases the risk of mistakes, oversights, and delays that could impact your experience

Trelora has a 4.7 out of 5 rating (1,155 reviews) across popular review sites like Google, Yelp, and Zillow.


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Trelora is available in the following areas: AZ, CA, CO, GA, MO, NC, SC, WA.

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Flat fee MLS companies in Washington

A flat fee MLS service will post your listing on the local MLS, usually for a low, upfront fee. In Washington, this will typically cost you a couple hundred dollars.

MLS4Owners

MLS4Owners

MLS4Owners

Best For

Sellers who are fine with the basics, but might want agent support down the line.

Price Range

$75-495

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Your listing will be launched within 24 hours of being submitted - or often on the same day.
  • You can design personalized flyers and slide shows on the MLS4owners.com website to amplify your marketing presence.
  • A basic market analysis with pricing guidance is available for free, regardless of package selection.

Cons:

  • MLS4Owners' facilitator service with contract assistance is only available for an additional percentage fee at closing.
  • Listings do not allow as many photos as many competitors at a similar price range.
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Flat Fee Realty

Flat Fee Realty

Flat Fee Realty

Best For

Budget-conscious sellers who need a simple, affordable listing.

Price Range

$299

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Your listing comes with all the state seller's disclosures that you'll need.
  • You can pay a little more to post up to 25 photos on the MLS instead of the standard six.

Cons:

  • Flat Fee Realty doesn't offer any pricing or contract assistance.
  • The company won't be your listing broker. Instead, they'll refer you to a Montana-based broker who will list your property. If you have problems or questions, you'll end up talking to two companies instead of just one.
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Houzeo

Houzeo

Houzeo

Best For

Sellers looking for a lot of a-la-carte options.

Price Range

$299

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • You can fill out, sign, and submit all your seller's paperwork on the Houzeo app.
  • When you enter your address, Houzeo auto-fills publicly available data about your property.
  • Houzeo lets you buy additional services like contract reviews, agent showings, and professional showings a la carte.

Cons:

  • You have to pay extra for pricing assistance — several local competitors offer this for free.
  • You're limited to 10 free changes for price, status, and description in their two most popular packages. Most competitors offer unlimited free changes.
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Conclusion: Is FSBO right for you?

FSBO isn't a right for everyone. But if you're feeling confident about the steps and knowledgeable about the challenges, you might be ready to sell without a realtor in Washington. To succeed, you'll need to:

  • Make a plan: From taking photos of your property to filling out the correct paperwork, there will be a lot on your FSBO to-do list. Set completion goals and work out a schedule 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 time fielding calls from prospective buyers, scheduling showings, hosting open houses, and more.
  • Make smart investments: Even though saving money is your main goal as a FSBO seller, spending money on small upgrades or repairs can lead to higher offers and a faster sale. Also, consider paying a flat fee company 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 problems 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 your choices.

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Additional resources for Washington home sellers

FAQs: How to sell your house without a realtor in Washington

You're not required to hire a lawyer in Washington, but it's recommended that you do so for extra peace of mind. Selling a home is a complex process, and an attorney can help protect you from potential legal problems — especially if you're selling by owner. Most sellers in Washington use a title escrow company in lieu of a lawyer.

To sell your house in Washington, you will need to provide two forms of ID, a copy of the purchase agreement and any addendums, a closing statement, a signed deed, a bill of sale, and an affidavit of title. A seller disclosure statement is also required, and you may need other disclosures as well.

Closing costs in Washington include title and escrow fees (around $2,500 for the average home), a state excise tax (ranging from 1.1%–3%), title insurance (around $2,000 for the average home), and the buyer's agent commission (usually 2–3%).

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