Selling real estate is always a topic of interest for any home owner. The average American will sell a house every five to seven years. Given a 90 year life expectancy and assuming you buy your first house at age 30. You can expect to selling 8 to 12 houses in your life time.When it comes to selling a home it can be a very hectic and emotional time. There is a lot of money, memories and family history involved with selling a home. That is why it is best to take an outsider approach to selling real estate. Try to shake off the emotions and think like a potential buyer looking for a new home.There are typically only 3 ways to sell real estate and some will leave you with more money and create a faster sale than others. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of home selling process so chose the best option for your particular home selling situation.Sell your house fast with out a real estate agentOne of the quickest ways to sell real estate is to contact a local real estate investor or home buyer in your area and receive an offer on your house. These real estate professionals exist in every major metropolitan area across the United States and make a living off of investing in real estate.There is a myth that all real estate investors are out to make a quick buck and take advantage of home owners. Just like any profession there are reputable home buyers and there are dishonest ones. The truth is, real estate investors are a great asset to any home seller.Most know more about real estate than a typical real estate agent. They are familiar with short sales, helping home owners avoid foreclosure, lease options, rent to own programs, and best of all most can pay cash and create a quick close on your house.How can it cost you less to sell your home to a real estate investor? Because you are selling real estate directly directly to a buyer there are no real estate agent commissions involved which is typically 6 percent of your sale value. This can add up to tens of thousands of dollars. Instead of paying a real estate agent commissions you are giving some of that money in equity to the new home buyer or investor.Another awesome advantage of selling your real estate to a local home buyer is the over all home selling process. Through any typical home selling process you would have to spend thousands of dollars staging your home for sale. You have to leave your home every time a potential home buyer wants to view your home. This can make the home selling experience even more emotional than it already is.When you sell your house fast to a real estate investor they will buy your house as is. You do not have to spend money on fixing up your house to create curb appeal. You don’t have to leave your house every evening so people can walk through your home critiquing your home decorations. A home buyer will quickly wall through your home, ask you a few questions about the homes history and give you an offer then next day.So if you need to sell your house fast, consider receiving a free, confidential, no obligation offer for your house from a local home buyer. It will not cost you anything, you will receive an offer on your house, you will not have to pay any real estate commissions, and you just may receive an offer you can not refuse.Selling real estate for sale by ownerThe next best way to keep more cash in your pocket when selling real estate is to find a home buyer yourself and skip paying real estate commissions to an agent. This avenue is not for all home sellers. Real estate agents exist because they provide value and service. However if you have extra time, energy and are up to a challenge then selling your home for sale by owner could save you big dollars at the closing table.One disadvantage of selling your house for sale by owner is the up front costs. Instead of a realtor taking charge of the marketing of your home, you will be the main marketing avenue to get the word out. Some of the out of pocket expenses will be getting your home in great shape to sell, and marketing. The best marketing money you can spend is to pay a for sale by owner company who will list your home on the multiple listing service, MLS.This way you have captured the same marketing a real estate agent would use. This is also the best way to get thousands of potential home buyers to know your house is for sale. You will also have to pay for signs, internet listings and some paper work.Selling your house with the help of a real estate agentThe more traditional way to sell real estate is to go through a real estate agent. This home selling option will leave you less money at the closing table but could yield a better experience than selling your home by yourself. After all, you are hiring a professional to take care of all the home selling tasks.Note than you will still have some out of pocket expenses and some inconvenience. A good realtor will walk through your home and put a list together of things they suggest you do to make your home sell quicker and for a higher price. You will have to pay to upgrade certain items in your house, paint new walls, take down family photos and other tasks.Typical real estate agents charge 6 percent of the sale price of your home as a commission. So if your home sells for 200,000 the real estate commissions would be 12,000. The agent will receive this payment at the closing table so you do not have to come up with this money out of pocket.
Hopefully lessons will been learned from the crisis, do not try to rebuild business on the principle that Marketing & Advertising are always right!The words “60% of all advertising, globally is wasted” were splashed yesterday across the marketing papers. This kind of unanimity in the trade press is not coincidental – “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” the advertising community do-nothing mentality was taken to its logical extreme by the preparation of $3 million ads for the Super Bowl by doltish advertising agencies apparently totally unaware that they are all well past their sell by date.To have any hope of repairing the damage left behind by the highly dishonest and incompetent banks, big business must first convince the majority of the population that they are really capable of fixing the problems.. Not only are we trapped in the worst recession in living memory. but behind all this lurks a horror even more shocking; the entire marketing/advertising-economic model of free enterprise, rugged individualism, creative advertising and marketing is broken beyond all hope of repair.Marketing/Advertising on which the Western world built its seeming success seems to have completely broken down. How else can one describe a situation in which all of the countries main financial institutions and many of its biggest industrial companies are effectively bankrupt and on government life-support?The crisis triggered by September’s Credit Crisis appears to have discredited many of the assumptions on which our prosperity and democracy was founded. In this sense, it really is possible to compare the credit crunch, as Ed Miliband did last weekend, to the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1989 the world, from China and Russia to South Africa, India and Brazil, concluded that there was no serious alternative to market forces as a means of organising productive activity. In 2009 the whole world seems to have reached the opposite conclusion – that free markets and financial incentives together with marketing & advertising, lead even the richest and most sophisticated societies to disaster.There is, however, a crucial difference between these pivotal years and this brings us to the positive side of our message. Communism was a monolithic and inflexible system that worked against the grain of human nature and had to be brutally imposed. Capitalism, by contrast, is a constantly evolving and organic set of human relationships. It advances by trial and error and takes a myriad different forms. Thus the demise of the post-19W fundamentalist faith in market forces as the solution to all social problems now offers us all the chance to preside over a new evolution of capitalism, including Marketing & Advertising. making Advertising & Marketing into a more stable and ultimately more successful form of business. Creating this new kind of marketing & advertising will be the most important challenge to us all.But two features of this evolutionary process can already be suggested. First, it is clear that America will continue to lead the world in marketing & advertising, but also as a model of economic management.Second, we must encourage much more pragmatic thinking around the world about when Advertising & Marketing are useful and when they are useless, about the right balance between the profit motive and social objectives, and about the relative efficiency of private and public enterprises. The question we ask today is not whether Marketing & Advertising is too big or too small, but whether it works.The most important asset that we need today and in the future is not just money but a way of thinking, specifically that businesses biggest problems have to be addressed in a businesslike way in the sense of a serious focus on results, there is no advertising accountability at the moment ; understanding which advertising has had the most impact; a determination quickly to scale up solutions that work and a toughness in shutting advertising down that does-not work.Undoubtably the crisis could well be the cause of an idea whose time has come, for the new model of Marketing & Advertising that we must now invent More generally, financial.regulation and macroeconomic management will surely now recognise that naive theories about “efficient” advertising/ marketing and the highly dubious claim they spawned “advertising works” were a major cause of the entire financial disaster. It will still be capitalism, but Marketing/Advertising will not try to rebuild business on the principle that “marketing and advertising are always right”.