How do I determine which MLS my property should be in?
You can use Realtor.com (or similar) to confirm the correct Multiple Listing Service for the property you are listing. Visit their site and search for properties in your town. Click on a listing and scroll down the page until you see ‘Data Source’ and make sure it’s MLSPIN or NEREN prior to listing with us. Check a few listings to be sure. Technically we can list a property anywhere in MA or NH but agents will not see it unless they are a member of the same MLS.
Note: We are not a member of the Berkshire or Barnstable County MLS in MA.
Which steps have I completed?
You will receive an email after you have completed each step of the listing process. Steps 1 & 2 are PDFs that are emailed to both of us and are not stored in your account. Your photos (Step 3) are uploaded to our Dropbox and are also not stored in your account.
To determine which steps you have completed, search your inbox for your property address or the corresponding email subject within the quotes below.
Step 1: “Property Details Receipt”
Step 2: “Listing Contract Receipt”
Step 3: “Upload Photos Receipt”
Step 4: “Simply List Me order”
You can edit your PDF submission of Steps 1 & 2 by clicking the Edit Response link found at the bottom of the email. Be sure to resubmit it after you make any changes. To make changes to your photos, just reupload the whole batch and we will use the latest upload.
Do your Flat Fee MLS Listings say ‘For-sale by Owner’ on the MLS?
No, when you list in the MLS you are technically not a FSBO. The MLS is an agent/broker system so you will be technically listed with an agent. Our listing contract allows you the freedom to sell it on your own though.
Do you provide state contracts or other real estate related forms?
Yes, we provide over 50 forms such as real estate offers, purchase contracts, releases, extensions, sign-in sheets, rental applications, leases, etc. These can be found under the “Downloads” section when viewing your order in your account.
Will my Flat Fee MLS Listing be seen on Realtor, Redfin, and Zillow?
Yes, it will be automatically submitted to Apartments.com, Banker & Tradesman, The Boston Guardian, Boston.com, CLRsearch.com, Distinctive Homes, GeoHome, GoLocal, Homefind, Homefinder.com, Homes.com, Homesnap, House Value Store, The IMLS, ListHub, Masslive.com, MassLocal.com, MLSHomeFinder.com, RASEM, NYTimes.com, The Real Estate Book, realFish.io, Realtor.com, Redfin, Relola, RPR, South Boston Today, SouthCoastToday.com, South Shore Realtors, SuburbanRealEstateNews.com, Telegram.com, Trulia, USA Properties, Wicked Local, Yahoo, Zillow (rentals excluded), and many other local brokerage and real estate sites.
How do agents and buyers contact me?
Your contact information will be in the Showing Instructions field in the MLS for agents to call you directly, the MLS does not allow any contact information in the public remarks. We promptly forward any emails or voicemails left regarding your property to you, typically within an hour. Also, your contact information is available to the public 24/7 at SimplyBuyMe.com.
Where can I see my listing live?
Links to the MA and NH MLS can be found in our site’s footer or visit SimplySellRealty.com. Other sites may slightly differ in how they display your property, we do not have control over 3rd party sites. New listings, changes, and open houses can take an hour or 2 to reflect online.
What if I see an error Zillow or another site?
We do not maintain Zillow or any other real estate site, we only maintain your listing in the MLS. Your listing (rentals are not syndicated to Zillow) will automatically be published to these 3rd party sites. We recommend you remove any Zillow listing you have prior to listing with us to avoid any discrepancies. If you do find that your information is displayed wrong somewhere make sure that we have it correct in the MLS. If the information in the MLS is correct, you may contact the site that is displaying your listing wrong. New listings, changes, and open houses can take an hour or 2 to reflect online.
Note: We are unable to display your contact information on these sites, our office information is automatically displayed. Some sites may have agents who pay a fee to be displayed as a contact on your listing.
Do you offer a low-cost full-service listing?
Yes, we offer a discounted full-service listing if you are within an hour of Tyngsboro, MA/Nashua, NH. Even though we are priced competitively, we always provide exceptional service. We are able to offer a lower commission rate because as a broker, we do not need to split our side of the commission. Please contact us for more information.
