Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ’s for Sellers

How does Selling Later work?
It’s simple!  After you make an account, you can post your home, photos, month in which you want to sell, and detailed information about what makes your home special! Prospective buyers can log on and view your home based on location, selling time frame, and price.  If interested, buyers will send you an inquiry about your home.  After you review all inquiries, you can then decide on how you want to sell your home and start the process.   We will never tell you how to sell your home, but we do highly recommended that you don’t do it alone.  Check our blog for information on the types of real estate services that are available. 
 
How far ahead can I post my house?
You can post your home up to one year from today's date.

How much does it cost?
Your one-time fee is calculated based on the month that you are planning to sell.  
Our fee structure is as follows:
 
1 to 3 months  $15
3.01 months to 6 months $20
6.01 months to 9 months  $25
9.01 months to 12 months $30
A portion of every home post fee is donated back to small nonprofits.  Visit our Giving Back page for more information.  
I received inquiries, now what?
That’s great!  You can start a conversation with prospective buyers, but make sure to use our masked email system so that your contact information remains private.  You can also keep notes under each inquiry to keep track of your conversations.  When you start to receive inquiries, you will need to decide on how you want to sell.  Your options will vary within the different states, but for a general review of your options, go here.    We want you to know that you can start the process now, get into an agreement, and set your closing date on a time that works for you.   Potentially, you could find a buyer and set your closing date for months down the road.  This gives you more time to find your new home, pack up and make the move!

Does Selling Later sell homes?
No, we do not sell homes.  Our main goal is to help connect you with future buyers.  We believe that the real estate industry is no longer a "one size fits all" service.   We want to empower you to know your options when it comes to selling your home, but feel that how you sell your home is up to you.  
 
What happens if I get solicitations in my inquiries?
While we do have a strict anti-solicitation policy, we know that there will be some service people out there that just don’t want to follow the rules.  We ask that you report any solicitation that you might receive within your inbox.   You can easily click on the inquiry and hit the “report solicitation” button.   Once someone has been reported twice for solicitation, their account will be removed from Selling Later.
If you already know how you are selling your home, you can leave that in the notes section of your property listing.  This may help deter solicitations.  It will also be helpful for buyers to know how you are looking to sell.
 
Why do I keep getting solicitations in other forms (mail, email, phone)?
Unfortunately, we live in an age where contact information can be found with just a few minutes of searching online.  If someone is mailing you, calling you or even knocking on your door offering their real estate services, that is not ok.    
We will never give out your contact information to third parties so if they say they got your information from Selling later; that actually means that they went online and searched your name until they found your contact information.  If you continue to have solicitation in any form, please let us know at info@sellinglater.com  Be sure to include the repeat offenders' name and company if possible.  

FAQ’s for Buyers

How does it work?
You can go to our website at any time to view potential homes.  Once you select your home type, size, and price, you can then choose the times you are looking to buy.  If you find a home that you like, you will need to make an account before you can leave the seller a message.
 
How much does it cost?
There is no fee to use Selling Later as a buyer.   However, you do need to create a free account to message a seller.  Making an account helps to protect buyers and sellers from unwanted solicitations. 

Why do I have to make an account to message someone?
To help protect against solicitation, we do not allow people to message sellers without an account.  This helps protect against companies using our platform for solicitation purposes.  If an account is reported for solicitation twice, the offending account will be de-activated, and all information under that account will be removed. 
What does “Flexible” mean on a posted home?
If you see a home that is listed as “flexible,” it means that the seller is ok with slightly adjusting their selling month.
 
I messaged someone but didn’t hear back?
We live in an age of receiving instant responses, but when talking about something nine months away, you have to keep in mind that it might take a little bit of time to receive a response from the seller.
 
I have been talking with a seller, now what?
While we will never tell you how to buy a home, we will suggest that you don’t go at it alone.  You need to have some representation to ensure that you receive a fair and legal deal.   However you decide to buy, know that you and the seller are the ones that set the closing date, and that closing date doesn't have to be ASAP.  You can get into an agreement now and buy later.  Visit our blog for more information on different ways to buy and sell.

Photography

What kind of pictures should I post?
A standard post should include the following rooms: bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen, living room, outside front view, and a property view.  If you want to add more pictures, you can include laundry, office, garage, basement, etc.  Please note that we have a limit of up to 10 images per post, so choose wisely.

Why must my photos be taken horizontally?
In order to fit with the page layout and style, you should only post photos that were taken horizontally.  While a photo editing option is not currently available, it is something that we are planning to add to the system once we get everything up and going.  In the meantime, visit our blog to ensure that you are posting images that hide your personal information.
 
A few important things you should do before you take photos
Remove any personal information that might be shown in the pictures.
We live in an age where anyone can find your contact information on the internet if given just a few clues.   To be safe, make sure nothing is showing in the pictures that would give away your personal details (name, medications, awards, school information, work information, etc).

Clean and de-clutter your home.  
If you don’t have a lot of time, then do the rooms that you want to showcase. Giving potential home buyers a very neutral/blank space helps them to see themselves living there.  This means that the more personal stuff that you have in the photo will make it harder for them to think of it being “their new home.”
With that in mind, here are some things to prepare for in those spaces. 
  • Bathroom – remove all shower and bath products, hide medications, clear counter tops, use matching towels, hide toothbrushes/toothpaste, hide clothing and robes
  • Kitchen – clear counter tops, clear refrigerator doors, hide small appliances, hide pots and pans, clear food products that are sitting out
  • Bedroom – clear tables, hide clothing, hide slippers, minimal blankets, remove personal items and books
  • Living Room – hide reading materials, papers, blankets, remote controls, wires, toys, and animal beds/toys
  • Outside – remove toys, hoses, animals, seasonal/holiday décor, and clear any debris/weeds
 
Helpful Tip: A good idea when “de-cluttering” would be to take everything that you are hiding and place it in a box.   Once your pictures are done, go through that box and figure out if it is something you need or perhaps something that you can donate or throw away.   
 
 
The file size of my home pictures are too big to upload onto your site
The larger the file size, the longer it will take for the prospective buyer to upload. Since we live in a fast-paced world with instant responses,  you need to make sure your image size is .5mb or under.  If you find that your pictures will be to be compressed (made a smaller file size), you can easily do it on platforms like www.imageoptimizer.net or www.imagecompressor.com  These are just examples of the recommended free compressor sites. We do not have a relationship with either program and you will be using these programs at your own risk.

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