Today, I happened to come back to HubPages while looking for something else. We all experience going off on tangents on the Internet, and I went from looking for health information to my question. My home is up for sale, although current not many know about it because I am still in "Sale By Owner."
Often I have read that trying to sell your own home, without a real estate agent, is nearly impossible for various reasons.
I would like to become an exception to that rule by using the Internet to market my home. So, my question is can I put my own house sale on a Hub?
Also, is it useful to try and sell my home on HubPages?
What are good free Internet sites to sell a home on the Web?
I don't know the "rule" per se on listing your house for sale on HubPages, however, I would imagine it would not be allowed. If it was allowed, this would look like a classified ad site for sure.
As for a place to list your home, there are numerous ones out there. Be sure to read the fine print if you Google around, because there may well be some hidden fees involved in such sites.
You could write a hub about homes in your area and highlight one(yours)
Craigslist,homesbyowner,FSBO, and local classifieds have gotten me some leads.
I have never read anything to say this is against the rules, and indeed I did see someone post their own property on here about 18 months ago because they were really in financial trouble, (I have no idea if they ever sold the home, or if the hub ever got 'pulled' by HP). If in doubt it is always best to email the team first. (email@example.com). You would probably benefit from writing it like a normal hub, e.g. 'Everyone wants to find their ideal home, a place in a nice area and ideal for their family to settle down. Well, I think I know the ideal place for such people, and guess what, it is for sale right now at a great price! When I first came across this home I was unable to believe my luck, I never thought I would be able to afford it, but I could. The memories this home has for me will stay with me until my dying day, and although it breaks my heart to sell it, I know it is time to move on......' etc etc etc
This would be a great opportunity to be a resource for others who are contemplating selling their home themself. As you search for and find information related to selling homes you could jot down the information and then provide a compilation of helpful tips. In the process, you would be helping yourself and sharing the information here on HubPages would make it a worthy hub to read.
I don't see any reason why you can't list information about your house in your hub so long as the rest of the hub is useful information. As the FSBO "expert" you would be using your house as an example. Show pictures of your house. For instance, if your hub addresses the subject of updating your house, show pictures of before and after you updated your house. If your hub addresses curb appeal, show a picture of what your house looks like from the curb. Your hub would be even more interesting if you included graphics. For instance you could show trends and other useful information such as the ratio of houses sold by people who sold their houses through an agent as compared to the ones who sold their houses on their own.
I think, as long as you are providing helpful information, using your house as an example should not be a problem.
I don't know of many resources available to help sell your house yourself, other than Craigslist. One thing I think would help is creating a blog about your house. Blog about the neighborhood, things that are near your house, such as shopping, schools, churches, and so on. You could also link your blog to your HubPages article about your house for sale. Create a buzz about your house. Create an event involving your house and submit a press release. Then write a blog about it. And, don't forget to share your blogs and hubs on Facebook and Twitter.
Create a video about your house and post it on YouTube. Do something interesting with the house in the background and then shoot a video of the house. For example, shoot a video of you standing on your head shouting to the world that your house is for sale, then give the video a title like "Man Stands on His Head Shouting, 'This House is for Sale!'" I know it sounds a little far- fetched of an idea, but you want the video to go viral, right? The more people who know about your house being for sale, the better, right? The more exposure you can give your house, the more chances you will have of selling your house.
I have been a Realtor since 1989, a broker owning my own corporation. I know that most people would rather hire an agent to help them sell their house, but I also know that some people have the talent and resources to get the job done on their own. Exposure is the name of the game to attract the buyer's attention. But, there is more to selling a house than attracting a buyer. You have found a buyer, now what do you do? Negotiation, contracts, obligations, and closing escrow are a whole other thing. You might at least want to contact an agent for the critical portion of the sale in order to keep yourself protected.
It seems like a great idea as a portion of your overall marketing plan. Keep in mind that HubPages will not have the local reach that other venues would have, but you could certainly use it as a marketing tool. I would drive people from local advertising to your hub; in doing so, you could offer a much more detailed description of the house and perhaps develop a narrative that would help it seem like a "home" to those who may be interested.
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