Agent Assisted FSBO
What if you could have the marketing exposure of a traditional, full commission listing with the savings of selling For Sale By Owner? We’ve taken the best of both worlds and added in a key ingredient. Discretion. Your home will appear as a traditional agent managed listing with none of the stigma attached to selling FSBO or a discount broker.
Why Sell with an Agent Assisted FSBO Listing?
Save up to 6% in real estate broker commissions
List your home on MLS and dozens of major websites all at once
Engage the 90% of buyers represented by buyer brokers
How Agent Assisted FSBO Works:
You can save all 6% in broker commission if you find a direct buyer, meaning you’ll owe nothing at closing. What if you sell to a represented buyer? Only pay the buyer agent fee you chose to offer in the MLS.
How Is Agent Assisted FSBO Different from Regular FSBO?
Your home will appear as a traditional listing to other agents
Avoid harassment from real estate agents without buyers
Avoid the stigma associated with FSBO sellers
List Your Home on Hundreds of Sites with One Submission
Our traditional partner brokers will list your home on your local MLS broker database and dozens of popular real estate websites for a small, one time flat fee of $349. Save all 6% in broker commission if you find a direct buyer. Engage the 90% of buyers represented by agents by offering commission through the MLS.
Proven Results and Happy Customers
Steve K., October 2018
Hauseit worked for me, and it can work for you! HauseIt makes it easy to list, and our broker was thoughtful and easy to work with. We are very pleased with the result and are so excited that we were able to find the right buyers for our home.
Connie C., June 2018
I received 3 offers after the first 2 open houses, and am looking forward to a smooth closing with a qualified buyer. All with the assistance of Hauseit, what more could I ask for?
Bijal G., June 2018
Five stars and then some! Hauseit is exactly what I was looking for when we decided to sell our co-op. I wanted to be more involved with the process but did not want the stigma that comes along with a “for sale by owner” property.
Helping Home Sellers Save Their Home Equity Since 2014
We’ve helped home sellers just like you save millions of dollars in commissions since we opened our doors and pioneered the Agent Assisted FSBO model in 2014. Sellers in NYC have access to our brand name REBNY RLS partner brokers. We also cover the Hudson Valley counties of Westchester, Bronx, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Dutchess, Ulster, Rockland and Sullivan through the Hudson Gateway MLS. Sellers in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens counties in Long Island are covered by our Long Island MLS partner brokers.
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Hauseit Agent Assisted FSBO FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Is Hauseit locally based in New York?
Hauseit was born in NYC and knows the New York real estate market inside and out. Since our founding in late 2014, we’ve listed hundreds of millions of dollars worth of properties in the New York City market alone. We are proud to be the largest reduced broker commission platform in NYC by listings, deal experience and number of partner agents. We have helped New Yorkers like you save money on their home sales with listing prices of anywhere from $100,000 to $20,000,000 plus. We’ve since expanded to the Hudson Valley and Long Island and have helped our fellow New Yorkers in these areas save millions in broker commissions as well.
Where will my home be listed?
Your property will be listed according to industry standards on public websites and broker databases that are locally relevant for New York. If your property is located in New York City, our partner brokers will list your home on the REBNY RLS plus locally relevant websites such as the New York Times and StreetEasy as well as nationally relevant websites such as Realtor.com. If your property is located in the Hudson Valley, our partner brokers will list your home in the Hudson Gateway MLS and all automatically syndicated sites such as Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia and LoHud. If you have a home in Long Island, our partner brokers will list your home in the Long Island MLS and all automatically syndicated sites such as Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com. This comprehensive listing syndication is automatically done once your listing is uploaded. In fact, our partner brokers use the same systems as other brokers who would charge you 6% in commission for the same service.
Curious to learn more? Check out our forum thread on listing syndication and marketing exposure through Hauseit.
How much could I save on my home sale?
You can save yourself the entire 6% typical real estate agent commission if you find a direct buyer through our service. If you decide to sell to a buyer who is represented by an agent, you would only owe the buyer’s broker the commission you chose to offer in the MLS (RLS for NYC customers) at closing. You do not owe our partner brokers any commission for listing your property. This means you will either owe 0% in commission or only the buyer broker commission at closing. For example, if you offered 2.5% to buyers’ agents in the MLS, you will never owe more than 2.5% in commission at closing.
How much commission should I offer buyers' agents?
The typical buyer agent commission is half of the 6% in commission that a traditional seller pays, or 3%. While offering a full commission will attract the maximum amount of attention from buyers’ agents, you can also get away with offering 2.5% in commission without hearing complaints. The buyer agent fee you choose to offer is up to you, but we recommend offering something market rate so you can attract the attention of the 90% of buyers who are represented.
How will my listing appear?
Your listing will appear no differently than any other traditional, agent marketed listing in your building or neighborhood. Our partner brokers are all locally based, well established, highly reputable real estate brokerage firms. Your listing will be mixed in with the full commission listings of our traditional partner brokers. Furthermore, because other agents can only see the commission that is being offered to them, no one will know that you’re getting a better deal!