How do I edit my listing, send files, download files, or see my order notes?
Click My Orders in the left menu in your account, then choose View. You will find everything here to manage your order and listing. Click Support to submit a ticket to edit your listing or send us photos.
Can I cancel my listing at anytime and are there any hidden fees?
You are free to cancel anytime or switch to a full-service listing with us or any other agent. The MLS does require a commission to be offered to a buyer’s agent. Although, no commission will be due if the buyer does not have an agent. No other fees are due to us other than the flat fee.
Do you only provide Flat Fee MLS Listings in MA and NH?
Yes, we are a local real estate brokerage and do not outsource our listings. We are only licensed in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and a member of the MLSPIN Multiple Listing Service in MA and the NEREN Multiple Listing Service in NH.
Who holds the deposit when I receive an offer?
We do not hold escrow for our flat-fee listings. It can be held by your attorney, the buyer’s attorney, or the buyer agent’s broker.
Why is my listing gone or showing up as ‘Off Market’ after I have a signed contract?
Most sites will not display your listing when it is Under Agreement (MA) or Pending (NH). It is only marked as Contingent (MA) or Active Under Contract (NH) when you indicate you want it to still be shown for backup offers on the Update Listing Status form. In that case, most sites will display it and you are required to continue to show it per the MLS.
Do you have any tips to help sell my property fast?
Hold an open house for 2-3 hours between 11 am and 2 pm on Saturday or Sunday. Be mindful to avoid times that coincide with large sporting events. Submit a ticket to request us to schedule one in the MLS.
Make sure your property is priced right for the market. We offer a comparable market analysis for $25.
Place a for-sale sign on the property. The MLS does not permit signs that have the words “By Owner” on them.
If you are present for showings, give buyers space and time to really see all your property has to offer.
Be sure your photos are clear, bright, and have a sufficient resolution. Showcase positive features and do not exaggerate negatives. We offer professional photos for $135.
Could your property description write-up be improved? Does it mention updates and the age of major systems?
Request feedback from agents and buyers after each showing. We offer a form under Manage My Listing if needed.
Offer an agent bonus if they put it under agreement by a certain date.
Consider raising the buyer’s agent commission rate. The typical rate is 2%-2.5%.
Make simple and inexpensive repairs or updates that would improve the desirability of the property (e.g., neutral paint, remove wallpaper, de-clutter, neutralize pet odors, improve curb appeal). Be sure to submit a ticket with your updated photos if you make any changes.
Include a home warranty or money back to the buyer at closing to cover any needed repairs that may be a drawback.
Pack away any unnecessary personal or decorative items.
Consider a traditional full-service listing. We offer an all-inclusive full-service listing for just 3.5%.
What are some estimated closing costs as a seller?
Transfer Tax: MA $4.56/$1000; NH $7.50/1000
New Deed: $175
Attorney Fee: $1,000
Mortgage Discharge: $100
Filing Fee: $75
Fire Dept. Inspection: $50
Record 6D Certificate (condo): $75
MA Title V Inspection: $600-$800
This is meant to be a general guide and will vary with each transaction. Your attorney or the buyer’s lender will be able to give you a more accurate estimate.
What are some safety tips?
Items such as tablets, cell phones, laptops, legal weapons, jewelry, medications, credit cards, checkbooks, remotes, and spare keys should be hidden, locked, or removed for showings and open houses.
Be sure to fix or block off any entrances with broken steps or railings and shovel and sand walkways in winter months.
Remove or crate pets for showings.
You can visit the MA or NH real estate commission’s website to verify if someone is an agent. Also, most brokerage sites have photos of
Do not give prospective buyers/tenants any access codes, this includes vacant properties.
Have someone you know accompany you at open houses and showings or alert a neighbor to keep a watchful eye out.
We recommend you have an attorney look over all contracts before you sign them and have them available for any questions you may have throughout the transaction. You will also need an attorney to prepare the new deed for closing or you may have the buyer’s closing attorney prepare it.