For Sale by Owner FAQs

The most asked questions about NoMoreAgent property listings


Getting Started

I don't have photos right now, can I still get started?
Not a problem. Just signup, checkout, edit your listing, and don't click "activate" until you're completely satisfied with your listing.
How long does it take to signup and create my listing?
On average, a person can signup, checkout, and edit their listing within 20 minutes. We tried to make the process as painless as possible and we even auto-fill your property listing with as much information as we can gather. In many cases, your home's square footage, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, and other basic info will already be there when you first login.
When does my listing start?
The timer on your listing doesn't begin just because you signed up or created your listing. To start your 3, 6, or 12 month listing, simply login and click the "activate" button when you are ready. Homes listed on the MLS are active from the date the home is actually set up and listed on the MLS.

MLS

Do you offer MLS service in my area, if so, how much is it?
Click here to see if we service your zipcode, and exact pricing.
What is the Multiple Listing Service (“MLS”)?
The MLS is the traditional database agents use to find homes for the buyers that they represent. In the past the only way to get your home on this powerful list was to hire a full commission agent because only licensed real estate agents can list property for sale in the MLS. Your property will be listed on the MLS when you purchase the PREMIER MLS PLAN. Listing a home on the MLS notifies all local agents that your home is for sale. Over 80% of buyers are represented by agents, so this exposes your property to the greatest number of buyers.
How does the MLS help me sell my home?
Listing a home on the MLS notifies all local agents that your home is for sale. Over 80% of buyers are represented by agents – you must reach them to get the most offers. In other words, the best way to reach four out of five possible buyers is by listing on the MLS. The truth is most sellers’ agents don’t go looking for buyers; they simply list a house on the local MLS and then talk to the buyers’ agents who find them there. You can do the same thing and not owe a sellers’ agent 3% of your sale price. By purchasing our PREMIER MLS PLAN, your home will be listed on your local MLS.
What if I just want to market and sell my home without the MLS?
When you purchase our BASIC PLAN, your home will be listed on several third-party real estate sites including Zillow and Yahoo Properties. You may still choose to entertain offers from buyer agents when/if they contact you about your property. If so, you will want to clearly indicate that buyer agents are welcome and the commission you are willing to offer. EXAMPLE: BUYER AGENTS WELCOME. 3% COMMISSION PAID TO BUYER AGENT.
Am I obligated to pay a buyer agent commission if an agent brings a buyer and submits an offer?
A. Yes, with our PREMIER MLS PLAN, your home will be listed on the MLS. If an agent sees a listing and brings a buyer, you must pay the buyer's agent a commission if you accept the offer. You decide how much commission to offer as part of the MLS listing process. The commission you're willing to pay is stated on the MLS listing. It is NOT negotiated on an agent by agent basis. We recommend offering a commission between 2 – 3% since your listing will be competing with others for agents’ attention.

B. With our BASIC PLAN, your home will not be listed on the MLS so there will be no established agreement with the MLS listing obligating you to pay a commission to a buyer agent at closing. However, you may still wish to entertain an offer if you are contacted by an agent. If so, you will want to clearly indicate that buyer agents are welcome and the commission you are willing to offer. EXAMPLE: BUYER AGENTS WELCOME. 3% COMMISSION PAID TO BUYER AGENT.
What if I find a Buyer Myself? Do I pay any commissions?
No, even if you have purchased our PREMIER MLS PLAN, you still retain the right to find a buyer on your own. No commissions are owed if you find the buyer.
Are there other fees?
Some states require that an additional fee be paid to the listing broker when the home sells. The fees we have seen are between $299 - $500 extra to the listing agent at closing. This is beyond our control and is subject to the individual rules and regulations of the MLS and state law.

When you are contacted by our affiliate broker to set up your home, some brokers will try to upsell you on additional services. You are not obligated to purchase these additional services. The broker has already been paid to list your home on the MLS. Note: By listing on the MLS, you will be required to define what commission you are willing to pay a buyer's agent. We recommend 2 to 3%.
I am listed on the MLS, why am I not receiving any leads?
The purpose of the MLS is to expose your home to buyer agents, not to gather leads from buyers who are not working with an agent. Some brokers have a system to forward leads automatically but most do not. When you are listed on the MLS, most of the time, the listing broker’s information will be listed on sites like Realtor.com, and Zillow. Brokers/Agents pay to be funneled leads from these sites. So if a potential buyer who is not working with a buyer agent makes an inquiry, many times their information will be provided to another broker/agent who will try to contact them to get their business. If you are not interested in paying a commission to a buyer agent for bringing you a buyer, then you should not list on the MLS and should sign up for our BASIC PLAN instead.
When will I be contacted by the partner real estate agent, and will I need to provide some of the same information including photos?
You should be contacted by the agent within 2 business days to begin the MLS listing process. The agent will ask you to complete some additional paperwork and provide photos. Since the MLS laws and processes vary by region, it can be somewhat cumbersome depending on the requirements. It is important that you complete this information quickly since the syndication to other third-party sites will be driven by the MLS listing.
It has been two business days and I still don’t have an email from the broker. What happened?
On occasion, some customers will experience problems receiving the initial email from our network brokers who handle our MLS listings. This is unfortunately a problem that is beyond our control due to the different ways that email services like Gmail, Outlook.com and others process email. If you do not receive an email from the broker within two full business days, please check your junk mail folder. If you still do not see it, please contact us immediately.

