Maine Sail Real Estate Consulting Services
The business of real estate is (finally!) transforming. Real estate has long been a pretty simple business: sell a property, earn a commission. That commission is usually a percentage of the sales price, or, in certain cases, a fixed fee.
In addition to this traditional model of real estate brokerage, Maine Sail Real Estate offers you a wide array of all the various real estate services involved in the sale of a property, but without the requirement to pay a large commission at closing. Whether you are seeking information on the availability of properties, or want an individualized single-property website for the home you are selling on your own, or need help writing up a solid contract, we offer you "unbundling" of real estate services.
In the past, and even today, the reason sellers, and now buyers, are willing to pay the usual commission is that most real estate consumers need a pretty full array of real estate services. There are multiple tasks real estate agents complete. The range of duties starts with predicting the sales price and ends with the myriad details of closing. And everything in between. Laws. Regulations. Fiduciary responsibility. Marketing. Negotiation. Facilitating the transaction through every step of the process. A good agent makes the whole mess happen.
Each of these services is a component of the "package" of services that real estate consumers agree to.
But some consumers don't need every one of these services. An advertising executive doesn't need your marketing expertise. A lawyer doesn't need your legal advice. A banker doesn't need help with finance. In these days of exponential proliferation of information on the internet, a savvy person with an interest in real estate can access millions of pages of information about all these subjects.
Still, there's expertise, and there's expertise. When it comes to making things happen in a real estate transaction, there can be obstacles that slow things down, or even stop the process. That's when a specific expert can help.
Real Estate Services available a la carte from Maine Sail Real Estate:
- Market research
- Pricing assistance
- Legal and regulatory conformance
- Advertising and marketing campaign design & implementation
- Customized individual property websites
- Social media marketing (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, etc.)
- Full access to Multiple Listing Service and Realtor.com (one-time flat fee)
- Property showing services
- Signs and Banners
- Financing counseling
- Contract negotiation, including all documents required for your protection
- Transaction management
- Legal services referrals
- Escrow and closing management
- Out-of-town referrals (find the best agent for you anywhere): no fee
- And more!
Most of the above services are available on a per-hour or contract basis. Rates will vary according to the complexity of the project and the amount of bundled services selected.
Access to the Maine Real Estate Information System (the statewide Multiple Listing Service) -- which places your property before virtually all real estate agents and brokers throughout the entire state of Maine -- is a one-time flat fee of $495, for up to one year. Should you list your property thereafter on a commission basis with Maine Sail Real Estate, this fee will be deducted from your commission at closing. Should you decide to list your property with another agency, you can cancel this listing at anytime so you can enter a new agreement, although the fee is non-refundable.
If you are relocating to another area of the country, or even internationally, we can help you find the best agent to assist you in your move. We have an extensive database of trusted colleagues based on 28 years of real estate experience. There's real comfort to be found in knowing that you're in trusted hands, and, even better, that someone is looking over your shoulder to make sure matters are proceeding in the proper fashion. There is no fee for this service -- we receive a small referral fee from the transaction.
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