Who are your partner brokers?
Our partner brokers are some of the most reputable and highly experienced real estate brokers in New York. None of our partner brokers openly discount their services because doing so would not only be embarrassing but also damage their working relationships with other brokers and harm their brands. As you can imagine, no serious brokerage firm would appreciate having their identities revealed on a website that advertises reduced commission services. As a result, we cannot provide lists of our partners nor can we give you example listings which would reveal their identities. Customers who have signed up will know which of our partner brokers they have been paired with once our team has circulated a flat fee agreement for e-signature.
How will I receive inquiries?
Our partner brokers employ front desk secretaries who answer phone calls and take messages during normal business hours. Messages, emails, texts and automatically transcribed voicemails relating to your property are relayed to you promptly and within a commercially reasonable amount of time. The phone number associated with your listing will be the main office line of one of our partner brokers. For obvious reasons, it is not possible to change their main office number to your phone number unless you wish to become the listing agent for all of their listings. All jokes aside, the level of responsiveness of our partner brokers is leagues ahead of industry standards where full commission listing agents don’t have any obligation to keep their seller updated.
How are showings scheduled and handled?
Once our partner brokers have looped you in on an initial inquiry, their responsibilities end and it’s up to you to take it from there. As an Agent Assisted FSBO seller, it’s up to you to schedule viewings, attend showings, negotiate offers and manage the contract to closing process. We recommend having an experienced real estate attorney guide you through the NYC closing process.
How should I represent my role?
You can always explain to buyers that you are taking an active role in your home sale as the owner. When it comes to buyers’ brokers, you never need to obfuscate your identity. With that said, there’s no need to reveal the specifics of your private listing arrangement to other brokers. Remember that other brokers can only see the commission offered to them in the MLS (RLS in NYC) and your listing is identical to theirs.
For buyer agent inquiries, we recommend focusing on scheduling a showing vs flaunting your status as the owner early on. There’s simply no upside to bragging about your sweet listing arrangement. Not only might it confuse buyers’ agents who are focused on getting their client in to see your apartment, but it can also be embarrassing for our partner brokers.
If an initial showing leads to something more substantial, it’s okay to explain that you’re taking an active role as the owner because your broker is busy. Just remember that it’s quite common for sellers who are paying full commission to cover showings if their broker has another showing or is on vacation. Furthermore, because our partner listing brokers are Principal Brokers or other very senior brokers, it’s reasonable to expect that they will not be available to personally handle every listing. To learn more, read our comprehensive guide on how to deal with buyers’ agents in NYC.
Will other agents try to poach me as a seller client?
Agent Assisted FSBO sellers will receive a dramatically reduced level of harassment vs traditional For Sale By Owner sellers. That’s because your listing will appear as a traditional, full-service listing to other real estate agents. Furthermore, other agents can only see the commission that’s being offered to them so there’s no way for them to know that you’re getting a better deal. In contrast, traditional For Sale By Owner sellers are easily identifiable and are the target of constant solicitation and harassment by agents looking to get their next listing.
How do I get started?
Submit your listing details to get started. We have separate listing submission forms for the REBNY RLS (NYC), HGMLS (Hudson Valley) and the MLSLI (Long Island). Please choose an Agent Assisted FSBO listing package at the end of the listing submission form and complete your purchase. We’ll then send you a listing agreement that you can conveniently e-sign with your smartphone. You can cancel the listing agreement anytime and you will not owe our partner broker anything more for listing your property. After the listing agreement is signed, please allow two business days for your property listing to fully syndicate to all real estate portals. Your home will appear as a traditional listing by a reputable real estate brokerage and you will begin to receive inquiries. Just remember when dealing with buyers’ agents in NYC that no one needs to know you haven’t paid full commission!
Don’t have everything ready yet? You can always save a partially completed listing submission form to complete later. Please note that new orders are uploaded within 2 business days after you’ve submitted your listing details, paid and e-signed the listing agreement. If you wish to have your listing uploaded at a specific date in the future, please only complete your order once you are ready to list. You can always make updates to your listing on our website after your listing is live.
How often should I host open houses?
You should host open houses every weekend. It’s critically important to show your property as often as possible, especially early on in your listing. Make your weekends free for Saturday or Sunday afternoon open houses and try to accommodate as many private showing requests as possible. Remember, most buyers will only make an offer if they’ve had a chance to view the property!
Don’t have time to manage an open house? We’ve got you covered! Hauseit’s partner brokers can run your open house for a flat fee. There are no other fees, commissions or any hidden charges. Pick open house dates when you submit your property information or give us at least 3 business days notice when you schedule your open house through our listing update form. Simply reply to your Rent an Open House Agent order confirmation email to specify which open house you’d like our partner agents to manage for you.
At your open house, our partners may bring property fliers and complimentary refreshments and will greet guests, answer questions and manage and deliver a sign-in sheet to you after the event. Our partner brokers will show up 10 minutes early to learn more about your property, then you are free to leave and let them take it from there!
Note: All open house services are dependent on availability and not guaranteed. Availability is limited for regions outside of New York City.