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How is a home normally sold?
What makes Valu-net Realty different?
How valuable is exposure in the MLS?
Will listing in the MLS help me sell my home?
How long will it take to sell my home?
How much should the commission to the Cooperating Broker (buyer’s broker) be?
Will I still be able to sell my home myself?
Will I have to pay a commission if I sell my home myself?
Do I have to pay a commission to a cooperating broker?
Why not just advertise my home as a “For Sale by Owner” in my local newspaper?
May I place a "For Sale By Owner" sign on my property?
If a customer calls Valu-net Realty about my home, what will happen?
Who will set appointments for cooperating brokers wishing to show my home?
Can I extend my listing if my home has not sold?
What areas are currently served by Valu-net Realty?
Will Valu-net Realty help me negotiate with buyers, evaluate and prepare offers, and assist me in closing my home?
Will Valu-net Realty represent buyers looking for real estate?
What is Limited or Dual Agency?

·        How is a home normally sold?
In a typical real estate transaction, a home owner signs a Listing Contract with a real es-tate broker. Typically this contract is for a fixed percentage of the selling price of the home, usually 6 – 7%. The real estate broker then enters the home into the local Multiple Listing Service or MLS. Other real estate brokers or their sales people use the information on the MLS to match real estate buyers with whom they are working to the available inven-tory of homes in the MLS. When another Broker (or their agent) sells the home to their buy-er, the listing broker then splits his commission with the selling broker. This type of ar-rangement has been going on for more than 50 years and has proven to be a very produc-tive way to sell homes. The commission is typically not paid until and unless the broker is able to sell the property thereby alleviating the seller from any financial obligations if his home is unable to be sold.
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·        What makes Valu-net Realty different?
At Valu-net Realty, we believe the future of marketing real estate is almost exclusively tied to the internet. The internet provides many efficiencies that can be utilized to save home-owners money when marketing their homes. One of the efficiencies Valu-net REALTORS® exploit is that they work exclusively from their homes rather than big expensive offic-es. Buyers no longer need to make appointments to go to a REALTOR®’s office to examine the “MLS” book. They can view all the listings they want to see from the privacy of their own computer, laptop, or smart phone. Valu-net REALTORS® also exploit the efficiencies of the internet by utilizing our “Flat Fee” approach to providing marketing services. Sellers know exactly what they are paying for and only order the services they need. And because we know we will be paid for all the work we perform, there is no incentive for us to seek large percentage fees as other firms do to cover those listings that don’t sell. At six to sev-en percent, the typical commission charged by most brokers can become a financial bur-den that many homeowners may not be able to afford. An average priced home of $150,000 will require a commission amount of $10,500 at 7%. No wonder many people try to sell their homes themselves without the assistance of a broker! With our flat fee listing and repre-sentation fees you are only obligated to pay a one time up-front fee of as little as $169 to enter your property into the MLS. You pay the selling broker the normal ˝ of the commis-sion and our representation fee only when your property sells. This cuts your cost to sell your home almost in half. And, if you sell your home yourself, you pay NO commission!
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·        How valuable is exposure in the MLS?
Today, 85% of all home buyers start their search online. Not with the phonebook. Not with the newspaper. Online. Where do they go? Most start with either REALTOR.COM, Zillow, Trulia or they go directly to the local MLS web site. The MLS (Multiple Listing Service) is a corporation owned and controlled by the local association of REALTORS®. The MLS pro-vides a central system for sharing information on properties for sale in an area so that real estate agents with buyers can match these buyers to properties listed by other agents. All local REALTORS® know that any home listed in the MLS that they would sell to their buyers will provide a commission to compensate them for all the work they perform on behalf of their buyers. Most MLS’s have a public side to their web site that allows any person, wheth-er they are being represented by a buyer’s agent or not, to search through the inventory of homes available in that market. Additionally, REALTOR.COM, the national web site run by the National Association of REALTORS® receives daily updates from every MLS service in the country. This site is to the real estate industry what e-bay® is to the on-line auction indus-try. That is a LOT of exposure!
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·        Will listing my home in the MLS help me sell my home?
Yes. Putting your home in the MLS system makes it available to the hundreds of real estate agents in your area. These agents have the buyers. Homes that are not in the MLS are invis-ible to these agents, and to the buyers they are representing.
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·        How long will it take to sell my home?
If a home is priced correctly, it should sell in around 60 to 90 days. Your home may sell fast-er or slower. If your home does not sell, you can extend your listing for $99.
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·        How much should the commission to the Cooperating Broker (“buyer’s broker”) be?
Valu-net Realty recommends that the commission you offer the cooperating broker be as close as possible to ˝ of the typical commission in your area. With Valu-net Realty the commission you offer is totally up to you. However, we do not accept listings offering com-missions to buyer’s brokers of less than 2%. Commission rates are negotiable. Ultimately, it is your business decision how much, or how little, to offer the buyer’s broker.
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·        Will I still be able to sell my home myself?
Yes. One of the options you can choose is to have Valu-net Realty forward all leads from un-represented individuals directly to you. Additionally, you can do your advertising and net-working. During the entire listing contract you maintain the right to show your home your-self and negotiate your own purchase contract. Most other REALTORS® require you sign an exclusive right-to-sell contract that means even if you are the primary source for procuring your buyer, you still have to pay them a commission!
