Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What services do you offer?
A: We list and sell residential, land, commercial, and farms. Plus suction services as well! Our listings are syndicated to about 60 websites including Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, Homes.com and more.
Q: What if I’m not satisfied with your service?
A: Over the years we’ve learned that the #1 reason for unhappy clients is that they never hear from their agent… poor communication. Advantage Real Estate holds itself to a different level of commitment – so much in fact that we’ll offer you a guarantee in writing for our service, or you may withdraw with no obligation! Give us a try – you won’t be disappointed!
Q: What is the MLS and why is it so important?
A: MLS stands for Multiple Listing Service. This is where local agencies in a community agree to post their listings on the same website in order to increase exposure to a broader network of real estate agents, any of whom can have the buyer for your home. We all agree to help sell each other’s listings and share the commission. If you’re not in the MLS, people may not be able to find your home for sale unless they drive by and see the sign.
As an added bonus, Advantage Real Estate is also a member of the Columbia MLS. We are the ONLY agency in the Moberly area offering MLS exposure in two MLS’s. We believe the added exposure will benefit our sellers by making it easy for Columbia area agents to bring more buyers to our community!
Q: Is a “Showcased” Realtor.com® listing with extra information and pictures included?
A: Yes! Others may charge extra for a Showcased Listing on Realtor.com®. A Realtor.com® Showcased listing is included with us at no additional charge and allows us to add an additional 99 photos and 2500 characters of custom text to the basic Realtor.com® display. A showcased home generates far more traffic than a standard listing. We are also able to upload our Interactive Virtual Tours under “Featured Home Tours” on Realtor.com®.
Q: How is the sales price of my home determined?
A: Buyers and sellers represent the market and actually determine sales prices. As a gauge, Realtors® pay for access to data that would reflect recent home sales similar to the one you are selling. We use this data to prepare a comparative market analysis (CMA) report. This gives a range of value the home may fall into. It is a similar process professional appraisers use but is not as thorough and generally there is no cost to you.
Q: Can I save more money if I sell by owner?
A: It depends. Many times using an agent can actually make you more money because buyers working directly with owners also try to save money and it’s difficult for both parties to do the same. Realtors® maintain relationships with buyers and are constantly advertising, creating a magnet for serious buyers leaving the bargain hunters for those selling on their own.
Q: Do I need to sell my home before buying another one?
A: If you can afford to buy your next house without selling then no, however most homeowners need to sell a home to realize their equity before buying their next home. If this is the case, you should consider getting your home sold first. A good agent can protect you in various ways. By selling your home first you are getting the most money for your home and strengthening your negotiating position when buying your next one.
Q: Auction Services – Can You Help?
A: Yes! We have cooperative agreements with local auction companies should you decide to pursue this method of selling! We’re glad to help!