Real estate has been done the same, traditional way for a very long time. It’s almost become so that people don’t even realize that there are other options to consider. Bōde was created to provide homeowners with an option to deviate from the traditional route and to empower them to believe that they can. We are the first home transaction platform that completely gives control over to the buyers and sellers – no agent required. While there are other options for sellers not wanting to go the traditional real estate route, Bōde has created a unique and convenient online home marketplace that benefits users in a variety of ways.
Here are 5 reasons to sell your house without an agent
First, and possibly most important, Bōde believes homeowners are well educated enough to completely control their home transaction process. Unlike other services, Bōde does not assign sellers an agent. This is a huge reason why our sellers are thrilled with their experience using Bōde. They are given complete control and can handle the sale of their home – including listing details, showings, negotiations, and more… – however they see fit.
While our fantastic support and success teams are extremely knowledgable and there for you when you need it, we hand the reigns over to you and cheer you on from the sidelines. Why should someone else sell your home when you know it better than anyone? Homeowners care about their property sale more than anyone else, and it shows in our data when we see Bōde sellers outperforming the market by being 9% more likely to sell and selling for 1.3% more.
You’ll also have access to all the home data you need – completely free. As a homeowner, it is important to understand the value of your home. With transparent data in your hands, now you are armed with the information you need to make the decisions only you can make. You can use the Bōde data tools to get a sense of supply and demand in your area by seeing how many listings are on the market, how long they’ve been listed, how many have sold recently and how long they took to sell. The best way to most accurately price your home to sell for the highest value is to research what is happening in the market in your area. Bōde provides 3 free data tools to make this easy:
2. Convenience & Time Savings
Our founders had a key goal in mind when launching Bōde – creating a platform that is customer centric and designed so that the consumer has an outstanding experience. Traditional models often miss to focus on what is best for the customer and instead follow what has been considered “standard” based on years and years of traditional real estate procedures. Thus, our process was designed completely for seller convenience – saving homeowners valuable time, while also enabling them to maintain equity.
While we commonly hear home sellers say that they “don’t have time to do it themselves”, the convenient and streamlined process actually saves Bōde sellers 60-70% of time compared to the traditional back and forth style with an agent. The digital platforms make everything from the showings to the final stages of the transaction simple and can be done all from the comfort of your own home – or from your phone when you’re on the go! The process even reduces approximately 22 face-to-face interactions compared to a traditional real estate transaction.
Our marketing strategy also saves you time by getting your home the most possible views from potential buyers to speed up the selling process. We post your listing on realtor.ca, our marketplace, Zillow, and 100+ other home sites. In addition to this we also create a personalized digital marketing campaign for your listing across social media channels, directly targeting potential buyers.
Another statement we sometimes hear from potential home sellers choosing to go with an agent is “I won’t know how to do it myself”. While our model is not for everyone, that certainly isn’t because of your lack of ability! The traditional model has been around for so long that is has become engrained in homeowners that they need someone to lead the transaction on their behalf. Bōde is revolutionizing the real estate industry by disillusioning those beliefs.
We believe in empowering homeowners with the information they need – when they need it – so they can find it simple to be successful. We send detailed emails to our sellers at each step of the process, have an extensive Resource Centre full of useful information, provide a comprehensive Seller’s Checklist, and have a team of amazing customer success experts to help when you need it. Having someone else manage your home sale can actually end up creating a more complicated process because more parties are involved, with information constantly needing to be relayed, and multiple schedules considered. Bōde is providing an alternative choice to the way it has always been done, with convenience as a top priority.
4. Digitized Experience
Our platform creates a completely digitalized experience for sellers with our “Seller Portal” and Listings Dashboard.
We have provided account holders with a real-time dashboard that includes:
A comprehensive listings dashboard:
Our newly released feature, the listings dashboard, allows sellers to have even more control and transparency over their listing(s) – all conveniently from one page! The listings dashboard provides sellers updates with current data about your listing. You’ll be able to see how you are comparing to what is considered “average”, see sold and currently listed comparable homes, update your listing, receive helpful tips customized to where you are at in the listing process, and more!
An online messaging tool:
The messaging tool allows buyers and sellers to connect and communicate back and forth on the Bōde platform. It’s an easy way to get quick answers to any questions you may have. You’ll also receive notifications from our team here regarding the status of your home sale or purchase, such as you’ve received an offer!
Easy management of showings:
It’s easy to schedule or receive showing requests using Bōde. The seller indicates which times and days they would like to make available for booking showings and the buyers simply choose an available time based on that information which will appear on a calendar. Agents can also book using their tool and sellers will be able to accept them via email as well.
A hub for receiving and comparing offers:
Sellers can visit their unique offers page to see current offers on their home, negotiate with the buyer directly from the platform, submit a counter offer, and even accept an offer. This is much less time consuming and easier than going back and forth over phone calls and relaying your message through an agent.
The Bōde platform is also home to the Prō Marketplace. An online place to go when looking for trusted, vetted, and highly referred home service providers in your local area. Transparent pricing and an easy scheduling process makes it the perfect place to find the Prōs you need.
5. Commission Savings
A bonus of venturing away from the traditional route is the incredible savings you can have by being your own agent. Bōde sellers pay only 1% up to a ceiling of $10K for our services and only once they have successfully sold. Our fee currently includes photos & measurements, extensive marketing, use of our amazing digital platform that you saw above, and a supportive team helping you reach your goals each step of the way. Bōde empowers sellers to retain their home equity and instead use that savings on something more valuable to them – like future home renos, new furniture, or a vacation!
You can also save on buy side commission. With Bōde, sellers have complete control over how much they offer for the buy side commission. They could choose to offer a standard commission to hopefully encourage more agents to show their property, or they could choose to offer a flat rate, no commission, or be willing to negotiate the fee with a potential buy side agent. Bōde sellers are also 13X more likely to sell to a self-represented buyer – meaning they save 100% of the buy side commission fees!
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