What to Know About For Sale By Owner Homes in Pennsylvania

There comes a time when people have reached the end of their time in a house. When this happens, they have options as to how they would like to put their house up for sale. A “for sale by owner” (FSBO) transaction is when a seller generally does not use real estate agents or attorneys to complete the process. While many people have success with this method, it can also show to be very challenging. Many people make mistakes that can lead to serious problems with closing on a house. It is because of this that both sellers and buyers should be aware of what they have to do to ensure a smooth transaction. 

What Do I Need to Know as a Seller?

It is important to know that the FSBO process as a seller can be time-consuming and stressful. You do not have a real estate agent to handle things for you. Instead, you are in charge of taking good pictures of your home, placing ads with reputable home resources, scheduling tours, negotiations, etc. However, you still need assistance from professionals such as inspectors, lawyers, and the title company.

Owners who are selling their house must determine a fair value for their homes. This can be difficult, but there are research methods that can help. This can include looking through current real estate listings in your area online or in magazines. Doing so can help you get a good idea of what your house may be valued compared to other listings.

In addition to this, it is important to try and take emotions out of your decisions. Homeowners often have positive and loving memories of their house after spending so much time with it. However, those buying your house do not see these memories. It is because of this that it is important for you to be willing to compromise and not allow your emotions to sway the transaction process.

What Do I Need to Know as a Buyer?

Buying a house that is FSBO can be confusing for a person. They are not dealing with a real estate agent, but the owner themselves. There are a few things you should know when buying a house that is sold by its owner. This can include the following:

  • You can still use a real estate agent. This person can help you handle difficult negotiations.
  • You can negotiate. While many homeowners are rigid on their price due to the emotional value they place on their home, it is not impossible to negotiate a lower price. 
  • It can be beneficial to enlist the help of a lawyer. Purchasing a home is a serious decision that should not be taken lightly. It can help to be represented by a lawyer so that you are not taken advantage of during this process. 
  • You should still get pre-approved. Often times, homeowners are inexperienced when it comes to selling. They sometimes make quick decisions when offers come in. Having pre-approval can help your offer to stand out in these situations.

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