3rd Party Sites

How long does it take for my listing to show up on third-party real estate sites like Zillow, and Yahoo Real Estate?
With the PREMIER MLS PLAN, an agent will contact the customer within a couple business days to start the Multiple Listing Service “MLS” online paperwork. This is necessary because of the rules with the MLS and because a licensed agent in a particular state and region must do the MLS posting. Once this is complete, the syndication from the MLS to third party sites like Zillow and Realtor.com occurs. We cannot control when our partner sites pick up our data feed to complete listing syndication. The important thing to note here is that it is not immediate, but you will usually start seeing your listing on other site in 2-3 days. So in the case of the MLS, syndication to third party sites occurs from the MLS, not from NoMoreAgent.com. Realtor.com in particular only accepts a posting in this way and gets syndicated via the MLS because only agents can post there.

Your listing will not be shared with other real estate sites if you sign up for the FREE PLAN.
It has been a few days since my home was listed on the MLS and Realtor.com, why is my home not listed on Zillow?
Most MLS's send listings to sites like Zillow.com and Trulia.com, but some MLS's have stopped sending listings to these sites as they are viewed as competition to the MLS and Realtor.com. If you find that your home has been listed on Realtor.com for a few days but you do not see your listing on Zillow, please contact us immediately. We can send your listing from the NoMoreAgent.com site.
Some of my property's listing information is incorrect on Realtor.com and other sites. How can this be corrected?
If you purchased the Premier Plan and your home was listed on the MLS, you will need to contact your listing broker to correct this information. Sites like Realtor.com receive listing data directly from the MLS not the NoMoreAgent.com site.
Do you post my listing to Craigslist?
No, that is not allowed under Craigslist’s terms and conditions. However, we provide you with instructions and html code that you can copy and paste into your ad when you post to Craigslist.

Photos

What about photos?
You should upload digital photos of the exterior and interior of your home during the online listing process on our site. The photos need to be saved in a .jpg, .png, or .gif format, and ideally under 1 megabyte per picture (larger images will be resized automatically and take longer to upload). The number of photos allowed on the MLS varies by county but 6 photos are usually allowed for a typical listing. For the BASIC PLAN, you can have up to 25 photos.
Can I get more than 4 to 6 photos on the MLS?
If your local MLS allows, YES! For only $149, you can purchase our "Max Photos" add-on which displays the maximum amount allowed on the MLS and Realtor.com.
How many photos go on Realtor.com?
The default total is the maximum of your local MLS, however, with our MAX MLS and Realtor.com Photos (a $149 add-on), you can get 25.

Refunds/Pricing

Can I just buy a month or two?
We cannot offer durations less than 3 months due to the overhead of your listing. We can, however, offer discounts if you need to extend your listing beyond your initial 3 months.
What if I buy 3 months, but sell within a month?
We cannot refund the remainder of your listing since we would have already paid our network broker for your listing. This is also why we don't offer plans for less than 3 months.
I purchased, then decided not to sell my home. Can I get a refund?
A. If you have not activated your listing, and you purchased less than 24 hours ago, YES, not a problem.
B. If you haven't activated your listing, and it's been more than 24 hours, please contact us. Refunds after 24 hours are given on a case-by-case basis.
C. If you HAVE activated your listing, we apologize, but we cannot provide a refund, because we have already paid our overhead for your listing.
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Add-ons

I need a yard sign! Do you offer one?
Unfortunately, the cost of sending our high quality signs became too high and we discontinued this offering.
I need a lock box! Do you offer one?
Yes, you can purchase a lockbox during checkout.
How do I know my listing has been optimized?
If you're unsure of your listing's appeal, we offer an "expert review" you can purchase during checkout. When you do, one of our specialists will offer advice on ways you can increase leads, and make your home look it's best.
I want a special domain (www.my-home-4-sale.com), can I use one?
Yes, we offer custom domains as an optional add-on. You can purchase one during checkout, and one of our techies will set it up for you. If you already have a domain, you'll need to contact the registrar and ask them to forward (with masking) to the URL of your property listing. If you need help with this, don't be afraid to contact us.
How do I get my listing on the NoMoreAgent homepage?
Simple! Just purchase the "featured listing" add-on during checkout and when you've activated your listing, you'll see it on the homepage for a minimum of 7 days!

General

Where do I schedule/display an open house?
At this time, we don't have a more flashy way other than to post that information in your listing's title and description. For example: You could put "**OPEN HOUSE**" in your title, and give details in your description, post it on Craigslist, purchase some directional yard signs, etc. If your home is listed on the MLS, you will need to contact the broker who listed your home on the MLS to add the open house schedule to the MLS. This will NOT automatically show up on sites like Zillow.
Do agents call me to set up a showing?
They will contact you and request a showing. Then you would setup a time for them to visit. For MLS customers, your listing agent could represent in your behalf.
How are property showings scheduled?
For homes listed on the MLS, buyer agents will contact you and request a showing. You'll want to leave your key in a lockbox if you're busy at the time. For security purposes, do a quick internet search to verify that they are an agent prior to giving out the combination to the lockbox. Keep all valuables locked up and/or hidden from site. If you're selling your home on our FREE plan, buyers will contact you directly.
What is the length of my listing?
If you purchase the PREMIER MLS PLAN, the MLS listing period is 3, 6 or 12 months depending on which one you choose. It may be extended for an additional discounted charge. Listings can be withdrawn from your local MLS at any time by request.