Sellers: How to cut the commission, rock the open house, ace the appraisal + more

By Lucy Cohen Blatter  | April 11, 2012 - 8:41AM

Feeling optimistic about the spring housing market? Thinking of moving outside of the city? Want to finally upgrade your living situation?

Whatever your reasons for selling, we recommend you check out BrickUnderground's resources for sellers.

First you'll need to decide whether you want to go it alone (For Sale By Owner -- or "FSBO" in industry speak) or would rather use a broker. Remember that a broker's commission isn't always set in stone (and that you can negotiate other details of the listing agreement too).

If you decide to go the broker route, you'll probably want tips on how to pick a winner. Sometimes the building broker can be the perfect person to sell your apartment, but if not, you can always consult BrickUnderground's Agent Referral Service for help.

Before your apartment hits the market, you may want to make some tweaks, like updating the bathroom (check out where to skimp and where to splurge here).

You'll also want to make sure your apartment is in tip-top shape, both for photos and open houses.

And, of course, make sure that you're placing it on the market at a competitive enough price-point for the co-op board.

Even a perfectly priced apartment will require some sort of negotiation--here's how to prepare for that.

While, in theory, we'd all love to sell our places quickly and easily, sometimes it can take a while. Here are some reasons whyOr maybe it's the broker--or even the doorman's fault.

These posts and more below, all designed to help you through the (hopefully quick and painless) journey:

FSBO or broker?

Get the place ready

Trouble selling?

The deal





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