We are often asked by prospective sellers about our success rate compared with the MLS® system. Our answer is that the success rate of private sellers on saskhouses.com pretty much mirrors the success rate of sellers on the MLS® system.
When the market is hot, more sellers are successful than when the market is slow. That is true for people who sell privately, and for people who use a real estate agent to sell their homes. Last year in Saskatoon, the Saskatoon Real Estate Board reported a sales-to-listing ratio of 45 percent. So more than half of the homes for sale on MLS® last year were not sold.
saskhouses.com’s sales to listing ratio last year was 42 percent. That’s a bit lower than the MLS® reported rate, and 2014 was not a banner year for home sales in Saskatchewan. Some years, our customers’ success rate is actually higher than the MLS® success rate. In 2013 our sales-to-listings ratio as reported by our customers was 56 percent, compared with the MLS® sales-to-listings rate in Saskatoon of 47 percent.
And one thing we can pretty confidently promise, is that more people will see your home if you advertise it on saskhouses.com than if you advertise it on the MLS® system.
Last year, saskhouses.com received more than 1.1 million visits to the website, from 355,669 people – most of them from Saskatchewan. Those people viewed almost 6 million pages on our website, and they purchased almost 500 homes, saving our customers about 7 million dollars in total in real estate commissions.
How does our traffic compare with the traffic on the average Real Estate Agent’s website? It isn’t even close!
According to Point2, which provides websites for hundreds of thousands of Real Estate Agents in North America, the average Agent’s website gets less than 2,500 visits a year.
Even the best of the best – the top ten Agent websites of more than 300,000 in North America – received less than a quarter of the visits that saskhouses.com did last year.
So if you are looking to sell your home, and you want it to be seen by as many people as possible, saskhouses.com is a great place to start, and hopefully finish. You will be amazed by how many people see your home when you advertise with saskhouses.com. If your home is properly priced, and ready to be shown, your chances of selling privately should be excellent.
We’ll give you everything you need to sell your home – great advertising, a lawn sign, open house signs, feature sheets, and all the information and documents you might need, at a tiny fraction of the price you would pay to have a third party look after the sale for you.