When I started Selling Later, I set out to accomplish two things.
The first was to be an honest and helpful resource. I wanted to help future home sellers and buyers gain more time in the 100+-year-old process of real estate. There is so much time wasted while waiting to list, and when you do list, everything gets compacted into a small window of time. But, it doesn’t need to be that way, and it doesn’t need to be that hard and condensed. This is why our platform allows you to connect with future buyers now, while also introducing you to industry professionals that can help give you unbiased and balanced answers to questions you might have before you begin your selling journey.
The second was to give back. In my eyes, you can be a company that wants to be just a company, or, you can be a company that sets out to make things better and help improve our communities. Wanting to be more than a “company,” we developed the Giving Back program.
I know that the past few weeks have been rather stressful and somewhat scary for those of you that were planning to sell your home soon. For those that are building your next home, relocating, or heading into retirement, this time is especially unnerving as you were likely counting on a seller’s market to quickly sell your existing home.
Unfortunately, it’s situations like these that you can’t plan for because you don’t see it coming, nor do you know what the outcome will be. For those that were getting ready to sell, the last thing you need right now is another expense or concern.
In order to help in the best way that we can, we have decided to remove our posting fees and replace them with a flat $1 fee through March 31st, 2020. In doing this, you are not incurring large expenses, and you also help to avoid the risk of your home sitting on the market for too long.
We will also be happy to adjust your selling timeframe for free if you decide to adjust your selling month as things evolve over the next few weeks.
While we would like to create free postings, charging $1 helps us to prevent fraudulent postings and allows us to put the proceeds from the fee towards our giving back program. Nonprofits are likely going to have a harder time collecting donations over the next few months, so they will need our support.
As we move through this situation, you will probably see thousands of articles telling you what is going to happen to the economy, and specifically, the housing market. While some great thought leaders will be writing these articles, you need to remember that NO ONE can 100% predict what will happen. In addition to that, not one city is the same. What happens in one town might not carry the same response in another town.
Lastly, we all know to wash our hands and follow standard procedures during this time. However, I want to remind you that this virus is more severe for the immune-compromised and elderly population. We all don’t need to stock up on toilet paper and hoard food. Instead, we need to look out for each other and help those that are not able to help themselves right now. If you have elderly neighbors, or someone that is compromised, perhaps you could offer to go to the grocery store for them this week or run errands for them. If you have friends or family members that you think need some help, but are not able to help them, please let us know (email@example.com). We have connections all over the United States and will be happy to find someone to help ensure they have what they need every week.
Looking at the big picture, I choose to believe that we will come out of this and eventually get back on track. In the meantime, please do not panic. Instead, choose to be pro-active, aware, and helpful.