About Us

Posted by ForSaleByOwner Staff

Who Is ForSaleByOwner.com?

We’re glad you asked! We’re on a mission to empower sellers and buyers with all the resources they need to sell or buy properties directly. With a suite of easy-to-use marketing tools that advertise listings across a network of top real estate websites and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), how-to guides and live customer support, we’ve been the leading “by owner” real estate website in the U.S. since 1999.

 

Why Sell My Home “By Owner”?

Because no one knows your home better than you do. Why pay a real estate agent to market your property when you can do it yourself with the right resources and a little coaching? Selling by owner allows you to control costs and fees, and recoup more of the home equity you’ve worked so hard to build. Consider this: A homeowner selling a $300,000 house through a full-service real estate agent could expect to be charged a 6 percent commission (approximately $18,000), plus additional fees. Not only can you hang onto that money selling by owner, you retain complete control of your listing.

 

Does ForSaleByOwner.com Work?

You bet. In 2011 alone, our customers saved more than $82 million in commissions on home sales totaling more than $2.7 billion using the information, tools and services from the website that enable them to buy and sell houses directly.

Through ForSaleByOwner.com, sellers gain access to all the same online resources a real estate agent uses, and more. Our products costs a fraction of what traditional real estate agents charge for their services and provide by-owner listings with just as much exposure. Ranging from $80 to $699, ForSaleByOwner.com offers a wide variety of listing packages, advertising services, tools and resources to fit any seller’s budget and goals.

All of our knowledge is free, both upfront and during the selling process, and our site is packed with must-have resources like a step-by-step selling timeline, how-to guides, FAQs and checklists to keep buyers and sellers informed and on-track from planning and pricing to negotiating and closing. On top of all that, we’re here for our customers 7 days a week to answer questions by phone, live chat and email.

 

Backed by Tribune Company

Although we’re based in Chicago, IL, ForSaleByOwner.com is owned by Tribune Company, one of the country’s top multimedia companies. Tribune Company operates publishing, digital and broadcasting businesses, and owns some of the nation’s best television stations, radio networks and newspapers, including Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and The Morning Call, attracting more than 15.5 million unique visitors per month.

Selling a house is probably the biggest financial transaction most of us will ever make, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the most complicated. We believe anyone can sell a home on their own with the right tools and guidance. Our Home Selling Guarantee is more than just a testament to our service; it’s our promise to help you sell your home, even if it means you don’t sell with us.