Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Spring Cleaning

This is the time of year when sellers start thinking about spring cleaning the house and making any necessary repairs to the inside and the outside before placing it on the market. Here is a check list that will help you along the way:

  • Remove Clutter- To make your home appear larger remove all clutter. When buyers walk through the home they want to see all the space they are buying. 
  • Organize- Buyers buy homes that appear clean, spacious and organized. Many buyers will look in your pantry and closets. To make these areas appear more spacious organize your closets by putting away out of season coats and neatly folding your clothes. Organize the pantry by giving an orderly appearance.  
  • Re-evaluate room use- A rarely used guest bedroom can be converted into a den or office space. 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Quick Guide Video

A quick guide to selling your property with My Secret Agent and saving thousands in commissions.

If you have any questions on our services or how to list your home please contact our knowledgeable licenced team.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

How to Save a Deal: Buyer financing fails

If the buyer's financing fails it seems like you have no chance in saving the deal. In some cases this may not be true. You may be thinking to yourself the buyer was pre-approved how can this happen?

There can be many hiccups that happen from the time the buyer gets pre-approved to the time they have to apply for the loan such as credit score, job losses, etc. If a buyer stays on contact with the lender they may be able to avoid the their financing to fail. It may take a while to get to the end result.. selling your home... but in the end the buyer will eventually get loan approval.

MySecretAgent is dedicated in educating and helping all buyers during the selling process. When you sell your home with us we have a knowledgeable and professional licensed agents to guide you.

Monday, February 20, 2012

We Make Selling Easy

MySecretAgent makes selling your property easy and exposes it to millions of buyers. We are a top flat fee brokerage and we are dedicated in educating and helping sellers through the entire selling process and saving thousands in listing commissions. To find out more please call or email us.

Friday, February 17, 2012


MySecretAgent will expose your listing to millions of buyers. Your listing will be shown on hundreds of local and national web sites. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

What Makes MySecretAgent Special

There are plenty of Flat Fee Brokerages but what sets us apart is our philosophy. MySecretAgent.com strives to serve our clients through superior knowledge, service and support.

24 Hour Access: We allow a homeowner to be in control of their listing 24 hours a day. You can change the price, photos, description, etc any time. With our Full Package all changes are free.

List Online: We make it easy to list in ONE easy step. Once list you list online all documents are emailed to you automatically. Please look over our “ How To List My Home” article for more info on listing online.

Turn- around Time: MySecretAgent will list you by the next business day we receive signed documents.

Customer Service: We answer our phone calls! Our staff is available to answer any questions you should have. We have a great reputation in being helpful and informative. Our business hours are Monday- Friday 9am-7pm.

Knowledgeable Staff: MySecretAgent strives to serve our clients through superior knowledge, service and support. We look over all documents prior to listings on the MLS to ensure the best chances in selling your home with us.

Internet Exposure: Listing with MySecretAgent will give all sellers local and National Internet exposure. All listings will be displayed on Realtor.com and more.

Post & Sign: MySecretAgent does more than list you on the MLS. With our Extended and Full Packages we offer a custom sign and post. The post is installed by the next business day of receiving signed documents. Our CUSTOM sign has your phone number and MLS# printed directly on it!

Commission: MySecretAgent does not collect commission even if the buyer comes to us first. We ALWAYS send sellers any leads without any hesitation.

Leads: If a buyer and/or agent come to MySecretAgent first we ALWAYS send the seller the leads. We feature ALL listings on our website with the sellers email and phone number.

CMA: Upon request, MySecretAgent will send sellers a free report on the recent activity in their neighborhood. We give sellers all the tools to effectively sell their home.

Tools: We offer the same tools any traditional agent would offer in selling a home. You many choose as many tools you feel will help sell your home.

MLS:  Your property will be listed on the local MLS allowing access to all licensed agents. The property will propagate to local and national websites for extra Internet exposure.

Documents: Upon request, MySecretAgent offers a purchase and sales contract in case the buyer does not have one.

Effective: MySecretAgent makes listing your home as effective as possible- from the 24 hour access to your account, listing tools and knowledgeable staff.  We are dedicated to offer professional services to help you sell your home, but most importantly maximize your profit. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Flat Fee Real Estate Listings Compared to Traditional Listings

MySecretAgent  holds the keys to allow the seller to be in control of their listing.

Flat Fee Brokerage
Listing your home with a flat fee brokerage, also known, as a discount brokerage is not much different than listing with a traditional agent. Selling your home through a flat fee broker will get your home listed on the Multiple listing Service (MLS) to gain maximum Internet exposure, and provide marketing tools, all for a one time flat fee. A traditional agent will do the same and not much more for 6%! Using a flat fee listing broker the For Sale By owner (FSBO) is in control of their listing 100% of the time. Be cautious when comparing flat fee services, some of the other companie's less expensive packages will not include a listing on the local MLS, only on their own website. With MySecretAgent your home will be listed on the same MLS as with any traditional agent! All of our packages include the MLS listing.
MySecretAgent allows all FSBO sellers to be in control of their listing 24 hours a day via online account. You can change the price, photos, description, etc. at any time. You will handle showings by appointments, control access and answer questions about the property. Who knows a home better than you? Is that worth 6%? We at MySecretAgent don’t think so! Any homeowner selling on their own can do this with the help of the MLS listing by MySecretAgent.

