You have options when it comes to selling your home

Real estate services are no longer a "one size fits" all business.

Your inbox has started to fill up with potential buyers that are interested in your home.  That’s great!  So, what do you do now? 

The first thing you need to do is decide how you want to sell your home.  At Selling Later, we believe that real estate services are not a “one size fits all” platform.   How you choose to sell your home should be based on how much you know, how much time you have and how much effort you want to expand.  

Selling Later will never suggest you use one service or the other.  However, selling a home can be a long, intensive, and paperwork filled process, so the only thing we will suggest is to not do it entirely by yourself.   Fortunately for you, real estate services have completely expanded over the past ten years, which gives you a lot of options!

We want to empower you to do your research to find what works best for you.   But to get you started, we reached out to top companies in the following categories: Realtor, Flat Fee Realtor, Attorney, or Flat Fee MLS.  These companies were all sent the same questions in regards to their specific service.  Selling Later does not partner with these companies, nor did we receive compensation for this posting.  We just wanted to make sure we got you the correct information “straight from the horse’s mouth.”

Traditional Realtor 
Nancy Snider, Associate Brooker  Coldwell Banker North Hills 
412 480 6423
  1. What services does a Realtor provide?
    • Before you list:
      • We will walk through your home to point out any repairs needed, offer room by room advice for staging, review a competitive market analysis and strategize as to timing for your listing 
    • Once you list:
      • We will guide the seller through all paperwork, list the home onto the multi-list system, manage all showing appointments, review offers, scrutinize financing strength of buyers and negotiate the best deal for the sellers which include price, terms, inspections, financing, closing date, etc
      • We keep close tabs on all important dates of the contract, inspection deadlines, loan commitments, and negotiate buyer's requests for inspection repairs.
      • We attend closing with or for the sellers after reviewing final closing documents with them.
  2. Is there anything that is not covered under a Realtor service?
    1. There is very little that the realtor does not do except maybe packing the seller's home!
  3. Are there Realtors available throughout the United States?
    These services should be available throughout the country.
  4. What are the costs associated with using a Realtor?
    The fee/commission for using a realtor as a seller varies by the price of the home. The commission is always a negotiable fee that is agreed upon by the seller and realtor. Also, how many days you want to list your home with a particular realtor is negotiable.
  5. What makes a Realtor different than other real estate services?
    A Realtor has a lot of hands-on involvement, unlike other services. Realtors are there through every step to ensure they help the seller sell their home for the best price possible, in the least amount of time and with the least exposure of risk.
  6. What securities come with using a Realtor service?
    The security that comes from an experienced, well-educated realtor is that the realtor is trained in the "what if's" and can navigate a seller through those potential pitfalls.
  7. What is the homeowner's role when using your service?
    The homeowner's role when working with a realtor is to prepare/repair or disclose any deficiencies in the home and make the home easily accessible for showings. Also, the homeowner should keep in tight communication of any of their concerns with their realtor.
  8. A Realtor is best to be used by…
    Someone who wants to maximize their exposure to the market, minimize their risk in the transaction, and make the most profit on the sale with the least amount surprises/unknowns. 

Real Estate Attorney
Kimberly S Tague
Shareholder and Chair of the Real Estate Department at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky

  1. What general services does a Real Estate Attorney provide for a client?
    A real estate attorney can review and draft legal documents including purchase and sale agreements, leases, deeds, title commitments and related documents, the settlement statement and financing agreements. Additionally, they can assist in resolving title insurance and environmental issues and also may play a vital role during negotiations.
  2. What services do they not provide?
    Generally, an attorney can provide legal services and often title insurance.  An attorney will not show properties or list properties for sale.   
  3. Is this service available throughout the United States?
    Yes, a real estate attorney is available in every state.  Some states require you to use an attorney for real estate transactions.
  4. What are the costs/fees associated with using a real estate attorney?
    The costs for a real estate attorney vary depending on the attorney's individual experience level along with other factors, including location. Most attorneys charge on an hourly basis; however, some attorneys will charge a flat fee for a particular service (i.e., for reviewing a draft sales agreement).
  5. What makes a real estate attorney different than other real estate services?
    An experienced real estate attorney can help protect the clients’ best interests in all aspects of a transaction and ensure that the transaction adheres to all state and municipal laws.  It is not likely that an attorney will charge a commission which eliminates any personal motivation.  That means the attorney can focus solely on what is best for his or her client. 
  6. What securities come with using a real estate attorney service?
    Using a real estate attorney comes with the ease of mind that your legal documents being prepared adhere to all the state laws and an attorney will be able to address any issues that might affect the property in the future. Additionally, a skilled real estate attorney can help to protect the client from being sued by the opposing party, assure that the real estate being purchased includes all aspects of property rights (ex. oil and gas rights) and assure that there are no title issues (i.e. unsatisfied judgment or tax issue that is liened against the property).
  7. What is the home owner’s role when using an attorney?
    The homeowner’s role is to communicate honestly with the attorney and to let the attorney know what they would like to accomplish.
  8. A real estate attorney would best be used by…
    An attorneys’ services would be best used by an individual looking to buy or sell a property without a real estate agent or when questions arise that the agent cannot answer, in addition to business owners looking to buy or sell investment properties. Real estate is a complex field, and an attorney specializing in real estate will provide valuable assistance throughout the entire process, including any last-minute questions or concerns.

