What To Expect When Selling A Santa Barbara Home

Explore These Options For Selling Your Santa Barbara House

At Harbor View Real Estate, we believe in educating buyers and sellers to the best of our ability. If you need to sell your house in Santa Barbara, you may have considered trying to sell on your own. Or maybe you have thought about using a flat-rate agent to sell. While both options can work, there are some things you should know before getting in too deep. In the table below, we outline what you can expect when working with Harbor View Real Estate, when selling on your own, and when hiring a flat-rate agent. Give us a call if you have any questions about selling your Santa Barbara home. (805) 886-7134

For Sale By OwnerFlat-Rate Agents
Time To Sell: Less than other real estate agents in Santa BarbaraSelling on your own can add 20+ days to the process**Depends on the level of service provided
Typical Sales Price:Houses sell for 13% more* when working w/ a broker vs. FSBO13% less* than an experienced agent is able to negotiateDepends if their service includes full negotiation services or not
Marketing Costs:$0 – We pay for all marketing$500 – $2,000+ in ads, yard sign, and more.$500 – $2,000+ in ads, yard sign, and more.
Types Of Marketing Included:MLS listing, professional signage, featured online listings, a progressive marketing strategy, and more! None. You’ll need to purchase all of your marketing separately.MLS, other marketing usually extra
Time Commitment From You: Very little. We want this to be as effortless as possible for you so you can enjoy the process.Several hours per week including showing the house, open houses, marketing, putting out signs, etc.3-5+ hours per week including showing the house, open houses, marketing, putting out signs, etc.
Fees / Commissions: Competitive commission structure$100-$1,000 for materials and FSBO website listings.Flat fee or reduced commission for reduced services and assistance.
Legal / Contract / Advice: 100% included. We handle all of the contracts, documents, setting up escrow and closing, and more! You are responsible for all contracts, escrow, and legal details to ensure the closing happens correctly and legally.Not always included, when it is it may be limited. Ask the agent what they include and will not include.

How much time, energy, and money do want to spend when selling your house in Santa Barbara? While every property and situation are different, we are confident we will be able to help you find the best solution for selling your house.

Ready to get started? Give us a call at (805) 886-7134 or connect with us on our Contact Page.

Get The Peace of Mind You Need

Working with an inexperienced real estate agent in Santa Barbara when selling your house can cost you in a number of ways. At Harbor View Real Estate, we can offer you many benefits other local agents can’t.

  1. Experience: With over 30 years of real estate experience, our team knows exactly how to sell your house in Santa Barbara.
  2. Negotiation Skills: Having done this for so long, we know how to negotiate with property buyers who may be trying to talk you down to a lower sale price.
  3. Confidentiality: Working with buyers and sellers in the Santa Barbara area requires a level of discretion. We know how to get things done quietly, without drawing attention to the transaction.

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** Both the Northwestern and the Stanford studies mentioned in the Money section confirm just that: “The use of a broker does lead to an accelerated sale. In that respect, brokers appear to add value,” the Stanford researchers declared. The Northwestern study found that it takes on average 20 days longer to sell a house on a FSBO site versus the MLS or an agent.