Traditional Agent
How many of you had agents promise they can sell your home better than the next? When they did get your listing you were not getting the result they promised. Yes, they may have a different approach to marketing within their network, but the main tool they use is the MLS. When a traditional agent, as well as a discount broker gains your listing, they place it on the MlS. The MlS plays a huge role in both agent’s network and marketing.
A traditional agent’s main goal is to list your home on the MlS to expose it to other agents and buyers, leading them to show your home and eventually sell it. If another agent brings a buyer the 6% commission is split between the listing agent and the buyer’s agent. For example, on a $200,000 property $12,000 is paid to the agents involved (6% commission), even if a buyer contacts you directly. The listing agent will list your home on the MlS, place a yard sign in your front yard, host 1-2 open houses and assist in paperwork. Most sellers are capable and feel comfortable doing this on their own. State laws require a licensed agent to list a property on the MLS therefore giving traditional agents the upper hand over FSBo sellers. When analyzing the role of a traditional agent it is hard to justify paying thousands in commissions when you can get the same result listing with MySecretAgent, a top discount broker.

My Secter Agent
MySecretAgent.com, a top discount real estate brokerage, allows savvy home owners to sell their home without paying a 3% listing commission fee, maximizing local and national internet exposure through the MLS (State Accredited Multiple listing Service), and stay in control of the home selling process. MySecretAgent.com provides the tools and customer service to the For Sale By owner (FSBO) sellers to effectively sell a home and maximize the their equity. Check out the comparison chart showing the differences and similarities of a flat fee brokerage and a traditional agent with one Big difference: the amount you will save with a flat fee broker is significant!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Sell Your Home Using A Flat Fee MLS Listing Service

Using a flat fee MLS listing service to sell your home will save you thousands in commission fees. Using a traditional agent to sell a $400,000 dollar home will cost about $24K in commissions! Using a flat fee listing service to sell by owner will cost a one time flat fee plus a commission to the buyer's agent (if one is involved). 

Money aside, there is one more advantage to selling your home by owner (FSBO); Control.  Using a flat fee listing broker the “for sale by owner” is in control of their listing 100% of the time.  MySecretAgent allows all FSBO homeowners to be in control of their listing 24 hours a day via online account. You can change the price, photos, description, etc any time. The seller handles showing appointments (besides who knows a home better than the seller), controls access to the property and answers questions about the property. Is that work worth 6%? We at MySecretAgent don’t think so!  Any homeowner selling on their own can do this with the help of listing on the MLS with MySecretAgent.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Importance of Pricing Your Home Right

Pricing a home is a touchy subject to sellers. Pricing a home right from the get-go is a major factor in selling. I have heard many times from sellers that they are happy with the price of the home; any buyer can make us an offer. While this may be true, your overpriced home may be intimidating for buyers to even look at. There are plenty of homes on the market in their price range that they can make offers on. 

Listing with MySecretAgent will allow you to price your home right and SAVE! You can price your home according to the area you live in and have room to negotiate as you are saving on listing commission fees. Your competition has to shell out about 6% of the selling price so they will not have as much room to work with. Price your home right using MySecretAgent and reap the benefits by selling faster and saving money. Who can complain about that?!

Here are some drawbacks to overpricing your home:

  • You can discourage buyers from even looking. They may think you are not serious in selling. Buyers typically start looking at lower priced homes.
  • Your home can be used as in a comparable analysis report to sell another home that is priced right.
  • You will end up on the market longer and sell for less.
  • Most importantly you will get frustrated. Save the headache and price your home right from the beginning.

As you can see, it is important to price your home right the first time, in order to sell quickly and for top market price. Contact us with any questions you may have or if you would like a complimentary comparable market analysis on your home. 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

What To Do After An Offer

By now you have listed your home with MySecretAgent and received an offer. I am sure you are feeling exited, anxious and overwhelmed asking yourself "What do I do after I receive an offer?" Not to worry- Below are some simple steps to follow:

  1. Offer is presented to the seller. 
  2. Seller either counter offers or accepts by signing and initialing the necessary documents. 
  3. A escrow account is opened by either the seller or buyer. To open an escrow account one will have to send in the mutually accepted offer and the escrow agent will handle everything from there.  
  4. Secure financing. The buyer should be pre-approved. 
  5. Buyer should read and approve seller's disclosures. 
  6. Buyer to obtain and approve property inspection, and approve other reports as needed. 
  7. Buyer to check title and remove contingencies from the offer. 
  8. Buyer to complete and remaining escrow work and do the final walk through of the home. 
  9. Buyer to get funded be lender. 
  10. Sign escrow documents.
And Voila, You have successfully sold your home. If you have any questions on this process please contact  the knowledgeable MySecretAgent Team. We have helped sellers save over One Million dollars in commissions!