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For Sale by Owner Guide

Guide for Buyers

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Work by Yourself

Whether you choose to buy your new home on your own or with an agent depends on your needs. Each method has its pros and cons. Read below to get the information you need to make the choice that's best for you.

Buying Without An Agent

Buying your home yourself can save you a lot of money. The trick is zeroing in on properties sold by owner and coming to the negotiating table fully informed.


Finding your home yourself can save you thousands of dollars if you negotiate with the seller to share the unpaid commission with you.


No one wants to waste time looking at houses they know they don't want. When you take the reins, you make the choice of what you will see and when you'll see it.

What it Takes

Your best bet is with properties selling by owner, because the law often prohibits agents from sharing commissions with non-agents. By-owner sellers do not face this restriction, but you must rely on the seller to agree to share the saved commission with you. Good negotiating skills are very important to make buying by owner work to your advantage.

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We have the largest network of properties selling by owner, plus we have simple instructions, helpful articles, daily mortgage rates and much, much more to help you succeed. Best of all, these services are absolutely free.

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Professional Guidance

An agent can show you a broader offering of properties, and many people rely on them to conduct negotiations and cover all of the legal bases. Agents will help find you what you're looking for and close the deal with confidence.

MLS Access

Real estate agents have access to your local Multiple Listing Service (or MLS), the industry's marketing tool. Your agent will find properties for you that you simply will not find on your own. And you can still search's listings for homes not available on the MLS.

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