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Here’s 4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Sell Your House Yourself

Here’s 4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Sell Your House Yourself

If you’re even remotely considering selling your home, then no doubt the thought of selling it on your own (fisbo style), has at least crossed your mind.  How do I know this, because every homeowner across this great country has done the same thing when they decided to sell.  It’s in our nature to fend for ourselves, to hold onto any equity that we can rather than just give it away to a realtor that may not be able to get your home sold for the amount originally agreed on anyway.

Think of this though, if a seasoned realtor can, at times, have difficulty moving their inventory, what makes you think that you have what it takes to get the job done on your own?  Here’s a few compelling reasons why you should seriously re-consider not selling your house yourself.

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You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

Most homeowners that decide to sell without the services of a licensed broker are treading murky waters.  The truth is that even though we live in the information age, finding out what what your home is worth is not not just as easy as heading over to Zillow or Trulia and entering your address.  Part of the value that realtors bring to the table is their access to their local board’s MLS data.

Every realtor in your city that sells a home that is listed on the MLS is required to enter all sales data for that transaction within days of the sale.  This means that realtors can accurately see the breadth of the market as well as accurately determine the the current value of your home in merely minutes.  Fact is, that unless you cough up money for a formal appraisal, you may not know what your home is truly worth.

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You Won’t Get Enough Market Exposure

It’s sad when I spot a FSBO sign in a front yard while driving through a neighborhood; cause I know that chances are that the sign I just saw is the only form of marketing that homeowner is doing.  What the home owner doesn’t realize is how many buyers need to see that sign in order to actually produce a serious, ready, willing, and able buyer.

The number could be in the hundreds, and I promise you that the number of actual qualified buyers that drive by that house will be very few.  Even if you’re home happens to be located in a popular city like San Antonio or San Diego where investors are buying houses with cash, they may not even know that you’re home exists.

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In my experience, most of the “pre-qualified buyers” are already represented by agents, that are off viewing houses that they were shown to by their agents.  Agents only look on the MLS when trying to find homes for their buyers, so if your home isn’t listed in there, then you’ve just removed a very large pool of available buyers.

Marketing on third party real estate websites like Redfin or Zillow can offer greater exposure of your home, but be prepared to get a lot of tire kickers and “unqualified” buyers contacting you.

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Your Inexperience Could Cost You

How many times have you negotiate closing costs, sales price, or even repairs with a home buyer?  I’d bet you can count them all on one hand.  Like it or not, most real estate agents have much more experience in the industry than you will ever have, and in real estate, inexperience can translate into financial losses.

Why?  Cause some real estate agent’s are constantly educating themselves to be better at their job; negotiating on behalf of their clients.  They work hard to obtain certifications such as the certified negotiations expert designation.  If a buyer is more well-versed than a lone ranger seller on how & when to properly negotiate items in a real estate transaction, then potentially thousands could be at risk.

Time Is Money

Before taking the leap to sell by owner, in order to save the 6% commission, try calculating what your time is worth in dollars.  Then, estimate how many hours you’ll realistically need to work to get your house sold.  If you’re time is worth anywhere close to what mine is worth to me, then that 6% commission sure starts looking more attractive.

To Sum It All Up

Sure, it’s possible to sell a house without using an agent, but if you should decide to forego hiring a professional to help you, then don’t be deceived into thinking that you’re actually saving a lot of money. There’s a good reason why 85% of home owners listed with a real estate agent when selling their home.  When counting the true costs of selling fsbo, you could end up on the loosing end of the equation.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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