Flat Fee Realtor – 
This information was sourced from Clever Real Estate
Please note that Flat Fee Realtors will vary on what they offer in regards to client services.  Be sure to understand what exactly you are getting when considering one of these services.

  1. What general services does a flat fee Realtor provide for a client?
    A flat fee Realtor provides the same services as a traditional realtor.  When going through a flat fee service, you are paired with a potential agent.  You meet with the agent and review your home assessment, comparative market analysis, and recommended your listing price.  If you decide to move forward, the process is the same as working with a traditional agent.
  2. What services do they not provide?
    Most services are covered under a flat fee realtor.
  3. Is this service available throughout the United States?
    It depends on which service provider you choose.  The bigger flat fee realtor agencies typically cover the entire united states.   If you choose a smaller company, they might be limited in their coverage. 
  4. What are the costs/fees associated with using a Flat Fee Realtor?
    The costs for a flat fee realtor will vary based on your service provider and your state.
    As an example, one of the more prominent flat fee agencies charges a $3,000 flat fee instead of the traditional realtor percentage (which averages around 6%).  In addition to the flat fee, you will pay a buyer fee and closing costs, which can be lower when you sell than when you buy.
  5. What makes a flat fee realtor different than other real estate services?
    Regardless of if you choose a flat fee or traditional realtor, using a realtor will give you the most assistance throughout the home selling process, which is something to consider if you don’t have a lot of free time.
  6. What securities come with using a flat fee realtor service?
    Using a flat fee realtor comes with the comfort of knowing you are using a registered real estate agent.
  7. What is the home owner’s role when using a flat fee realtor?
    The homeowner’s role is to communicate honestly and be in constant communication with their agent.
  8. A Flat Fee Realtor would best be used by…
    Someone that isn’t looking for a specific real estate agent, but is looking to save on their paid commissions.  They also will be someone that does not have a lot of time to do the leg work of selling a home. 

Flat Fee MLS
This information was sourced from information 

  1. What general services does a flat fee MLS service provide for a client?
    A Flat Fee MLS Listing Service, is a state licensed real estate broker that provides an ‘Entry Only’ service instead of ‘Full Service’. You pay a pre-set sum of money, and they place your listing on the MLS and make changes to your listing as you move through the sale process.  
  2. What services do they not provide?
    Unlike a full-service listing, you won’t be working with an agent to handle all of your showing requests, negotiations and any other activity associated with the sale of your home.
  3. Is this service available throughout the United States?
    This service should be available wherever there is a licensed real estate broker 
  4. What are the costs/fees associated with using a Flat Fee MLS?
    Fees may vary depending on your state and if you choose additional services from your provider. When looking at an average size state, like Pennsylvania, your costs may range from $299 to $500.  To be on the MLS, home sellers are required to offer a Buyer’s, Agent Commission. But, you only have to pay that commission if your property is sold to a buyer who is represented by an agent. If the buyer does not have an agent, you don’t pay a commission!
  5. What makes a flat fee MLS different than other real estate services?
    Flat fee MLS is different from other services as the homeowner is doing most of the work when it comes to the actual sale of the home..
  6. What securities come with using a flat fee MLS service?
    Using an MLS service ensures that your home listing is shown throughout the many MLS within your state.   Out of all of the services, we have reviewed, this service offers the least amount of securities and puts the liability with the homeowner.
  7. What is the home owner’s role when using a flat fee MLS?
    The homeowner is essentially their own agent when it comes to selling their house and assumes the agents' typical duties.  The MLS listings will give them the exposure to compete with other houses, but the owner must do the bulk of them.  When the house does sell, you are to let your listing agent know within one day.
  8. A Flat Fee Realtor would best be used by…
    Someone that has some knowledge of how to sell a home and is looking to save a lot of money without having to pay the standard agent commissions.

Because we believe in transparency:  You should know that these are not paid advertisements and we do not get paid if you click on or use anyone mentioned above.  The people listed are industry leaders, which we felt was the best place to get information.  Also, some states are very particular about how you sell your home so be sure to check if your preferred service is available where you live.