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·        Will I have to pay a commission if I sell my home myself?
No. If you find a buyer without the assistance of a REALTOR®, no commission will be owed.
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·        Do I have to pay a commission to a cooperating broker?
Yes, but only if a REALTOR® is the procuring source for the buyer of your home. You must designate a commission to be paid to a cooperating broker. The amount of commission to be paid is negotiable, as are all elements of the listing contract. However, Valu-net Realty will not accept listing contracts that offer a cooperating broker (buyer’s broker) a commis-sion of less than 2%.
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·        Why not just advertise my home as a “For Sale by Owner” in my local newspaper?
Almost 80% of all buyers use real estate agents when buying a home. A “For Sale by Owner” listing in the newspaper misses those buyers. Additionally, classified advertising rates for even the smallest ad will cost hundreds of dollars for daily exposure for even a few weeks.
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·        May I place a "For Sale By Owner" sign on my property?
No. The MLS service will not permit your listing should you keep a FSBO sign with your phonr number on your property. Additionally, any advertising you do on your own must NOT contain the MLS number assigned to your property.
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·        If a customer calls Valu-net Realty about my home, what will happen?
Valu-net Realty will refer all inquiries about your home from buyers not represented by buy-er’s agents to you directly if you choose to NOT have Valu-net Realty act as limited or “du-al” agents. A Valu-net REALTOR® can be designated to dispense information and show your home on a “per call fee” basis of $100 per showing if you are unavailable to take calls or be present to show your home. Valu-net REALTORS® will defer any questions about price con-siderations or other issues of purchase negotiations to you when you return. All inquiries about your home from buyer’s agents or from individual buyers when you have permitted Valu-net Realty to act as limited or “dual” agents will be handled by a Valu-net REALTOR®. If a Valu-net REALTOR® is successful in selling your home then all your representation fees will be waived.
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·        Who will set appointments for cooperating brokers wishing to show my home?
Cooperating brokers will call Centralized Showing Service for showing appointments. You will then be called by this service to schedule the showing. This service will solicit feed-back from each REALTOR® who shows your home. This feedback will be sent to your e-mail.
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·        Can I extend my listing if my home has not sold?
Yes. Listings can be extended for a fee of $99 for an additional 6 months.      
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·        What areas are currently served by Valu-net Realtors?
Valu-net Realty currently accepts listings in Monroe, Owen, Greene, Lawrence, and Brown counties in Indiana for placement in the Bloomington MLS. Other areas will be added soon, so check our web site at http://www.Valu-net.com for updates.
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·        Will Valu-net Realty help me negotiate with buyers, evaluate and prepare counter offers, and assist me in closing my home?
Yes. Valu-net Realty will provide you representation, whether you are selling the home your-self or through a cooperating broker. If you sell your home yourself then having us repre-sent you is optional; if a cooperating broker sells your home then we must represent you as required by Indiana law. Our fee for representing you, composing the purchase agreement, escrowing the buyer’s earnest money deposit, reviwing your settlement statement and at-tending closing with you is $500. This fee is only payable at closing.
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·        Will Valu-net Realty represent buyers looking for real estate?
Yes. Valu-net REALTORS® will represent buyers in real estate transactions. However, if you do not approve of limited or “dual” agency then Valu-net REALTORS® will not represent buyers who may have an interest in your property. Valu-net Realty will forward all inquiries to your property by unrepresented buyers directly to you. If limited or “dual” agency is permitted and a Valu-net REALTOR® procures the buyer for your home then Valu-net Realty will waive your representation fee.
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·        What is Limited or Dual Agency?
Occasionally, the same broker or agent that represents the seller will also represent the buyer of that seller’s property. This arrangement also occurs when brokers or agents from the same firm each represent the seller and the buyer in the same transaction. In Indiana, this may only occur if both the seller and buyer permit such a relationship in writing prior to its occurrence. In this type of agency the broker or agent has agency duties to both seller and buyer which may be different or even adverse. If limited agency arises, the broker or agent shall not disclose the following without the informed consent, in writing, of both Sell-er and Buyer: (a) Any material or confidential information, except adverse material facts or risks actually known by broker or agent concerning the physical condition of the property and facts required by statute, rule, or regulation to be disclosed and that could not be dis-covered by a reasonable and timely inspection of the property by the parties, (b) That a buyer will pay more than the offered purchase price for the property, (c) That seller will ac-cept less than the listed price for the property, (d) Other terms that would create a con-tractual advantage for one party over another party, (e) What motivates a party to buy or sell the property. In a limited agency situation, the parties agree that there will be no impu-tation of knowledge or information between any party and the limited agent or among other licensees.
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Valu-net Realty is a full-service real estate brokerage in Bloomington, Indiana. Valu-net offers flat fee listings to sellers in Monroe County, near Indiana University that allows them to list their houses or homes on the REALTOR® owned MLS and still sell their houses or homes themselves (for sale by owner or FSBO) WITHOUT paying any REALTOR® commissions. Valu-net also offers buyers the ability to receive up to 50% rebates of the Buyer Broker Commission on their home purchases. Value-net is a leader in flat fee listings for Monroe County Indiana and Bloomington Indiana house rebate realty. Call us for your “for sale by owner” listing in Bloomington Indiana. Want to sell homes in Bloomington Indiana? Contact Valu-net Realty.